Great Taste Fans,

On behalf of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild, I am writing to notify you that with the current ban on large gatherings, an uncertain timeline for lifting that ban, and more importantly, with safety in mind, we regret that we must cancel the 2020 Great Taste of the Midwest.

As I write this, we in Wisconsin are required to eliminate gathering in groups larger than 10, so it is very difficult to envision that we could safely gather in a group of 10,000 in August. Unfortunately, the current health crisis compels us to make the tough decision to suspend planning efforts for our beloved festival. I know you’re just as bummed out as we are.

Craft beer is really important to us. But nothing is more important than the health and safety of every patron that joins us at the Great Taste of the Midwest on the second Saturday every August at our favorite park in Madison. This consideration also extends to the brewery staff, vendors, dedicated volunteers and hard-working organizers who make our festival possible.

We’d be remiss if we did not recognize our responsibility to ensure that the City of Madison, Madison Parks Department, and Madison Police and Fire Departments are able to prioritize essential services during uncertain times.

As we all struggle our way through the health and economic impacts of current events, please keep your local breweries in mind. These are small businesses that need your support now, more than ever. Look for curbside pick-ups and drive-through sales outlets so they can keep doing what they do so well. Buy more local beer!

As a ray of hope, please mark your calendars for August 14, 2021 when we can all meet again and raise a beer in celebration!

Jason Walters
Great Taste of the Midwest