Great Taste Eve

It has become a tradition for some visiting breweries to partner with local establishments to showcase their excellent beers.

Even if you missed out on Great Taste tickets, you’ll still be able to find many opportunities to sample some special beers all around Madison. Some of these events even feature breweries that are not able to join us at the Great Taste.

Check below for a running list of all Great Taste Eve events. We’ll continue to add more events as we learn of them, so check back often! If you know of events that are not posted here, please email us and we’ll post it as quickly as possible.

All media and beer blogs are encouraged to use any information on this list for your own publications.

2016 Events


  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    11:00 amDexter's Pub | 301 North St. Madison, WI 53704

    Great Taste of the Midwest is only a few days away.  Time to start building your tolerance and your base with delicious beer and Joe's amazing Oscar Blues hot sauce wings!

    Tap List:

    • Mama’s Little Yella Pils
    • G’Knight
    • Old Chub
    • Priscilla
    • Death By Coconut
    • Beet Saison

    Everything will be tapped and wings served starting at 11am!

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 10 pmNext Door Brewing Company |2439 Atwood Ave Madison, WI 53704

    Join us for an old fashioned ice cream social, with a craft beer twist! We've paired ice cream and sorbet flavors with four NDBC beers for the perfect summer treat. Tickets ($12) include four 4 oz. "beer floats". This is part of our Great Taste Eve events series.

    Starting at 5 PM until supplies last! Reservations recommended. Call the brewery at 608-729-3683 or send us a message on Facebook to reserve your spot.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm- 8 pmThe Boathouse at The Edgewater | 1001 Wisconsin Place Madison, WI 53703

    Join 3 Sheeps Brewing at The Boathouse for the exclusive release of their Legacy Pilsner. Limited releases from 3 Sheeps will also be on tap including Really Cool Waterslides IPA infused with blackberry and lime peels. Summer is always happening at The Boathouse on the shores of Lake Mendota!

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    Dexter's Pub | 301 North St. Madison, WI 53704

    One of the greatest parts of the Great Taste of the Midwest is having so many amazing breweries in town at one time. So many in fact, that it's impossible to taste beer from every single brewery in one day. Although some have tried, all have failed. Luckily that's why we bring you pre-Great Taste parties. On Thursday, August 11th we will tantalize your beer receptors with a taste from 7 breweries out of St Louis.

    We will have beer on tap from the following breweries:
    2nd Shift
    4 Hands
    Perennial
    O'Fallon
    Schlafly
    Kirkwood Station
    Urban Chestnut

    Complete tap list coming soon.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    4:00 pmSunset Grill | 637 W North St. Deforest, WI 53532

    Sunset Grill in Deforest will be tapping a fresh keg of Zombie Dust along with Yum Yum on Thursday, August 11th at 4pm.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    5 - 7 pmMonte's Grille & Pub | 608 W Verona Ave. Verona, WI 53593

    Join Capital Brewery on Thursday 8/11 from 5-7pm at Monte's Grill & Pub in Verona for a Great Taste of the Midwest Pre-party!

    Capital Brewery staff will be on hand with a potential appearance by Brewmaster, Ashley Kinart! Come meet the gang, throw back a few pints and save the sobering up until Sunday!

    Capital Brewery will be featuring 4 beers!

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    5:00 pmBrickhouse BBQ | 408 W. Gorham Madison, WI 53703
    Join Central Waters at Brickhouse BBQ this year for a pre-party for the pre-party! We'll be hanging out Thu. 8/11 with a half-dozen or so CW beers on tap, including at least one special release. If that's not enough, we'll be raffling off a pair of tickets to this year's Great Taste of the Midwest!
  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    5:00 pmThe Coopers Tavern | 20 W Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703

    The Weekend starts here with 14 select Founders beers on tap. Special releases all at 5PM

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - CloseTip Top Tavern |601 North St. Madison, WI 53704

    Let there be beer.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    6:00 pmThe Sugar Maple | 441 E Lincoln Ave Milwaukee, WI 53207

    Our annual celebration of Midwestern craft brewing continues to get bigger and better every year! We're joined again by our "host" breweries Central Waters (W) and Surly (MN) plus friends from Half Acre (IL), Begyle (IL), Sun King (IN), and Kuhnhenn Brewing (MI).

    We'll have a varied and unique lineup of the best these breweries have to offer, plus food from the Red Light Ramen food truck for all your noshing needs.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    6:00 pmThe Edgewater | 1001 Wisconsin Place Madison, WI 53703

    A Pre-Great Taste Event at The Edgewater with AltBrew, Gorst Valley Hops, One Barrel, Vintage, and Wisconsin Brewing Company

    Four of your favorite Madison-area breweries will be on hand to create TWELVE never-before-seen beers, right before your eyes. The breweries will visit Gorst Valley Hops (Mazomanie, WI) before the event to select and hand-harvest the hops, which will then be infused with the beers live at the Edgewater. Also, each brewery is preparing their own special “mystery” cask with herbal enhancements acquired from Gorst Valley.

    The Edgewater’s own Chef Joe Heppe will also feature fresh ingredients in bites that pair perfectly with these fresh beers. Beer and food sampling begins at 6 PM sharp on The Edgewater Plaza, and will then move to the Red Crown bar high above Lake Mendota for sunset views and for the tapping of the mystery casks.

    Limited tickets will be available at the door. Tickets include 12 pours of beers and a selection of bites.

    Tickets available at http://www.isthmustickets.com/events/35565410/farm-to-table-8211-hop-farm-to-tap.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    6 pm - 9 pmNext Door Brewing Company |2439 Atwood Ave Madison, WI 53704

    Join us in welcoming Brookfield's own, Biloba Brewing, back to Madison for a special night of enjoying their tasty offerings on tap. Featured will be:

    · Rye of the Wort
    · Belgian Stout
    · Heffe
    · Apricot Berlaner Weiss

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    The Side Door Grill and Tap | 240 W Gilman St. Madison, WI 53703

    Sheboygan's 3 Sheeps Brewing Company brings a lineup of staples and small batch offerings to Side Door! Among some year round beers, the tap list includes:

    - Legacy Pilsner
    - Nitro Tart Blackberry Wheat
    - Paid Time Off - Imp. Black Wheat with Toasted Coconut, Cocoa Nibs, and Walnuts
    - Uber Joe - Imp. Black Wheat with Coffee, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla, & Maplewood
    - Cuvee Blend #1 (Taproom only) - Blend of Imperial Black Saison and Imperial Stout
    - Roll Out The Barrel - Belgian Style Golden Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
    - Hoppy Spice - 11.2% Ghost Pepper IPA
    - Wheat Whiskey BA Rebel Kent

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    The Plaza Tavern | 319 N Henry St. Madison, WI 53703

    3rd Sign Brewery invades the Plaza tavern to compliment the Famous Plaza Burgers!

    Line up includes:
    -Hausgeist White IPA w/Mosaic Hops
    -Jungle Grapefruit IPA
    -Madagascar Vanilla Mild Ale
    -Sauer Kirsche Tart Cherry IPA

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    10:00 amMaduro | 117 E Main St. Madison, WI 53703

    Please join both Bell's and Upper Hand Brewery as we combine to pour 19 different beers. This is a Great Taste Pre Party that you do not want to miss!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    10 am - CloseThe Rigby |119 E Main St. Madison, WI 53703

    Join Great Lakes Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery, and Pearl Street Brewery to celebrate Great Taste Eve at the Rigby Pub and Grill!

    Representatives from all three breweries will be there at 10 AM to kick off live music, food pairings, and raffles throughout the day. Be there by 10:15 AM to witness the first tapping of Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Lakefront Brewery’s new collaboration, All Together Now Hopfenweizen. Brewed especially for The Rigby pre-party and the 2016 Great Taste of the Midwest, this style melds American brewers’ skillful use of hops with the centuries-old German hefeweizen tradition to deliver apricot and orange aromas floating amidst the crisp refreshment we all need on a hot summer day. Try it here first before the lines at Great Taste!

    SPECIAL TAPPINGS
    10:15 AM All Together Now Hopfenweizen by Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Lakefront Brewery
    7:00 PM Great Lakes Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Blackout Stout & Lakefront Brewery Black Friday Imperial Stout

    TAP LIST
    Great Lakes Brewing Company

    • Dortmunder Gold Lager
    • Burning River Pale Ale on hop rocket
    • Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
    • Oktoberfest
    • Aloha Ale
    • Blackout Stout
    • Barrel Aged Blackout Stout

    Lakefront Brewery

    • My Turn Howard Helles Lager
    • White Organic Belgian Style White Ale
    • Fixed Gear American Red Ale
    • Hop Jockey Double IPA
    • Your Turn Flynn Belgian Style Tripel
    • Black Friday Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
    • Bridge Burner Strong Ale

    Pearl Street Brewery

    TBD

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    11:00 amLucille | 101 King St. Madison, WI 53703

    Everyone's favorite brewery for bourbon barrel-aged goodness is shacking up with Madison's hottest new pizza joint/craft beer bar! Join Central Waters at Lucille for one epic Great Taste of the Midwest Pre-party! Tons of great CW beers on tap, including some rare timed tappings, plus great food and live music from the No Name String Band! Fun starts at 11am. Strap in!

    On tap beginning at 11am -
    Mudpuppy Porter
    HHG APA
    Glacial Grail IPA
    Honey Blonde Ale
    Ouisconsing Red Ale
    Summarillo IPL
    Octoberfest Lager
    Brewhouse Coffee Stout
    De Kleine Dood
    Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
    Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
    Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
    Cassian Sunset

    Special timed tappings -
    1pm - "Vintage" Y2K Barleywine
    5:30pm - The Promise
    6:30pm - Black Gold
    7:30pm - Bloody Sunrise
    8:30pm - Rye Black Gold

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    11:00 amTipsy Cow | 102 King Street, Madison, WI 53703

    In preparation for Great Taste of the Midwest, we will be gettin’ Surly at the Tipsy Cow in Madison with a massive 22-tap takeover. Get your pre-party on starting at 11 AM, and tap into one of our rare brews every hour from 1 PM to 10 PM.

    BEER LIST:

    • Coffee Bender
    • CynicAle
    • Todd the Axe Man
    • Furious
    • Hell
    • Overrated
    • Xtra-Citra
    • Darkness 2015
    • Darkness 2015 Barrel-Aged
    • Pentagram
    • Surly Gose
    • Surly Pils
    • Surly Viking Ale
    • Where Strides the Bromeliad
    • Blutpakt
    • Dampfbier Nitro
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
    • Four
    • NEIN
    • TEN
  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    12 - 9 pmTrixie's Liquor and Growlers to Go Go |2929 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53704

    Join New Holland and Trixie's as we give our livers a little workout before the big show! We'll have beer and spirits samplings in Trixie's throughout the day, as well as 18 New Holland taps on in the Growlers to Go Go! We'll have your old favorites, as well as some timed special releases. Keep an eye on Facebook for more information on the special tappings! We'll have a food truck, music, and lots of the New Holland crew to chat with. Come enjoy a few pints, and grab your favorite to go!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    12:00 pmLocal Option | 1102 W Webster Ave Chicago, IL 60614

    Our fifth Annual Great Taste of the Local Option begins at noon on Thursday August 11th. The draft list features highly sought after releases from Dieu du Chiel, Pipeworks, Almanac, and Amager Bryghus, among others.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    2:00 pmHouse of Brews | 4539 Helgesen Dr. Madison, WI 53718

    Madison's largest Great Taste of the Midwest pre-party is back for 2016 and you can enter for a chance to win a pair of Great Taste tickets! Over a dozen Wisconsin breweries come together to kick off the Great Taste at House of Brews, with over 25 different beers, 4 bands, food carts and special tastings all night! Tickets are 6, 10 oz pours for $20! A portion of proceeds go to benefit the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.
    Full details posted here

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    2 pm - 10:15 pmChildrens Museum, One Barrel Brewing, Next Door Brewing, House of Brews

    Transportation: 14 passenger shuttle bus.

    Shuttle Stops include the Madison Children’s Museum, One Barrel Brewing, Next Door Brewing and House of Brews.

    This is a free “hop on, hop off” shuttle sponsored by House of Brews for the Mob the House Party they throw every year in conjunction with the Great Taste of the Midwest/

    Shuttle starts at 2 pm and the schedule is as follows:

    Madison Children’s Museum: 2:00 pm, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5:00, 5:45, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 8:45, 9:30, Last stop 10:15 pm.

    One Barrel Brewing: 2:10 pm, 2:55, 3:40, 4:25, 5:10, 5:55, 6:40, 7:25, 8:10, 8:55, Last stop 9:40 pm.

    Next Door Brewing: 2:12 pm, 2:57, 3:42, 4:27, 5:12, 5:57, 6:42, 7:27, 8:12, 8:57, Last stop 9:42 pm.

    House of Brews: 2:20 pm, 3:05, 3:50, 4:35, 5:20, 6:05, 6:50, 7:35, 8:20, 9:05, Last stop 9:50.

    Please be outside and ready to board the bus at the stop times indicated. The bus will stop, unload riders, load riders waiting and immediately take off. It is likely the shuttle will run behind schedule when rush hour hits but please be patient. And don’t forget, it’s FREE!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    2 pm - 7 pmMadison's | 119 King Street Madison, WI 53703

    The brewers at Goose Island Beer Company are raiding their cellar and bringing all three years of BCS Proprietors for a kick-ass vertical tapping!

    4pm: 2015 BCBS Proprietors
    5pm: 2014 BCBS Proprietors
    6pm: 2013 BCBS Proprietors

    Madison's will be pouring all of your favorite Goose Island beers throughout the day with special appearances from our sour sisters, Juliet, Halia and Gillian.

    Come by to meet the Goose Island crew and have some beers with us!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    3 - 9 pmFunk Factory Geuzeria | 1604 Gilson St, Madison, WI 53715

    The pre-party Sour and Funky beer. O'so Brewing Company - Tap House will be headlining the show and we have some awesome funky brewery friends stopping by. Food Trucks from Underground Food Collective and El Grito Taqueria.                       Details here

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    3:00 pmGenna's Lounge | 105 W. Main St. Madison, WI 53703

    Come join us at Madison's favorite patio and hang out with the fun people and great beer from MobCraft .

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    3 pm - 12 amParched Eagle Brewpub | 5440 Willow Rd #112 Westport, WI 53597

    Our pre-Great Taste party wil feature the release of two new beers and the fine acoustic rock stylings of local faves TREEMO!

    At 3pm we'll tap GLUTEN TOLERANT Wheatwine! This huge malted wheat/barley monster is our biggest beer brewed yet at 10.7% abv. Tons of caramel malt flavor/sweetness with a bit of spicy wheat aromatics followed by 69 IBUs of balancing hop bitterness.

    At 6:50 a very special/limited release for that night only: HOP-BORER Sour IPA! Yes the brett fermented version of our flagship beer HOP-BEARER. Hopheads and Brettheads unite on GT Eve!

    Then TREEMO takes the stage at 7:30 for two stellar sets.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    3 pm - 12 amRockhound Brewing Company | 444 S Park St. Madison, WI 53715

    An exclusive tap takeover at Rockhound Brewing Company, the night before The Great Taste of the Midwest! The Fermentorium, a new brewery in Cedarburg, just north of Milwaukee, will have four of their brews on tap here at Rockhound. Neither Rockhound nor The Fermentorium are in the Great Taste this year, so this will be the only place to get their beer in Madison! Come by and try all four Fermentorium beers on tap. Tapping starts at 3pm! Available all evening, or until they are gone. PLUS select other guest taps will be on happy hour special all night long!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    3:00 pmThe Argus | 123 E. Main St. Madison, WI 53703

    The Argus Bar and Grille will be tapping three special sour ale offerings from Three Floyds on Friday 8/12. There will be plenty of Zombie Dust and other evil brews. FFF tapping will begin at 3 pm and go until the kegs are kicked.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    4 - 8 pmRobinia Courtyard | 829 E Washington Ave Madison, WI 53703

    Free appetizers 4-8pm.
    For every Capital brewery beer that you drink, you are entered to win a Mongoose Fat Tire Bicycle (drawing that night)!
    We will also be raffling off two (2) tickets to Great Taste of the Midwest!

    Hang out in one of the most beautiful courtyards in Madison with the Capital Brewery folks and Thirsty Pagan gang! Come meet two of the few Female brewmasters in the state, Ashley Kinart of Capital Brewery and Allyson Rolph of Thirsty Pagan! Taste their creations and enter to win a Mongoose Fat Tire Bike and Great Taste Tickets!

    Robina Courtyard is a 3,500 SF private courtyard in the CapEast District available to patrons of A-OK, Barolo and Julep restaurants. Come stop in and enjoy this urban gem.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    4:00 pmHeritage Tavern | 131 E Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703

    Upland Brewing Co. is teaming up with the Heritage Tavern to bring you some of our world class beers. We've put together lineup complete with several rare and special releases including our Peach Lambic and Hopsynth Sour. Come enjoy Great Taste Eve with us. Cheers!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    4 pm - 2 amThe Robin Room | 821 E Johnson St. Madison, WI 53703

    We're thrilled to be hosting Door County Brewing Co. for our inaugural Great Taste of the Midwest Pre-party Tap Takeover! Join us on the Friday before the Taste to enjoy a taste of beautiful Door County, Chad's homeland. Here's what's on tap:

    Draft List
    Apricot Dude Ranch - Farmhouse wheat beer aged on 90 lbs of apricots and dry hopped with Mosaic hops.
    Tropique - Super saison dry hopped with New Zealand Motueka hops.
    Big Sister - Belgian style witbier brewed with hibiscus.
    Frank - IPA brewed with oats, Mosaic, Centennial, and Columbus hops.
    Hondo - Farmhouse wheat beer brewed with lemongrass, lime zest and pink peppercorns.
    Polka King - English style porter.
    Little Sister - Belgian style witbier brewed with a blend of different spices.
    Sideshow - Belgian IPA brewed with El Dorado, Huell Melon, and Mandarina Bavaria hops.
    Pastoral - Saison brewed with Door County grown barley.
    Bearded Silurian Stout - Milk Stout brewed with vanilla beans and espresso.
    Kiwi Cowboy - Firkin of our Norwegian Rye Pale Ale hopped with Centennial and Azacca hops, aged on kiwi fruit.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    4 pm - ?The Malt House | 2609 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53704

    On the Eve of the Great Taste of the Midwest, we're pouring a slew of great beers from the great beer state of Wisconsin. We welcome friends old and new to enjoy a glass of our brewmasters' art, poured across our pre-civil war bar. We've got the goods!

    Ale Asylum High Coup
    Capital 30th Anniversary Imperial Pils
    Central Waters Cassian Sunset (Barrel aged stout with coffee, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.)
    Great Dane German Pils
    House Of Brews Kremlin Imperial Stout
    Karben4 Idiot Farm DIPA
    Lake Louie Oktoberfest
    Lakefront firkin: Snakechaser aged on whiskey infused sugar maple
    New Glarus Belgian Red
    Next Door Plumptuous (scotch ale)
    One Barrel BBL Big Bear (Belgian dark strong)
    Parched Eagle firkin: Hop Bearer IPA
    Vintage Rhine Heights (altbier)
    WBC Nectarine (pale ale)

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    4 pm - ?The Side Door Grill and Tap | 240 W Gilman St. Madison, WI 53703

    Six Barley John's taps-
    The Dark Knight 13.8% barrel aged Porter,
    Mango Double Pale ale 6.5%,
    Cone Gnome the Barbarian-DIPA-10.1%,
    Wild Brunette-wild rice brown ale-7.2%,
    Armageddgnome 8.9% wheat wine,
    Miabock-8.5% double decocted larger.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5:00 pmCraftsman Table and Tap | 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave. Middleton, WI 53562

    Come join us and our friends from Nebraska Brewing Company for our annual Pre-Great Taste Tap Takeover. Featuring 6 of their brews: EOS, IPA, White IPA, Summertime Rye, Melange a Trois & Tarte Apricot Saison. Starts at 5pm and goes until close.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5:00 pmCardinal Bar | 418 E Wilson St Madison, WI 53703

    Join us for a tap feature of MKE Brewing Co. new, limited and rare release beers. Meet the MKE Brewing team and enjoy live music at 5:30p
    Featured Beers:
    - Citrus Happy Grapefruit IPA
    - Citron Saison - a special limited release made with Meyer Lemon Peel, Lime Peel and Tangerine Peel
    - 2015 Louie's Resurrection Bourbon Barrel Aged Amber Ale
    - Hop Freak Double IPA - infused with Jasmine Tea
    - Gin Barrel Aged O-Gii - 2015 Festival of Barrel Aged Beer Gold Medal Winner

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 10 pmGraze | 1 S Pinckney St. Madison, WI 53703

    Limited release Potosi Beers on tap including the first release of the 2016 Potosi Slugger (Whiskey Barrel-Aged Slugger Imperial Stout). Meet the Potosi brewery team, enjoy the patio and great food.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 10 pmGrampa's Pizzeria | 1374 Williamson St. Madison, WI 53703

    Broadway Brewery in collaboration with Grampa's Pizzeria present a pairing of Broadway's Summer Seasonal Cherry Saison with a Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad! Come join us for some great eat's and delicious beer!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 12 amBrasserie V | 1923 Monroe St. Madison, WI 53711

    We love tradition.
    This will be our third straight year hosting St. Louis’ Perennial Artisan Ales the night before Great Taste of the Midwest and, if past years are any indication, some of you are already in line. Perennial is graciously hooking us up with at least eight taps, including some rare, one-off, or taproom-only beers. Here is the expected tap list with one more barrel aged surprise to be added:
    -Blonde Ale (session-strength dry Belgian ale)
    -Hommel Bier (hoppy Belgian ale)
    -Saison de Lis (chamomile saison)
    -Funky Wit Raspberry (foeder-aged witbier soured in wine barrels with raspberries)
    -Glitter & Gold (honey saison)
    -Von Pampelmouse (grapefruit/mandarin Berliner-style weisse)
    -Foeder Saison (told tasting Phenomenal!)
    -17 (imperial mint stout)
    -Abraxas 2014 (imperial stout, ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, cinnamon)
    -Devil’s Heart of Gold (wheat-wine aged in 12 yr Elijah Craig bourbon barrels)

    These will be tapped along with some special beers from some of our European friends!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 2 amEssen Haus, Come Back Inn, & Up North | 514 E Wilson St Madison, WI 53703

    Celebrate the Great Taste of the Midwest Eve on the 500 Block of E. Wilson St. this Friday, August 12th. The Essen Haus, Come Back In & Up North are joining forces to throw one GIANT Great Taste Eve Block Party complete with craft beer from three Midwestern breweries (Revolution, One Barrel & Hinterland), live music and giveaways. The party starts at 5pm. See complete details below.

    Revolution Brewing is breaking away from the Windy City for the evening to throw an Oktoberfest Release Party at the Essen Haus. They're taking over the outside deck & patio from 5pm-8pm with five featured brews. Revolution's Fist City Chicago Pale Ale and Oktoberfest German-style Märzen are returning for another year. Keller Pils and Keller Oktoberfest, two of Revolutions rarer recipes, are also making the journey to the Haus, along with their Very Mad Cow Barrel-aged Milk Stout. Choose your favorite, fill up one of Revolution's one-liter glass steins for a discount deal (while supplies last) and get ready to polka. The David Austin Band will perform out on the patio during this bodacious beer event.

    Madison's own One Barrel Brewing will be next door at the Come Back In. They're also stopping by from 5pm-8pm with four fabulous beers to try. Commuter Kölsch, Willie Wee Heavy and their limited release "Don't Touch My Chandelier" Pilsner with orange and coriander will all be tapped for the occasion. One Barrel is also bringing their super exclusive #500 Belgian Quadruple with a pint glass to keep (while supplies last). The Dead Sea Squirrels are joining in on the fun with free live music from 5pm-8pm.

    The Up North will close out the night with Hinterland Brewing at 8pm. This Green Bay brewery is bringing seven spectacular brews to the block party. Hinterland's Weizen Bier, Berliner Weisse, Cherry Wheat, Evergreen Session IPA, Packerland Pilsner, Oktoberfest and Saison will be ready to fill those pint glasses until bartime... or until it's gone. Chow down on a FREE brat from Jenifer Street Market with every purchase (while supplies last) and enjoy the musical stylings of Paulie Matushek from 8pm-11pm. Never a cover.

    Three breweries. Three bars. One night. Prost!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 8 pmJordan's Big 10 Pub | 1330 Regent St, Madison, WI

    Celebrate this pre-Great Taste event with Lake Louie's first ever released Oktoberfest Märzen style beer. Meet and greet Lake Louie Brewing Company's Brewmaster Tommy Porter and celebrate their 16 years of brewing with a glass of their Oktoberfest.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 8 pmMr. Brews Taphouse | 103 W Broadway Monona, WI 53716

    Featuring limited and small batch beers. These include our:
    Small Batch Collaboration Kirsche Berliner Weisse on tart cherries
    Small Batch Semi Dry Hard Cider
    Small Batch Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Nevermore Stout
    Small Batch Double Bubble Imperial IPA brewed with raw honey
    Unforgiven Amber Ale

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - 9 pmBos Meadery | 849 E Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53703

    Bos Meadery will have some new and rare meads on tap, plus live Marimba from Eric De Los Santos.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - ?Chief's Tavern | 300 Cottage Grove Rd Madison, WI 53714

    Not just a takeover... A tap domination. Join Brewer Ryan for a pint at 5 pm. Featuring 10 Tyranena lines including:

    - Island Booty Imp. Brown Ale Aged in Rum Barrels
    - Wrath of Rocky 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Imp. Brown Ale
    - High Class Broad Imp. Brown Ale Aged in Brandy Barrels
    - Socialite Imp. Brown Ale Aged in Red Wine Barrels
    - The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imp. Oatmeal Porter
    - Devil Over A Barrel Barrel-Aged Coffee Imp. Oatmeal Porter
    - Draft Only Mango Imp. IPA
    - Scurvy IPA brewed with Orange Peel
    - Bitter Woman IPA
    - Rocky's Revenge

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    5 pm - CloseEcho Tap | 554 W Main St. Madison, WI 53703

    Summit Celebrates 30 years of artfully crafted beers at The Echo Tap. We will host 3 limited release offerings from our 30th Anniversary Series along with many other year round favorites. Specialty tapping of a Fruit Punch Berliner Weisse (The only keg to leave Summit's Tap room!!) @ 7pm !!! Summit Swag & Giveaways including Tickets to our 30th Anniversary Backyard Bash

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    2016
    5 pm - CloseNatt Spil | 211 King St. Madison, WI 53703

    DJ s will be spinning tunes, 5 different Furthermore beers will be featured including a pin of Black Clouds with "coffee'd up". Natt Spil will also match up small plates with the beers on draft that night too.

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    5 pm - CloseThe Coopers Tavern | 20 W Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703

    3rd Sign Brewery line up:
    -Jungle Grapefruit IPA
    -Sauer Kirsche Tart Cherry IPA
    -Pollux Belgian Style Wit w/Passion fruit

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    5 pm-12:45 amOff Broadway Drafthouse | 5404 Raywood Rd. Madison, WI 53713

    Come and join us as we host the official New Glarus Brewery Pre-Great Taste Party. We will be feature 12+ lines of New Glarus draft. Our fish fry will be going on with all of our fried fish made with a Spotted Cow batter. $1 off all New Glarus product all weekend long starting Friday going through Sunday. Come in on Saturday with your Great Taste ticket and enjoy $1 off any breakfast entree and a free Spotted Cow chaser with any Bloody Mary.

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    2016
    6:00 pmThe Edgewater | 1001 Wisconsin Place Madison, WI 53703

    Join in on Door County Brewing Company’s exclusive Great-Taste-Eve-Party on The Statehouse Terraces, where you’ll get to meet the family and brewers of this favorite Edgewater brewery. We’ll be featuring a specially crafted menu by Chef Joe Heppe to pair with some of our favorite beers from DCBC. The Statehouse Terraces are perched just above The Edgewater Plaza, so you will get the best view in town of the BrewgrassFriday live music from Shaffer’s Lost 40 from on high!

    Be sure to come early as space is limited.

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    2016
    6 pm - 10 pmNext Door Brewing | 2439 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI

    Come taste some of the best that the Milwaukee Craft Beer Scene has to offer!
    We will be featuring beers from the following Milwaukee breweries:
    Good City Brewing
    Brenner Brewing
    Sprecher Brewing
    Raised Grain Brewing

    as well as some favorites and surprises from Next Door!

    We will also be participating in the HopHead Shuttle between us, One Barrel Brewing Company, Mob the House at House of Brews, and the Madison Children's Museum pre-GToM event!

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    2016
    6 pm - 12 amMr. Brews Taphouse | 305 W Johnson St. Madison, WI 53703

    Tap takeovers with O'so sours and O'Fallen barrel aged pumpkin beers. See Facebook page for more details.

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    2016
    6 pm - 9 pmThe Mason Lounge | 416 S Park St. Madison, WI 53715

    Veteran brewer Bill Morgan will be on hand to discuss his beers and his many years of pouring at the Great Taste, his political leanings, the post-punk era, pre-code Hollywood, classical mechanics, steel-tip darts, and of course, Prince. This year's selections include:

    Blue Pils
    (German-style Pilsener - a Mason exclusive - not available at the Great Taste)
    Hattori Hanzō Pale Ale (100% Sorachi Ace hops)
    Cherry Milk Stout (speaks for itself)
    Sour IPA (ditto)

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    6 pm - ?Glass Nickel Madison-East | 2916 Atwood Ave. Madison, WI, 53704

    As a warm up for The Great Taste Of The Midwest, come sample some California brews that won't be available at the main event, due to their West Coast origins. Featuring 15 lines of unique beers from: Ballast Point, Lagunitas, North Coast, Bear Republic & Coronado breweries!

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    2016
    6 pm - ?Up North Bar | 150 S Blair St Madison, WI 53703

    We're taking over 8 taps at the Up North and grilling up some beer brats! Join owner Bill Tressler, Brewmaster Joe Karls, and others from the Hinterland team for a great line-up of beers before the big fest!
    The line-up will be:
    Stovepipe Bourbon Barrel Imperial Coffee Stout
    Berliner Weisse
    Weizen Bier
    Ever Green IPA
    Cherry Wheat
    Saison
    Packerland Pilsner
    Saison Farmhouse Ale

    Brats are made with Packerland Pilsner, and will be grilled up starting at 6 pm!

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    6 pm to ?Wisconsin Brewing Tap Haus | 107 State St, Madison, WI

    Join us at the Wisconsin Brewing Tap Haus as we perform warm up exercises for the Great Taste of the Midwest!

    The agenda (in no particular order)...

    ...fabulous drink specials
    ...the debut of never-before-seen beers
    ...raffling of rare bourbon barrel bombers, growlers (and fills), as well as other sought-after brewery merch
    ...delighting the throngs with witty banter
    ...rumored (not confirmed) appearances by Aaron Rodgers and Bruno Mars

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    7 pm - 9 pmThe Brass Ring | 701 E. Washington Ave Madison, WI 53701

    Badger State beer fans join us at the Brass Ring as we tap eight Boulevard kegs and celebrate the Great Taste of the Midwest.

    Available brands:

    Tank 7
    The Calling
    Tell Tale Tart
    Ginger Lemon Radler
    Tropical Pale Ale
    Unfiltered Wheat
    Single Wide IPA
    Pale Ale

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    9 am - 8 pmDexter's Pub | 301 North St. Madison, WI 53704
    Join Dexter's and our friends from Toppling Goliath to celebrate the Great Taste Eve!
     
    PATIO PARTY @ 9am-8pm
    ~Morning Delight will be tapped at 9am. Line starts at front door an will flow through Dexter's out to the patio. Limit two 5oz pours per person. CASH ONLY!
    ~Free donuts & coffee on the patio, while they last
    ~Dorothy's, pseudo Sue, and Thresher will be avaliable for sale outside.
    ~Firkin tappings @ 9am & 3pm. What is in the Firkins you ask? We will release that information soon.
    ***PLEASE NOTE: THE PATIO IS CASH ONLY***
     
    INSIDE @ DEXTER'S PUB
    ~Bar opens inside at 11am. 
    ~Limited 'Special Events' menu, including Dexter's Famous Fish Fry.
    ~Amazing Toppling Goliath line-up to include:
    *Rover Truck
    *Sumo
    *NugMo
    *Chain Smoker
    *King Sue
    *Pompeii
    *Naughty 90
    *Golden Nugget
    *pseudo Sue
    *Dorothy's
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    ?Merchant |121 S Pinckney St. Madison, WI 53703

    Door County Brewing Co. will once again be taking over the taps at the Merchant. They'll be pouring a mix of draft only and one off specialty beers.

    Draft List
    Ex-Cowboy - Rye pale ale brewed with Centennial and Azacca and fermented with our Norwegian farmhouse yeast culture.
    Tropique - Super saison dry hopped with New Zealand Motueka hops.
    Hondo - Farmhouse table beer brewed with lemongrass, lime zest and pink peppercorns.
    Frank - IPA brewed with oats and hopped with Mosaic, Centennial and Columbus hops.
    Apricot Dude Ranch - Farmhouse wheat beer brewed with Mosaic hops and aged on 90 lbs of apricots.

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    All DayBrickhouse BBQ | 408 W. Gorham Madison, WI 53703

    Pre party featuring:
    -Boulder Brewing Co.
    -Left Hand Brewing Co.
    -3rd Sign Brewery
    -North Coast Brewing Co.
    Two Brothers Brewery

  • Fri
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    2016
    12:00 pmHopcat | 222 W Gorham St. Madison, WI 53703

    22 Founders Draft Beers invade Hopcat on State Street. Get here early and stay late. Timed Tappings of Special kegs all afternoon. Happy Hour will be all smiles!

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    1:00 pmBrickhouse BBQ | 408 W. Gorham Madison, WI 53703

    Love Central Waters but couldn't score tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest? Well you're in luck! We'll be be tapping a selection of the very same beers we'll be pouring at the festival on Saturday at Brickhouse BBQ! Taps will include Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout, The Promise, Bloody Sunrise, & more!