Friday, August 5, 2011

Your Guide to the Pre-Great Taste Events

Wednesday (8/10) Night Events
Dexter's Pub (301 North St, Near East): New Belgium Brewery Showcase
- New Belgium Lips of Faith Brands: Ooh La La Ale; La Folie; Dunkelweiss; Abbey Grand Cru; Super Cru; Pamela's IPA; Drew's Ale; Vrienden (4:00-7:00pm - $15 Flights/$6.00 pours; 7:00-Close - $20 Flights/$7.50 pours)

Thursday (8/11) Night Events
Star Liquor (1209 Williamson St, Near East): Central Waters Tasting (4pm - 7pm) (free)

Barriques Fitchburg (5957 McKee Road, West Side): Sample Tasting (free)

The Malt House (2609 E Washington Ave, Near East) - Upland Brewing Co (Bloomington, IN) and Great Lakes Brewing Co (Cleveland, OH)
- Great Lakes Brewing Co. Taplist: Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout; Holy Moses; Burning River; Lake Erie Monster

Friday (8/12) Night Events
Barriques Coffee Trader (127 W. Washington Ave, Downtown): Great Lakes Brewing Co. (7pm - 9pm)
- Meet the Brewers of Great Lakes Brewing Company - Beer, Food and the folks that make the beer (and the food)

The Coopers Tavern (20 West Mifflin St, Downtown) - Lagunitas Brewing Co (Petaluma, CA)

Old Fashioned (23 N Pinckney St, Downtown) - Hinterland (Green Bay, WI), Red Eye Brewing Co (Wausau, WI), Dave's BrewFarm (Wilson, WI)
- Red Eye Taps: Two year old Belgian golden strong ale, aged on French Oak ("Tempt"), and "Big Betty" Dunkleweiss (new seasonal).

Tornado Room (116 S Hamilton St, Downtown) - O'so Brewing Co (Plover, WI) 
- 8 O'so lines with very Rare O'so Beers and a fundraiser with some proceeds going the Underground Kitchen

Madison's (119 King St, Downtown): Goose Island Brewing Co (Chicago, IL) (5pm - 7pm complimentary samples; 7pm - close cash bar)
- Serving: Goose Island IPA (English Style IPA); Goose Island Matilda (Belgium Style Pale Ale); Goose Island Sofie (Belgium Style Farmhouse Ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel); Goose Island Fleur (Belgium Style Pale Ale blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea); Goose Island Pepe Nero (Belgium Style Farmhouse Ale brewed with black peppercorns); Goose Island Demolition (Belgium Style Golden Ale); 5 Vintage reserve/experimental beers new to Wisconsin; Goose Island Gourmet 100% cane sugar Sodas

Tipsy Cow (102 King St, Downtown) - New Holland Brewing Co (New Holland, MI), Furthermore Beer (Spring Green, WI), Dark Horse Brewing Co (Dexter, MI)

Argus Bar (123 E Main St, Downtown): Three Floyds Brewing Co (Munster, IN)

Maduro (117 E Main St, Downtown): Bells Brewing Co (Kalamazoo, MI)

Paradise Lounge (119 W Main St, Downtown): August Schell Brewing Co (New Ulm, MN) (8pm - ?)
- Meet Ted Marty, 5th Generation of the family-owned brewery; win prizes; Hefeweizen and Firebrick pint specials all night

Capital Tap Haus (107 State Street, Downtown) - Capital Brewing Co (Middleton, WI) (5pm - 7pm)
- Join Capital Brewery Brewmaster, Kirby Nelson, at the Capital Tap Haus and sample (direct from the lagering tank) 2011 Eternal Flame.The first 50 people through the door receive a complimentary Capital Brewery souvenir glass. $2.50 pints of Supper Club.

Brickhouse BBQ (408 W Gorham St, Downtown): The Beer Spot and Brickhouse present Central Waters, Shorts, and Nebraska Brewing.
- Shorts Brewing Company Taplist: Dan's Pink Skirt - American IPA; Spruce Pils - Imperial India Pilsner made with Blue Spruce Tips; Bludgeon Yer Eye - American India Black Ale; Crunchy Grooves - Organic Pilsner; Kolsch 45 - German Kolsch Ale; Smoked Apple Ale - German Rauch Beer made with Apples; Chocolate Wheat - Strong Porter made with Chocolate malt, not chocolate and ample amounts of wheat, but it's not a wheat beer; Nicie Spicie - American Wheat made with Lemon and Orange Zest, coriander, and three kinds of peppercorns; Stellar Ale - American Pale Ale; Saison Du Shorts - Saison

East Side
Dexters (301 North St, Near East): Pearl Street Brewery (La Crosse, WI) and Summit Brewing Co (Twin Cities)
- Pearl Street Party! Live music by La Crosse and Madison collaboration band - "The Organic Banana Quartet featuring members of Smokin' Bandits and Clovis Mann. We have a door man taking names at the door. Every 20 minutes, we'll give away a door prize all night long. We'll have PSB, Summit and Dexters swag. At 10:45 we do a special tapping of the infamous Bedwetter Barleywine! Every Pearl Street Beer sold all night is a chance to win a pair of Great Taste tickets. Drawing for GT tickets is at midnight. Must be present to win.

Malt House (2609 E Washington Ave, Near East) - Lakefront Brewing Co (Milwaukee, WI)
- Lakefront Brewing Co Taplist: Fixed Gear; Bridgeburner; Oktoberfest; Rosie; East Side Dark; Gravity-fed Stichfass kegs: Barrel-aged Fuel Café; Klisch Pilsner

Glass Nickel Pizza (2916 Atwood Ave, Near East) - Founders Brewing Co (Grand Rapids, MI)

Alchemy Cafe (1980 Atwood Ave, Near East) - Potosi Brewing Co (Potosi, WI)(8pm - 11pm)
- The Alchemy Cafe will be hosting the Potosi Brewing Co. preparty on Friday August 12th at 8pm. Later in the evening(around 11) the band Nuggernaut will be playing some funk/jazz

Drackenberg's Cigar Bar (605 N. Sherman Ave, East Side) - Sand Creek Brewing Co (Black River Falls, WI) and Potosi Brewing Co (Potosi, WI) (Potosi 6pm-7:30pm; Sand Creek 8pm - 11pm)
- Sand Creek will be providing some very special beers. One very special beer will be in a very special barrel and will be available for the first time only at Drackenbergs.

West Side
Mason Lounge (416 S. Park St, Near West): Blind Pig Brewery (Champaign, IL) (6:30pm - 9:30pm)
- Bill Morgan, the brewmaster from the Blind Pig brewery in Champagne IL, will be swinging by the Mason to pour tastes

Jordans Big Ten Pub (1330 Regent St, Near West) - Jolly Pumpkin (Dexter, MI) and Upland Brewing Co (Bloomington, IN).

Brasserie V (1923 Monroe St, Near West) - Shelton Brothers Importers

Vintage Brewing Co (674 S. Whitney Way, West Side): Titletown Brewing Co (Green Bay, WI) (6pm - 9pm)
- Titletown Brewers Dave Oldenberg and Dave Malcolm will be there. Vintage will be providing some special releases of our own as well!


  1. Hi Jeff--
    Thanks for posting the updated location for the O'So event. I should clarify that we'll be in the Corral Room right below the Tornado, from 8:30PM-1:30AM--just walk down the stairs by the Hamilton St. entrance. I'm most looking forward to tapping the brandy barrel Dank w/ brett, but I'll send the full lineup and a few additional details via email.
    --Hastings (Underground)

  2. Founders list is up. Darn, no CBS.

    Join us at the Glass Nickel Pizza Co. for a tasting of the following beers (prior to the Great Taste of the Midwest!):

    Blushing Monk
    Devil Dancer
    Curmudgeon Old Ale
    Cashew Mountain Brown

  3. i put together a map of everything (at least i think so...let me know if i'm missing anything)

  4. Tyranena is going to be at Merchant (according to the Tyranena email) friday night.

  5. Ted Marti. Not Ted Marty.


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