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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
55 Beers
736 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 158
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

123 E. Doty St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States
phone: (608) 284-0000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greatdanepub

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Reviews by rarevos:
Photo of rarevos
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had the pleasure of stopping in here on a recent trip to Madison, and it was well worth the half-hour wait to get a table.

Started the night off with a cask ale, a rarity any place in my travels. Had the Extra Pale Ale on cask while we waited for a table, which was surprisingly good. While I sipped, I took in the interior. Wood paneling everywhere, reminiscent of some English pubs I saw during my UK trip earlier this year. High ceilings. Loud, expected for a Friday night. Good beer selection, all in-house. Noted that the special board had a beer labeled "our lightest offering!", presumably to take the choice out of the equation for a Corona-only drinker who wanders in off the street. That's beside the point. The point: good beer selection. Ten or so taps of regular offerings (try the Porter!) and a Specials board with seasonal or irregular beers. I noted a lot of folks drinking the honey pilsner and a wheat something-or-other with a slice of orange in it. It was 94 degrees outside.

Inside seating seemed a bit loud, and we were unfortunately within earshot of a mid-30s frat guy who apparently never discovered it's not appropriate to refer to attractive women as "pussy" when they walk in the door. It's big city, and it takes all kinds, I guess, but thankfully it took just a few more minutes to be shown to our table out back, and we left him to his shots of bottom-shelf whiskey that he was doing by himself. Cheers, buddy.

Spacious seating out back, very private, and significantly quieter than the indoor seating. Menu was expansive, and had a nice combination of "typical pub fare," "typical Wisconsin fare," and "something for the vegetarians and foodsnobs." I'd go back for the food, for sure.

Beer was very good. No 11% abv Java stout brewed on All Soul's Day with rainwater and 11 kinds of hops and served in a unique pewter glass to be destroyed immediately upon consumption, but there were plenty of nicely balanced session ales. The ESB was very good, and the IPA was also (though I don't know what "Texas Speed Bump" refers to). Their cream soda was excellent, and red. Seriously. It's red. The other plus was that the beer was served at proper temperature. But the verdict here is that it was very tasty, very solid brewpub beer. Great choice of sessionables.

They do sampler flights of various sizes, and pints were in the $4 to $4.50 range. Four of us had dinner and beers for around 65 bucks, which was well worth it. I'm already looking forward to going back.

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Great food, decent service, atrocious beer! I absolutely adored the burger I had. It was perfectly cooked and certainly tasted as if it were cooked over an open flame. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

But the beer, oh man, Freddy Kruger couldn't inspire worse nightmares. I ordered the bitter on cask and while it was served at the proper cask temp and all ... it was obviously infected. Next up was the mild ale and boom full of diacetyl. A little butter is OK in some English styles, but this was swimming in movie theater sludge. At that point, I decided to quit while I was only slightly behind.

I've been waiting about ten years to get back to Madison so I could try the offerings at The Great Dane and this was a massive let down.

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) in Madison, WI
94 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.