Great Dane Brew Pub (Dane County Regional Airport)

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Great Dane Brew Pub (Dane County Regional Airport)Great Dane Brew Pub (Dane County Regional Airport)

Type: Bar, Eatery

4000 International Ln
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-3134
United States

(608) 243-9614 | map

Located at Gates 7-8.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 10-16-2007

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of redleg411
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of csiewert
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped off here on my way out of Madison for a couple of beers and a bite... The beer selection is pretty good for an airport bar, with numerous drafts of Great Dane's most popular beer, including a rotating seasonal tap. They do offer flights, with big pours, so you can get a good idea of what they have to offer. The food is typical bar food, nothing spectacular. The service was good... very friendly and attentive. The cost was probably the biggest detractor, but since it is in the airport that is to be expected. Definitely worth a visit if you're stuck in the airport for some time.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Rare is the occasion when I fly in or out of Mad City. These days, it's usually the bus, but I was out for a wedding and I had some time to kill awaiting my return flight.

It was located across the hall between Gates 7 and 8 and the entry was in the middle of the space, flanked by large windows. High tables and chairs lined the windows. A list of their available beers were on their wall, entering, with an 1884 B & W photo of Der Liederkranz on the left wall, fronted by some standard restaurant tables and chairs. Continuing aft, the "U"-shaped, copper topped bar was on the right with a couple of booths on the left and a sea of standard tables and chairs in the center. The back wall had benches fronted by standard tables and chairs. It was very low-key and quiet on a Sunday morning, with the only real sound coming from CNN on one of the three or four monitors throughout.

Beers: six (6) drafts - all GD craft brews. Five (5) were standard - Verrickte Stadt GER Pils; Peck's Pils; Crop Circle Wheat; Old Glory APA; Stone of Scone Scotch Ale, plus one (1) seasonal.

In BT - MGD, Millite, Mil Hi Life.

Food? Yeah, but I wasn't hungry.

Mom? Well, first she has to have a flight into/out of Madison...

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Photo of drseamus
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Well, it is an airport bar, so I suppose my standards should be lower, but they aren't. Comparing this to the downtown location, they have a much shorter menu and many fewer beers. The portions on the meals are also much smaller. My main problem was with their beer selection though. They have a variety of different beers that they make, but at the airport they only had 6. And it was a terrible selection at that. Two pilseners, an APA, a scotch, an ESB and something else light. That's a crappy selection. Nothing dark and two nearly identical beers. They make so many good ones too!

That said, the quality of the beers is great and the quality of the food is great and if you're stuck in the airport, go here. Just be prepared to pay a lot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

As far as airport bars go, at least you can't complain about the beer selection here!

It's slightly nicer in appearance than most, but it'll always have that airport ambiance streaming through the entranceway... and let's face it, this is only a place that you'll go while you're waiting to go somewhere else.

That said, you won't find anything that's not available at one of the other locations (obviously), but the beer is still good, and the service is better than most airport bars. I've never eaten here, and I'd highly doubt that it's even close to the food at the Dane - I think it's all done by a large concession that does the whole airport, but I'm just guessing at that.

Still, I'd be happy to sit myself down and have a pint or two (or three) while I wait for my delayed or missed Northwest flight (I think I have about a 10% connection rate right now).

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

The Great Dane Brew Pub at the Dane County Regional Airport (Madison, WI’s airport) is a miniaturized and airportisized version of its downtown self. It’s not much different than your average airport bar. A small handful of Great Dane beers are available which makes it a touch better than most airport bars, usually: Pecks Pilsener, Crop Circle Hefeweisse, Piper’s Scotch Ale, one other brew and a seasonal, usually Mallard’s Ale. The service is great. The bar seems to be solely staffed by the friendly blonde lady that has worked in the various bars of the Dane County airport for a decade and maybe more. As I recall, she used to make a mean bloody mary when she ran the old bar near baggage claim so keep that in mind. The food menu is like a mini version of the downtown Dane’s in appearance, however, most entrées at the airport come out with smaller portions and with less quality. For instance, Tara’s Cajun Chicken Sandwich is a staple for me at the downtown Dane. It’s served with a large grilled chicken breast, fresh fixings, and great pub chips on a nice roll with homemade chipotle mayo. The airport Dane’s version was one fried chicken strip with some hot sauce on it served with crappy french fries. Other food at the airport Dane follows this dumbed down pattern. Still, the big downfall of the Great Dane at the airport is price. Seeing as it is at an airport this is expected but still, paying $7 or $7.50 a pint is a touch outrageous.

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Great Dane Brew Pub (Dane County Regional Airport) in Madison, WI
3.53 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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