Great Taste Pre-Party Events Thread

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  1. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,687) May 12, 2005 New York
    Society Trader

    I'm always impressed that people are still out and about at 10pm on the 'eve. I'm long gone by then...
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  2. macewank

    macewank Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    Word.. That's really the best way to handle it. They had a ton of MD last year at GTMW (I was able to go thru the line a couple of times while checking out their neighbors), so I think I'm mostly interested in the SR-71 for the pre-party. Didn't have a chance to try it when it was available in bombers, so this'll be my last chance!

    If it ends up being later in the night, that's even better. I'm staying downtown at the Hyatt Place, so I can get all of my walking distance stuff done by then, grab some TG, and get some sleep.
  3. pawpaw

    pawpaw Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2011 Wisconsin

    People are going to lose their minds when Dexter's announces how they're going to handle MD/SR71.
    Personally, I think it's an amazing idea.

  4. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois

    Tell us the plan or you're just bragging
  5. chrisisoutrunning

    chrisisoutrunning Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2014 Wisconsin

    If you're going to allude to something that people will probably hate, my guess is that they'll hand out tickets at a certain time (say 6:00) and then not tap them until 9, 10, or 11. That being said, I've never been good at guessing games.

    Personally, I hope it isn't that. I'm helping set up for the GT until 6, then have to drive out to Mt. Horeb to meet my son's new babysitter. (I didn't pick the night and I'm not overly happy with my wife's scheduling...)
  6. HoudiniRN

    HoudiniRN Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Minnesota

    Something else to keep in mind - They are going to have at least double the amount of MD this year possible 3x more depending if it was a 1/4 or 1/6 bbl last year...
  7. budanoo

    budanoo Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2014 Louisiana

    All this would do is create a cluster F at 6 and at tapping time. I doubt they want to double down on their clusters.
  8. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois

    Maybe they will do random tappings several times throughout the day.
  9. Lansman

    Lansman Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2011 Missouri

    Yes, everyone please go to Dexter's. Meanwhile, we'll be at Brickhouse BBQ for Central Waters enjoying the patio, decent food, no lines, and world-class beer without the hassle.
  10. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois

    Stouts aren't usually tapped till the evening / later on. Like 9/10 PM from my recollection (as it's been since they've started doing said event).
  11. ncusatis

    ncusatis Initiate (140) Dec 22, 2014 Wisconsin

    CW Black Gold will be at Brickhouse BBQ
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  12. WiscoTerr

    WiscoTerr Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2014 Colorado

    Hopcat announced theirs earlier...

    We've partnered with our friends at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids to bring in some of the highest-rated, hardest-to-find offerings in preparation for Great Taste of the Midwest.

    We’ll feature 17 Founders beers when we open at 11a.m.. Beginning at 4 p.m. we'll tap into some Founders rarieties, including the hard-to-find and highly rated KBS and CBS. At 5 p.m. a crew from Founders will join us with some Founders swag for our Great Taste warm-up party.

    Here's what we'll have on at 11 a.m.:

    • Founders Porter
    • Red’s Rye
    • All Day IPA
    • Centennial IPA
    • Dirty Bastard
    • Pale
    • Nitro Pale
    • Nitro Oatmeal
    • Nitro Rubaeus
    • Rubaeus
    • Mosaic Promise
    • Double Trouble
    • Devil Dancer
    • Imperial Stout
    • Curmudgeon
    • Angelic Revenge (Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale brewed for Great Taste)
    • Azzaca Double IPA (American Imperial IPA brewed for Great Taste)
    Our special release schedule includes:

    • 4 p.m. - Backwoods Bastard
    • 5 p.m. - Blushing Monk & Big Luscious
    • 6 p.m. - KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
    • 7 p.m. – CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

    Mosaic Promise coming back? I can't imagine this is a keg from last year, that would be around 11 months old.
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  13. jeffmwalcoff

    jeffmwalcoff Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2006 Ohio

    Brasserie V: Friday, August 7th – 4pm to Midnite

    Join us for a Great Taste Pre-party with our friends at Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis. Perennial focuses on hand-crafted, small batches of beer. Their beers are influenced mostly by Belgian and American craft styles, but the addition of premium ingredients such as fruits, spices or wild yeast strains sometimes causes the beers to defy traditional categories. Their barrel aging program features a wide variety of beers aged in wine and spirits barrels. On this night, we will be pouring 8 of their wonderful brews, many that are normally only available in their tasting room. Here is the lineup:

    Savant Beersel
    Fantastic Voyage
    Suburban Beverage
    Saison de Lis
    Mon Ami

    Many of the Perennial brewers and staff will be on hand to chat about their beers and share a beer with you, so come down and join us.

    Also that day, we will be tapping a few cool kegs from our cellar that we have been holding on to for a while that represent the unique and special beers that we always have pouring here. Check back soon for the list!
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  14. jeffmwalcoff

    jeffmwalcoff Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2006 Ohio

    Maduro is w/ Bells again:

    Opening at 10am on Friday the 8th for a Mega-Pre-Party! Beer-mosas (with Oberon), and Bloody Hearts (with Two Hearted) to kick off. Full tap takeover all day - 19 lines of unique brews from our Friends in Kalamazoo!
    We have tripled our outdoor seating capacity! More room for more beer!
  15. kkleu357

    kkleu357 Crusader (770) Apr 2, 2014 Wisconsin

    Too many great events to choose from. What a nice problem to have!
  16. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,382) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    The draught list: Special Double Cream Stout, Venus, Uranus, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout, Raspberry Wild One, Mango Habanero Oberon, Cherry Stout, Mars, Kalamazoo IPA, Wedding Ale, Sparkleberry, Two Hearted, Hopsoulution DIPA, Oarsman, Traverse City Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter and Bell's Lager of the Lakes
  17. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Disciple (354) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois

    They brewed it again this year. Its been on draft at Founders the past couple of months.
  18. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin

    Probably better run than that BA sump tapping last year at Brasserie V we had a seat at the bar they just ignored us until just before they ran out lol still got to try it but they either had a hard time with the crowd, which didnt seem that crazy, or poorly planned.
  19. WiscoTerr

    WiscoTerr Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2014 Colorado

    Womp Womp

    THANAT0PSIS Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    I love Brasserie V, but they do seem to have trouble handling crowds. When they had Saison du Ble, my friends and I were at both bars and none of us got pours, despite having been there at the bar for hours beforehand. Got to chat with Cory King, so that was worth it, but still a little disappointing.
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  21. TboneRN

    TboneRN Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2014 Minnesota

    it was packed to the max last year, couldn't move...but I think everyone who wanted a pour got one and that was with a smaller keg
  22. stouts4me

    stouts4me Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    Ah, Mornin' De
    Ight not in there?
  23. stouts4me

    stouts4me Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    What do you know, brother????
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  24. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin

    I know lol Robin was sitting right next to Levi funk and his buddies the staff was giving them what appeared full pours of the limited draft beers (which I don't have a problem with people getting preferential treatment especially Levi awesome guy) but maybe give some of the people you where ignoring pours first, just a suggestion.

    I agree brasserie is awesome one of my favorite spots when I'm in Madison normally but I don't think I'm going to go there for those events anymore. I'll stick to maduro and brickhouse for pre parties.
  25. TheDudeRules

    TheDudeRules Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2010 Minnesota

    Hopefully they told that cheap dink Dave Engbers to cough up a barrel of Cashew Mountain Brown.
  26. cptnspeed1

    cptnspeed1 Initiate (0) May 20, 2010 Wisconsin

    They were selling full pours of du Ble at first, then probably realized it was in high demand and cut it back to tasters only. I don't think anyone got more than one of whatever vessel they got theirs in. I only got a taster and I was in that group. That said, Brasserie is just not built to have a highly sought after release. Too small an area with too big of a bar and having different beers on both sides means too much back and forth. Great for everyday, bad for BA Sump level hype.
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  27. elliott1184

    elliott1184 Disciple (347) Mar 31, 2011 Minnesota

    Will there be a Shorts event next Friday? Are they pouring at Great Taste this year?
  28. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (4,831) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Short's has been at the Great Taste the last few years, so I hope they'll be there again. And they've been at the Brickhouse on Fridays too, so again, hopefully. So to answer your question: no idea.
  29. kkleu357

    kkleu357 Crusader (770) Apr 2, 2014 Wisconsin

    The link is for the 2013 tap list.
  30. WiscoTerr

    WiscoTerr Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2014 Colorado

    Guess they haven't had any events since then...
  31. jeffmwalcoff

    jeffmwalcoff Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2006 Ohio

    I almost posted that list and then saw the date right before I hit Post.
  32. GonkDroid

    GonkDroid Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2011 Illinois

  33. Broom

    Broom Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2011 Wisconsin

  34. macewank

    macewank Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    Yep. Last year was $10 for a roughly 4oz sample of whatever BCBS variant you wanted.

    Oh, and no split checks. So don't go with your friends unless you've got cash or someone's willing to swipe the tab on their card. That one really chapped my ass last year. 6 of us had dinner + drinks and they brought out something like a $300 check.
  35. GonkDroid

    GonkDroid Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2011 Illinois

    2012 and 2013 parties were great. My wife and I got quite a few pours of free BCBS variants. While I don't expect the beer to be free, I also don't expect to pay $2.50 an ounce.
  36. Yohann

    Yohann Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2014 Wisconsin

    It definitely changed last year, but the description for this year does say "the first 200 patrons in attendance will received a complimentary beer", so they may be doing tokens but just a single token.
  37. fondyball20

    fondyball20 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2015 Wisconsin

    What are a couple of the better hotels to stay at to be centrally located for all the events going on? I'm already thinking ahead to 2016... even if I can't get tickets next year I would like to stay over Friday night for all the pre-parties after seeing some of these lineups.
  38. budanoo

    budanoo Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2014 Louisiana

    Dexter's Pub shared their event.
    July 28 at 3:55pm ·

    Join us Friday August 7th @ 9am for the best breakfast to hit Madison. Toppling Goliath Morning Delight, Greenbush donuts and coffee on our patio. Plus the chance to buy tickets for SR-71....yes, you read that correctly. We have the only remaining 1/6 barrel of SR-71 and would love to share it with you! Stay tuned for more details coming this week including an absolutely amazing tap list!

    nope nope nope nope
  39. Broom

    Broom Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2011 Wisconsin

    But but glarus
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  40. RyanFindlay

    RyanFindlay Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2007 Wisconsin

    No, they will not. This year's lineup is CW, 3 Sheeps, & Upland.
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