Official Great Taste of the Midwest Thread

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Tnudish, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. xsists

    xsists Dec 31, 2007 Wisconsin
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    There is normally people selling their tickets for face value at the gates. Show up early.
     
  2. zieglemt

    zieglemt Apr 25, 2011 Illinois
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    Is thee any one place that has all the pre-parties for tonight listed?
     
  3. asmokingoat

    asmokingoat Jul 10, 2006 Wisconsin

  4. xsists

    xsists Dec 31, 2007 Wisconsin
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  5. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Is UW back in session yet? Will coed's be roaming the campus?
     
  6. immobilisme

    immobilisme Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Maybe some sexy sorority sweethearts?
     
  7. Monsone

    Monsone Jun 5, 2006 Illinois

    Extras can be purchased off people for face price. Get there early (say before 12) and find someone. Never had an issue with this approach.
     
  8. Monsone

    Monsone Jun 5, 2006 Illinois

    Classes start the Tuesday after Labor Day.
     
  9. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Brutal.
     
  10. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
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    FREE HIGH-FIVES ALL DAY!*





    *offer prohibited when yeahnatenelson is double-fisting.
     
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  11. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    Fuck that, I'll high five your hair then
     
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  12. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Does anyone know of any good special taps at the pre parties? Goose islands best seems to be regular Bcs, rev brew is bringing institutionalized, but no BA taps for FFF at argus or BA taps for dark horse at alchemy

    (not including founders)
     
  13. beerbelly

    beerbelly Dec 30, 2005 Illinois

    That's good to know cause I'll be looking for a ticket too. Cheers :)
     
  14. immobilisme

    immobilisme Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    I know it's a horrible idea, but is anyone thinking of an after great taste bottle share at one of the nearby hotels (Sheraton or Holiday Inn Express)?
     
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  15. bpolglaze

    bpolglaze Feb 2, 2007 Wisconsin
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    I've got commitments that will make me leave Madison and miss the Great Taste this weekend, but I had a lunch of Bell's Black Note at Maduro and it was great. BA Amber and Best Brown aren't too bad either. Enjoy the weekend everyone.
     
  16. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Might be interested, but hard to commit not knowing what shape I may be in around 7:00!
     
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  17. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    I'm planning on being far too wasted to pop bottles honestly. There is a solid chance I will be causing trouble at a bar somewhere though.
     
  18. mothman

    mothman Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    I plan on causing mayhem with this guy.
     
  19. bonemuse07

    bonemuse07 Apr 15, 2007 Illinois

    black note has already kicked at Maduros
     
  20. mothman

    mothman Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    Well I guess I am turning around and driving back to MN
     
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  21. crossovert

    crossovert Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    What place is good right now?
     
  22. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
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    Noooooooooo:D
     
  23. Bay01

    Bay01 Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

  24. mothman

    mothman Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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  25. zieglemt

    zieglemt Apr 25, 2011 Illinois
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    GI is out of everything good, so is bells. FFF hasn't tapped anything special, as far as I know
     
  26. sarro

    sarro May 12, 2009 Michigan
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    Anyone still new a ticket?
     
  27. Bay01

    Bay01 Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

  28. illinijack

    illinijack Nov 15, 2006 Illinois

    Need a ticket at last minute
     
  29. psychotia

    psychotia Jun 27, 2009 Minnesota

    Best of the fest:

    Toppling Goliath morning delight (flipping incredible) and pseudo sue
    Perennial mint chocolate stout and Berliner weisse
    Destihl framboise, Flanders, and apricot sour
    surly cacao bender
    goose island amara

    And I'm sure many more are worthy of the qualifier "best". There is simply too much good beer to have 'em all!
     
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  30. dlello2

    dlello2 Nov 11, 2011 Illinois

    Toppling Goliath was the highlight for me. The zeelander was amazing... morning delight was insane. It was sad that most of their beers tapped out early.

    I loved both berliner weisses I had (Leiny/Perennial), loved the mysterious 200th brew by blind pig. It was my first time having head hunter IPA--thought it lived up to the hype.

    Great people, great beer, amazing venue. Thoroughly satisfied first-time fest-goer here.
     
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  31. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Aside from DESTIHL.. Perennial Blueberry cask, Livery Sours,Goose Amara, Brugge Peony (special secret beer) all stood out.

    Toppling Goliath really had some great hoppy offerings all weekend

    Saw a lot of people. Great to see most. Ran into a drunk and emotional Ramiro/StoutFest who tried to fight with me based on the fact I am friends with MasterSki.. don't know what that was about.. he kept mentioning some thread. Perhaps someone could point me in the right direction toactually reading it??

    Either way, another great day.. weather was better than any of the previous fests I've been to
     
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  32. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Margarita Sofie.. also a fun find
     
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  33. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
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    Personal highlights:

    Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse
    Perennial Blueberry Flanders cask
    10th and Blake Bubbleweisse
    Kuhnhenn DRIPA
    GI Margarita Sophie
    GI Amara
     
  34. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    My top five beers of the fest, noting that I missed the cognac dl:

    #1: blind pig mysterious 200th brew (the intelligentsia coffee version, not the chili pepper version that was also tapped)
    #2: toppling goliath morning delight (CBS on steroids, one of only 2 beers I went back for seconds of at the whole taste -- the other being dark horse 7 hop version of crooked tree)
    #3: king henry (shocker)
    #4: mango mama ipa
    #5: Tie between both the 7hop and citra hop crooked tree variants

    Also liked manhattan Bcs but it wasn't anything the much more special than regular bcs

    The coolest thing at GTOM was the make your own BCS blend station by the GI special taps.
     
  35. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    I have never had as lemony an ipa as zee lander! It was wonderful
     
  36. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Ah crap, I forgot to get the cacao bender! #amazingbeeroverload
     
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  37. StranglerLewis

    StranglerLewis Mar 25, 2009 Wisconsin

    What time did 3F pack up and leave? We did a circuit of the tents and made our way back only to find them completely gone.

    Jolly Pumpkin, bring more beer please (completely out at what, 3?).

    In addition to what everyone else has posted, was really impressed with the Rye Saison from 23rd St. on Firkin in the Real Ale tent. Perfect stuff.
     
  38. dc55110

    dc55110 Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    I was scratching my head at 2:30, when the only thing they had left was La Roja.
     
  39. grynder33

    grynder33 Jul 31, 2003 Wisconsin

    Toppling Goliath definitely gets the award for the beer most people came up to me and said wow(Mornin Delight),other favorites,Dan Careys BBA Kriek,Bells Black Note,Goose Islands Manhattan BCS,Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue,Surlys SYX, Wisconsin Dells 10th Anniversary barleywine, 3 Floyds Cognac Dark Lord. Special kudos to Goose Island for the incerdible Friday nightthey provided
     
  40. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Apr 4, 2012 South Carolina
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    Best of the fest for me was Mornin' Delight. The best non-BA beer I've ever had (by a mile) and quite possibly my new favorite beer overall. So unique, I've never tasted anything like it.

    Worst of the fest, 3 Floyds packing it in before 4:30. You wanna come to a festival, bring enough Damn beer, even if youre just pouring You year round stuff at the end of the day. It's kinda frustrating how much shit they get away with (just being unorganized in general all the time). Didn't really even bother going to their booth until 4:30. Next year won't even waste my time stopping by at all.
     
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