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Friday Drankin’: Great Dane Brewing Co.

Beer and Wisconsin together? that would never happen.

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Wisconsinites love their beer. Last season we did Rockhound Brewing as the feature for Friday Drankin’, but Madison has more than one brewery. In fact, it has several. Today let’s take a look at Great Dane Brewing, which has two locations close to campus. One is even within sight of the Wisconsin state capitol.

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company

123 E. Doty St.

Madison, WI 53703

This year is the 25th anniversary for Great Dane Brewing Co. Here is what they have as their story:

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company was established by college friends Eliot Butler and Rob LoBreglio. The two dreamed of starting a Brewpub that offered many varieties of house-brewed ales and lagers and hearty made-from-scratch pub fare to accompany the beers. The original Downtown location opened in November 1994 and expanded with the addition of a pool hall in 1996. The wild success of the first Great Dane led to the decision to open more pubs in the Madison area.

The have multiple locations open throughout Madison and they have some great beer offerings, too:

Corp Circle Wheat – 5.5% ABV – This is described as a German hefeweizen that is unfiltered, fruity, and refreshing. As someone that enjoys a good hefeweizen, that sounds delicious.

Devil’s Lake Red Lager – 5.5% ABV – Not many places are doing a good red lager nowadays, but this is described as smooth, well-balanced, and approachable.

Stone of Scone – 6.5% ABV – This is their take on a Scotch ale, and they say it is full-bodied with notes of caramel and chocolate.

Black Earth Porter – 6.3% ABV – This is a full-bodied and complex porter woith coffee notes. It sounds delicious.

The full beers list can be found here, and with multiple locations around Madison they are definitely worth a stop.