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Great Dane Pub and Brewing — Downtown
Bar/Tasting RoomRestaurantRetail ItemsBeer To Go (Off-License)
123 East Doty Street
Madison WI 53703
Telephone: +1 608-284-0000
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-2:00am, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-2:30am.
Brewer: Erik Brusewitz

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Visited: July 13, 1998

Opened: 1994

Annual Production: 3,000 bbl

Contributor: George Akin

Our enjoyment of Great Dane was marred only by having our car towed from in front of the pub. Watch those signs!

George Akin reports on Great Dane's third location, which opened in December 2006:

The 3rd location of Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. is open in the Hilldale Mall in Madison. However they are not able to sell Great Dane beer because of a post-prohibition law prohibiting breweries who brew more than 4,000 barrels selling in more than 2 locations. They are working on changing this law.

Updated: November 7, 2012


Beer List

    • Date: April 6, 2002 (#4298)
      Package: draught
      Place: Von Trier, Milwaukee WI
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Black, low head. Sweet, roasty aroma. Light body, sweet and black with a black bitter finish.
    • Date: July 13, 1998 (#2979)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Very black, thick head. Smells roasty, slightly soapy. Thick, very roasty, pretty sweet, nice and burnt. Real nice Anchor Porter clone.

    • Date: July 13, 1998 (#2973)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber, low carbonation and head. Spicy aroma. Medium body, nice clean maltiness, fruity hop flavor.

  • Barley Wine-Style Ale
    • Date: August 14, 1999 (#3338)
      Package: draught
      Place: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison WI
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Dark dark dark red, thick dark head. Black, sweet, roasty aroma. Thick. Intense. Massive bitter black malt flavor, hugely alcoholic. Thoroughly overwhelming and fun.

  • English-Style Pale Mild Ale
    • Date: April 6, 2002 (#4307)
      Package: draught
      Place: Roman's Pub, Milwaukee WI
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright amber-brown, thick head. Mild toasty malt aroma. Medium-light very creamy body, malty-toasty-sweet flavor.

  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

  • Devil's Lake Red Lager
    Vienna-Style Lager

  • Drop Anchor Steam
    California Common Beer

  • Imperial Stout
    Imperial Stout

  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt Dunkeldoppelhefe
    South German-Style Weizenbock/Weissbock

  • Landmark Gold
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Oktoberfest
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Old Glory American Pale Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Old Kentucky Stout
    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout

  • Old Scratch Barley Wine 1999
    Old Ale

  • Old Scratch Barleywine 1996
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Old Scratch Barleywine 2000
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Old Scratch Barleywine 2002
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Peck's Pilsner
    Bohemian-Style Pilsener

  • Pro-Tel Memorial Malt Liquor
    American-Style Lager

  • Raspberry Ale
    Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer

  • Stone of Scone Scotch Ale
    Scottish-Style Export Ale

  • Uber APA
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Uber Bock
    German-Style Strong Doppelbock

  • Vintage Ale
    Old Ale

  • Wooden Ships ESB
    English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter