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The Beer Spot's 2011 Great Taste Pre-Party at Brickhouse BBQ
Posted Friday, July 15th, 2011 by Tip Top

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If you follow our forums, this will be old news, but we thought we should make the official announcement.  Of course we are doing another Pre-Party this year and it's going to be bigger and better than ever.  

Brickhouse BBQFor the second year in a row, we are working with Brickhouse BBQ on this.  They have been a great partner not only in providing the best location that we could find in Madison, but in really working with us to help organize the party itself.  Their passion for craft beer is evident in how excited they are to make this event even better than last year.  This year, we're working to make sure that the service is even better, so you don't have to wait to grab another one of the great beers that will be offered.  Full menu will be available until 10, and the late night menu will be available after that.

Central Waters

Now, what you really care about, the beer.  Last year we feel we knocked it out of the park with Central Waters and Shorts.  This year, it's going to be even better.  Both breweries are coming back, and we're adding a third.  Last year, each brewery brought 4 beers.  This year, we're working to have each brewery bring 10.  That means that 30 of the 40 tap lines at Brickhouse will be filled with beers from our featured breweries.

A little about Central Waters Brewing Company, "Brewing since 1998, Central Waters Brewing Company is built on the solid reputation of producing the finest quality beer in Central Wisconsin: Ouisconsing Red Ale, Happy Heron Pale Ale, Mudpuppy Porter, and many more."  Personally, I love all of their dark stuff.  From the easier drinking Mud Puppy Porter to the Bourbon Barrel Stout, you can't go wrong.  Anello and crew make great beers!

ShortsThe thing I love about Shorts Brewing Company is their versatility and experimentation.  They go from having a rock solid IPA to making beer work with ingredients that you might not have ever considered.  "In April of 2004 we opened the doors to Short’s Brewing Company in the quaint Village of Bellaire.  Beer was the mission, and liberation was the movement.  With a lot of elbow grease, blind ambition and a little luck, the quest to create a community pub in Northwest Lower Michigan began to take shape.  The philosophy was to bring an appreciation of craft beer to the north with product education and creativity.  The process of appreciation through education we call beer liberation."  We're really happy to be working with Shorts again and can't wait to try more of their beers.

Nebraska BrewingOur new addition for 2011 is Nebraska Brewing Company.  In my contact with Paul at Nebraska when doing the news, he always seemed very friendly and down to earth.  Then I met him at last year's Great Taste and verified it in person.  Oh, and the beer I tried was good too!  

When looking to add another brewery to our already rock solid lineup, this was an easy choice.  "Located in Papillion’s hoppin’ Shadow Lake Town Centre, Nebraska Brewing Company is a relaxed dining destination complemented by incredible, fresh handcrafted ales. Locally owned and operated, it’s our aimto share our passion for beer and food with everyone who walks through the door. When your stomach’s growling and you’re feelin’ parched, head to Nebraska Brewing Company for casual American fare, a full bar, and a great time. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in creating the perfect beer and food combination.  Oh, and on your way out, be sure to grab a growler of one (or two) of our fine ales."  I'm looking forward to being able to try more of their beers this year.

We're in the process of finalizing the beer list for the event, but we'll get that info up soon.  We can't wait to see all the familiar faces as well as meet lots of new people this year.