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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #100 on: August 09, 2021, 08:45:56 PM »
90, 100, it's all the same

will hit 15-20 and wonder how i made it that far

You're trying every beer Surly brings, right? :banned: :ale:

in one glass
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #101 on: August 09, 2021, 10:46:19 PM »
90, 100, it's all the same

will hit 15-20 and wonder how i made it that far

You're trying every beer Surly brings, right? :banned: :ale:

in one glass

I'll pour it. :cheers:

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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #102 on: August 10, 2021, 09:57:34 AM »
Looks like the hype party is at Karben4. Side Project, Keeping Together, Supermoon, Hop Butcher, Dovetail, Phase 3, Pipeworks and many more

https://www.instagram.com/p/CSUtLoMBhV4/
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« Reply #103 on: August 10, 2021, 10:07:37 AM »
Looks like the hype party is at Karben4. Side Project, Keeping Together, Supermoon, Hop Butcher, Dovetail, Phase 3, Pipeworks and many more

https://www.instagram.com/p/CSUtLoMBhV4/

Not sure how Fulton fits in with those, but whatever.  The worst part of the whole thing is where Karben4 is with everything else being downtown.  I can hope it means that it will keep some of the hoards away from downtown for the night, but that's probably wishful thinking.

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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #104 on: August 10, 2021, 11:48:15 AM »
There will deep fried curds at Great Taste this year!!!

Curd girl is probably top 5 in the city as well.

She sounds nice
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #105 on: August 10, 2021, 11:59:36 AM »
Is it just me, or does the brewery list feel like Great Taste's Greatest Hits?  I was certain that most of the breweries that I know of and love would not be present this year, but damn.
I'm going to get white girl drunk on all my nostalgic midwest breweries that I can't find on the east coast.
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #106 on: August 10, 2021, 01:07:15 PM »
Is it just me, or does the brewery list feel like Great Taste's Greatest Hits?  I was certain that most of the breweries that I know of and love would not be present this year, but damn.
I'm going to get white girl drunk on all my nostalgic midwest breweries that I can't find on the east coast.

I had a similar reaction, but there were also some head scratchers as well.

Wisconsin Dells Brewing
Water Street Brewing
Delafield Brewing
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 Some of these barely counted as brew pubs 20 years ago. Church Street is bringing 2 beers per the programs, um... (I hope this is just a mistake)
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« Reply #107 on: August 10, 2021, 03:19:25 PM »
Church Street is bringing 2 beers per the programs, um... (I hope this is just a mistake)

Unfortunately, not a mistake. Confirmed. I was trying to get them to bring along their dopplebock  :banned:
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #108 on: August 10, 2021, 09:34:47 PM »
Church Street is bringing 2 beers per the programs, um... (I hope this is just a mistake)

Unfortunately, not a mistake. Confirmed. I was trying to get them to bring along their dopplebock  :banned:

If it helps balance things, we're bringing 16 and it seems like Pipeworks is bringing every beer they have brewed.

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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #109 on: August 10, 2021, 11:49:42 PM »
Church Street is bringing 2 beers per the programs, um... (I hope this is just a mistake)

Unfortunately, not a mistake. Confirmed. I was trying to get them to bring along their dopplebock  :banned:

If it helps balance things, we're bringing 16 and it seems like Pipeworks is bringing every beer they have brewed.

Seriously. That's one hell of a list.

Delafield is always good for their barrel aged imperial stout. It's been great two of the three times I've had it. If they don't have that it's just not worth drinking.

So I stopped in Cleveland and at Mabel BBQ. Damn solid, super tasty brisket. Had a red ale from Sibling Revelry brewery. It was solid. Didn't think much more of it until I pulled into my hotel and realized it was two doors down from the brewery, which unfortunately had closed 10 minutes before I pulled into my hotel. Convenient.
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #110 on: August 11, 2021, 05:53:32 AM »
My plan is to get up at my normal time (unholy by most standards) and hit the road.  Probably grab a burger at The Old Fashioned, then head to Maduro, as is tradition.  How are we keeping in touch?  GroupMe?

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« Reply #111 on: August 11, 2021, 05:55:27 AM »
We’ve used the GroupMe in the past, but if there’s a better option I’m all ears
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« Reply #112 on: August 11, 2021, 07:03:07 AM »
We’ve used the GroupMe in the past, but if there’s a better option I’m all ears
We use Telegram quite a bit. No big preference tho
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #113 on: August 11, 2021, 07:10:33 PM »
Church Street is bringing 2 beers per the programs, um... (I hope this is just a mistake)

Unfortunately, not a mistake. Confirmed. I was trying to get them to bring along their dopplebock  :banned:

If it helps balance things, we're bringing 16 and it seems like Pipeworks is bringing every beer they have brewed.

Seriously. That's one hell of a list.

Delafield is always good for their barrel aged imperial stout. It's been great two of the three times I've had it. If they don't have that it's just not worth drinking.

So I stopped in Cleveland and at Mabel BBQ. Damn solid, super tasty brisket. Had a red ale from Sibling Revelry brewery. It was solid. Didn't think much more of it until I pulled into my hotel and realized it was two doors down from the brewery, which unfortunately had closed 10 minutes before I pulled into my hotel. Convenient.

Really enjoyed our one visit to Mabel several years back. Think they had a two-meat combo on the menu, got smoked turkey and the hot sausage/kielbasa with the collards (which were really good).

I recall enjoying most of the beers we had at Sibling Revelry as well in our one stop there. Nothing WOW! factor but solid like you said.

I dig Cleveland, need to get back there one of these days again. Maybe when I feel like drinking again LOL

Hope everyone has a great time this weekend. You are all missed!!!

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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #114 on: August 12, 2021, 11:33:01 AM »
We’ll miss you and Donna.
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #115 on: August 13, 2021, 02:29:30 PM »
Looking for 2 tix if anyone found any last minute.  Tia!

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« Reply #116 on: August 13, 2021, 07:20:55 PM »
 :bye:

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« Reply #118 on: August 13, 2021, 09:19:55 PM »
:bye:

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« Reply #119 on: August 14, 2021, 04:49:52 PM »
Update? :popcorn:

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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #120 on: August 15, 2021, 05:48:16 PM »
great time
the smaller number of breweries and crowd made it way more manageable.

still plenty of beer to go around, less waiting, no issues with the tap --> pitcher --> glass system. i dug it.

missed a lot of people, but still a good crowd there to enjoy.
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« Reply #121 on: August 15, 2021, 08:18:30 PM »
great time
the smaller number of breweries and crowd made it way more manageable.

still plenty of beer to go around, less waiting, no issues with the tap --> pitcher --> glass system. i dug it.

missed a lot of people, but still a good crowd there to enjoy.
All of this.  As long as I can get a ticket, I'd be fine with it staying this size. I hope I got to see all the TBSers that were there.

I didn't realize it until later in the evening, but I got pretty well shithammered.
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« Reply #122 on: August 15, 2021, 08:20:56 PM »
B Nektar's Durian mead was the highlight of the fest for me
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« Reply #123 on: August 15, 2021, 08:50:06 PM »
B Nektar's Durian mead was the highlight of the fest for me

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« Reply #124 on: August 15, 2021, 09:18:56 PM »
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #125 on: August 15, 2021, 11:13:44 PM »
Cheese-off lives!



50% of a fest is still the best fest ever. No real issues with pitchers except for the occasional real-warm one. :-X  The best places iced down their pitchers.

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« Reply #126 on: August 16, 2021, 08:32:27 AM »
Saw :bakes: 's kimchi jar sitting alone in the grass at the end, so I rescued it.

Fox River's Rum Runner wee heavy maybe my favorite beer.
On the traditional side, Lake Monster's Czech Pils and Blind Tiger's T'mave Pivo
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« Reply #127 on: August 16, 2021, 09:36:56 AM »
Saw :bakes: 's kimchi jar sitting alone in the grass at the end, so I rescued it.

Fox River's Rum Runner wee heavy maybe my favorite beer.
On the traditional side, Lake Monster's Czech Pils and Blind Tiger's T'mave Pivo

:thumbup:

How was the ratio of traditional beers to haze/new school novelty stuff?

So glad to see the Cheese-Off alive and well :cheese:

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« Reply #128 on: August 16, 2021, 10:03:05 AM »
Saw :bakes: 's kimchi jar sitting alone in the grass at the end, so I rescued it.

Fox River's Rum Runner wee heavy maybe my favorite beer.
On the traditional side, Lake Monster's Czech Pils and Blind Tiger's T'mave Pivo

:thumbup:

How was the ratio of traditional beers to haze/new school novelty stuff?

So glad to see the Cheese-Off alive and well :cheese:

In the 45 minutes or so I got to walk around, I only ordered lagers, so there were plenty around.  That said, I poured out 75% of them.

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« Reply #129 on: August 16, 2021, 10:03:36 AM »
Saw :bakes: 's kimchi jar sitting alone in the grass at the end, so I rescued it.

Fox River's Rum Runner wee heavy maybe my favorite beer.
On the traditional side, Lake Monster's Czech Pils and Blind Tiger's T'mave Pivo

that Pivo was excellent  :thumbup:
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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #130 on: August 16, 2021, 10:05:58 AM »
Mad Anthony Pineapple Tart wins for most refreshing beer of the day for me

good punchy taste, yet somehow it didn't stick to my tongue and carry over to the next beer.
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« Reply #131 on: August 16, 2021, 10:13:33 AM »
Any more surprises or highlights? :popcorn: :popcorn:
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« Reply #132 on: August 16, 2021, 10:33:45 AM »
two of my favorite beers of the day were from Lupulin

my other favorite was Surly's Vietnamese Darkness. 


i did a poor job keeping track of what i was drinking. just kinda popped in to whatever was close and snagged beers. only had two or three drain pours all day.
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« Reply #133 on: August 16, 2021, 02:16:46 PM »
Saw :bakes: 's kimchi jar sitting alone in the grass at the end, so I rescued it.

Fox River's Rum Runner wee heavy maybe my favorite beer.
On the traditional side, Lake Monster's Czech Pils and Blind Tiger's T'mave Pivo

That Rum Runner was legit, I've never had a beer that actually tastes like a tiki cocktail before, thanks for the tip  :cheers:  So much rum flavor.  They also had a good pils and a two refreshing wheats: Blueberry and Pineapple.  Got a full pour of 2019 Mexican Dark Lord at like 1:20 and had to dump over half of it.   :shrug:




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« Reply #134 on: August 16, 2021, 03:36:46 PM »
Didn't drink anything, but hanging out was awesome, and Curd Girl was legit :thumbup:

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« Reply #135 on: August 16, 2021, 10:54:46 PM »
Mike, glad you rescued that jar! Wasn't sure how that was going to go over but I figured it was worth a shot. It's excellent kimchi!

To me the fest was almost laid back for the first time in forever. I was able to spot people from a long distance away because there weren't as many people to work through. And seeing everybody again in person was just beyond necessary.

Beer wise I had several highlights, the Church Street Brewery helles scored about a 90 to 95 on the New Oberpfalz scale.  Vietnamese coffee darkness is always a highlight. Several good oktoberfests including Surly, hailstorm, Church Street, and metropolitan. The new Glarus pear beer was exceptional. Really liked schlafly's foeder saison as well. Rustic Rivers sage beer was about this much malt away from being perfect.

There were several huge misses though. Not a fan of capitals Oktoberfest.  There was a brewery there called black lung, owned by an absolutely super nice guy who spotted my Lawson's t-shirt immediately, who brewed absolutely the worst IPA I've tried in a long time. The nose was okay but the flavor was... Not good. And is Jeff said there were several that just were "meh, pour it put, next beer"

I definitely found myself hitting more of the summer styles this time. That Scottish ale somebody mentioned above was really freaking good too. I was on my way to try the durian but got intercepted by people. I think I got lucky in that regard.
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« Reply #136 on: August 17, 2021, 12:01:50 AM »
 :thumbup:

Damn, cool glass this year.

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« Reply #137 on: August 17, 2021, 10:54:15 AM »
Only drank 2 stouts all day, and only a couple/few IPAs. I avoided hazies all day long and found myself ordering lower ABV lagers for most of the first hour.  It was a different fest this year, for sure.
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« Reply #138 on: August 17, 2021, 11:00:48 AM »
Report here: https://www.porchdrinking.com/articles/2021/08/16/event-recap-2021-great-taste-of-the-midwest/

Forgot about the Revolution Yuzu Raspberry session sour.  Would have drank that all day.  :banned:


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« Reply #139 on: August 18, 2021, 11:12:15 AM »
Non-beer highlight was the steel drum band doing Kashmir early on
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« Reply #140 on: August 18, 2021, 11:37:58 AM »
Non-beer highlight was the steel drum band doing Kashmir early on

The music is just one of the things you don't think about much but helps makes the fest so great.

Saw these guys play "Here Comes Your Man" at least three times

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« Reply #141 on: August 18, 2021, 11:42:39 AM »
Non-beer highlight was the steel drum band doing Kashmir early on

The music is just one of the things you don't think about much but helps makes the fest so great.

Saw these guys play "Here Comes Your Man" at least three times

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I think they only played The Pixies.  Also commented to Fred that I'm pretty sure that's how they were going to spend the Saturday, whether it was someone's basement or in the park.

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« Reply #142 on: August 18, 2021, 11:58:44 AM »
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« Reply #143 on: August 18, 2021, 12:23:37 PM »
The music is always a highlight :thumbup:

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« Reply #144 on: August 19, 2021, 11:45:58 AM »
Beer Baron GTMW '21 recap:

https://madison.com/wsj/entertainment/dining/beer/beer-baron-a-great-taste-like-no-other-but-also-like-any-other/article_5df0bb0a-aac4-53af-8ec7-8442fdb22666.html

Beer Baron: A Great Taste like no other, but also like any other

CHRIS DROSNER For the State Journal

There was half as much beer at the Great Taste of the Midwest this year, and it didn’t matter one bit.

With the Aug. 14 festival’s brewery field cut by 50% to reduce crowding in Olin Park, I was concerned some of the most popular breweries every year might be noticeably absent. That did not come to pass.

The Great Taste program dropped five days ahead of the event, and all of the annual heavy hitters were on it: Central Waters, 3 Floyds, Goose Island, Perennial, Half Acre, Toppling Goliath, Bell’s, Revolution, Forager, Solemn Oath … the gang was almost entirely together.

Other signs of a pandemic festival were relatively muted as well. I didn’t really think the crowd — limited to 5,000 guests, volunteers and brewery staff by the organizing Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild — felt like half its usual size.

The additional space between breweries in the tents was welcome, and sanitizing stations were plentiful. A new rule this year to pour beer from pitchers to avoid handling guests’ glasses was frequently ignored, though I was reassured to hear that MHTG required brewery staffs to be vaccinated to attend the festival.

For the most part, it felt like any other Great Taste — which is to say, a joyous celebration of the region’s best beer. The weather was perfect, the spirits were high and it sure seemed as though the brewers had saved some kegs of their best stuff from last year’s canceled fest.

Here were some of my favorite pours from the 2021 Great Taste:

Revolution VSOJ: One of my first beers of the day was this monster (15% ABV) barley wine blend of strains aged two to four years in bourbon barrels. Ridiculously rich, caramelly and complex.

2nd Shift Grace: This St. Louis brewery’s setup is a must-stop every year for their wild beers, and this Brett saison was so good I know I’ll be back again next year.

Lake Monster Como Claw Pilsner: Even at the Taste, one cannot (should not!) live on big beers alone, and this Bohemian number from a Great Taste rookie was a refreshing and delicious midday palate cleanser.

Hubbard’s Cave Rum Barrel Coco Van: For the second year in a row, I was directed to this Chicago-area outfit’s tent with a “you’ve gotta try this” beer. That advice landed squarely once again with this massive coconut pastry stout whose chocolatey decadence was perfectly complemented by the spirit barrel.

Vintage Supa Cuppa: A nice English porter is punched up with the use of barrel-aged coffee — the beans were aged in brandy barrels before roasting — for a big-time joe character and a subtle spirit note.

Lupulin BA Snozzberry Lateralus: The best name of the day goes to this Minnesota brewery’s barrel-aged pastry stout loaded with blueberry, blackberry, graham cracker, honey, cinnamon and vanilla. It sounds like a lot, and it was, but it all worked in harmony. Remember, the pours are small.

Kuhnhenn DRIPA: This banger from Michigan was one of the few IPAs I drank this year, a gorgeous double with rice in the grist for a super dry finish.

Working Draft A Pils Is a Pils Is a Pils Is a Pils: I actually enjoyed this collaboration with Fair State Brewing — which was not at the Taste this year — from a can after the fest, but it’s best enjoyed at the Madison taproom, where it’s poured in the traditional “slow pour” technique to maximize the thick, creamy foam.

Of course, I’m but one man. (And, in these COVID times, that man did not share sips with his festmates, further curtailing the breadth of his Tasting.) So I did not drink all the beers. Here are some I wish I’d had:

Falling Knife Ancient Old Painless: VSOJ and the fellow barrel-aged barley wine from this Minnesota Great Taste rookie was the most common answer I heard to “What was your favorite today?”

Wisconsin Brewing Elements Aged Doppelbock: Back in January, brewmaster Kirby Nelson dropped a bourbon barrel filled with doppelbock on the island in the pond next to the Verona brewery. After a winter and spring of weathering, it was kegged up and UGH, HOW DID I NOT MAKE TIME FOR THIS? (Alcohol may have been involved.)

Bell’s 2015 Third Coast Old Ale: Bell’s brought two dusty kegs from the cellar — this barley wine and a 2016 keg of its Black Note BA stout. Founder Larry Bell also poured snitches for a few lucky guests from a magnum bottle of his Batch 9,000 strong ale — a milestone the brewery passed in 2010.

Revolution Supermassive Cafe Deth: It didn’t really need to be either/or between VSOJ and this gargantuan bourbon barrel coffee stout. But it ended up being that for me.

Blind Tiger Tmave’ Pivo: The lone Kansas brewery making the trip this year brought this Czech dark lager, a distinctive and buzzy style that would have been a nice change of pace.

Forager Kitten Treats: This Minnesota-born wheat wine was aged 20 months in a 25-year-old cognac vessel. Yeah, what does that taste like?

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Re: Great Taste 2021
« Reply #145 on: August 24, 2021, 11:36:05 AM »
that Lupulin Lateralus was amazing

got three pours of that and should have got more
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