7-04-2015 - Big and roomy bar, tables and booths, outside beer garden. The sever was friendly and attentive. They have a large food selection but did not order any. The beer flight is 4 to 10 samples. I selected four beer samples and they were hit and miss.
Large old building, a former hotel built in 1848 or thereabouts. At least three bars in various rooms on various levels, and lots of tables. Looked kid friendly. Large amount of beers on tap including a gravity firkin; all were OK, with no real stand outs. Flights of four or any amount up to all. Didnít try the food, although they do offer a Sunday brunch. Street parking wasnít a problem, but would obviously depend on timing. Worth a look.
(Visited 08/2014): Great Daneís downtown location is in an old building on the corner of East Doty and Spring. Parking is available on the street and in parking garages in the surrounding area.
The interior opens to the bar area, with high top tables and a long bar running along the left side. The decor is pretty typical of a well-established pub. Behind the bar are interchangeable signs listing the beers on tap.
The beer selection consists of 17 house beers ranging from a couple Pilseners, Hefes, Pales and Lagers to a Stout, Porter, IPA, Scotch Ale and Quad. Samplers are available. The beers were average for the most part with a couple that are decent.
Service on a packed Friday evening at the bar was alright. Our samplers were delivered and we were checked on once and that was about it. Given how busy they were it was fine though.
We did not have any food on our visit.
All in all this is a pretty good brewpub to visit in Madison given the historical building and variety of brews. They would probably benefit from tightening the beer menu a little to focus on making fewer, higher quality brews.
A nice stop in downtown Madison, right near the Capitol building. No real street parking, but there is a garage right next to it. They have quite a few taps (~15), but the quality of beer was just ok. I tried a hoppy wheat (really just a wheat beer), old ale, and scotch ale - none really stood out. The food was good - I got both the chicken peanut stew and the New Mexico green chili, both were excellent. Overall, Iíd recommend a stop if youíre in the area, but plan to stay for just 1 pint.
Stopped in here after my buddyís rehearsal dinner and downed a few pints over some good conversation - at least as good as it could be in a huge, loud, crowded place. The building is cool, and the interior is nice enough but itís so big and jammed with shiny lights and TVs and college kids. Man, Iím old. But there are a lot of nice touches, too. The staff is young and rude and messed up my check. The beers are good, better than I was told, and the prices are pretty good, too. There were at least 14 taps and another beer on cask when I was there, and a couple bombers for sale, too. I had no idea they bottled. I didnít eat. Iíd like to come back when it isnít a Friday night, and Iím sure Iíd like the place a little more. But itís good nonetheless, and definitely worth a visit while in Madison.
A must stop if you are in Madison! Right off capitol square, the Great Dane will have something on draft for you. The food is always delicious, I recommend the Dane Burger if youíve never been, and start with the spinach and artichoke dip. The Crop Circle wheat is always good, and the Stone of Scone scotch ale is one of the best.
Visited at opening on a Saturday. Nice atmosphere and excellent service. Parking was difficult. Did have a nice selection on tap. Looked at the menu but did not order. Prices seemed fair. Will visit again on my next trip.
Visited on a rainy Saturday night with friends. Larger brewpub with numerous areas. A typical brewpub section, a more younger themed bar section, and a basement section. Good amount of taps with the standards and some nice seasonal offerings including a Scotch Ale, German Pils, cask mild. Lots of casks on this day (4), which is very special to see. Beer lists clearly displayed all over the places on chalk boards, so that gets a bit of an extra for ambiance. Food was surprisingly varied starting with traditional pub fair moving on to some Mexican themed food then add some Thai dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed my spicy peanut soup and the burger was not messed up. Our server did a good job. Love that all the beers are offered in almost any size you want and samplers of anything. Also, had one bomber available to go. Very good place, I would definitely want to return to this place next time in town, even if there are other new places I havent visited.
Visited on July 4th during the brunch hour. The food here was absolutely terrific. The service was great, and the beers were above average at a minimum. The outside patio downstairs was also pretty cool. Definite stop in Madison. (Brewery #611)