I finally made it to the third Great Dane for the purpose of trying Big Eddy. The food was on par with the others, although the pizza wasn’t as good as I remember it. The beer selection was well chosen, with an emphasis on WI micros including Lake Louie, Capital, and others of note. Worth the stop if they have something special on, but otherwise not.
Until the state laws get resolved they are not able to carry their own beers. However, they do a great job of making up for it with the selection of other Wisconsin beers. Expect to see treats like New Glarus Belgian Red (unbelievable on tap), Lake Louie, Capital and Gouden Carolus. In some ways it is better than the selection at the other two.
As usual the food is good - be sure to make it for the Sunday brunch if you can. As with all places in Madison it is smoke free. Parking may or may not be hard to find as they build up the Hilldale area.
Updated 5/13/08. Apparently the Wisconsin laws restricting brewers to only two retail locations has changed, as this location now serves Great Dane beers. They also had a few visitor taps (New Glarus Raspberry Tart was one of them). The place is pretty typical of the other two Great Dane locations fairly upscale for a brewpub, spacious, and open. Conveniently located a few blocks from Steve’s on University. They serve the Imperial IPA here as one of their staples, which is nice.