Local Profile: Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co.

Published on March 8th, 2017
By Jennifer Oppriecht

This local profile features a true Madison favorite — the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co.! Take a look at our interview with Ted Peterson (Director of Operations) of the Great Dane and learn about one of Madison’s favorite drinking and dining destinations!

Great Dane Hydro Flask

Q: Tell us about the history of the Great Dane.

The Great Dane has been around since 1994, when our first location opened right off the Capitol Square on the site of the historic Fess Hotel. Four locations have been opened in the following years: Fitchburg in 2002; Hilldale in 2006; Wausau in 2009, and Eastside in 2010.

Inside Great Dane

Photo courtesy of the Great Dane

Q: What are some of the Great Dane’s specialties?

We pride ourselves on our award-winning, hand-crafted beers. With our ever-changing, rotating specialty beers, there is always something new to try. Every day, we serve up something special that’s not normally on the menu. We like to let our chefs have fun with it!

At our Downtown location, we have Wing Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, there is a new wing sauce; a 12-pack of wings comes with two mugs of beer.

Every Great Dane location also has a Sunday Brunch. At Hilldale and Fitchburg, we feature Sunday Brunch Buffets. It’s all-you-can eat from 10 am to 2:30 pm. The brunch buffets have won Best of Madison awards every year.

Q: What do your customers love most about the Great Dane?

The Great Dane has built its success by offering a wide variety of award winning ales, lagers, and pub fare for everyone. It’s served quickly at a friendly price in our smart-looking, well-maintained restaurant facilities.

But the number one reason we are Wisconsin’s number one brewpub company is our dedication to exceeding the expectations of our guests and employees, every time.

Q: What do you love about Madison – why is it a great fit for your company?

Great Dane Exterior

What’s not to love about Madison? We think it’s the best city on Earth. (We might be a little biased though.)  Since we’ve been around since 1994, we were one of the first craft breweries in the area. Now, with the craft beer scene exploding, we are still fitting right in! We wouldn’t want to call any other place home.

For more information, visit The Great Dane.


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