Great Taste Eve with Blackrocks Brewing

Great Taste of the Midwest is almost here and so are Great Taste Eve events, including a special one at Bierock on Friday August 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

We’ve got featured beer tappings from Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette, Mich. and live music on the docket.

Performing live music will be Leslie Hudson with support from Madison’s own Jack o’ the Dust, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Leslie Hudson comes to us all the way from Ontario, Canada as part of their 2023 Wanderling Tour.

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Inspiration is never in short supply. With special interests in Irish language, East Coast music, Star Trek, folklore, corvids, and poisonous plants, Leslie’s albums, EPs and singles cast a wide net. Stylistically, although the piano remains an almost constant, their releases range from folk to rock to jazzy to indie-pop. Thematically, they jump from confessional to sci fi to ancient myth. Their favourite kind of album is one that tells a story, so whether it’s the witch in Hansel and Gretel or the Borg Queen, Leslie climbs inside the minds of their characters and gives them a voice.

Jack o’ the Dust is an acoustic folk duo comprised of Andrew Doiel on guitar and Amy McNally on fiddle.

Look out for indie-rock and punk influences in their soulful originals and covers.

Meanwhile, we’ll have a mini tap takeover with Blackrocks Brewing on Aug. 11.


Visitors can expect a couple flagship and seasonal offerings from Blackrocks Brewery along with a couple others that are typically taproom exclusives.

The beers in our lineup—along with beer styles—include…

  • Honey Lav, Wheat Ale with Honey and Lavender
  • Phloform, Hazy Pale Ale
  • Machine Wolves, Brown Ale with Cayenne Thai Chili Pepper
  • Krunkenstein Pale, Dank Pale Ale
  • 51K, American IPA
  • Grand Rabbits, Dry Hopped Cream Ale
  • Six Sprocket, Black Ale

Early birds get the bonus of Happy Hour pricing. From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., get $1 off all full-size pours of Blackrocks and all alcoholic drinks at Bierock.

Bierock will have its full food and drink menu during the event, as well as full indoor and outdoor dining available.

So stop by for the best Great Taste Eve pre-party in town.

Located at 2911 N. Sherman Ave., Bierock is part of the Northside TownCenter and across the street from Warner Park.

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