Great Taste of the Midwest 2022 Preview

Jim and Alex visit beautiful downtown Oconomowoc for our annual sit-down with the gracious organizers of the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison WI! Fred Swanson and Jason Walters describe the efforts of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild in ushering in the 35th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite Midwest beer extravaganza. We’ll be talking about the return of a number of popular events from years past, the introduction of the largest group of rookies ever invited to the festival, as well as a huge new change for the layout of the festival grounds for the 2022 event! This is our favorite day of the entire calendar year, and we hope to see everyone out in Olin-Turville Park on Aug 13th. Grab a pint of your favorite garlic beer, and join us for the fun. Cheers!

TTP Episode 87 – Ope! Brewing Co.

Jim and Jesus sit down with the newest brewery opening on the west side of Milwaukee. Located in West Allis and started by names that are familiar to those in the Milwaukee beer scene, Ope! Brewing Co. is looking to do things differently. We sit down with co-founders Kyle, Adam and John and talk about all the work that goes into starting a brewery from scratch and what will make them a must-visit location. We try the wide array of styles that they’ll have available for their opening including some delicious hard seltzers! Grab your favorite Framboise and join us for some laughs! Cheers!


TTP Episode 84 – MobCraft Advent Calendar

Jim sits down with MobCraft Brewing co-founder Henry Schwartz for a special Beer News episode as they talk about the return of the Solid NonFail Stout. Available only in the new Advent Beer Calendar, it’s one of 24 beers specially brewed just for the calendar. They also discuss MobCraft’s massive expansion into Denver, CO, Waterford, WI and Woodstock, IL with 3 new breweries. To fund the capital needed for the expansion, MobCraft has opened up Crowdsourcing based investment; where you as a listener and lover of beer can invest in a growing brewery. Grab your favorite coffee beer and tune in to hear all the exciting news. Cheers!

TTP Episode 82 – Brewfinity Brewing Co.

Have you ever dreamed of dumping your boring job and jumping into the role of brewery owner? On this episode of the Tap Takeover Podcast, Jim sits down with Chad Ostram of Brewfinity Brewing Co. and discusses his story of how he came to own an already established brewery in Oconomowoc, WI. Hear about all the pros and cons of purchasing a brewery versus starting from scratch, how he survived the pandemic and as always, what beers he would put on our taps. A brewer of traditional styles, Chad tells us how his sales manager took on the job of experimental brewer; bringing interesting twists to the beers on tap.

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TTP Episode 80 – 1840 Brewing Co. USA Today Top 10 Beer News

In this special edition of Beer News, Jim sits down with Kyle Vetter of 1840 Brewing Co to discuss his nomination to the USA Today’s Top 10 New Breweries. They discuss how he was nominated, what it would be to him and MKE to win and why you should vote for him.

Grab your favorite beer and listen in. Than grab every internet device to go vote for 1840 Brewing, link is below. Vote Early, Vote Often!

TTP Episode 75 – Smells like a Beer Fest 2019

Join us for the second episode of our Summer Beer Fest Series at the 2019 Smells Like A Beer Fest held at Mikerphone Brewing! Lots of fun interviews and conversations to share with

  • Forager Brewery
  • Windmill Brewing
  • Revolution Brewing and BrickStone Brewery
  • The Explorium Brewpub
  • Barrel Theory Beer Company
  • Mikerphone
  • 450 North Brewing Company
  • 4 Hands Brewing Company,
  • Barn Town Brewing
  • Ology Brewing Company
  • Narrow Guage Brewing Company
  • 1840 Brewing Company
  • Cerebral Brewing
  • Dryhop Brewers.

Grab a pint of Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit stout and join us! Cheers!


TTP Episode 72 – Dead Bird

On this week’s episode, we’ve got a brand new Brewery in Milwaukee! Join Nick Kocis from Dead Bird Brewing as he goes behind the mics with the Tap Takeover Podcast to discuss the brewery’s long-awaited move from Madison, the construction of the new space and to discuss the origin story of the Dead Bird name! And it wouldn’t be a Tap Takeover Podcast without a tasting, so Nick brings a couple of his favorite brews for the guys to try out. Grab a bottle of Wine Thief witbier and enjoy the latest episode! Cheers!

Tap Takeover Podcast

TTP Episode 71 – Great Taste 2019 Preview

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us again – it’s time for the Great Taste of the Midwest 2019! Come join us at the Tap Takeover Podcast for our annual preview episode as we sit down to share a few pints and a few stories with organizers of the event, Fred Swanson and Jason Walters, as well as our hosts Scott Manning and Rory Nienajadlo from Vintage Brewing. We’ll discuss the ticket-buying events at the tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week, some tips for newbies on surviving/enjoying the Great Taste, and some insight into the brewery selection lottery. Plus lots of amazing stories from years past! Grab a pint of Mosey IPA from Vintage Brewing, and join us for all the news you need to know before the fest. Cheers!

TTP World of Beer 2019 Fest Promo

Tune in for a special edition of Beer News! In this beer festival edition, Jim and Jesus sit down with Josh Strupp and Jason Rohloff of the World of Beer Fest. A fantastic beer fest on June 22nd, 2019 sponsored by the Beer Barons of Milwaukee, tune in to hear all about the awesome beers awaiting you, and find out about some rare beers available to General Admission attendees. (Spoiler Alert, the only draft kegs of Drekker and the latest R&D from New Glarus!). Learn what separates WoB from other fests and how you can safely and responsibly make it to the fest and back home. We’ll also discuss how a homebrewing club started one of the longest running fests and what you can do if you want to learn how to brew your own. Grab your favorite dark German lager and get ready to buy your tickets to this premier beer fest! Prost!

TTP Hacienda Beer News

Join us for a quick 5-minute Beer News segment to welcome our neighbors from Door County to the new Hacienda Brewing Company taproom in Milwaukee with owner and head brewer Danny McMahon! The grand opening takes place on Saturday 6/1/19, so grab a pint of Everything Eventually Hazy IPA and join us. Full Episode with Hacienda coming soon! Cheers!