The changing colors and the cooler nights can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest beers! The boys are back in the studio for an Octoberfest tasting, trying four Marzen style beers. With so many being released now, we wanted to see what a couple of old friends and some larger breweries had to offer. In today’s episode, we tried the Oktoberfest beers from Fermentorium, Mobcraft, Bell’s and Sierra Nevada. Hear what the guys had to say about the 2018 offerings from these four breweries, and enjoy a little history lesson from Alex about why we celebrate Oktoberfest. Grab your favorite Oktoberfest beer and join us. Prost!
The crew catches up with Bill Morgan, brewmaster at Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL. He has memories dating back to 1992 when he first started pouring at the festival! He tells us about the time those crazy kids at Bell’s made a boat out of of old kegs! Cheers!
The crew catches up with Stephen Hale, brewer at Schlafly: The St. Louis Brewery. He tells us the story of why a brewery that doesn’t distribute in Madison has made the trek every year since 1993. From the first trip in his 1990 Ford F-150, which he still drives to this day, to the great selections they brought in 2018. Check out Stephen’s thoughts on the event and the organizers. There is even a special guest half way through our visit. Great Taste of the Midwest Brewer Liaison, Fred Swanson. Check out this fun interview as the two guys relive some of their greatest memories at Graeat Tast of the Midwest!
This week, we’ve taken the Tap Takeover Podcast on a “beer-run” to visit Pulpit Rock Brewing in Decorah, IA! We sit down with head-brewers Robert Slack and Justin Teff as they lead us through a live tasting of their many highly sought-after brewery creations. In today’s episode we’ll be discussing Pulpit Rock’s ties to the Decorah community and it’s Norwegian heritage, the advantages and challenges of brewing in small, boutique batches, and we’ve got a number of shout-outs to many of Pulpit Rock’s collaborators and brewing friends. Grab a can of Show and Tell Blackberry Berliner Weiss and join us! Cheers!
The Tap Takeover Podcast Crew get together for another special tasting episode. We wanted to pay tribute to the hazy beers of summer by trying the New England Style Hazy IPA’s. We’ll be discussing the transition of a “craze” into a “style,” what the additions of different hops at different times in the brewing process can mean for the flavor profiles, and the spectrum between “juicy” and “bitey.” The tasting begins with a side-by-side comparison of Eagle Park’s Demon Haze IPA and 1840’s New New Double IPA. Next up are two IPA’s from our trip to Decorah, IA to sit down with Bob and Justin at Pulpit Rock Brewing (interview episode to follow next week), with a single IPA Decorah’s Sweetheart and the double IPA Rhyme Animal. Then we round out our tasting with three offerings from the Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire, WI as we try the single-hopped Mosaic Dare Mighty Things, the single hopped Cryo-Citra “DMT,” and a Double version of the original DMT IPA. Grab a pint of something hazy and juicy and see if you agree with the guys’ assessment of the “haze craze!” Cheers!
For Brewers and Fest-Attendees alike, the Great Taste of the Midwest feels like coming home, thanks, in large part, to the amazing volunteers and organizers who have performed the herculean effort of putting on this event for the past 32 years. This week on the Tap Takeover Podcast, we present our “Love Letter” to the Great Taste. Featured on this week’s episode are a number of world class brewers discussing their beers, their breweries, and their reasons for returning to Madison, WI year after year. Surprises, breaking news, laughter and tears; Episode 51 is loaded with perfectly-timed experiences, and cogent moments! So grab a pint of something rare and delicious, and join us for the fun. Cheers!
Wisconsin – Eagle Park, Raised Grain, Lakefront, Working Draft, Miller Valley, Shipwrecked
Midwest – Toppling Goliath, Forager, Livery, Dangerous Man
Breaking News – Mikerphone, Mobcraft, Central Waters
Illinois – Hailstorm, 5 Rabbit, Cruz Blanca, Goose Island, Revolution, Off Color
Fred’s Corner – Red Eye, Blind Pig, Schlafly
Stay up-to-date with a quick 5-minute Installment from the Beer News Department at the Tap Takeover Podcast! Certified Fresh as of 08/22/18. Grab a bottle of Lift Bridge Octoberfest Bier and join us. Cheers!
The crew heads just south of the WI-IL border to visit Antioch Fine Wine and Liquors for their 7th Annual Summer Tent Event! We catch up with old friends like Lakefront and Only Child, and meet some new friends from Canarchy, Collective Arts, 9th Hour, Half Day, Zum Bier, and the Boot Campaign for Veterans! We also sit down with Rick from Antioch for a special tasting at the end, along with Chris, our MVP! Lots of special beers from all of these breweries for our live tasting, and breaking news galore. Grab a glass of TTP/Mobcraft’s Solid Non Fail Stout and join us! Cheers!
As promised, this week Fred Swanson and Jason Walters – organizers of the Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in Madison, WI – sit down with the Tap Takeover Podcast to discuss the entire process behind the scenes of organizing one of the most successful beer fests in the country. We discuss some of the most outrageous table display award winners, the pre- and post-celebration festivities, and we put Fred and Jason to the test when we ask them to “take over the taps” with some of their favorite beers from over the decades. Thanks again to friends of the show at Ale Asylum for hosting us. Grab a pint of Velveteen Habit IPA to enjoy the episode, and we’ll see you at the Great Taste of the Midwest! Cheers!
Stay up-to-date with a Special 6-minute Installment from the Beer News Department at the Tap Takeover Podcast! This week we sat down with Fred and Jason, the organizers of the Great Taste of the Midwest Festival in Madison, WI to discuss two of the most popular features of the fest – the Real Ale Tent and the Presentation Tent. Grab a pint of Schlafly Summer Lager and join us for the fun. Cheers!