To paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson.... once you get locked into a serious beer collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. Join us as we venture into our collection and many other topics.
info_outline TTP Episode 66 - Barrel Broker 02/21/2019
TTP Episode 66 - Barrel Broker Come join the Tap Takeover Podcast as we sit down with the Barrel Broker, John Gill. Barrel aging of beers has grown significantly in recent years and John supplies over 90% of the barrels and racks in the Milwaukee area, and ships barrels to all 50 states and around the world. We enjoy a few barrel-aged beers as John tells us about the variety of Spirit and Wine barrels he supplies and what makes for a good barrel. Grab a pint of your favorite barrel-aged beer and listen in. It's a beautiful thing!
info_outline TTP Episode 65 - Miller Valley Part 2 01/25/2019
TTP Episode 65 - Miller Valley Part 2 The Tap Takeover Podcast crew is back for Part Two of the Miller Valley Brewery interview with Kain Escobar! Kain continues to go to the vault for some tasty, experimental beers and some funny stories from the brewery. He also tells us about Flying Hippo and even shares what beers he would have on tap if he started his own brewery. Grab a pint and join us for Part Two! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 64 - Miller Valley Part 1 01/10/2019
TTP Episode 64 - Miller Valley Part 1 To begin Season 3, we journey deep into the bowels of MillerCoors for a 2-Part Interview to finally sit down with Kain Escobar and discuss Miller Valley Brewing - the experimental portion of MillerCoors' production! Kain gives us the low-down on what it's like working for a large brewing company and how his smaller division operates more like a microbrewery. Go find yourself an ice-cold High Life and enjoy Part 1 of our interview with Miller Valley Brewing! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 63 - Season 2 Bloopers 12/28/2018
TTP Episode 63 - Season 2 Bloopers As we wrap up another season of the Tap Takeover Podcast, we like to take the time to revisit some of our favorite bloopers from 2018. Let's just say that drinking high ABV beers with professional brewers, and then speaking into a microphone, can have some hilarious consequences. So sit back, grab a pint of your favorite holiday ale, and enjoy a collection of bloopers from Goose Island, Tyranena, Great Taste of the Midwest, our 25,000 Downloads Episode, Revolution, and Jesus' Pumpkin Patch. Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 62 - Smells Like a Beer Tasting 12/21/2018
TTP Episode 62 - Smells Like a Beer Tasting Today's special tasting on the Tap Takeover Podcast is the culmination of our thrilling listener contest for a chance to enjoy every distinct variation of Smells Like Bean Spirit that has been produced by Mikerphone Brewing. Our special guests for this episode are Joel and Ian, our contest winners, as well as our wonderful host Kyle Vetter, owner of 1840 Brewing. Stay tuned for more bottle-share contests in 2019! Grab a pint of your favorite Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit variant and join us. Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 61 - Revoluton Part 2 11/29/2018
TTP Episode 61 - Revoluton Part 2 After taking a little break for Black Friday, we are back with Part 2 of our interview with Marty Scott and Aaron Keefner from Revolution Brewing! We'll finish our live tasting of the Deth By Currants, Code Switch, and VSOJ, we'll discuss the wildly popular Anti-Hero IPA and the League of Heroes Series, and we'll tackle the reasons behind the success in becoming the largest independent brewery in Illinois. Grab a can of VSOJ barrel-aged blended-barley wine and join us for the thrilling conclusion! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 60 - Lakefront Black Friday 2018 11/20/2018
TTP Episode 60 - Lakefront Black Friday 2018 The Tap Takeover Podcast crew returns to check in with owner Russ Klisch at Lakefront Brewing in preparation for the 2018 Black Friday Release! We have a live tasting of some side-by-side comparisons of both the 2017 & 2018 Black Friday Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, as well as the 2017 & 2018 XXX Reserve - a barrel-aged blend of the previous three years of Black Friday Stout. Plus, get some insider info on the 2018 Black Friday release! Pour yourself a glass of Black Friday Imperial Stout and join us. Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 59 - Revolution Part1 11/15/2018
TTP Episode 59 - Revolution Part1 The Tap Takeover Podcast has taken another "beer-run" for a very special super-sized two part interview with Revolution Brewing in Chicago, IL! We sit down with Quality & Innovation Lead Marty Scott and Specialty Beer Coordinator Aaron Keefner for a sneak-peak live tasting of their "Deep Wood Series." We'll be discussing barrel-aging and blending, the "Van Halen Culture" at Revolution, plus Breaking News about some future releases from the Deep Wood Series! Grab a can of Cafe Deth and join us . Cheers!
info_outline TTP Beer News - 11-14-18 11/15/2018
TTP Beer News - 11-14-18 Just in time for the Revolution Deep Wood series Release this weekend, stay up-to-date with a quick 5-minute Installment from the Beer News Department at the Tap Takeover Podcast! Certified Fresh as of 11/14/18. Grab a can of Deth's Tar Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout and join us. Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 58 - Pumpkin Patch Tasting 11/08/2018
TTP Episode 58 - Pumpkin Patch Tasting November is upon us and with it, a fun array of holiday flavors. Today we explore some of those flavors as we take our 2nd Annual Tour through Jesus' Pumpkin Patch! We'll be tasting pumpkin beers from Southern Tier Brewiing, Schlafly Beer, O'Fallon Brewery, Badger State, and Lakefront Brewing. Will Andy finally come around to the pumpkin beer experience, or will we ruin his one slice of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving like we did last year? Grab your favorite Pumpkin Beer beer and join us to find out. Cheers!
info_outline TTP Beer News - 11-01-18 11/02/2018
TTP Beer News - 11-01-18 Just in time to get you ready for the weekend! Stay up-to-date with a quick 5-minute Installment from the Beer News Department at the Tap Takeover Podcast! Certified Fresh as of 11/01/18. Grab a bottle of Central Waters' Brewhouse Coffee Stout and join us. Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 57 - Working Draft 11/01/2018
TTP Episode 57 - Working Draft The Tap Takeover Podcast Crew returns to Madison, WI this week to sit down with one of the hottest new breweries of 2018. Working Draft Beer Company's head brewer, Clint Lohman, and owner Ben Feifarek tell us about some of their amazing beers and we learn about the origin of their idea to open a brewery. If you live in Madison, or if you are visiting the area, make sure to check this place out for their amazing hoppy beers! Grab a pint of Pop Culture Hazy NEIPA and join us. Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 56 - 25,000 Downloads Tasting 10/25/2018
TTP Episode 56 - 25,000 Downloads Tasting For our 25,000 Downloads Celebration Episode, the Tap Takeover Podcast Crew has put together a special tasting with 4 bottles to celebrate some of our favorite milestone episodes over the past 2 years! The four brews on the taps today: a Tropical Milkshake IPA from Eagle Park Brewing, a 2016 BCBS from Goose Island, a 2017 Morning Delight from Toppling Goliath, and the Barrrel-Aged Paid Time Off from 3 Sheeps. Thanks to everyone for downloading and spending some time with us! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 55 - Special Releases 10/18/2018
TTP Episode 55 - Special Releases The TTP Crew presents a special beer release Saturday! First up, is Max from Eagle Park to discuss the release of their Nelson Sauvin NE IPA. Then we travel to Waunakee, WI to check out the Untitled Art/Mikerphone collab Barrel-Aged Hazelnut Stout. We sit down with Isaac Showaki from Octopi and Levi Funk from the Funk Factory Geuzeria, as well as special guests Danny and Jonny from TheFullPint.com, for a discussion about the making of a collab beer. Grab a Special Release beer and join us! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 54 - Oktoberfest Tasting 09/27/2018
TTP Episode 54 - Oktoberfest Tasting 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 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!
info_outline TTP Episode 53 - Pulpit Rock 09/20/2018
TTP Episode 53 - Pulpit Rock 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 for a live tasting of their many highly sought-after brewery creations. This week, we'll discuss Pulpit Rock's ties to the community, the advantages/challenges of brewing in small batches, and 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!
info_outline TTP Episode 52 - Hazy IPA Tasting 09/13/2018
TTP Episode 52 - Hazy IPA Tasting This week's Tap Takeover Podcast tasting episode, we'll be discussing the transition of the "haze craze" into a "style," and we start 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 Decorah, IA's Pulpit Rock with Decorah's Sweetheart IPA and Rhyme Animal Double IPA. Finally, the Brewing Projekt's Mosaic Dare Mighty Things, Cryo-Citra "DMT," and a Double Original (OG) DMT IPA. Grab a pint of something hazy and juicy and join us! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 51 - Great Taste of the Midwest Event 08/30/2018
TTP Episode 51 - Great Taste of the Midwest Event For everyone, the Great Taste of the Midwest feels like coming home. This is mainly due to the amazing volunteers/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, featuring a number of world class brewers discussing their breweries, and their reasons for returning to Madison, WI year after year. So grab a pint of something rare and delicious, and join us for the fun!
info_outline TTP Episode 50 - Antioch Summer Tent Event 08/16/2018
TTP Episode 50 - Antioch Summer Tent Event 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! Grab a glass of TTP/Mobcraft's Solid Non Fail Stout and join us! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 49 - Great Taste of the Midwest Organizers 08/08/2018
TTP Episode 49 - Great Taste of the Midwest Organizers As promised, this week Fred and Jason - organizers of the Great Taste of the Midwest - sit down to discuss 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 "take over the taps" with some of their favorite beers from over the decades. Thanks again to 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!
info_outline TTP Beer News - Great Taste of the Midwest 08/02/2018
TTP Beer News - Great Taste of the Midwest 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!
info_outline TTP Episode 48 - Scotch Ale Tasting 07/26/2018
TTP Episode 48 - Scotch Ale Tasting The Tap Takeover Podcast Crew get together for another special tasting episode. We'll be tasting four Scotch Ales aged in different barrels. We start the journey with Raised Grain's Batch 200, aged in scotch whiskey barrels. We then do a side-by-side of the 2017 and 2018 Lord Lyon from Good City Brewing, aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. We finish it off with Central Waters' 2017 Scotch Ale, this one is aged in Bourbon Barrels. Grab a Wee Heavy and see if you agree with the guys! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 47 - Only Child 07/12/2018
TTP Episode 47 - Only Child We've taken the Tap Takeover Podcast on the road again this week to Only Child Brewing in Gurnee, IL. We sit down with brewery-founder Ben and taproom-manager Charlotte as they lead us through a live tasting of their many delicious beers. In today's episode we'll be discussing Only Child's naming origins, the brewery's emphasis on crisp, clean approachable ales and lagers, and we've even got some classic "Dad jokes" in store. Speaking of which...grab a pint of Dad Jokes IPA and join us for the fun! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 46 - Biloba 06/28/2018
TTP Episode 46 - Biloba This week on the Tap Takeover Podcast, we visit owner/head-brewer Gordon Lane at Biloba Brewing in Brookfield, WI. A former Chief Operating Officer at Briess Malt, Gordon leads us through an extensive tasting of his many craft beer offerings, including a dip into his barrel-aged cellar collection, and we discuss future plans for this wonderful family-run brewery. Grab a growler of Saison de Bourdon and join us for the fun! Cheers!
info_outline TTP Episode 45 - Lion's Tail 06/14/2018
TTP Episode 45 - Lion's Tail The Tap Takeover Podcast Crew is on the road again to visit owner/ head-brewer Alex Wenzel and head of marketing Eric Henzel at Lion's Tail Brewing in Neenah, WI. Our hosts us lead through a journey of the brewery's beer styles with a live tasting, we get to experience first-hand the french-pressed Custom IPA, and we discuss future plans for the Bourbon Trail stouts, each year aged in barrels from different distilleries in Bourbon County, KY. Grab a pint of Juice Cloud and join us for the fun! Cheers!