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Corey Butler and Ira Carlson explore southern Minnesota breweries and beer. Featuring interviews with area brewers and educational segments on the craft side of beer, as well as representatives from the spirits, wine and cider industries. The show airs every other Saturday at 11 a.m. on 95.1 FM The One/1080 AM KYMN out of Northfield, Minn. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, PlayerFM, TuneIn and many other platforms.

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No. 27 | Montgomery Brewing Returns

It’s celebration time. On Tap with Corey and Ira start off their second year in a big way by visiting their friends at Montgomery Brewing to record on site for their first-year anniversary. Montgomery Brewing, of course, was the very first guest on the show. Corey and Ira chat with the whole team about what has transpired in the past year for the growing brewery, what’s ahead for them and, of course, some of their tasty beers.

The guys talk about beer samples from Jack Pine Brewery and Starry Eyed Brewing Co., and Andrew is in with the style of the week. News includes updates about Spiral Brewery, Tilion Brewing Co. and Angry Hog Brewery & Taproom. Also, Corey and Ira highlight some of their favorite moments from the first year.

This episode is supported by Craftapped and Loon Liquor Co. and their cocktail room.

       
It’s the fourth and final stop of the Corey and Ira Excellent Winter Warm Adventure Series — and what a ride it was! The guys wrap up the daylong tour with a stop at Oswald Brewing Company in Blue Earth, emanating from a renovated bank. Corey and Ira caught Oswald proprietor John on a busy Saturday night and he was nice enough to give them a little time.

Corey and Ira also preview their one-year anniversary show at Montgomery Brewing, and talk about recent offerings from Summit Brewing Company and Bent Paddle Brewing Company.

This episode is supported by Craftapped and Loon Liquor Co. and their cocktail room.

       
It's stop No. 3 for the Corey and Ira’s Excellent Winter Warmer Adventure Series, which brings the guys to Take 16 Brewing Company in Luverne. Corey and Ira chat with brewer Luke Rensink and sales manager Dave McDonald about their industry backgrounds, the creation of Take 16 and the brewery’s growth in the past few years.

Also, Corey and Ira sample Montgomery Brewing’s Jackalope Barrel-Aged Imperial Smoked Porter and Pheasant Hill Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Ale, and Waconia Brewing Company’s 90K IPA. The guys also discuss some of their favorite breweries in the state and the idea of how to answer when someone asks you your favorite breweries.

This episode is supported by Craftapped and the Minnesota Craft Beer Tracker App.

       
Stop No. 2 for the Corey and Ira Excellent Winter Warmer Adventure Series brings the guys to Marshall, Minnesota to visit Brau Brothers Brewing Co. Join along as Dustin Brau talks about the brewery’s beginnings, their growth and what’s ahead for the family operation.

Also, Corey and Ira talk beer samples from Lake Superior Brewing Co. and beers of the week include offerings from Indeed Brewing and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

       
The first part (of four) of Corey and Ira’s Excellent Winter Warmer Adventure, where the guys take the show on the road, brings them to visit Jace Marti, assistant brewmaster with August Schell Brewing Company and the mind behind The Starkeller, Schell’s sour-only taproom. Sit back and enjoy getting caught up in the history of the country’s second-oldest family-run brewery, the ambition behind The Starkeller project and what lies ahead for one of the most-respected breweries in all the land.

Andrew Burns is also in to talk about the quadruple style, and regional news covers the future of F-Town Brewing, Steve and Dawn Finnie opening Little Thistle Brewery in Rochester, and news about Ward House Brewery and Half Pint Brewing in Waseca.

       
Erin Hutton, brewer and owner of Giesenbräu Bier Co., stops in studio to talk about his new brewery in New Prague, how he landed there and about his time spent in Germany that influenced his brewing.

Also, Corey and Ira chime in on the Dilly Dilly “controversy” between Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light marketing team and Modist Brewing Company in Minneapolis.

Andrew Burns stops in, too, to talk about the barleywine style.

       
Corey and Ira are joined in studio by Andrew Burns, head brewer of Chapel Brewing in Dundas. The three talk about the interesting history and reuse of the building that houses the taproom, Andrew’s approach to brewing and what lies ahead for the new brewery. Also, Corey and Ira share regional news, including a chance to check out local offerings during Northfield’s annual Winter Walk.

       
Austin Jevne, head brewer of Forager Brewing Company, is in the studio for this episode of On Tap with Corey and Ira. Austin talks about the concept of Forager, the pride taken in the process of creating the beers (and the food) and the much-loved sour beer program at the brewery. Corey and Ira also preview what’s coming up for the winter and chat about new breweries opening in the coming weeks.

       
Shakopee Brewhall co-owner Ryan Lindquist and head brewer Ben Salyards are in studio for this extended episode of On Tap with Corey and Ira. The duo talks about the early weeks of the brewery, the importance of being on main street downtown and what’s ahead for the young operation. We’ve also got the style of the week, beers of the week and regional news.

       
It’s a real treat this episode of On Tap with Corey and Ira as Damian McConn, head brewer of Summit Brewing Co., is in the studio. In the course of the conversation, McConn talks about his beginnings in Ireland, coming to Minnesota, the growth of Summit and what’s ahead for the St. Paul brewery, and the industry landscape as more and more breweries open. You do not want to miss this show.

       
Jon Erickson, owner and head brewer of Angry Inch Brewing in Lakeville, is in the studio to talk about the trials and tribulations of opening a brewery, what he’s learned since opening July 2016 and how his team is working toward having the brewery become part of the fabric of the community. Also, Corey and Ira talk about some recent beer adventures, including a visit to the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s Autumn Brew Review.

       
On Tap with Corey and Ira are excited to have a guest who traveled the farthest on this week’s show. Jason Markkula of Bank Brewing Co. out of Hendricks (on the South Dakota border) is in the studio to talk about the origin and growth of his brewery, from where the brewery draws inspiration and all the exciting beer that’s coming out of Bank Brewing. Corey and Ira also share news about Chapel Brewing, Giesenbräu Bier Co. and Shakopee Brew Hall opening.

       
On Tap with Corey and Ira hits the road and visits the Kegs and Barrels Festival in Rochester, featuring LTS Brewing, Grand Rounds Brewing Company, Kinney Creek Brewery and Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery. Corey and Ira also talk about beer samples from Bent Paddle Brewing, Hoops Brewing, Blacklist Artisan Ales, Castle Danger Brewing, Voyageur Brewing Company and Three Twenty Brewing Co.

       
Northfield’s own Randy Clay of Imminent Brewing is the guest on this week’s episode of On Tap with Corey and Ira. The co-owner and head brewer of the downtown Northfield brewery talks about the origins of his team and their dream, how Northfielders have received the brewery and his approach to brewing. Also, Andrew Burns is in with style of the week and Corey and Ira share news from around the region. A big thanks goes out to Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures for supplying this week’s music.

       
Tommy, Dan, and Colton are in from Island City Brewing Company to talk about their new brewery in Winona. We dive deep into their history, their preferences for beer and what’s ahead for the brewery on the river. Also, Andrew Burns takes over for Brad the Beer Guy for the style of the week (Vienna lager this week), and we share some quick updates on area breweries being built.

       
Tim Roets with Roets Jordan Brewery is in the studio this episode for On Tap with Corey and Ira. Find out how Roets is doing in its first year of business, why and how the business landed in Jordan and why the brewery does things just a little bit differently. Also, Brad, the Beer Guy is in to talk about the Radler style, and Corey and Ira share some recent adventures on beer road trips.

       
It’s a very special On Tap with Corey and Ira this week as the first non-beer guests join the show. Simeon Rossi and Mark Schiller from Loon Liquor Co., based in Northfield, are in studio to talk about the creation and evolution of their business, how they handle the demand of a distillery and a cocktail room, and what’s in the future for their growing business. Brad the Beer Guy is also in studio to talk about the Radler style, and Corey and Ira share news from around the region.

       
It’s a full studio with Jeff, Dave and Kurt from u4ic Brewing Inc. in to talk with Corey and Ira. They talk about their upstart operation in Blakeley, Minn. (near Belle Plaine), building some of their own equipment and the big variety of beers they make. Stick around and also hear about the beers of the week and about the cristal style, courtesy of Brad the Beer Guy. Also, we share updates on Chapel Brewing, Tilion Brewing and Spiral Brewery.

       
It’s a hometown edition of On Tap with Corey and Ira as Steve Pittman and Jenaveve Bell Pittman of Northfield’s Tanzenwald Brewing Company are in the studio. The quartet talks about Steve, formerly of Lagunitas Brewing, and Jenaveve’s decision to return to the Midwest and call Northfield home for their brewery, what the process has been like to open the business and what the reception has been after about a month and a half of operation. Also, Brad the Beer Guy is in the studio to dish about the India Pale Ale style, and Corey and Ira talk beers of the week and share some local news concerning breweries and, yes, even a cidery!

       
Joe Pond with Olvalde Farm and Brewing Co. is in studio this week with On Tap with Corey and Ira. The three talk about Joe’s decision to operate a farm brewery and how that differs from with what most consumers are familiar. As always, Brad the Beer Guy is in studio to share the style of the week and Corey and Ira share some area news, including an opening date for Imminent Brewing.

       
Lakeville Brewing Co. is in studio with co-owner Don Seiler and head brewer Reece Wagstaff. We chat about their first year in business, what it means to be part of the Lakeville community and how to handle the broad spectrum of beer drinkers who come through their doors. We’ve also got Brad the Beer guy in to talk about pale ale, and we give you the latest on brewery happenings in the area.

       
JT Dalton and Trevor Roediger with Nutmeg Brewhouse are in to talk about the Burnsville brewpub and what it offers for beer, food and atmosphere, as well as their own tastes for beer. Brad the Beer Guy is also in studio to talk about the saison style, and Corey and Ira share news about area breweries Tanzenwald Brewing Company, Imminent Brewing, Chapel Brewing, Tilion Brewing, and Loon Liquors and Smokehouse.

       
Paul Brown from Wenonah Brewing Company in Goodview joins Corey and Ira on this week’s show to talk about the history and future of the small brewery on the “South Shore.” We’ve also got beers of the week from Firehouse Liquor, news about Tanzenwald Brewing Company and Sunday sales, and the style of the week from Brad the Beer Guy. It’s a fun show.

       
Head brewer Adam Fredericksen is in to talk about the latest with Grand Rounds Brewing Company, what they have coming up for their second anniversary and how the Rochester brewery scene is doing. Brad the Beer Guy is also in studio to talk about the Kölsch style of beer, and Corey and Ira share the latest brewery news in southern Minnesota, including updates about Imminent Brewing in Northfield and Chapel Brewing in Dundas.

       
Scott Kolby of Red Wing Brewery is in studio this week for On Tap with Corey and Ira. We chat about their choice of going the brewpub route, how they represent the brewing history of Red Wing and what’s on the horizon for their business. Also, Brad the Beer Guy stops by with the latest style of the week and Corey and Ira chat about the latest regional beer and brewery news, including an update on Tanzenwald Brewing Company in Northfield.

       
Dan Jacobs of Bald Man Brewing in Eagan visits the studio in this episode of On Tap with Corey and Ira. The three chat about the brewery, the beer, the reception Bald Man has received in the south metro and what’s coming up for the company. Also, Brad the Beer Guy stops by with his style of the week, and Corey and Ira delve into some news and other beers.

       
In its debut episode, On Tap with Corey and Ira welcome Montgomery Brewing Company’s Chuck Dorsey and A.J. Newton to discuss bringing brewing back to Montgomery, being a pioneer in Sunday growler sales and, just maybe, they get a scoop about this year’s special Kolacky Days beer. Also, Corey and Ira welcome Brad the Beer Guy in studio to educate listeners about the bock beer style.

       

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