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.
Corey and Ira take a trek to Dundas to visit Nate and check out Keepsake Cidery’s facilities. The three talk about the new tasting room, toastie (grilled cheese) and other food options available, and the growing season, among myriad other topics. It’s a great conversation shared over some tasty cider.
Andrew is back with style of the week, this show discussing vanilla porter.
Publish Date: 10/13/2018
Corey and Ira take the short trek to visit Imminent Brewing in downtown Northfield. They speak with Randy Clay, head of brewing operations, about the brewery’s growth in its first 15 months, surprises and challenges they’ve experienced, and what to expect from Imminent moving forward.
As always, Andrew is in to talk style of the week, and Corey and Ira discuss beers of the week from Firehouse Liquor.
Publish Date: 9/29/2018
This episode supported by the Minnesota Craft Beer Tracker App.
Publish Date: 9/15/2018
Corey and Ira invite in Caleb Fenske of Lost Sanity Brewing to talk about his Madelia-based brewery. Hear about his origins as a brewer, why they landed in Madelia and what you can expect when you visit his brewery.
Waconia Brewing Company sent a bevy of samples for Corey and Ira discuss. Spoiler: They enjoyed all of them.
This episode is supported by Imminent Brewing in Northfield.
Publish Date: 9/1/2018
Corey and Ira head down to Rochester to visit the second annual Kegs and Barrels Festival. They had a chance to sit down and chat with LTS Brewing Company, Grand Rounds Brewing Company, Kinney Creek Brewery, and Four Daughter Vineyard & Winery.
This episode supported by Imminent Brewing in Northfield
Publish Date: 8/18/2018
Wow. What a day. What a show.
Corey and Ira visited All Pints North, the destination, premier beer festival in the state, coordinated by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and held at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
The guys chatted with eight breweries for this episode:
But wait, there’s more.
Corey and Ira chat with Tim from the Minnesota Craft Brewery Tracker App, which allows you to see (and check in) to all the breweries in the state in a nicely designed platform. Also, see what beers are on tap at each brewery, their hours and contact info.
Also, Corey and Ira talk beer samples from Big Wood Brewery and Bent Paddle Brewing.
This episode is supported by Angry Inch Brewing in Lakeville.
Publish Date: 8/4/2018
Corey and Ira venture to Hastings, Minnesota to chat with Amy, Jen and Nick (three of five partners) of the newly opened Spiral Brewery. The quintet discuss the interest in opening a brewery in historic downtown Hastings, the process they went through and what folks can expect from them in the future (pumpkin beer?!).
Beer samples were plentiful this show, including three offerings from Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, Wisconsin, and three offerings from Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery in Saint Paul. See which beers were the favorite of the guys and, as always, Andrew is in with style of the week. This week? Session IPA.
This episode supported by Turtle’s Bar & Grill in Shakopee.
Publish Date: 7/21/2018
And now for something a little different.
Corey and Ira delve into the world of cheese with CannonBelles Cheese from Cannon Falls. Hear how the three women behind the operation started the business, what products they offer and what lies ahead for the trio. Oh, and there is beer! Tilion Brewing Co. graciously hosted this recording and we pair the tasty cheese with delicious Tilion beer to see what works well together.
Also, what do you call a NEIPA? Do you just call it a New England/Northeastern IPA, or do you try to say it by the acronym? Let us know! And, as always, Andrew is in to talk style of the week. This week: smoked porter.
Publish Date: 7/7/2018
Corey and Ira invite in Kent and Karla from Reads Landing Brewing Company to talk about their beer, food and eagle watching from their beautiful building along the Mississippi River. Hear their story about acquiring the long-running business and what they have planned ahead for it.
The guys also talk about the Thunder Lizard IPA, a sweet collaboration between BlackStack Brewing and the Science Museum of Minnesota, as well as Insight Brewing’s Dankbot. Corey and Ira also talk quick updates on Angry Hog Brewery and Forbidden Barrel Brewing, as well as tease All Pints North Summer Beer Fest, which they’re attending this year!
Andrew also stops by to talk about gluten-free beer.
This episode is supported by Turtle’s Bar & Grill in Shakopee.
Publish Date: 6/23/2018
Corey and Ira pay a visit to Shakopee Brewhall to catch up with Ben and Ryan and to cap off a week-long extravaganza of beer releases from the brewery. Hear about each of the beers, what Ben and Ryan have learned throughout their first year of operation so far and what to expect from Shakopee Brewhall this summer.
This show is supported by Turtle’s Bar & Grill in Shakopee.
Publish Date: 6/9/2018
Corey and Ira pay a visit to Loon Liquor Co. to chat about the distillery’s announced expansion, what it means for the company and what consumers near and far can expect from the Northfield business (including classic Mario Kart).
Corey and Ira take a look at (and drink of) Bent Paddle Brewing Company’s new infusion release, Tea Break Blonde, as well as Insight Brewing’s new Rowdy Uncle, a Moscow Mule-inspired beer, and Sierra Nevada’s 2018 Hoptimum Triple IPA.
This episode is supported by Angry Inch Brewing.
Publish Date: 5/26/2018
Corey and Ira trek north to visit Lakeville-based Angry Inch Brewing. The duo chats with owner and brewer Jon Erickson about how year No. 2 is going, upcoming beer releases and what fun events folks can expect from the brewery this summer.
Corey and Ira also talk a bevy of beer samples courtesy of Lupulin Brewing, as well as visits they recently made to Spiral Brewery, Lost Sanity Brewing, The Starkeller and Ward House Brewery. And, as always, enjoy the style of the week from Andrew and beers of the week segments.
This episode supported by Turtle’s Bar & Grill in Shakopee.
Publish Date: 5/12/2018
Beer takes a backseat on this episode of On Tap with Corey and Ira as the guys invite in Nate from Dundas-based Keepsake Cidery. The three chat about the process of making cider, why Nate pursued this craft and what folks can expect from Keepsake in 2018.
This episode is supported by Montgomery Brewing.
Publish Date: 4/28/2018
Corey and Ira venture out to the beautiful Tanzenwald Brewing Company in Northfield to chat with owners Steve and Jenaveve. The four talk about Tanzenwald’s first year in operation, their favorite beer they’ve brewed, challenges and surprises of running a business and what’s ahead for the big one-year anniversary event.
Samples this week come courtesy of Lift Bridge Brewery with their Mango Blonde, Bent Paddle Brewing Company’s Pôrdij Imperial Pale Ale and Inbound BrewCo’s The Fuzz: Apricot Pale Ale and Super G Lovshake. The style of the week this episode delves into the Kellerbier.
Publish Date: 4/14/2018
Corey and Ira welcome in John Mansfield of Ward House Brewery for this episode. The three talk about John’s approach to his Waseca brewery, the influence his time in Europe had on his love for beer and what lies ahead for the young business.
Beaver Island Brewing’s Sweet Miss and Ale Aslyum’s Madtown Nutbrown are the beers of the week. Style of the week is sweet stout, courtesy of Andrew Burns.
Publish Date: 3/31/2018
Corey and Ira are joined by Eric from Karst Brewing in Fountain, Minnesota. Eric talks about realizing his dream of opening a brewery, what it’s like to operate the smallest taproom in Minnesota, and what lies ahead for the brewery as it looks at year two.
Publish Date: 3/17/2018
On Tap with Corey and Ira invite in the quartet behind Tilion Brewing Co., slated to open soon in Cannon Falls. The group talks about the road that led to opening a brewery, how the first batch of beers turned out and why they chose Cannon Falls for their brewery.
Andrew Burns is in to educated with the style of the week, and Corey and Ira talk several beer samples, including Roundhouse Brewery and its Golden Spike IPA, Boom Lake Lager, Cowcatcher Ale and the Detonator Doppelbock; Portage Brewing Company and its Idlewild IPA and Coffeecake Blonde Ale; and Lift Bridge Brewery’s Gray Duck, made in collaboration with Goose Island Brewery.
Publish Date: 3/3/2018
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.
Publish Date: 2/17/2018
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. Lastly, Ira catches up with Steve at Tanzenwald Brewing Company and Andrew at Chapel Brewing to talk growler laws and why breweries take different approaches to the use of glass as a vessel.
Publish Date: 2/3/2018
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 you’re favorite breweries.
Publish Date: 1/20/2018
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.
Publish Date: 1/10/2018
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 brewer with August Schell Brewing Company and the mind behind The Starkeller, Schell’s sour-only taproom. Sit back and enjoy getting caught up on 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.
Publish Date: 12/31/2017
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.
Andrew Burns stops in, too, to talk about the barleywine style.
Publish Date: 12/9/2017
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.
Publish Date: 11/25/2017
Austin Jevne, head brewer of Forager Brewing Company, is in 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.
Publish Date: 11/11/2017
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 style of the week, beers of the week and regional news.
Publish Date: 10/28/2017
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 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.
Publish Date: 10/14/2017
Jon Erickson, owner and head brewer of Angry Inch Brewing in Lakeville, is in 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.
Publish Date: 9/30/2017
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 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.
Publish Date: 9/16/2017
On Tap with Corey and Ira hits the road and visits the Kegs & 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.
Publish Date: 9/2/2017
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.
Publish Date: 8/19/2017
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 style of the week (Vienna lager this week), and we share some quick updates on area breweries being built.
Publish Date: 8/5/2017
Tim Roets with Roets Jordan Brewery is in 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.
Publish Date: 7/22/2017
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.
Publish Date: 7/8/2017
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.
Publish Date: 6/24/2017
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 studio. The quartet talk 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 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!
Publish Date: 6/10/2017
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.
Publish Date: 5/27/2017
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.
Publish Date: 5/13/2017
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 Smoqehouse.
Publish Date: 4/29/2017
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.
Publish Date: 4/15/2017
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.
Publish Date: 4/1/2017
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.
Publish Date: 3/18/2017
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.
Publish Date: 3/4/2017
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.
Publish Date: 2/18/2017