The Karben4 Podcast: An Unhinged Brewery Tour

Ryan Koga, Karben4 Brewing, Patrick Murphy, Joe Walts, Jonathan Eckelberg

Passion. Hard work. Gun toting cats atop flame nostriled unicorns. This is Karben4 Brewing in Madison, Wisconsin. Come along and hang out with the guys behind the Fantasy Factory curtain. Be exposed to those backroom, unfiltered meetings where the beer geekery is on point. Karben4 embodies the spirit of Madison and invites you into the fold to look at brewing trends and be among the first to know when there’s cool new shiz in the works! read less
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Meet Tom from Young Blood Beer Company with Karben4
Aug 10 2023
Meet Tom from Young Blood Beer Company with Karben4
Ryan, Zak and Joe from Karben4 Brewing are joined by Kyle and Tom from Young Blood Beer Company.On today's episode, we get the Tom's backstory and how he came to opening up Plain Spoke Cocktail Company and then co-founding Young Blood Beer Company.  Young Blood recently opened a second location in Madison in the Northstreet Collective so we get the insight into how that space differs from the downtown Madison location, not only in look and feel but how the beer sales are different. If you haven't checked out the new location, please do! It's very much a neighborhood gathering spot vibe.Tom grew up in the greater Milwaukee area and eventually moved to New Mexico and attended law school. He has a law degree, but has never actively practiced law - so perhaps don't go to him for legal advice. Tom found his way back to Madison and fell in love with cocktail bartending. He helped setup the cocktail menu at Merchant in Madison.We bring you the history of Ryan Koga's hairstyles  and Kyle's candy preferences (he's also got a fear of being somewhere and needing floss). Ryan taught Tom to plumb, so you can imagine the innuendos in this conversation. Kyle loves saisons and feels it's the most forgiving beer style from a creative freedom perspectice. But you'll never find Kyle making a peanut butter saison!Head to the taprooms of Karben4, and Young Blood Beer Company to say hi and indulge in the brews they've got on tap. And when you're visiting, use Destination Madison's 'Madison on Tap' craft beverage trail app for perks and prizes!Send questions or topic ideas (or just tell us how much you love the pod) to: info@karben4.com. Follow Karben4 Brewing on all the socials:Facebook: facebook.com/Karben4Instagram: instagram.com/karben4brewing/Twitter: twitter.com/Karben4 Passion. Hard work. Gun toting cats atop flame nostriled unicorns. This is Karben4 Brewing in Madison, Wisconsin. Cheers!
Intro to Young Blood's Head Brewer Kyle with Karben4
Jul 28 2023
Intro to Young Blood's Head Brewer Kyle with Karben4
Ryan, Zak and Joe from Karben4 Brewing are joined by Kyle and Tom from Young Blood Beer Company.On today's episode, we get the story of Kyle - Head Brewer for Young Blood.  We're very lucky that he's stuck around so long...he wasn't paid for the first couple months after the brewery opened!  No worries...it was a mistake and corrected!Kyle started in homebrewing with his dad and when he when he showed up for his first real brewery job interview, resume in hand along with a 6-pack of his homebrew and wearing dockers, dress shoes and a shirt and tie, the Brewmaster at Water Street questioned whether he was there for the brewer interview.Ryan and Kyle have in common the fact that they both brewed in Montana. There's quite the tangent from Ryan on how you get a liqour license in Wisconsin versus Montana. Apparently Montana is awful! Wisconsin is easy in comparison. So all ya'll complaining about Wisconsin's process and just stop. Kyle's journey took him to Siebel to study brewing and then on to actually brewing at Great Northern in Montana. There was one point Kyle needed a 'bum drum' or something...I don't know...a Zak recommendation.Head to the taprooms of Karben4, and Young Blood Beer Company to say hi and indulge in the brews they've got on tap. And when you're visiting, use Destination Madison's 'Madison on Tap' craft beverage trail app for perks and prizes!Send questions or topic ideas (or just tell us how much you love the pod) to: info@karben4.com. Follow Karben4 Brewing on all the socials:Facebook: facebook.com/Karben4Instagram: instagram.com/karben4brewing/Twitter: twitter.com/Karben4 Passion. Hard work. Gun toting cats atop flame nostriled unicorns. This is Karben4 Brewing in Madison, Wisconsin. Cheers!
What's Going on With Craft Beer Right Now?
Jun 29 2023
What's Going on With Craft Beer Right Now?
WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING WITH CRAFT BEER RIGHT NOW?!?!We've got the right individuals around the table to talk about what's going on in the brewing industry. Ryan, Zak and Joe are joined by Clint from Working Draft Beer Company and Kirby from Wisconsin Brewing Company / Lake Louie.How are guests drinking beer in the taprooms - sampling versus sticking to what they like and drinking that. The world had a pandemic and now things feel all messed up. Seltzers and RTDs have become prevalent and there's a demand for them. Brewers continue to adapt to these demands, but what is here to stay?Our favorite thing about craft beer is that it brings people together. It spurs conversation and helps make memories. We have a beer to celebrate our successes, and sometimes, yes, we drink beer to take our minds off something that's hurting us or challenging us.Head to the taprooms of Karben4, Working Draft and Wisconsin Brewing Company/Lake Louie to say hi to the guys and indulge in the brews they've got on tap. And when you're visiting, use Destination Madison's 'Madison on Tap' craft beverage trail app for perks and prizes!Send questions or topic ideas (or just tell us how much you love the pod) to: info@karben4.com. Follow Karben4 Brewing on all the socials:Facebook: facebook.com/Karben4Instagram: instagram.com/karben4brewing/Twitter: twitter.com/Karben4 Passion. Hard work. Gun toting cats atop flame nostriled unicorns. This is Karben4 Brewing in Madison, Wisconsin. Cheers!
Karben4, Working Draft and Wisconsin Brewing Company/Lake Louie Part 2
Jun 16 2023
Karben4, Working Draft and Wisconsin Brewing Company/Lake Louie Part 2
Passion. Hard work. Gun toting cats atop flame nostriled unicorns. This is Karben4 Brewing in Madison, Wisconsin. Bringing together the brilliant minds of Madison's brewing industry and beyond, Ryan Koga, Zak Koga and Joe Walts from Karben4 are joined in this episode by the legend - Kirby Nelson - of Wisconsin Brewing Company and Lake Louie and the best damn brewer of lagers - Clint Lohman - from Working Draft Beer Company.In this episode, we get more of Clint's origin story and how he came to Working Draft Beer Company.The guys pull back the curtain on how tastes have changed and how guests visiting the taprooms select the beer they're going to drink.  You have a choice, and people are way more educated on their beer choices than they once were. There's a disconnect between beer ratings like on Untapped versus what sales actually look like.Brewers have had to adjust over the years with the rise of seltzers and RTDs and balancing new trends with sticking to what feeds their soul - brewing damn good beer.Head to the taprooms at Karben4, Working Draft and Wisconsin Brewing Company/Lake Louie to say hi to the guys and indulge in the brews they've got on tap. And when you're visiting, use Destination Madison's 'Madison on Tap' craft beverage trail app for perks and prizes!Send questions or topic ideas (or just tell us how much you love the pod) to: info@karben4.com. Follow Karben4 Brewing on all the socials:Facebook: facebook.com/Karben4Instagram: instagram.com/karben4brewing/Twitter: twitter.com/Karben4 Cheers!