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Experience Milwaukee

By Experience Milwaukee, LLC
The Experience Milwaukee podcast highlights the people and places that make Milwaukee great. Hosted by Steve Glynn and Adam Derus, the two keep things light and humorous, often making fun of themselves and the things they share with listeners. Maybe that’s because the podcast is typically (ok always) recorded over a few drinks! (opinions are our own)
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MKE Coffee: Stone Creek Coffee
In this lively, fun episode, Adam and Steve learn everything there is to know about coffee from Eric Resch, managing director and co-owner of Stone Creek Coffee. The guys talk through the early days for Eric, sipping and making coffee at Starbucks in Chicago. Grunge music. Delving into making his own coffee (maybe a few small fires) and coming to Milwaukee to start his own coffee company. They also touch on how Stone Creek cultivates an amazing culture and lovely people, how Eric rides his bike around Milwaukee all year long, and that, as a certified b-corp, how 98% of their coffee comes directly from the farmers that grow it. Take a listen, then head over to or one if their friendly cafes to get yours!
August 08, 2022
MKE Colleges: Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) (VIDEO)
In this video episode, you'll get some of the highlights of Adam and Steve's chat with Jeff Morin, President of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). You'll also get an awesome view into the college. Oh, if you haven't, check out the complimentary audio episode in our content stream as well then go to to learn even more!
July 25, 2022
MKE Colleges: Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Jeff Morin, President of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). It's a compelling conversation about Jeff's journey to the college, what he loves about the city, how MIAD amplifies and gives purpose to the passion of its students, how the school is growing and why that matters for Milwaukee, and so much more. MIAD is accessible to you as well - whether you want to check out the MIAD galleries or senior project showcase (um, for free). Oh, and check out the complimentary video episode in our content stream as well then go to to learn even more!
July 25, 2022
Work in MKE: Wantable (VIDEO)
You'll get a behind-the-scenes look in this video episode into what it's like to work at Wantable, a fast-growing, next-generation retail clothing and tech-focused brand. This video compliments the long form audio episode you can also find in our stream. For more info on Wantable, including links to a full audio podcast episode and to Wantable's career page, check out
July 23, 2022
MKE Brands: Wiskullsin Apparel
Jump in on this lively chat with Adam, Steve, and Joey, the owner of Wiskullsin ( From how he got started launching at a party and selling merch from behind a bar to how he finds models for the website and so much more, you'll love Joey's love for Milwaukee and its many communities. The guys did get a little distracted and purchased some Wiskullsin tees during the show. Why? Because they, and YOU, CAN GET 20% OFF RIGHT NOW at AND Just use discount code: EXPMKE. With that kind of sweet deal, you know he'll be back on the show. Watch out Ryan Laessig. 
July 21, 2022
MKE Music: Summerfest Series Featuring You Win !!!
In this episode, Steve goes solo and has a heart-to-heart conversation with Amanda Huff from Milwaukee-based band You Win !!! Get the inside scoop on how she found music, her creative process and what shapes the music, and the game she plays to remember those creative inspirations and moments. The two of them also dig into what Summerfest means and her experiences with it. And, even more, advice and acceptance for those of us who think and create in unconventional ways. Take a listen, then go support You Win !!! at Summerfest on July 8th at 5:30PM on the Johnson Controls stage !!!
July 06, 2022
MKE Music: Summerfest Series Featuring Vincent Van Great
Adam and Steve can barely contain their excitement in this episode with musician Vincent Van Great (who totally keeps his cool). Jump in and get the story on how Vincent got started with music in church to how he moved on to making beats for friends in school to making beats for artists across the midwest. Adam and Steve also get into what Summerfest means to Vincent, how much 88.9 has helped his career, and a lot of fun along the way. And, also, plus, a pit pass giveaway during his show at Summerfest on Saturday, July 2 at 8:45 on the Miller Lite Oasis Stage. Listen in then get over to Summerfest to see Vincent Van Great!
July 01, 2022
MKE Summer: Summerfest Series Weekend 2 Get Out Here
This is an episode to wrap up Summerfest Tech and to tell you to get your a$$ out here. What are you waiting for!
June 30, 2022
MKE Summer: Summerfest Series Featuring Ben Mulwana
Ready for some smooth sounds that are both energizing and calming? Then jump into this episode with local singer Ben Mulwana and you'll love the soulful explanation of his background, musical inspiration, what Summerfest means to him, and more. You'll also want to head to Summerfest on Thursday, June 30 at 4:15PM on the Johnson Controls World Stage to catch him in action with his band. Adam and Steve will be at the show handing out tickets and pit passes for front row access to the headliners!
June 28, 2022
MKE Summer: Summerfest Opening Weekend 2022
Summerfest is back for 2022, running three consecutive Thur - Fri - Sat weekends beginning June 23-25 and going June 30-July 2, and July 7-9. It's easy to get to Summerfest, take a shuttle, Uber or just park in a nearby neighborhood and walk in. That said, here are a few things we're excited about for the first weekend: (1) Experience Milwaukee ticket and pit pass giveaways (watch the socials @expmke and look for us at Summerfest, (2) the new format: recharge during the week; come early and stay late on the weekend, (3) trying new food and drinks (including that great burger from Major Goolsby's), (4) the all new Experience Milwaukee / Summerfest tee (we'll be giving these away, too), (5) opening weekend music: Valerie Lighthart (Thursday afternoon), Brett Newski (Thursday night), The Keystones (Saturday afternoon) - all bands you can get to know through episodes we dropped this week. Take a quick listen then get out and experience Summerfest!
June 23, 2022
MKE Music: Summerfest Series Featuring The Keystones
What do you get when you mix dating with music? Then, add in a little bit of not knowing what you're doing with some old fashioned stumbling into it? Well, in this case, you get one kick ass band where everything got better and has turned out pretty well. In this episode, Adam and Steve talk with Eddie and Jack from The Keystones, a get up and get into it rock band you gotta hear. Find out more about how they got (and stayed) together on their journey from garage band to Summerfest headliner. Also, good advice on not wearing sweaters while you drum, how to warm up your voice in the car on the way to a show, and sooooo much more. Plus, how to win some pit passes and a little secret second Summerfest performance. Check them out here then head to Summerfest on Saturday, June 25 at 3:00PM at the Johnson Controls stage to get into it with The Keystones!
June 22, 2022
MKE Music: Summerfest Series Featuring Brett Newski
Marriage and taxes. Kids. European tour. Swimming in Lake Michigan. Seasonal depression. Buying CDs. Merch brainstorm. Summerfest show. New band name. Upcoming shows and pondering the future. Adam + Steve + singer/songwriter Brett Newski. Yep, that about sums this episode up. Take a listen then check Newski out on June 23 at 8:15 PM on the USCELLULAR CONNECTION STAGE at Summerfest. Rock on.
June 21, 2022
MKE Music: Summerfest Series Featuring Valerie Lighthart
It's Summerfest season once again and we're kicking things off with an eye opening conversation with Valerie Lighthart. Learn more about where she came from, her early Summerfest experiences, an inspiring creative process, and more. Oh, including a MySpace debate. Anyway, Valerie will be playing at Summerfest on June 23 at 2:30 PM on the Miller Lite Oasis stage. There may be a Britney Spears cover in the set. You'll have to check it out for yourself to find out. 
June 21, 2022
MKE Food: Pete's Pops
This entertaining episode featuring Pete Cooney, owner of Pete's Pops, will have you craving one of their delicious treats. What started 9 years ago as kind of a self-dare has become a growing business with big plans for the future. Adam and Steve also dig into how and why Pete launched this idea after he had shopped it around to friends for a couple of years. This includes everything from inspiration at a farmer's market to rebranding as the company evolves beyond Milwaukee, and, of course, booze + popsicles. And if you listen carefully, Pete sprinkles in advice and lessons for anyone starting a business. Jump in then jump over to to get yours!
June 19, 2022
EXP MKE: How actress/entrepreneur Keilah Jude experiences Milwaukee
From start to finish, this is a wild one! Adam and Steve chat with actress / model / entrepreneur Keilah Jude and this episode is full of laughs. You'll get an inside view on Keilah's journey from commercials and movies, the pressure of auditions, her (and Adam's) obsession with DunkAroos and what it's like acting with Vin Diesel. In the process, we learn about Adam's bizarre dancing in a Walgreens training video. Finally, as one who enjoys day trips to Milwaukee, there just might be a Summerfest in-person cheese curd experience in the works with Keilah, Adam, and Steve!! Follow her at @keilahjude on the socials.
June 11, 2022
Work in MKE: Wantable
This episode is part of a new sponsored content series we're officially launching today! Get a behind-the-scenes look into what it's like to work at Wantable, a next-generation fashion brand that creates and delivers products to customers to fuel their confidence with looks geared towards their unique fit, style, and price range. Steve and Adam provide their take on Wantable's culture, cafe, and employee experience along with numerous employee perspectives. For more info on Wantable, including a video episode and links to their career page, check out
June 01, 2022
MKE Tech Events: Summerfest Tech + Generac
We are once again a proud media partner, some might say "official podcast", of Summerfest and Summerfest Tech. With that, we bring you a behind-the-scenes episode of how Summerfest Tech comes together and how it helps booming companies like Generac. Together, we can all contribute to raising Milwaukee's tech profile. Learn more about all of this, how approachable Milwaukeeans are and how that helps build for the future, and how you can register for Summerfest Tech for FREE ( AND get a FREE Summerfest 3-day pass (June 30, July 1 and 2). Also, you'll be able to jump on the podcast because we'll be at Summerfest and Summerfest Tech, too!! Follow along on the socials @summerfesttech, @expmke, and #generacproud
May 21, 2022
MKE Culture: Bloody Marys in MKE
What's up with Bloody Marys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the world???? Find out in this episode as Adam and Steve chat with Amanda Borkowski of the famous Bob's Bloody Mary Bucket List! You'll learn about Amanda growing up on a bar, how she explores and reviews each Bloody Mary, her local favorite, and her explorations around the world trying this amazing drink. Follow her adventures on the socials (@bobsbloodymarybucketlist) and on her soon to launch website where she has an interactive Bloody Mary map!!! 
May 16, 2022
MKE Art: We're at the Milwaukee Makers Market NOW!
Whatcha doin today? Stop by now until 4 at the Ivy House, 906 S Barclay St, Milwaukee, WI 53204. 40 makers. Music. Full cash bar. Food truck. And we're recording live and you can jump on the show with us! Take a quick listen, then stop by and experience the Milwaukee Makers Market!!
May 15, 2022
MKE Community: #MKE
Adam and Steve have a lively conversation with JMatt, founder of #MKE. JMatt's passion for Milwaukee, social media, and networking has put him in a unique position in the city. Learn more about that, how #MKE works, and how you can get in. The guys also talk about huggers vs. non-huggers, the 22 push-up challenge (for 5+ years), mental health, and Adam's new nicknames (Axle and Aladdin). Check out this episode then head over to to get involved.
May 07, 2022
MKE Beer: New Barons Brewing Cooperative
This episode, recorded LIVE at New Barons Brewing Cooperative at 2018 S 1st Street, will have you laughing. Get ready for lots of energy from Adam, Steve and their guests, New Barons' co-CEO & brewmaster, John Degroote, and Heidi Dalibor, it's other co-CEO & taproom manager. Grab your favorite beverage, light up your Experience Milwaukee candle, and get ready to learn more about what a beer cooperative is, how you can become a New Barons member owner for life, and maybe even how to make your way to their upper private balcony! Seriously, get the scoop on how this all works, New Barons' delicious beer, art coasters, 2022 events, and the secrets in the taproom mural. Check them out or become a member at or, our recommendation, by visiting the taproom!!
April 22, 2022
MKE Events: MKE Day at the Wantable Cafe
Jump in for an entertaining stroll around the Wantable Cafe during the a MKE Day event featuring local artists and makers. After an all day adventure at their own party at Indeed Brewing, Adam and Steve provide a not-so-sober series of interviews with some very nice people. Have fun with this one!
April 16, 2022
MKE Day: Join us at Indeed Brewing today from 12-7PM.
Let's get out and celebrate our city's holiday! And commemorate 4 years of the podcast!! FREE food from Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, delicious gourmet bakery (some CBD and delta-8 infused) from Sweetly Baked, $4.14 Hello Milwaukee beer, tons and tons of prize giveaways including KOSS headphones, Summerfest tickets, FEW Spirits whiskey, Big White Yeti candles, FREE LIVE MUSIC from the Stalley Cats and Sulestial, and so much more fun!!! Get over to Indeed Brewing anytime between 12-7PM  at 530 S. 2nd Street in Walker's Point. We love you. Thanks for listening. Find a way to celebrate today no matter what you do!
April 14, 2022
MKE Food: Sweetly Baked, CBD and Delta-8 Bakery
What the heck is CBD and delta-8 infused gourmet bakery all about? What does it taste like? More importantly, where can you get it? Jump into this episode with Adam and Steve to find the answers to all of these questions and more. Like how Amanda Buhrman, founder of Sweetly Baked, got started infusing bakery during the pandemic. And how you can get your hands on this small batch, made to order deliciousness - whether it's for your daily chill or your wedding or special event! After you take a listen, head over to to get yours!!
April 12, 2022
MKE Events: Milwaukee Makers Market
For more years than he can remember, Ryan Laessig has poured his heart and soul into helping small, creative businesses, "makers", by providing a caring space to meet potential customers and sell their work. Many of these small businesses turn into bigger entities, turning their passion into full time work and even opening a storefront. As owner and organizer of Milwaukee Makers Market, a series of 9-10 events that take place around the city each year, Ryan now welcomes 48 makers on the Sundays he holds these amazing experiences. Adam and Steve have a blast with him and fellow entrepreneur, chief yeti wrangler, and longtime Milwaukee Makers Market participant, Katie Daly Weiss, from the Big White Yeti Candle Company. Katie also showed up to the recording with samples of the coming soon Experience Milwaukee candle! So, stop what you're doing, grab your favorite beverage, and sit down and enjoy this humorous and fun conversation. Then head out to see Ryan and Katie at the Milwaukee Makers Market season opener on April 10 at Discovery World (FREE admission). For more info on both of these authentically Milwaukee organizations, jump over to and
April 03, 2022
MKE Community: MKE Black
"If we want to have thriving neighborhoods, we need thriving black-owned businesses." That's the truth coming from MKE Black co-founder, Rick Banks. In this episode, Adam and Steve have an absolute blast talking with him and Ayrton Bryan, who is the director of strategic partnerships and initiatives at MKE Black. So, what exactly is MKE Black? On the surface, it's an app that provides a robust business directory of black-owned businesses. Dig deeper and you'll see it's become a movement to support, connect, educate, and inspire these businesses. Listen in to find out more, including how Rick got started, Adam's obsession with startups (and how he steamrolled himself onto the podcast), and what the future holds for MKE Black. Then hop over to to learn more about how you can support this amazing initiative.
March 15, 2022
Work in MKE: Milwaukee Tool
In this episode, Adam and Steve bring perspective to what it's like to work in Milwaukee for one of its most notable companies, Milwaukee Tool, along with SVP of Talent, Jon Finch. Do the guys chat about what Milwaukee Tool does? Sure. But they also get deep into Jon's path to HR, what it's like to work at Milwaukee Tool, how the organization gives back to the community, and how Jon enjoys the city outside of work. Oh, and the art and pride in telling terrible dad jokes. Listen in, then learn more at and
March 01, 2022
MKE Sports: Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
Get ready for a fun one with Milwaukee Admirals president, Jon Greenberg. Learn more about the essentials of buying your hockey gear from former Admiral Fred Berry, how Jon got his start as a bat boy for the Milwaukee Brewers (and rose to the PR leader), and his shift to the Admirals including how he and his team rebuilt and reinvented hockey in Milwaukee. Admirals games are exciting and entertaining and it doesn't stop there. Adam and Steve get into what the organization does in the community as well. Jump in, take a listen, then grab some tickets at!
February 21, 2022
MKE Music: Sulestial
What we love most about episodes with musicians is how much you (and we) get to know them as genuine human beings. In this one, Adam and Steve talk with Sully (@SulestialMusic on Instagram) and learn all about his bladder limitations, his journey through music lessons, joining a band to make friends, his move to Chicago and back to MKE, and what inspires his music today. Oh, and his top three Tenacious D songs. Grab your favorite local beverage then sit back and enjoy this one. It's full of laughs, learnings, and insider info on a local Sulestial show and a new song release, both on 2/18.
February 12, 2022
The Iron Horse Hotel Experience
There's a lot of fresh energy at the Iron Horse Hotel. And in this episode, Adam and Steve find out from General Manger, Alan Di Leo, just what he and the team are planning. From outdoor music and ways to keep the patio open all year, to big events in the hotel (including one this Saturday!), you'll want to listen in on how great the Iron Horse experience is. Even if you just want to sneak in and work from the lobby (like Steve). This is a fun and informative episode if you're a huge fan of the hotel or if you've never been. You can get more info on the hotel at
February 03, 2022
The one and only Grace Weber joins Adam and Steve to talk about being asked to sing the national anthem at this week's Packers playoff game! How does one prepare for such a fantastic opportunity??? Hear from Grace about how she rehearsed (and where!). Also, updates on her life and career and she turns the tables and starts asking questions!
January 20, 2022
2021 Recap Episode
We put together a few of Adam and Steve's favorite clips from 2021. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for listening and your continued support!
January 08, 2022
The Shepherd Express and Best of Milwaukee Awards!
The Shepherd Express has delivered independent local journalism in Milwaukee for almost 40 years. They also have an award program called Best of Milwaukee, which shines a light on all the people, places, and experiences that make this city amazing. In this episode, Adam and Steve talk with Allen Halas from the Shepherd Express to learn more about all of this. They also touch on the local music scene and the ONE place you need to go to see local bands. Also, surprise, surprise, WE'RE FINALISTS IN THE BEST OF MILWAUKEE AWARDS! Tune in on January 4th to see if we win!! Go to for all of the details.
December 17, 2021
Let's be real, summer rocks. Literally, with Summerfest. We pulled some unreleased content from the summer for this one. And at exactly the right time because we're missing warm weather and outdoor music. Jump into this episode where Adam and Steve chat with singer and songwriter Glen Phillips from Toad The Wet Sprocket and Jen and Mo, two enthusiastic Summerfest fans. It gets a little wild at the end, so hang on for that!
December 05, 2021
Indeed's Black Friday Beer Preview
If you've ever wanted to listen to a podcast focused on reviewing beer by two guys who don't know how to review beer, this is for you! Seriously though, Adam and Steve share their thoughts on Indeed Brewing's Black Friday releases: the new and improved Milwaukee Honey Barleywine and the Wood Barrel Aged Sarah Jane's Maple Sticks. Spoiler alert: the guys love them both. But listen in to understand why, to learn about their twist on both beers, and to get their takes on other favorite Milwaukee beers, taprooms, and more. This is a fun one, all focused on experiencing and enjoying beer in Milwaukee.
November 25, 2021
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe Opens Dining Room!
We're probably the last to report on this, but definitely the happiest about it! YES - the dining room at Transfer Pizzeria Cafe is OPEN!! Adam and Steve jump back in the studio there for a quick episode and catch up. Listen in for a few laughs then run over and get some pizza.
November 13, 2021
The Best Way To Tour Milwaukee!
If you thought Milwaukee Food Tours only did tours, well we have news for you. And if you thought they only did what they do in Milwaukee, guess again. They've taken their amazing experiences across the midwest and the world - so you can experience the city AND other places in the magical ways only Milwaukee Food Tours can deliver. Listen in as Adam and Steve talk with co-founder and chief experience officer, Theresa Nemetz. Learn more about what makes these tours so much damn fun, how they work, and how you can enjoy one (or more!). We also chat about the addition of the e-commerce side of the company, what's coming up for the holiday season, and our favorite parts of the tours we've enjoyed. You'll definitely want to take a tour of to make a reservation, order a gift box, or join them on an international trip!
November 06, 2021
How This Milwaukee Organization Is Taking On Autism
When his son Harry was three, Mark and his wife Margaret were told Harry would not be ready for first grade and that they should not plan on him ever attending college. It was devastating. Determined to change those potential outcomes, they both set out to positively impact the trajectory for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. That's were Islands of Brilliance comes in. In this episode, one that will truly inspire you, Steve and Adam get the behind-the-scenes story of this amazing organization directly from co-founder and executive director, Mark Fairbanks. Take a listen, then head over to to learn more about their creative learning experiences. You can also become a mentor, apply for your child to participate, or give them a financial boost to allow them to keep doing great work!
October 24, 2021
Higher Ed in Milwaukee with Cardinal Stritch University
In this episode, Adam and Steve finally meet a real university president. Dr. Dan Scholz from Cardinal Stritch University joins the show to share his journey, the vibe at Stritch, and the fun in designing your future AND your degree. Learn more about what inspires Dr. Dan's work and why in the world he wakes up at 4AM. He even gets real honest on how higher ed is not for everyone. Take a listen, then jump over to to learn more.
October 08, 2021
Summerfest Series: What we like to drink.
Wondering what to try in the delicious drink category when heading over to Summerfest? We've got you covered. Dip into this episode for Steve and Adam's take on what's good to drink, to them. Then stop in at Summerfest and give these drinks a try for yourself.
September 16, 2021
Summerfest Series: What we like to eat.
Wondering what to try in the delicious food category when heading over to Summerfest? We've got you covered. Dip into this episode for Steve and Adam's take on what's good to eat, to them. Then stop in at Summerfest and give them a try for yourself. 
September 11, 2021
Summerfest Series: Transportation Options for Summerfest
Wondering about all the ways you can get to Summerfest? We've got you covered. Take a listen then get your butt to Summerfest. It's week two people!!! 
September 10, 2021
Summerfest Series: Trapper Schoepp on Creating Something from Nothing
Trapper Schoepp is not your typical music star. In fact, when he's not writing, rehearsing, or touring, you might see him riding his bike to the beach, working in his garden, or tossing frisbees. And you'd be wise to not interrupt him when he's binging Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But his journey to music is unique: a BMX injury netted him a guitar and a new hobby from which he's created a successful career. Learn more about all of this with Adam and Steve on this inspiring episode. Then ride over to Summerfest and catch Trapper on September 10th at 8:00 PM on the Miller Lite Oasis Stage. 
September 08, 2021
Summerfest Series: Opening Day at the Fest!
LIVE from Summerfest 2021!! Adam and Steve talk about how they're getting started on the grounds and what we're going to cover over the next month - much more than music, food, and drinks. Oh, and btw, we're enjoying a Drink Wisconsinbly brandy old fashioned on this one. Better get your own when you're here.
September 02, 2021
Summerfest Series: Supporting MKE's Tech Community
This episode, the first ever podcast recording at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on the Summerfest grounds, is a hilarious yet informative and sincere discussion on tech, equity, and everyone's journey to Summerfest. Adam and Steve are joined by Lena DeLaet (Summerfest) and Nadiyah Johnson (Milky Way Tech Hub) who share all the details on Summerfest Tech, an incredible (and FREE!) event during Summerfest. Summerfest Tech continues to support the growing tech initiative in the region by convening technologists, business leaders, and innovators. Programming ranges from keynotes and breakouts focused on creating a tech town and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Open to anyone, regardless if you consider yourself "techy" or not. Take a listen and have a ton of fun with this group, then jump over to to learn more and register for free. 
August 28, 2021
Summerfest Series: Grace Weber Is Soul Opening
This episode is pure cool. Even with Adam and Steve being part of it. There's so much honesty in this one, a look inside the life of musical artist Grace Weber, that you'll want to listen several times. Also, there's a spot where Adam and Grace sing together! And wait for the end of the episode. Because there's a CHANCE that there will be some surprises at Grace's Summerfest show this September. Including, maybe, Adam and Steve as background dancers and singers. That's a joke. Seriously though, thanks to our friends at Summerfest for another great connection to a wonderful human. 
August 07, 2021
Summerfest Series: Brett Newski's Unique Sound and Perspective
Imagine meeting someone who brings a cool, enthusiastic, and welcoming perspective and personality while also being real about slowing down, dealing with anxiety, and navigating the complexities of the music industry. That person, musician Brett Newski, jumps on this episode with Adam and Steve as they work to convince him to be their friend. Seriously though, Brett shares stories from Weezer's influence on his career and working at McDonald's to buy his first guitar to playing big shows at Summerfest! He also is the first guest to admit to taking off his clothes during the show. To learn more about Brett's incredible music, book, podcast and where to catch him live, check out Thanks to our friends at Summerfest for making this series possible.
August 02, 2021
Love Milwaukee Showcases the City's Diversity and Brewing Strengths
Imagine an experiment to help a city be more inclusive by bringing communities together through kombucha and beer. It's a reality that Love Milwaukee co-founders Adam Gabornitz, Heidi Dalibor, Monica Hidalgo, Ayrton Bryan and others committed to the city have brought to life. Through Love Milwaukee, this group is fostering more positivity by reaching across cultures and communities through pop-up events and other means which will culminate in a reflection of feedback in the form of a six-pack. Get involved, attend their events, and follow along on Instagram and Facebook at @LoveMilwaukee414!
July 29, 2021
Summerfest Series: REYNA's Powerful Music and Origin Story
Adam and Steve were absolutely amazed after sitting down with Vic and Gab of REYNA. Who dreams about a song then wakes up and writes it without ever taking guitar lessons?? Vic does. Listen in for this story and others about what inspires the music, secret rehearsal locations, obsession with School of Rock, and mixing dreams with hard work to reach a life-long goal of playing Summerfest! Speaking of Summerfest, thanks to our friends over there for making this series happen!!
July 23, 2021
Pizza Shuttle: Delicious and Fun Pizza on Milwaukee's East Side!
Get ready to smile! Adam and Steve have an uplifting chat with Mark Gold, who has a heart of gold by the way, and also is owner of the iconic East side Pizza Shuttle. What started as kind of an only option for Mark (he actually was going to join the Marines), turned into a restaurant that has positively impacted (even saved) lives. For Mark, it's been a journey of downs and ups but always having fun with some good timing and luck along with never giving up. Great life lessons for anyone. If you find yourself on Milwaukee's East side, you better jump into Pizza Shuttle for a slice!
July 10, 2021
Milwaukee's Local Distillery for 17 Years!
In this episode, Adam and Steve enjoy a cocktail with Guy Rehorst, Founder and CEO at Great Lakes Distillery (GLD). Now in their 17th year, Guy shares the inspiration behind launching GLD, what to expect when you visit the tasting room, and how local collaborations come about. Oh, and the three also get into the great Vodka debate! Also, did you know GLD has a patio?? Get all this and more then get out and experience Milwaukee!
June 25, 2021
Celebrating 10 Years of Milwaukee's Purple Door Ice Cream!
Among many wonderful things, JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH! And in this episode, Adam and Steve serve up two scoops of fun along with Lauren Schultz, owner of Purple Door Ice Cream. Officially celebrating ten years of making ice cream in Milwaukee, Lauren shares how it all started with a childhood dream. Listen in for that story and more including the challenges of opening an ice cream business in a custard town, what inspires the flavors, and Steve's shameless attempt to get a Manhattan on the menu! Get out and experience Milwaukee and check out Purple Door at one of their 3 locations or online at
June 12, 2021
East Side ON Art Lot!
This episode is full of art. And laughs. Adam and Steve have an absolute blast with Becca and Keighley, two of last year's artists for the East Side Art Lot. Listen in to learn what the East Side art lot is, how it's made, and how you can experience it. Also, the origins of both Becca (spider bite) and Keighley's (concussions) artistic talents. Oh, and advice on getting through 100 rejections. Also, reading books while on the podcast. And did Steve just get shushed??? FUN FUN FUN. And also art.
June 07, 2021
Creativity and community from Milwaukee's only bitters company!
As Bittercube's founder Ira Koplowitz explains, bitters are the spice rack of your bar. And as liquid spices, maybe for your entire home! In this episode, Adam and Steve dig into how a unique experience and lots of travel inspired the creation of Bittercube. Along with Ira, they also explore the role of cocktails in building human connection and how Bittercube evolved from sharing with friends to making bitters for more than 500,000 cocktails (and that's just ONE order)! Oh, Ira also finally answers the one questions he's always asked!! Whether you're an aficionado or just getting started in drink-making, we've got you covered in this one. For more on Bittercube and to get in on their NEW subscription service, visit 
May 29, 2021
East Side ON with TBEY Arts Center!
What do you get when you mix ambition, passion, and a take-action 16 year old? An organization that sets out to give young people a chance to experience and explore the arts! Adam and Steve have a great conversation with their new friend, Contessa Lobley, Executive Director and Founder of the East Side's TBEY Arts Center. Contessa, or Tessa as her friends call her, shares stories on what inspired her to start a company at 16, what the organization does, where it's going, and how you can get involved to support the mission (hint, hint: 
May 17, 2021
Not just for the whiskey lovers: FEW Spirits and why they love Milwaukee!
You might think this episode is only for the whiskey lovers. That's only half true. If you like people who make things (or are one) and their stories to bring their creations to life, this episode is for you, whether you like whiskey or not! Why did we go to Evanston, IL? And why does FEW Spirits (and founder Paul Hletko) absolutely love Milwaukee so much? Jump in as Adam and Steve learn more about that, Paul's favorite FEW, his thoughts on supper clubs and old fashioneds, where the industry is headed, why supporting small businesses matters, and more as FEW celebrates 10 years!!
May 15, 2021
East Side ON! with Scratch Ice Cream: Small Batch, Gigantic Deliciousness!
How can ice cream save a life? You'll have to listen to find out. Join Adam and Steve and their new BFFs Justin Povlick and Dusty Garley, two of the owners at Scratch Ice Cream, for another great Milwaukee story. Get the scoop (ha ha) on how Scratch got started in the back of a frozen yogurt shop, how the company pays attention to the details, and how to get your hands on this fantastic ice cream!
May 03, 2021
How Airbnbs add to the neighborhood experience and catching up with MKE startup Washbnb!
This might sound like a complicated episode, but it's really not. Jump in with Adam and Steve as they catch up with washbnb founder and CEO Daniel Cruz while getting an Airbnb perspective of the city from Cream City Stays founder John Kroeger. What will you get from this one besides some serious laughs? Daniel's perspective on the washbnb business through a pandemic and entering a crowdfunding raise. And how John infuses local artists and local experiences within his Airbnbs. Maybe a bit on skid marks. Anyway, here are some reference links from the episode:,,
May 01, 2021
Celebrating Milwaukee Day EXP MKE Style!
Adam is on vacation so Steve goes solo on this one. In honor of Milwaukee Day, April 14 (414, Milwaukee's main area code), the team thought it'd be fun to learn more about the inception of the day that celebrates the city. Steve is joined by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Day co-founders Andy Silverman and Mocha Harris, Milwaukee Downtown CEO Beth Weirick, and more than 20 Milwaukeeans who emotionally share what the city means to them. 
April 14, 2021
East Side ON with Triciclo Peru!
In this East Side neighborhood feature episode, Adam and Steve get to know more about Triciclo Peru, including how to properly pronounce the name! Joined by the restaurant's owner, Amy Narr, you too can learn more about her background in the Pease Corps and Peru and back to Milwaukee as an entrepreneur. You can find Triciclo Peru everywhere in the city and specifically at the Crossroads Collective on the East Side. Take a listen and get more info on the inspiration behind the menu and the restaurant, their upcoming beer garden tour, and *breaking news*! Also, Steve's admission that he needs better friends.
April 05, 2021
Drunk MKE: Molly Snyder's Stories of the East Side!
This is exactly the episode you'd expect after several drinks. And what better day to publish it than April Fool's Day?!? If you were in Milwaukee in your 20's in the 90's, you'll love this one. And if you weren't, you'll still love the laughs and mayhem (also, please share this with someone who was)! Adam and Steve welcome Molly Snyder, senior writer at Good times. From shower beers to cream puff championships to the bars, malls, movie theaters, and times we remember (or don't) on Milwaukee's East Side, this laid back conversation is sure to brighten and lighten your day! NOTE: This a more explicit episode than our others. Probably don't want the kids to listen.
April 01, 2021
MKE Makers Market: See What's Being Made in YOUR City!
After 5 years, Milwaukee Makers Market founder, curator, and organizer Ryan Laessig still works tirelessly to keep the events fresh and exciting. Consider that goal accomplished. This week, Adam and Steve learn more about what's in store for the 2021 Milwaukee Makers Market season, how it supports local, small businesses (who make what they sell btw), and what you can expect from this year's events. Whether you're looking for a family friendly activity, or want to have some fun with friends (mimosa in hand), you should check out the Milwaukee Makers Market. It's always FREE to get in and you'll definitely find something for yourself or someone else, made by neighbors. Learn more and get the full schedule at
March 26, 2021
Milwaukee's Tech Scene with Reporter Nick Williams!
This is an episode for the future. Or from the past. Or something like that. Anyway, enjoy this fun conversation that Adam and Steve have with former journalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal and Wisconsin Inno, Nick Williams. Learn about what brought him to Milwaukee while getting super insightful perspective on the city's tech and innovation scene, including how others see it. You don't have to be "midwest nice" or a startup founder to enjoy this episode, it's for anyone who loves Milwaukee. Oh, and follow Nick's next journey by connecting with him on LinkedIn:
March 19, 2021
East Side ON with Thum - where food is the love language!
In this episode, Adam and Steve learn all about Thum from owner Darleen Vanmanivong. Her passion and love for food is inspiring. Located in Crossroads Collective in Milwaukee's welcoming East Side neighborhood, Thum launched in the middle of the pandemic and is doing so well that Darleen recently committed to another two years. Learn more about how she and Thum got started, what family meal means, what to pair with Thum dishes, and some secret hidden Milwaukee gems to experience. 
March 16, 2021
Big White Yeti: Having fun with great scents and humor!
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Katie Daly Weiss, owner and Chief Yeti Wrangler at Big White Yeti. What the hell is Big White Yeti? Well, a company that makes seriously good smelling candles with some seriously silly names! Learn how it was named, how they're made (hint: Yeti magic!), how and why to trim your wick, what a cold throw is, and so much more fun stuff. Also, how Adam and Steve could not accurately describe a Yeti. And, is an Experience Milwaukee candle in our future...? (what would that even smell like?). Take a listen then head over to to check out the goods!
March 06, 2021
East Side ON with Shanghai Speakeasy!
This is an episode of lies and deceit. Ok, not really. As much as we try to distract you with misinformation, in the end, you'll get all the info you need to find and enjoy this top secret Milwaukee speakeasy. Jump in with Adam and Steve as they interrogate Daniel Dufek, Beverage Director, Hospitality at New Land Enterprises and controller of true and accurate information about Shanghai. We're sure you'll love the humor in this one!
February 27, 2021
Forward 48 Delivers Wisdom to Milwaukee's Future Leaders!
How will Milwaukee capture otherwise lost knowledge and transform regional leadership? Ian Abston, founder of Forward 48 has an answer. This episode, also with Betsy Brenner, former president & publisher at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, takes Adam and Steve on journey into this new accelerator for leaders. From networking to experiential learning, Forward 48 comes with tons of FREE perks, too! Take a listen, then jump over to to learn more and apply today.
February 19, 2021
East Side ON with Adventure Rock!
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Adventure Rock co-owner Craig Burzynski. Jump in and learn more about Milwaukee's indoor climbing gym, with three locations for your convenience. From "easier than climbing a ladder" to Spiderman level routes, learn more about how simple it is to get started or keep challenging yourself if you're an experienced climber. Oh, and Adam and Steve share their fav climbing music! NOTE: there is also a special preview of Indeed Brewing's new beer that will be released on Saturday, February 13 (Star Crossed, Mexican Chocolate Stout, 8.5%) at the END of the episode.
February 11, 2021
East Side ON with Celesta Restaurant!
In this East Side ON episode, Adam and Steve bring you the story of Celesta Restaurant with its energetic and engaging chef/owner, Melanie Manuel. From creative writing teacher to helping food stamp recipients get their high school equivalency diploma and traveling across the US and around the world, Melanie has seen it all. But what led her to making delicious food (and cakes!) from scratch? You'll have to listen to find out!! 
February 08, 2021
Indeed Brewing: from self-distribution to the Walker's Point neighborhood!
As is often discussed on this podcast, success takes time. For Indeed Brewing, that meant working through the grind of self-distribution from Minnesota to Wisconsin. Several Culver's and Kwik Trip stops later, a beautiful taproom in the Walker's Point neighborhood emerged. Take a listen as Adam and Steve chat with Indeed's Jeff Gray (Sales/Marketing Manager) and Patrick Nickelson (Head Brewer). What's the difference between the taproom in Minneapolis and our local fav stop here? What inspires the beer that's made? And what's coming up next? You'll have to jump in to find out. Pro tip: enjoy this one with a cold one!
February 06, 2021
Meet Wantable: A High Growth Company Maintaining a Strong, Creative Culture (and FREE coffee!!).
Wantable, a try-before-you-buy apparel service powered by personal stylists and data science, is experiencing tremendous growth. In this episode, Adam and Steve dig in with founder and CEO, Jalem Getz, and longtime employee and current copywriter, Lindsay Unick, to learn more about how the company is keeping employees engaged in an environment where talent matters. Though Wantable has launched world-changing employee initiated programs, Adam was most impressed by the new Wantable Cafe: 5,000 square feet of goodness plus FREE food and beverages for Wantable employees. WAIT--if you stop by for takeout anytime from February 1-5 and mention the podcast, you too can enjoy a FREE coffee!! (just like a lucky Wantable employee!)
January 29, 2021
The Lost St. Patty's Day Episode!!!!
This episode, focused on events planned for St. Patrick's day 2020, was never released. We found it while digging through the archives. We took a listen and realized it highlights so many of the things we love about Milwaukee from a time when we were all out experiencing the city. So, we dusted it off and we're sharing it with you. In gratitude, and in the spirit of looking forward, we hope you enjoy it.
January 23, 2021
Shred415: building community in four 15-minute intervals at a time.
What do you do when you sell your house and walk away from your dream job? You start a successful business, of course. Learn about this and more as Adam and Steve get the scoop from Margaux Chandler, owner of Shred415, a community-focused fitness studio on Milwaukee's East Side. With options for you to join in-person or through live streams, Shred415 will have you feeling good physically and mentally - whether you have all the equipment at home or not. Want more? Well, the first class is FREE. By the end of this episode you'll want to be a shredder!
January 16, 2021
East Side ON with Von Trier!
Jump in on this one as Adam and Steve learn more about Von Trier, a unique German beer bar and cocktail lounge, from its owner, Mark Zierath. From the history of the bar, which runs deep, to what's new, you'll come to love this East Side establishment! Oh, and listen in to see if Mark felt any pressure taking over such a historic place. 
January 08, 2021
2020 In Review: Outtakes and Fun!
Ok, here it is. We put together what we think sums up the podcast for 2020. It's fast and funny and has a little Black Belt Theatre in the background. Thanks so much to our 2020 sponsors: Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, FEW Spirits, KOSS Stereophones, and Indeed Brewing. And thanks so much more to you, our loyal listeners! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
January 01, 2021
Happy Holiday Message and Transfer/KOSS Giveaway Announcement!
Thanks. Just Thanks. This is a short one, so jump in for a message from Steve and an announcement about how to snag some pizza and FREE KOSS headphones next week. Oh, and a FULL version of our intro and outro song by Black Belt Theatre. 
December 24, 2020
Who's got next? Milwaukee's anywhere arcade!
Ever wonder what a complete nerd out on video games would sound like on the podcast? Well, here you go! In this episode, Adam and Steve have so much fun talking with Tommy Ludan, Player 1 at CARCADE (, an anywhere arcade. Learn how Tommy went from daytime attorney to bringing social entertainment to Milwaukee through engaging park-and-play events. And yes, Steve tries to keep Tommy and Adam from super nerding out but he loses that game! But, good news, there could be a Tecmo Bowl matchup between Adam and Steve in the near future...
December 17, 2020
Milwaukee's Badass Food Hall!
What do you do with an old pharmacy that got its start in the 1930's? Well, you turn it into the most awesomest, badass food hall, of course! Jump into this chat where Adam and Steve learn more about Crossroads Collective from Emily Chirillo, Director of Operations for New Land Enterprises. Including how Crossroads Collective is, in many ways, an innovative jump start fro micro-restaurants. Oh, and Adam tries to get you to buy him gift cards.
December 10, 2020
MPS Foundation: innovating for Milwaukee's future!
With all of the changes to remote environments this year, technology has been at the core of extending work and education.  But what do you do when thousands of students don't have the connectivity hardware and software needed to keep up? You innovate. In this episode, Adam and Steve learn more about that and all the other things the MPS Foundation is up to directly from its Executive Director, Wendell Willis. Listen in on how the foundation is ensuring MPS students maintain an equal footing in education, innovation, and professional connections. Then, head over to if you want to get further involved.
December 04, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Black Friday Beer Preview!
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll shake your head. But if you love beer, or have a beer lover in your life, this is a must listen! In this episode, Tia, Adam, and Steve preview the Milwaukee Honey Barleywine from Indeed and the Tiki Bay Milkshake IPA, Kringle Monster, Existence Grand CRU, and Sour Golden Ale from MobCraft. It gets wild. It gets crazy. Oh, and we also drop a secret way to get even more access to the limited supply of some of these beers at Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, too. Take a listen, then head online to order from all three ASAP on Friday, November 27!
November 26, 2020
"I love Milwaukee that much. There's nowhere else I'd rather be." - Elizabeth Kay
What to do you get when you mix home-grown passion, enthusiasm, and a genuine love and appreciation for life? You get Elizabeth Kay, morning show host at 99.1 The Mix, podcaster, 1:1 coach, mom, wife, and more. In this episode, Adam and Steve dig into Elizabeth's journey to today. From delivering newspapers and what she learned at First Stage, to growing mint in her yard and infusing it in bourbon. Listen to this one, then listen to Elizabeth often on 99.1FM or the app. Note: we cut some good parts from this recording to save for a future release - keep an ear out for that!
November 21, 2020
Little Monsters have never been so friendly, warm, and welcoming!
In this episode, Adam and Steve continue their exploration of Milwaukee's East Side, this time stopping to chat with Andie, the owner of Little Monsters children’s boutique. If you're looking for fun, you've found it! From clothes to puzzles and toys and everything in between, Little Monsters has that something special you're seeking for the kids in you life. Jump in and listen to hear how Andie got started, who named the boutique, and how things are going. 
November 16, 2020
A Twisted Path from the CIA to making spirits from scratch!
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Brian Sammons, founder of Twisted Path Distillery. Do we talk spirits? Yes. Do we talk about how Brian was making rum in his kitchen? Hell yeah. We also talk about so many other Milwaukee places that Brian collaborates with. From running counter intelligence operations in the CIA to creating certified organic spirits from scratch, we cover it all. Even Steve's riff on a Manhattan with Twisted Path rum!
November 13, 2020
Making College Possible in Milwaukee.
In this episode, Steve and Adam have a lively discussion with Kellie J. Sigh, Executive Director of College Possible Milwaukee, an organization making college admission and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. It's positively impacting the lives of so many young people in Milwaukee. Listen in to learn more about the organization and how you can help, including sending potential participants to apply to the program. Oh, and perhaps to help Adam go back to 11th grade. Visit or email Kellie directly at 
November 05, 2020
Cream City Cluckery: Our New Fav Chicken Tenders In The Whole World!
Love. Ghost kitchen. Gooey butter cake. And chicken. Put them together and you have all the ingredients for success. All in the Fiserv Forum. Listen in as Adam and Steve chat with some of the Milwaukee Bucks and Cream City Cluckery crew to learn more about how they worked together, adapted to the circumstances, and brought this idea to life. Also, Adam and Steve learn what a ghost kitchen is.
October 29, 2020
Beans & Barley - A Healthy Vibe With Indulgence Done The Right Way!
Ok, before we get started, this is NOT episode #90 as Adam and Steve proclaim in this episode. It's episode #103!!! And this is a good one. Jump in for a fun chat with Jim Neumeyer from Beans & Barley. Get the incredible history on this long-standing East Side establishment that's been a unique, important (and delicious) part of Milwaukee's fabric for more than 40 years!!! From its grocery and deli/market to cafe and catering (and plenty of gifts, too), Beans & Barley has got you covered for any occasion. 
October 20, 2020
A Cafe Where You Can Enjoy and Adopt Cats!
In this episode, Adam and Steve sip and chat with Katy McHugh, owner of Sip & Purr Cat Cafe. As Katy explains how she didn't know how much she didn't know about cats, we learn all about her journey in launching the cafe, choosing the East Side, and how one navigates the cafe and the lounge, even if you're allergic to cats! 
October 05, 2020
Scratch Made Fresh Daily: It's How FreshFin Poké Does It!
Keep it simple. That's the focus of the conversation Steve has with Nate Arkush, founding partner of FreshFin Poké. As the first poké bowl restaurant to open in Milwaukee in 2017, Nate and his team have quickly expanded from the East Side to across the city. And Nate's journey goes from Las Vegas to Chicago and back. Listen to find out more about FreshFin Poké and why Milwaukee. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Indeed Brewing, FEW Spirits, Koss Stereophones, and Transfer Pizzeria Café. 
September 22, 2020
beSOUND music studio: Where Laughing Matters and Learning Happens Without Pressure!
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Julie Brandenburg, owner of beSOUND music studio. beSOUND goes beyond your average music lesson as a safe, welcoming place to help people become more creative. The three talk more about how Julie got started, why she launched the studio, and Adam's dream of singing and being in a jam session. Super fun, as always. Thanks for listening!
September 01, 2020
DNC Secretary and Wisconsin Native Jason Rae Discusses the Convention and His Fav MKE Things!
In this episode, which is not about politics, Steve and Adam sit down with Jason Rae, Secretary of the Democratic National Committee. Jason shares more about how he got the role, how and why Milwaukee got the Democratic National Convention, what the DNC wants the people of Milwaukee to know about the decision to go virtual, AND his favorite Milwaukee things in a fun, rapid fire round of questions. Thanks for listening!
August 24, 2020
glowmke Aims to Brighten the City!
In this episode, Adam and Steve talk with Steven Wroblewski, owner of glowmke, a company that designs Milwaukee icons in vintage, glowing neon light. A transplant from Texas, Steven LOVES Milwaukee! He shares more about how glowmke came to be, his fav city spots to brainstorm, his desire to partner with local artists, and more. Take a listen, then tap over to to sign up for early access and discounts leading up to their product launch on Wednesday, 8/26. (you can also see their work on Instagram @glowmke!)
August 21, 2020
How Milwaukee's Tech Hub Coalition is Giving Entrepreneurs a Chance.
In this episode, Adam and Steve talk with the team behind Milwaukee's FOR-M program, an initiative of the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition (and powered by We Pivot and The Commons) to support and grow Milwaukee's tech startup ecosystem ( FOR-M is FREE and takes a community-based approach to offer tech startup founders the guidance, connections, and support to kickstart their business concepts. Joining Adam and Steve are Kathy Henrich (Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition), Maggie Fernandes, (We Pivot), and Joe Poeschl (The Commons). 
August 13, 2020
Creative Focus on the Kiddos at the Amazing NEIGHBOR Art Studio!
All the feels in this one. If you like making art in a fun, inviting environment, this is a must listen! Adam and Steve sit down with Alex Zens, owner of NEIGHBOR art studio on Milwaukee's East Side. Alex shares her journey to launching NEIGHBOR, her go to art tools, and more. Oh, and they all discuss something about Floafers, but you'll have to listen to get the scoop (giveaway deadline extended to Friday, August 17!).
August 11, 2020
Judy's On North Goes Above and Beyond for Customers!
We love, love, love this episode! Adam and Steve are in awe after chatting with Sara Arenas from Judy's On North. Sara brings passion and positive energy to running the restaurant, welcoming "family", and making the experience extra special. Learn more about how the family took over what was formerly Jalisco's, what's behind (or inside) their famous burritos, Adam's obsession with mezcal, and, somewhere in here, how to access the secret drink menu at Judy's on North!!
July 31, 2020
Find Your Third Space And Great Beer Will Follow!
In this episode, Adam and Steve have a lively and humorous conversation with Nick and Cary from Third Space Brewing. In addition to the story of the origins of the brewery, including how Nick and Cary got hired, you'll also learn about how beers are named, upcoming new beer releases, Wisconsin IPA Fest, and BREAKING NEWS about their Instagram show, Sippin' With Sales! For more info on products and WI IPA Fest, head over to
July 29, 2020
Create Your Very Own Poke Experience--Especially Helpful For First-Timers Like Us!
In this episode, Adam Derus and Steve Glynn learn about poke from Andy Zheng, owner of Fusion Poke. From his inspiration to starting the restaurant, to his focus on the customer experience (and his LOVE for Milwaukee), you'll get all the info you need to jump in and enjoy Fusion Poke. For those of you already familiar, you'll truly enjoy Andy's passion and story.
July 24, 2020
Staying Flexible in Tough Times with East Side Pilates!
In this episode, Adam Derus and Steve Glynn chat with Jesse Masche, owner of East Side Pilates and Phlox Boutique. After growing up in an entrepreneurial environment, it was no surprise Jesse ditched the 9-5 to pursue what keeps her active, motivated, and growing mentally and spiritually. Learn more about her journey and her tenacity in getting through the pandemic by offering online subscriptions, Zoom classes, and more. Oh, she also educates Adam and Steve on many things that the average person already knows. 
July 17, 2020
Tavolino: How Opening a Restaurant During a Pandemic Can Test Your Passion
In this episode, part of the East Side ON series, hosts Adam Derus and Steve Glynn sit down with Peter Dietrich, co-owner of Tavolino (wine, pasta, pizza & more!). It's true you can spot passion a mile away and Peter is full of passion for building relationships through amazing experiences. Learn more about the origin story, challenges over the past few months, and his approach to providing great service one guest at a time. If you have a question about the restaurant, you can reach Peter directly at For more on the East Side, visit
July 03, 2020
Milwaukee's Crowdsourced Beer!
In this fun episode, Tia, Adam, and Steve sit down with Elise Strupp, Event & Programming Manager at MobCraft Beer. Elise, a former English teacher, shares her journey into beer, how MobCraft found its way to Walker's Point, how crowdsourced beer actually works, MobCraft virtual pairings (including donuts+beer just in time for Father's Day - visit for info), and more! Thanks for listening, and love to our sponsors: Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, Koss Stereophones, Indeed Brewing, and FEW Spirits.
June 19, 2020
Making Salsa in Milwaukee!
In this episode, hosts Adam Derus and Steve Glynn have a hilarious conversation with Mama's Boy Salsa owner Chris Koncki. This is officially the first episode to be recorded virtually while everyone was physically in Greendale. World record. Look, this is some darn good salsa. So jump in and learn more about how it came to be (selling salsa at the mall), how it was named (is Chris really a mama's boy), and what's next (building from legacy). Thanks for listening!  
June 12, 2020
Making Bourbon from Legacy - FEW Spirits Does it Right!
In this episode, Steve Glynn and Adam Derus take a virtual road trip to visit FEW Spirits' founder Paul Hletko in Evanston, IL. Why? Because of damn good bourbon. In full disclosure, FEW is now the official bourbon of the podcast. That said, it’s one of the best bourbons we’ve tried. In fact, one of their whiskeys recently won world’s best. Listen in as Paul talks about his origin story, family legacy, and staying in touch with those you love through bourbon. Oh, and what he loves about Milwaukee.
June 05, 2020
The Welcoming Vibe of Milwaukee's East Side at Izzy Hops!
In this episode, host Steve Glynn talks with Izzy Hops owner Mike Vitucci on the inspiration behind Izzy's to the emotional business impact of the current environment. Mike has a true passion and endless dedication to his craft, which really shines through in this episode. As well as his enthusiasm for the positively fun vibe of the East Side. Show sponsors: FEW Spirits, Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, and KOSS Stereophones. Thanks for listening!
May 30, 2020
Turning Empty Parking Lots Into Family-Friendly Entertainment!
Jump in and hang on as hosts Adam Derus and Steve Glynn get the scoop on Parking Lot Theatre from founders and community entrepreneurs Anne Koller and Manny Lara. Inspired by a desire to safely bring people together while utilizing unused spaces, Parking Lot Theatre delivers everything Milwaukee in one family-friendly stop. It debuts on Friday, May 29th, so visit now for all the details. Take a listen, then get out and *safely* experience Milwaukee!!
May 27, 2020
Waxwing: From KC to CHI to Finding (Making) Community in MKE!
What's the ultimate business plan? Quit all of your jobs and start your own company. Yep. Sometimes you have to be ready to invite those things into your life. In this episode, Steve Glynn and Adam Derus chat with Waxwing owner, Steph Davies. They talk about what's behind the name. Being nervous cool. Sippy cups and vodka secrets. Taking things week by week. Oh, and Adam's birthday shopping extravaganza. Take a listen, then *safely* get out and experience Milwaukee.
May 21, 2020
From Newspapers to Brewing Amazing Beer!
What would bring a brewery from Minnesota to Milwaukee? A great vibe and even better people. In this episode, Adam Derus and Steve Glynn sit down with Indeed Brewing Company owner, Tom Whisenand. When Tom was considering expanding to Milwaukee, he didn't just want to send beer on a truck. He wanted Indeed to be part of the local community. And like any good neighbor, he introduced himself to all of his brewing peers before he launched here. Listen in to get even more of the Indeed backstory, from where the name comes from to how the super cool can art comes to life. 
May 16, 2020
With Axe Throwing on Hold, Bars & Recreation Gets Creative to Keep Customers (and Employees) Engaged!
This is part of our East Side ON series. In this episode, Steve Glynn sits down with David Poytinger, one of the owners of Bars & Recreation (Axe MKE, Nine Below, North South Club, Splash Studios, and Headspace Trivia). In this lively conversation, Steve and David touch on leadership, creativity, and missing the fun had in the above establishments. Take a listen, then learn more about Bars & Rec at and Headspace Trivia at  
May 14, 2020
100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die Author Jenna Kashou!
Tia rejoins Adam Derus and Steve Glynn for an informative discussion with author Jenna Kashou. Jenna's book, "100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die", explores Milwaukee through her eyes, from the obvious to local secrets and hidden gems. You'll also get insight into how she became a writer and why Milwaukee for a book. Please support her by visiting to buy the book. Thanks for listening!
May 08, 2020
Bar Dice, a Milwaukee Tradition, Comes Home!
Never heard of the game of bar dice? You may not be alone. But now it's simple to learn, play, and DRINK in your home! In this episode, Steve Glynn and Adam Derus jump online with Marko Knezic, founder of MKE Bar Dice Co. Marko shares the inspiration behind the company, his love of Milwaukee, something cool coming up with MobCraft beer, and a special Koss and Experience Milwaukee gear giveaway! Details in the podcast (hurry!). And visit to get your hands on the game for you or a loved one. Thanks for listening!
April 30, 2020
Beards, Beers, and How The East Side Moves Forward!
Hosts Steve Glynn and Adam Derus have a thoughtful yet humorous conversation with Geoff Hoen, owner of Beard MKE, and Liz Brodek, Executive Director, The East Side Business Improvement District. What's Beard MKE? Think self-care, style, and a bit of anything funny and inappropriate! And Adam's new fav store. This podcast explores the ways the East Side businesses are collaborating and the wonderful work Liz is doing to keep things looking and moving forward, including the East Side ON Rally Series (follow the East Side on Facebook). As always, any echos, delays, or weird noises are courtesy of our remote recording platform. Thanks for listening!
April 30, 2020
Restaurant Turned Soup Kitchen Keeps the Neighborhood Nourished.
This is one of the most raw episodes we've ever dropped. Adam Derus and Steve Glynn sit down with Caitlin Cullen, owner of Tandem Restaurant. Known for hiring, training, and graduating young people in a neighborhood with severe unemployment well before COVID-19, Tandem serves up a bit of altruism with amazing food and drinks. And much like Milwaukee, Caitlin is both honest and humble about her work. As a high school teacher and then principal battling drug issues, Caitlin knew a change was needed. So she dropped everything, "burned her MBA", and headed to Milwaukee where she took on a minimum wage cooking gig. Learn more about her journey and passion for giving people their first chance. Take a listen, then PLEASE donate at so they can keep serving free meals to a community that needs them. Thank you for listening. 
April 11, 2020
Moving from San Francisco to Milwaukee and Pivoting a Startup.
On this episode, Steve Glynn and Adam Derus sit down with Daniel Cruz, CEO of washbnb, a turnkey linen and laundry service built by hosts for hosts. From moving to Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood, starting a company, and beer, learn more about Daniel's journey and what he loves most about this city. 
April 03, 2020
How to support your fav Milwaukee spots in this COVID-19 environment.
Listen in as Adam Derus and Steve Glynn interview Liz Brodek, Executive Director of Milwaukee’s East Side Business Improvement District. You’ll learn more about what she focuses on in her role and how you can help businesses there and across Milwaukee stay in business during this time. Oh, we used Zencastr on this episode, as we're sure a lot of podcasters are right now, and there was a bit of a delay so you might notice that in a couple spots. One last thing. Think about your favorite spot. Let’s take action. Let’s rally. Let’s order T-shirts. Let’s buy gift cards. Let’s grab an order to go. Let’s hire them. Let’s help them stay income stable during this incredibly uncertain time. Let’s stick together. Thanks to our sponsors, Transfer Pizzeria Cafe and Koss Stereophones. And thanks to you for listening. 
March 19, 2020
Milwaukee Food Tours - How They Work and Why You Should Try Them!
Theresa Nemetz, Founder & Chief Experience Officer from Milwaukee Food Tours joins host Steve Glynn for a lively discussion on a great way to experience Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Food Tour team takes pride in being "local insiders, and will have you discovering the sights and savoring the flavors of Milwaukee’s most historic neighborhoods and delicious eateries." It's true. Steve has been on several of these tours and this episode brings that experience to you. Learn more about how Theresa got started, how the tours work, and even a hint at what's next for the company. Take a listen, then get out and experience Milwaukee! This podcast is Sponsored by Transfer Pizzeria Cafe and Koss Stereophones!
March 06, 2020
Fitness Entrepreneurship at Milwaukee's Hottest Gym!
In this episode, Steve Glynn, Adam Derus, and Tia hang out with Ryan Mleziva (try saying that three times fast) at Milwaukee’s hottest gym, Brew Fitness. Ryan's not too shabby himself. Learn more about what inspired Ryan to launch Brew Fitness, why he did it in Milwaukee, and what he's loving about the city right now. Plus, get a super awesome deal if you're interested in joining. Thanks to our sponsors, Transfer Pizzeria Cafe and Koss. And much love to Black Belt Theatre for the tunes. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
February 28, 2020
Milwaukee Startup Delivers Library Books for FREE!
On this episode, Steve Glynn and Adam Derus chat with Ian Buchanan and Jacob Carlson, founders of Helium Books, a Milwaukee startup that delivers library books for FREE! Even more, Helium Books DONATES $1 to programs, initiatives, and organizations that share in their mission. So, not only are they delivering books for free, they're actually giving money away to do so. Listen to learn more about how it works and what this dynamic duo love about Milwaukee.
February 21, 2020
Valentine's Day + Milwaukee = Fun
If you're looking for things to do this Valentine's Day weekend, definitely check this episode with Steve Glynn, Adam Derus, and Tia. Soooo many great Milwaukee places are mentioned on the show, so lots of ideas for you this and every weekend. Thanks to our episode sponsor Transfer Pizzeria Cafe and thank you for listening. After the show, get out and experience Milwaukee!
February 13, 2020
A visitor's perspective on Milwaukee from's Winona Dimeo-Ediger!
In this episode, Steve and Winona have a blast talking about how and why Winona explores and reports on cities across the country as well as her recent visit to Milwaukee and the perspective that gave her. They also touch on things Milwaukee is doing to retain and attract young talent, and new, less boring facets of the city’s economic development approach. Special thanks to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and full-service ad agency Nelson Schmidt for making this interview with Winona possible. Thanks to our key sponsor, Transfer Pizzeria Cafe for all the love and support to keep this podcast going. Transfer is a must stop place if you live in or are visiting Milwaukee. Thanks to podcast band Black Belt Theatre. And super thanks to all of you for listening. Let’s make it another great year. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
February 07, 2020
Advocate-Aurora Health's Commitment to Milwaukee and Health Tech Innovation
In this episode Steve Glynn hosts Steve Francaviglia, President, Greater Milwaukee South at Aurora Health Care. The episode was recorded in Aurora's new Health Center at 84 South in Greenfield. The discussion spans admiring the building, the future of healthcare experiences, Aurora's commitment to Milwaukee (now and into the future), what health tech innovation and future jobs look like, and more. Jump in then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
December 26, 2019
Haunted Tours in Milwaukee
In this episode, Steve, Adam, and Tia talk through Tia's experience on the Shaker's Ghost Tour and the Hangman Tours Cream City Cannibal Tour. The crew kinda goes a little goofy in this one while giving you a flavor for the tours. And they're so intrigued there are plans to spend the night at Shaker's and podcast about it. We marked this episode as "explicit" because of the nature of the conversation. Probably not for kids. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
November 30, 2019
Startup Week in Milwaukee and Across the State!
Steve chats with Matt Cordio (with a special guest appearance from Manny Lara), president of Skills Pipeline and one of the driving forces behind Startup Week in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Recorded LIVE in the Transfer Pizzeria Cafe studio, the guys enjoy a drink while discussing the when, where, and how Startup Week is happening beginning Monday, November 11. From themes to what's new and attracting attendees (and investors) from outside of the state, jump in and get all your Startup Week info. Then, get out and experience Milwaukee! Presented by Advocate-Aurora Health and sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe.
November 01, 2019
Building tech in Milwaukee one community at a time.
In this episode, recorded earlier this year, Steve Glynn chats with Adam Gabornitz (Northwestern Mutual) about everything from their shared love for patios to how Milwaukee is rallying around tech thanks to the work Adam is doing. This is the third of three episodes in a series on the Milwaukee Tech Hub initiative, which recently announced a $5M commitment from six companies to continue to foster the idea of Milwaukee as a destination for tech workers and entrepreneurs. This conversation digs into that idea, Adam's amazing ability to connect and convene, his philosophy on "stay ready so you don't have to get ready", how he describes Milwaukee, and how the city can take more risks. Take a listen, then get out and experience Milwaukee!
October 24, 2019
Bestselling Author John Zeratsky Interviews Colectivo Coffee Founder Lincoln Fowler About Making Time!
Coffee and cafes are an important part of the Milwaukee landscape. One of the best known cafes is Colectivo. In this episode, bestselling author of Make Time, John Zeratsky, interviews Colectivo founder Lincoln Fowler. John's book, in part, is about intentionally making time for the things that matter. In this entertaining discussion you'll learn more about Lincoln's "make time" perspective, why he started a coffee company, what inspires the design of the cafes, why community matters, what's next for Colectivo, and more. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
October 10, 2019
Milwaukee's tech community and moving the city forward with Northwestern Mutual's Todd Cullen.
In this episode Steve Glynn chats with Northwestern Mutual's Todd Cullen, who leads the Fall Experiment ( event and is part of the tech movement. From stickers on laptops to his work in tech, Todd is a tremendous part of the community moving Milwaukee forward. We talk about all that, plus what he loves about the city and what's important for Milwaukee's future. Check out for even more info about Milwaukee's tech community.
October 03, 2019
Milwaukee Craft Beer Influencer Summit Review
In this episode, Adam and Tia sit down to thoroughly discuss all that is craft beer in Milwaukee. After all, the total number of Milwaukee craft brewers is expected to reach 36 in 2020. Wow. Plus, they get into some tangents on their experiences, past, present, and future. Mobcraft, Milwaukee Ale House, Broken Bat, Third Space, Lakefront, Eagle Park, and MKE Brewing. This is day drinking at its best. Oh, don't worry, Tia had donuts, cheese curds, bacon, and more to soak up the beer. Plus a trip on the Peddle Tavern. Take a listen, then get out and Experience Milwaukee!
September 24, 2019
Milwaukee's *new* Fall Tech, Art, Gaming, and Music Festival!
In this podcast, Steve Glynn welcomes some of the people behind Fall Experiment, an immersive tech, art, gaming, and music festival that convenes creators from all over the Greater Midwest. Steve is joined by Todd Cullen (Fall Experiment/Northwestern Mutual), Abby Taubner (gener8tor), Aaron Davis (Alpha), and David Pine. Together, they provide an entertaining and insightful perspective on what Fall Experiment is and why you should attend on October 4th and 5th. Take a listen, then go to to learn more and register!
September 10, 2019
Entrepreneurship and community building through beer. Yep, beer. Plus, the best darn Friday night you could imagine.
In this episode, Adam and Steve sit down with Russ Klisch, founder of Lakefront Brewery. Learn more about how he started brewing beer, how the brewery ended up where it is today, how My Turn beer works, and so much more. Including some of Russ' favorite things about Milwaukee. Recorded live in the brewery, the guys were enjoying delicious Lakefront beer on the show--amazing food after. Yes, Lakefront has incredible food, too. One of the best stops for cheese curds or a Friday fish fry for sure! Thanks to presenting sponsor Advocate-Aurora Health and additional sponsors Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
August 30, 2019
Milwaukee's Goal to Retain and Attract Talent with Northwestern Mutual.
In this episode, Steve sits down with James Hischke from Northwestern Mutual to learn more about the organization’s goal to help Milwaukee retain and recruit talented people through the Tech Hub Initiative. From seed funding, to sponsorship, and hosting the community, Northwestern Mutual has raised its level of commitment to Milwaukee. Even more, the company has made exemplary strides to reinvent aspects of its culture and open itself up to the city. Of course, we also touch on how much James loves sports, the outdoors, and low key restaurants. Thanks to presenting sponsor Advocate-Aurora Health and additional sponsors Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. And thanks to Milwaukee’s very own Black Belt Theatre for the intro/outro music. Take a listen, then get out and experience Milwaukee!
August 22, 2019
Advocate-Aurora Health Attracting Parenthood and Femtech Entrepreneurs to Milwaukee!
In this episode, Steve Glynn chats with Mike Rodgers and Erin Stumbras from Advocate-Aurora Health's Commercial Innovation team to learn more about 83 Tech Harbor and the recent announcement for entrepreneurs in the parenthood and femtech spaces. They’re currently looking for ideas in these areas and are offering up to $200,000 in investment, access to advisors, and a place to work. To be considered, you have to apply and you can do so at But hurry, the deadline is August 30. Overall, a fun conversation around this tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs everywhere. Oh, as always, we also touch on things Mike and Erin enjoy doing in Milwaukee. Thanks to presenting sponsor Advocate-Aurora Health and additional sponsors Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee.
August 15, 2019
Local Beer - MobCraft Tasting and (kind of) Review.
In this episode, Adam and Steve sit down with several MobCraft beers to do a little taste test, Experience Milwaukee style. MobCraft is a local brewery with a unique, crowdsourced business model. Each month, they take beer idea submissions from anyone, let the crowd vote, and turn the winning vote getters into beer. They have a terrific taproom in Walker’s Point so be sure to make that a stop if you’re visiting or living in Milwaukee. As always, thanks to our presenting sponsor Advocate-Aurora Health and additional sponsors Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. And special thanks to the intro/outro band, Milwaukee’s very own, Black Belt Theater. Take a listen to this humorous experiment then get out and experience Milwaukee!
August 08, 2019
Inside Hotel Madrid And What's Coming Up This Weekend (8/2)!
In this episode, Tia, Adam, and Steve experience the amazing Hotel Madrid and chat about what’s coming up this weekend. From superbly crafted cocktails to delicious menu items and a beautiful, open patio, you've got to add Hotel Madrid to your list. We also mention over 20 other Milwaukee places to check out. Thanks to our sponsors, Advocate-Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe for their support. Take a listen, then get out and experience Milwaukee!
August 02, 2019
Taking a chance in Milwaukee: from car repair to YouTuber, Vlogger, and Koss Headphones Photographer!
In this episode, Steve Glynn sits down with Martin Moore: YouTuber, vlogger, and Koss Headphones photographer. And that's just the start. In a fast-paced, fun conversation, Martin and Steve discuss bourbon, tequila, chasing (and catching) your dreams, Martin's Milwaukee favs, why Koss rocks, and more (by the way, did you know stereo headphones were invented in Milwaukee in 1958???). Thanks to Advocate-Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual, and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe for sponsoring and enabling us to create this content. And big shout to Black Belt Theatre for the opening and closing music. Take a listen on your Koss headphones then get out and experience Milwaukee!!!
July 23, 2019
How the arts feed visionary entrepreneurship and strengthen community in Milwaukee.
In this episode Steve Glynn sits down with the Arts @ Large team: Teri Sullivan, Sean Kiebzak, and Kylee Spillane. Arts @ Large has a mission to ensure all kids have equal access to an education that includes the arts. This is truly a story about visionary entrepreneurship. The Arts @ Large team began humbly, working from their cars. Today, they're restoring and opening a beautiful building as their new global headquarters! The impact on the community has been tremendous. Thanks to our sponsors, Advocate-Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe for enabling us to produce this content. And to Manny Lara for connecting us with Arts @ Large organization. Jump in on this fun conversation to learn more, then get out and experience Milwaukee.
July 18, 2019
What's happening this weekend, July 11, 2019!
Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager: Business & International Tourism, from VISIT Milwaukee joins us to talk about all there is to do this beautiful summer weekend in Milwaukee. Paris comes to Miltown with Bastille Days, Latino arts, Diana Ross, grown-up summer camps, ice cream socials, movie night in Greendale, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Harley-Davidson museum, and more. Thanks to our sponsors: Advocate-Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual, and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
July 11, 2019
Summerfest Experience Part 2: Food, Drinks, Video Games, and Freebies
In this episode, we continue our wacky conversation with Tia on her Summerfest Experience: day two. Seriously, Tia works hard to keep Steve and Adam (mostly Steve) on track in this one. All while sharing everything great, and some honest could-be-better aspects of Summerfest. From noodles, cheese, and wine to video games, giant pretzels, free giveaways and bathroom remodeling, Summerfest has it all! And there's still an entire weekend left to get out and experience it for yourself. Thanks to our sponsors: Advocate-Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual, Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, and Koss!
July 05, 2019
Summerfest Experience Part 1: Lonely Island
Adam and Tia share their Summerfest experience and what it was like to have VIP access at the Lonely Island show. If you haven't been to Summerfest 2019 yet, there's still time! So much great music, food, drink, shopping, and more! Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
July 02, 2019
Summerfest kicks off and so much more happening this weekend!
Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager: Business & International Tourism, from VISIT Milwaukee joins us for a lively discussion on all that is happening this beautiful summer weekend in Milwaukee. Mentioned on the show: Summerfest, Peck Pavilion, Florentine Opera Company, Glorioso's Appetito, Comic Con, Blueprint Demo Day, and Traveling beer gardens! Take a listen, then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
June 27, 2019
Tia's search for the best cheese curds plus a Summerfest giveaway!
In this episode, Adam and Steve get Tia's take on her most favorite cheese curds from some places that are well-known and maybe not-so-well-known for their curds. Some surprises and some, well, shall we say, disappointments. Plus, we talk about a Summerfest ticket giveaway. Take a listen, then get out and experience Milwaukee!
June 19, 2019
If you love music + tech, Summerfest Tech is for YOU!
In this episode Steve sits down with Sarah Smith Pancheri from Summerfest and Scott Kanter and Greg Kus from Dell to talk about the second annual Summerfest Tech event which runs June 25-26, 2019. This is an amazing event with a terrific lineup of musicians/speakers all around music + tech. Summerfest Tech comes at a critical time as Milwaukee is boosting its effort to engage and attract tech talent to the city. To learn more, including agenda and {{FREE}} registration information, go to or email Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
June 14, 2019
What's happening this weekend with Lindsey McKee from VISIT Milwaukee!
So much to do this Father's Day weekend starting TODAY - Wednesday! Lots of markets and festivals including Newaukee's Night Market series kickoff on Wednesday and Milwaukee Makers Market on Sunday. Plus, lots of art, music, and fun. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!!!
June 12, 2019
Starting a tech company in Milwaukee with Matt Cordio and Ed Barthell
This episode, recorded live at Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, features a wonderful conversation between Startup Milwaukee founder Matt Cordio and Ed Barthell, CEO of EmOpti. It's another super informative show on the how, where, when, and why to start a company and why Milwaukee is a great place to do that. Thanks to our sponsors, Advocate-Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual and Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. And thanks to you for listening.
June 11, 2019
Top Places in Milwaukee for Beer, Craft Cocktails, Date Night, Hobbies, and Hidden Gems!
Richie Burke from the GoGedders podcast ( recently hosted Adam and Steve for a discussion on some of their favorite spots in Milwaukee. Listen in for the details and for a few laughs. Then head out and experience Milwaukee!!
June 07, 2019
A look inside Glorioso's, Milwaukee's iconic Italian market.
In this episode you get the behind-the-scenes inspiration of one of Milwaukee's iconic brands. Get the scoop directly from their marketing leader, Jeff Ganger. Glorioso's is a truly authentic Italian market. And they've since expanded to add an event/cooking/dining experience space, Appetito, in addition to their comprehensive store. Glorioso's is a great place to stop whether you're a longtime Milwaukee resident or visitor. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
May 31, 2019
Hot brunch spot in Bay View plus what's happening this weekend!
Adam and Steve enjoy bloodies and brunch at Centraal Grand Cafe & Tappery and share some fun things coming up this weekend in Milwaukee. This episode is Soooooo Milwaukee. As is the first event on Friday at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Add in some old school hip-hop, a kite festival, and love for the Great Lakes and you've got yourself a great weekend. Take a listen, then get out there and experience Milwaukee!
May 24, 2019
Digital transformation and innovation in Milwaukee from Northwestern Mutual's Chief Innovation Officer.
In this episode, host Matt Cordio (Startup Milwaukee Founder) sits down with Souheil Badran who recently stepped into the role of Chief Innovation Officer at Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee's largest privately held company. Originally recorded at the 5 LAKES Forum, this is a great conversation on Milwaukee's unique mix of tech, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Matt and Souheil also discuss the future of Fintech and Northwestern Mututal's digital transformation. Take a listen, then get out and experience Milwaukee! 
May 22, 2019
Weekend Preview: what you can do in Milwaukee this weekend!
VISIT Milwaukee's Claire Koenig (Communications Manager: Leisure Tourism) joins the podcast to share what's happening this weekend. Milwaukee beer history. Where to catch the big game (Any game, but the city has Bucks fever right now!). And interesting museum happenings. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!
May 17, 2019
Take a Milwaukee Food and City Tour and have a blast learning about Milwaukee!
This is our monthly Milwaukee adventure episode with Tia. Jump in and listen as she tells us all about her Milwaukee Food and City streetcar tour! So much delicious fun stopping at cool places with great food and drinks. We also poke a little fun at Adam by injecting a near blooper from a past episode. After you listen, get out there and experience Milwaukee!
May 17, 2019
Experience MKE: Interview with Omar Shaikh, Restauranteur, Entrepreneur, and Community Leader
Wow! This is a fast-paced, lively, and REAL conversation with Omar Shaikh, restauranteur, entrepreneur, community leader, and all around great guy. From his journey away and back to Milwaukee, how he got into the restaurant business, to how he's helping entrepreneurs in and out of the food industry today, Omar possesses a passion for Milwaukee that few have. This guy grinds and makes things happen in business, his community, and for his family. Listen for all of this as well as information about one of his current projects, a 40,000 square foot food hall coming to the former Grand Avenue Mall.
May 07, 2019
Experience MKE: Milwaukee Makers Market Review and Some Other Stuff
Steve and Adam are up to some typical Saturday shenanigans. In this episode, they talk through the experience at Milwaukee Makers Market, the Milwaukee Food and City Tour, and a few other things that have been happening with the show. Also, they make an attempt to lure local breweries into co-branding a beer with the show. Plus, they announce an exclusive, invite only podcast listener party next month featuring the band Spirit Animal (find them on Spotify). 
April 27, 2019
StartupMKE: Matt Cordio Interviews Ideawake CEO Coby Skonord
This episode, recorded live at a Startup Milwaukee Emerge event during Young Professionals Week in Milwaukee, features tech entrepreneur Coby Skonord. Coby is founder of Ideawake, a platform that enables companies to engage employees by advancing the ideas they have to potentially grow or transform the business. Hosted by Matt Cordio, this interview provides insight into the real issues entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs face when launching an idea. Lots to learn here and so much valuable advice. 
April 25, 2019
Experience MKE: Milwaukee Food and City Tours
The podcast recently had the privilege of being invited on a Milwaukee Food and City Tour so Adam Derus and I jumped at the opportunity! Our tour was the Pre-Prohibition Historic Bar Tour and it was amazing. But Milwaukee Food and City Tours has over 20 different tours - either walking or by bus. The intent of this episode is to give you a glimpse into these super awesome tours. It unravels a bit at the end after a day of touring bars, as you might imagine. But we had so much fun and learned a lot. We highly suggest a Milwaukee Food and City Tour whether you’re just visiting or have lived here your entire life. To learn more, visit (not the URL Adam mentions in the show).
April 19, 2019
Experience MKE: This Weekend (4/12) With Adam Derus
Video games. Dance party. Food. Trails. Tours. Gotta love Milwaukee this and every weekend. Also, listen for ways to win more stuff. Like a FREE Milwaukee Food and City Tour on Saturday (4/13) with Adam and Steve. And if you're the first person to spot us at the Milwaukee Makers Market on Sunday (4/14), we'll buy you something cool (our choice!).
April 12, 2019
Experience MKE: Milwaukee Makers Market, a monthly art, craft, and maker fair!
This episode features a fun conversation with CEO and master genius of creativity, Ryan Laessig. Ryan explains more about the work and purpose behind his work at Milwaukee Makers Market, a monthly art, craft, and maker fair. The new season launches on 414 day here in Milwaukee: Sunday, April 14, 2019 and runs through December 15, 2019. Each month, Milwaukee Makers Market can be found at a famously Milwaukee venue that's easy to access. Check for all the details. Super cool, local shopping!!
April 09, 2019
ExperienceMKE: Tia on a Walker's Point Staycation
Tia spends the weekend at the Iron Horse Hotel with a stop at Indulgence Chocolatiers for wine, whiskey, and chocolate! Learn more about both of these terrific Walker's Point establishments, including all there is to eat, drink, and do at the dog friendly Iron Horse Hotel. As always, you can follow all of Tia's adventures at @iowagirladventures on Instagram.
April 01, 2019
ExperienceMKE: Steve And Adam And Things YOU Can Do This Weekend (3/29)
Don't listen to this episode. Go. Get out right now and go. Go do something in Milwaukee. The city has so much to offer: parks, restaurants, breweries, museums, and more. Go experience it. But if you do listen, we'll help you with all that. Plus, Adam is fresh off a Float Milwaukee experience on this one. Oh, and we throw out an offer for reviews of the podcast. You can win a Milwaukee goodie bag curated by our hosts, Steve and Adam. Maybe you should listen after all. Then, get out and go!
March 29, 2019
ExperienceMKE + StartupMKE with Adam Derus and Gathering Place Brewing President Joe Yeado
This is not an episode only about beer. Well, ok, we talk a lot about beer. In the context of what it's like to start something. Something big. So it's not just about beer, it's about perseverance and the startup process. And why Milwaukee is a great place for both. You'll be inspired and learn about some of Joe's Milwaukee favs.
March 27, 2019
StartupMKE: Matt Cordio interviews Montage CEO Kurt Heikkinen
This episode, recorded with a live audience, provides great insight into what it's like to start and grow a tech company in Wisconsin. Kurt graciously shares his vision and methodology for the type of company he and his team are building. As Kurt says, "Exiting is not part of our vocabulary. Building a legacy is part of our vocabulary!" How do you get there? Listen in as Matt walks us through the interview with ease even while fighting off a nasty cold. 
March 20, 2019
What's happening this weekend (3/15) with VISIT Milwaukee
Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager from VISIT Milwaukee, and apparently a frequent podcast crasher, has so much good to share this week. Check out comedy in a brewery, a tour of Southern Italy at Glorioso's new Appetito, the season's first rooftop opening, St. Patrick's Day shenanigans, some Phantom, and more! 
March 14, 2019
Interview with Paul Upchurch, CEO of VISIT Milwaukee on the DNC Announcement
This week the Democratic National Committee (DNC) selected Milwaukee as the site of its national convention in July, 2020. With that kind of spotlight on the city, we chatted with Paul Upchurch, CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, to learn a bit about what went on behind the scenes to make it happen. We also touch on what to expect from an event of this magnitude, tourism marketing, what brought Paul to Milwaukee, and more.
March 14, 2019
What's happening this weekend (3/8) with Adam Derus + Float and Bowls Founder Andy Larson!
This week it's everything you've ever wanted to know about floating at Float Milwaukee. Plus, get the scoop on how Bowls restaurant came to be.  They're both great Milwaukee experiences. Oh, Adam shares his list of what's happening as well. It's a long one, so jump in and out as you need. And boy did we get a little out of hand at times. Thanks for listening!
March 08, 2019
What's happening this weekend (3/01) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Lots happening in Milwaukee this weekend! From autos to tiki takedowns and The Power of Poison. Also, this is the last day for Taste & Toast downtown ( Need some warmth? Head to the Winter Farmer’s Market in the Domes Greenhouse Annex. Claire Koenig, Communications Manager: Leisure Tourism from VISIT Milwaukee shares all of this fun with us!!
March 01, 2019
Tia's Adventure to the Milwaukee Art Museum and Urban Beets Cafe
Wow - the one and only Tia is back to share here adventures in Milwaukee! This month, she spent quality time with the Milwaukee Art Museum (including MAM After Dark) and dined at Urban Beets Cafe. Whether a local or a visitor, we're sure you'll learn something new while enjoying this light-hearted discussion of her experiences. 
February 26, 2019
What's happening this weekend (2/22) with Adam Derus!
We're pushing this one live before Friday because there's soooooo much to do in Milwaukee this weekend. From the circus to home improvement and the auto show to, yes, more beer--we've got you covered. Also, we share details on how you can win a FREE experience at Float Milwaukee (because we love you for listening!) along with Adam and me (no, not in the same pod). 
February 21, 2019
Interview with StartupMKE's Matt Cordio + BREAKING NEWS (podcast style)!
This awesome episode features Matt Cordio, one of the key builders in Milwaukee's startup and tech ecosystem (and bar food connoisseur). Not only will you learn more about Matt's important work in the community, you'll also gain insight into his favorite eat and drink spots. Want more? Well then, we also announce something super, ultra cool (brought to you by our fresh, new sponsor, Aurora)! Thanks for listening and supporting the show!!
February 19, 2019
What's happening this weekend (2/15) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager at VISIT Milwaukee, joins the show with a great list of things to do in and around Milwaukee this weekend. If you're into motorcycles, art after dark, winter festivals, Disney, performing arts, anime, or BACON--this is the show for you!! 
February 15, 2019
What's happening this weekend (2/8) with Adam Derus!
Podcast first-timer Adam Derus joins us to talk about what's coming up in Milwaukee this weekend. From chili and beer to family fun and music - Steve and Adam have a blast on this episode while enjoying a Makerita! You can follow Adam on Instagram @beerme.thatbeeer
February 07, 2019
Interview with Tia: Harley-Davidson Museum and Motor Restaurant
She's back! This month with Tia we're all about the Harley-Davidson Museum and Motor Bar and Restaurant. Get a glimpse into this great Milwaukee experience from Tia's perspective, including her behind-the-scenes VIP tour. For more, check her out at @iowagirladventures on Instagram.
February 05, 2019
Interview with Russell Rossetto, Co-owner of Transfer Pizzeria Cafe
This week Steve chats with Russell Rossetto from our show sponsor Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018. Recorded last summer, this is a fun conversation on the origins of Transfer along with Russell's takes on what makes Milwaukee a great place to visit. Transfer's dedication to the Bay View neighborhood, artists, and Meetups around Milwaukee is a shining example of how local businesses can get involved and support the community!
January 30, 2019
What's happening this weekend (1/18) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Yay! Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager with VISIT Milwaukee joins us for what's happening this weekend AND next week in this wonderful city. Get ready for Museum Week, Prohibition in Milwaukee, Gallery Night (and day), Fire + Ice, Winterfest, Lunar Eclipse, MLK Day, and more! We had some fun with this episode. Listen and enjoy and thanks for the love, Milwaukee. As always, check out for all the details on the events we mention in this show.
January 18, 2019
Interview with Brandon Culpepper, CEO of PeppNation
Brandon Culpepper, CEO of PeppNation Sports Leadership Camps sits down with Steve to share his favorite aspects of Milwaukee. On his journey to connect underserved youth to life opportunities in and beyond this great city, Brandon enjoys spending time in a number of neighborhoods. You'll appreciate his super positive outlook on life, Milwaukee, and learning how his experience with the NFL led him back to his home city. Warning: we get a little emotional in this one. And we also have a lot of fun.  
January 15, 2019
Interview with Tia, @iowagirladventures on Instagram
Ever wonder what it's like to experience Milwaukee as someone who is just moving here? This week we sit down with Tia, who moved to Milwaukee four years ago. Not immediately familiar with everything Milwaukee had to offer, Tia's adventure through the city is an interesting one. She'll join us each month to share what she's up to and what it's like making Milwaukee home. Follow this and her other adventures on Instagram: @iowagirladventures.
January 07, 2019
What's happening this weekend (1/04) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Claire Koenig, Communications Manager: Leisure Tourism at VISIT Milwaukee joins us once again to discuss super fun things to do this weekend. From museums to performing arts and dancing, we've got your weekend covered. For more info and details, check out
January 04, 2019
What's happening this weekend (12/21) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Welcome back, Claire! Claire Koenig, Communications Manager: Leisure Tourism from VISIT Milwaukee joins us once again on what to do with visitors, friends, and family over the holidays. From mansions to museums and everything in between. As always, jump over to for more info on these and many other Milwaukee happenings. Now get out and experience Milwaukee!!!
December 20, 2018
What's happening this weekend (12/14) with Steve!
Had to go solo for this weekend update episode. No worries, I found a few great (and my personal fav) events to share with all of you. For more on what's happening in and around town, always check out
December 14, 2018
Interview with Light the Hoan Leaders Ian Abston and Michael Hostad
Had to slap the "explicit" tag on this episode due to a few drops of the word sh*t on what is probably one of the funnier shows. Plenty of insight as well on what Milwaukee has to offer visitors and residents (sports, arts, food, etc.) from two well-known community leaders. For more on their project, go to
December 11, 2018
What's happening this weekend (12/07) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Claire Koenig, Communications Manager: Leisure Tourism at VISIT Milwaukee, gives us the straight news on how to get your holiday shopping done in 6 different ways this weekend. Come to Milwaukee for unique gifts. Stay for the fun!
December 07, 2018
Interview with NEWaukee Chief Idea Officer Jeremy Fojut
NEWaukee, a social architecture firm that changes the way people connect, has spent the last decade creating countless experiences in the city in fun, purposeful ways. In this episode, NEWaukee co-founder and chief idea officer Jeremy Fojut sits down to share some Milwaukee gems off the typical visitor's path. For more about this organization and upcoming events, check out
December 05, 2018
What's happening this weekend (11/30) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Claire Koenig, Communications Manager: Leisure Tourism, from VISIT Milwaukee joins us again for highlights on what to do in and around downtown this weekend. Some holiday, some non-holiday activities, but lots to do and always fun. Visit for all the details and more ways to experience Milwaukee.
November 29, 2018
Interview with Frank Keppler, Chief Designer at Brew City Brand
Recorded earlier this summer, this episode shows Milwuakee's lighter side through the incredible fashion designs and slogans created by this iconic Milwaukee establishment, Brew City Brand. Frank is hilarious as usual, and we chat about how Milwaukee sees itself through something as simple as a t-shirt. But there's more. Frank's take on Milwaukee from walking (or scooting) through its wonderful neighborhoods as a designer over the past 20 years provides a perspective most of us miss, whether we're a local or visitor. The small details matter.
November 26, 2018
What's happening this weekend (11/23) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager from VISIT Milwaukee, fills you in on all that's happening in Milwaukee this THANKSGIVING weekend! This is a must listen if you have family and friends in town and are looking for fun things to do. If you like what you hear and need more info, visit for details on everything mentioned in the show.
November 22, 2018
Interview with Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 CEO Beth Weirick
Downtown Milwaukee is a vibrant, friendly, and safe place to live and visit. The downtown scene has a unique charm with easy access to dining, nightlife, the arts, and so much more. Beth and her team at Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 have played a significant role in where the city is today, and where it's headed. She's also one of the most positive people you'll ever meet. Milwaukee, heck, Wisconsin, is lucky to have her. And now, you can learn more about her take on our beautiful city.
November 19, 2018
What's happening this weekend (11/16) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager from VISIT Milwaukee, joins us again this week to fill us in on all that's happening in Milwaukee this weekend. And there's a lot! The holidays are in full swing, plus lots more family friendly activities. Enjoy this fun conversation and visit for details on everything mentioned in the show.
November 16, 2018
Interview with Wantable CEO Jalem Getz
Why Milwaukee for entrepreneurs? Wantable CEO (super successful entrepreneur and great guy) Jalem Getz and I discuss that and more in this Startup Milwaukee Week episode recorded live at our sponsor Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. Special thanks for the kind words of Matt Cordio, (President of Skills Pipeline and Startup Milwaukee founder), and Transfer owner Russell Rossetto while kicking off the show.
November 14, 2018
What's happening this weekend (11/08) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Claire Koenig, Communications Manager from VISIT Milwaukee, joins the show for another segment on what's happening in Milwaukee this weekend! If you are or know a veteran, this is a MUST LISTEN podcast. With Veteran's Day on Sunday, Milwaukee is rolling out the red carpet for those who have served our country. In addition to the parade, there are plenty of FREE events and activities at museums and restaurants around town. This episode was recorded LIVE at Transfer Pizzeria Cafe as part of Startup Milwaukee Week.
November 08, 2018
Milwaukee Makers Market Coordinator Ryan Laessig
Looking for unique, beautiful, handmade items? Tap into Milwaukee's design and making expertise the next time you visit. How? By attending a Makers Market. Learn more from Ryan Laessig in this episode of Experience Milwaukee and by visiting
November 06, 2018
What's happening this weekend (10/31) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager from VISIT Milwaukee, joins us this week for what's happening in Milwaukee this weekend. From holiday shopping at Wisconsin State Fair Park to Raptors at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, we've got you covered!
October 31, 2018
Interview with Milwaukee Film Chief Marketing Officer Sara Meaney
Ok, there's a bit of mic static for a short while on this one. But we didn't want to let that get in the way of sharing an amazing conversation with Milwaukee Film CMO Sara Meaney. Get a glimpse into Milwaukee from Sara's point of view, along with some fantastic insight about Milwaukee Film. You'll be entertained while learning why Milwaukee is a great place for film fanatics!
October 29, 2018
What's happening this weekend (10/26) with VISIT Milwaukee!
Claire Koenig, Communications Manager from VISIT Milwaukee, joins the show for our NEW, weekly episode on what's happening this weekend. Check in each week for fresh news and fun things happening in Milwaukee!
October 24, 2018
Interview with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Learn more about Milwaukee, past, present, and future, through the eyes and experiences of its gracious and entertaining Mayor, Tom Barrett. He also includes his favorite things about Milwaukee.
October 16, 2018