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Every week locals Steve Glynn, Adam Derus, and Tia highlight cool Milwaukee things to experience and the people behind them. Like our hosts do, grab a drink and listen in to discover new reasons to love our city.
123 Episodes
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!
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.
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.
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!! 
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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. 
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!!
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. 
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...
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.
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.
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!
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!
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. 
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!
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 
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.
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