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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)
214 Episodes
In this episode, Adam and Steve catch up with Henry from MobCraft Brewing. This year, MobCraft turns 10! And there is a lot happening, including their 5th annual Sour Fest on March 25 and expansion to new cities. Jump in to this one to get all the details. Then head over to for more info on everything happening at Sour Fest 2023.
Jump into this informative episode with Adam, Steve, and Heidi from New Barons Brewing Cooperative for all that's happening in and around the taproom this month. From news on Black Bier to events you need to check out, get all that's brewing right here each month with Heidi. So, what is happening in March? Welp, glad you asked. There's the New Barons / Experience Milwaukee Glow Party, Women's Month celebrations, a rare bottle sale, member happy hour (which will release a brand new beer, Dan's Trash!), and more. Oh yeah, and the member owner drive starts on 3/14 and runs through 4/14 with upgraded perks and a limited price until 4/14. Get all of this, some beer backstories, and the scoop on Adam's tramp stamp. Who loves ya? We do. Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
This is it, everyone! Our very first episode of a new content stream called Tech in MKE.  Check this one out as Adam and Steve hang out with Tim Dickson (Chief Information Officer at Generac Power Systems), Derek Hyde (Vice President of Information Technology at the Milwaukee Brewers), and Robert Cordova (Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at the Milwaukee Bucks). Maybe even a special guest appearance from Lena DeLaet (Director, Sales & Summerfest Tech at Summerfest).  In this episode, get the preview, sneak peek into topics you'll get to dig into at Summerfest Tech 2023. Oh, and the backstories on Derek and Robert including how they landed these sweet gigs. Even more, how they evaluate the tech talent they need for operations and game time pressure situations. This is a fun one and includes some early details on Summerfest Tech. Thanks to our presenting sponsors Harley-Davidson, The Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Expedient for helping to make this content possible.  Take a listen then get out and experience Milwaukee!!
WELCOME TO THE MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB! In this episode, Steve goes solo at the Milwaukee Athletic Club (MAC). We patched together three conversations with a few MAC teammates: Joe Kurth (Chief Operating Officer), Leslie Cadillac (Food & Beverage Manager), Tom McGinty (Executive Chef), then back to Joe to close it out. In the process, we learn about this 140 year old club. No, it's not old. In fact, newly renovated and focused more than ever on reflecting the faces of the city within the club, the MAC is hitting its stride as a downtown Milwaukee hub! Centered on $1M of athletic equipment (with classes and trainers), you can roam this spacious yet cosy building for events, meetings, networking, golf practice, socializing, an overnight stay in one of the hotel rooms, and so much more. And here's a secret: you don't have to be a member to stop by! Jump in to get the details then head over to for more!
Though full of information about cheese, this is not a cheesy episode. Yep, Adam and Steve have the pleasure of chatting with Bob Wills, Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker and owner of Clock Shadow Creamery. How did Wisconsin become so good at cheese? Do Chicagoans make their way to Milwaukee for Clock Shadow Creamery? Will cheese with Skittles ever come to be? What's Bob's take on Wisconsin and cheeseheads? Jump in for all of this and more about Milwaukee's first (and only?) cheese factory including how you can get your hands on this delicious cheese. And you can always head over to for even more.
Hop into this episode with Adam, Steve, and Lauren from The Wicked Hop, located at the corner of Weekend Brunch and Bloody Mary ( or Broadway and St. Paul in the Third Ward)! The trio quickly chat about the launch of The Wicked Hop's annual Ice Bar. Even though the weather might be cold, the Ice Bar is a must see and must stop for you while you're out and about. The Wicked Hop has made it wonderful and cozy and you'll be greeted with a smile from behind the Ice Bar. Oh, and there's awesome music playing. Shout out to Max from Art Below Zero ( for the dynamic work making the bar!
What do you get when you mix Adam and Steve with Milwaukee's own John McGivern? Endless laughs and amazing stories. In this hilarious episode you'll hear the backstory on John's career, inspiration for his stories, and what it is about Milwaukee that puts a smile on his face. Speaking of faces, ours still hurt from laughing so much. John is an incredible human being. Oh, and keep an eye out for a future Milwaukee morning show featuring the three of us!
Happy new year!! Ok, the news is out. Check this hilarious episode for all the details from Adam and Steve along with Heidi and John from New Barons Brewing Cooperative. Also, you might catch that the podcast is now presented by VISIT Milwaukee (yay!). And that we have new show music from NEWSKI! Take a listen then block your cal for January 19th!!!
In the spirit of ramping up for the new year, we thought we'd drop an episode for all of you who participate in dry January or those of you seeking some moderation in adult beverage balance. In this episode, Adam and Steve have some fun tasting KUL MOCKS craft mocktails with founder and CEO, Danielle Goss. From the KUL MOCKS origin story, to how delicious each mocktail option is, and everything in between, you'll have a blast with them and feel great in the morning! To learn more, buy your own, or just follow along, visit!
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Meet the Ski Team


OMG you guys, we know this is longer than our normal episodes but this one is so fun and entertaining. Adam and Steve have drinks and eat pizza with Lynne Fraser and Ryan Dembroski, co-founders of Ski Team, a video content agency here in Milwaukee. Learn about their journey to starting their own company, including interactions with Conan O'Brien, weird chemistry professors, the 54th floor of 30 Rock, theater class, agency life, and more! You'll be smiling from start to finish with this one. And after you take a listen, head over to to connect with Lynne and Ryan and get some cool work done.
This episode is great companion to the audio and video episodes with Charter Manufacturing employees. Here, Adam and Steve dig in deeper in a fund conversation about what Charter Manufacturing is like from the perspective of its CEO, John W. Mellowes. Charter Manufacturing is a fourth-generation family-owned group of differentiated metals manufacturing businesses founded in 1936 with more than 1,200 employees in Milwaukee. Check this out then check out the many careers available at You'll want to become part of the family!
This Work in MKE video episode features our friends at Charter Manufacturing, an amazing place to work. You'll hear the voices of numerous Charter Manufacturing employees, who explain what it's like to be part of the Charter family. Charter Manufacturing is a fourth-generation family-owned group of differentiated metals manufacturing businesses founded in 1936 with more than 1,200 employees in Milwaukee. Jump in and watch, then take a listen to the accompanying audio extended episode!
This Work in MKE episode features our friends at Charter Manufacturing, an amazing place to work. You'll hear Adam and Steve recap the numerous conversations with Charter Manufacturing employees, who all explain how they're part of the Charter family. Charter Manufacturing is a fourth-generation family-owned group of differentiated metals manufacturing businesses founded in 1936 with more than 1,200 employees in Milwaukee. Jump in and take a listen, then check out the accompanying video highlight episode!
In this episode, Steve chats with Dana Johnson, General Manager of the Saint Kate hotel, the Arts Hotel that offers a modern luxury experience with an artful twist. It's also the hub of Milwaukee's Theater District. In addition to the many guests the hotel hosts each day, Saint Kate is also a terrific spot for locals to mix it up! One of the most approachable spaces in downtown Milwaukee, you can enjoy amazing food and drink (before and after those holiday shows), live music, seasonal events, and, of course, amazing art around the beautiful spaces throughout the hotel. Learn more at, then get over there and check it out for yourself!
We know some of you might be looking to get out of the house to get some work done over the holidays or anytime! So, here's Adam and Steve's fun take on three unique spots in Milwaukee to work remotely. After a few beers and a Hayride, the guys talk through what they look for in remote workspaces outside of their homes and places where you can GSD and have an enjoyable, productive time. They hope this is helpful. But, as always, let them know where you work or other spaces they need to check into. We love you, Milwaukee!
Jump into this wildly entertaining episode with Adam and Steve, recorded LIVE at a Milwaukee Makers Market earlier this year. The guys are joined by numerous businesses and attendees from the Market, and they all share more about themselves, their business, or their experience hanging and shopping at the Market. So much fun as the guys roll through these brief conversations while enjoying several tequila/lemonade/orange juice cocktails. Jump in then head over to for all of the details to get out and support Milwaukee small businesses at the next Market on November 26th (Milwaukee's Official Shop Small Saturday) at Discovery World!!
A sure way to win over Adam and Steve is to serve them up some complimentary food and drinks. Which is exactly what Kelly Mallegni did. Kelly is the marketing manager for Motor Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Don't be fooled, this is not your average museum food afterthought. Motor brings a dining and drinks A-game experience every time. From nachos and burnt ends to mac-n-cheese and Bulleit Bourbon Spritzers, tune in for fun shenanigans with these three as they talk through all the things you never knew about Motor. Check out, then get your butt over there!
This snappy and fun episode has Adam and Steve hanging out with Chris Adams, executive vice president of Benson’s Restaurant Group. Chris comes on the show to talk about the NEW Bridgewater Modern Grill which opens TODAY!! You'll get info on all 11,000 square feet of this new addition to Milwaukee's restaurant scene including what's on the menu, what's behind the indoor/outdoor bar, the 250' patio that runs along the Kinnickinnic River, 10 boat slips, and so much more! Also, learn how the hell Chris went from bussing tables in South Florida to EVP of all of this and choosing Milwaukee to start a family. The guys even talk about AJ Bombers, Blue Bat, tequila, bourbon...this episode is action packed. Check it out then head over to to make a reservation!!!
Here's a complementary episode to the full length audio one below. The video highlights our conversation with Mary Mowka, senior general manager at the Bayshore. Such an amazing part of our community, Bayshore has you covered with live music, dining, shopping, living, and more!
In this episode, Adam and Steve sit down with Mary Mowka, senior general manager at the Bayshore (Steve's new name for it!). The guys learn so much about what's happening, what's new, and hints at what's coming to Bayshore. An important community hub, Bayshore offers something for everyone: from shopping to living and so much in between including music and dining. Jump into this one to learn more then head over to to figure out how you can experience Bayshore!
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