DBTB Episode 95: Max Borgardt of Eagle Park Brewing

Over the last few weeks a few IPAs have popped up here at the home broadcast studio that all had the same label reading “Things We Don’t Say.” It was soon revealed to be a collaboration beer   between Eagle Park Brewing and the Hope for the Day Foundation that was offered to breweries around the world. It’s designed to talk about mental health in and around the beer space – and that includes the drinkers as well. 
You’ve heard of Hope for the Day on this show before, notably when Drew Fox of 18th Street Brewing was on the show a few months ago. 
Max Borgardt is the guest this week. He and his brothers had a choice, he says, either become musicians or brewers. They choose wisely, even if they are still heavily involved in music. As the brewery has grown in the last few years they’ve played to their strengths, IPA, a light beer aimed at non-craft drinkers, and hard seltzer smoothies.  It has helped the brewery gain recognition, not only in their state but beyond its borders. 

 It seems like every conversation is going to be about COVID-19 at some point, because it’s just ever present on the mind. 

When we recorded this in July the CDC had not yet updated guidance, and so host John Holl started off by talking about how things were opening up and how the brewery was getting back into the swing of things with sales and planning for the grand re-opening of their new taproom, which barely had time for a proper first grand opening. 
Max spoke to the show over Zoom from the brewery in Muskego.

This episode is sponsored by:

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