Modern Times Brewery Follow Up – BeerSmith Podcast #68

by Brad Smith on October 28, 2013 · 2 comments

Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmiere join us again from Modern Times brewery do to a follow up interview on their microbrewery launch and lessons learned from transitioning to pro brewing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (48:01)

  • This week I invite Jacob McKean and Michael Tonsmiere from Modern Times Brewery back to do a follow up interview. Back on BeerSmith Podcast #54 they shared their plans for the new brewery and told us about going professional. Now the brewery is launched and operating, so I bring them back again to share their thoughts on the grand opening, operating a brewery and lessons learned.
  • Jacob shares his thoughts on the Grand Opening of Modern Times brewery back in September, as well as what has happened since our last interview.
  • Michael talks about his role developing the recipes for the launch beers.
  • Jacob shares some of the lessons he learned in launching and starting up brewing.
  • Michael tells us about the initial four launch beers he designed.
  • Jacob discusses the business end of starting a brewery and how marketing and business is as important as making great beer.
  • I ask Michael how the beers have been received by the public to date.
  • We talk with Jacob about some of the new things happening including his canning operations and future beers.
  • Jacob shares his work on his blog – he regularly blogs about what is happening at Modern Times
  • Michael talks about the challenges in scaling recipes up from a pilot brewery to a large 30 barrel system.
  • Jacob tells us where he is going next with Modern Times
  • Both share their closing thoughts, and Michael talks about his upcoming book on Sour Beer Brewing

Thanks to Michael Tonsmiere and Jacob McKean for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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sbrewing company September 21, 2023 at 5:10 am

Modern Times Brewery is a game changer in the craft beer scene! The podcast highlights their innovative brewing techniques and passion for quality. I can’t wait to discover their unique flavors and take a tour of the brewery. Thanks for this insightful episode, it’s a great resource for other beer lovers.

thebangalore dhaba April 4, 2024 at 5:35 am

Informative follow-up on Modern Times Brewery! This article provides valuable insights into the brewing process and industry trends. Thank you for sharing this engaging content.

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