We’ve had 100s if not thousands of new followers since we started operations in mid-May of 2021 so we thought it might be a good time to reintroduce ourselves to all our new followers. My name is Mike Garbrandt I am the owner of Cork and Tap Excursions, LLC. I have spent the previous twenty years after graduating from Ohio University in various account management and supervisory roles with various organizations. I was laid off in late 2020 after new laws went into effect which wiped out my role in an energy efficiency consulting firm. All these roles I had previously held had given me a passion for providing people with the best possible experience and developing and planning events at my previous employer gave me the foundation to start out on this adventure. All of this coupled with the help of a friend who had been talking to me about this idea for several years and his blessing to take it and make it my own and a financial boost from my Mom, I created Cork and Tap Excursions, LLC.

We started in the first half of 2021 to provide safe, reliable transportation between wineries and breweries in different parts of central, east central, and southeast Ohio. Since we started, we have gotten to know over 200 of you personally and helped you create memories, laughs and lots of good times. Today we are doing that and helping plan life changing events while out giving our guests the opportunity to experience fine Ohio Wines along with stunning vistas of the rolling hills of Ohio’s Appalachian region and beyond. We also have a strong desire to help our customers appreciate all the great wines, beers and spirits that the crafts people at all of our stops create. They truly are gifted at their craft and encourage everyone to experience their talents.

I do a lot of the stuff you see out in public and online, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without my team at home. My wife Wendy, who I have been married to for 20 years creates lots of great ideas for me that we execute every day and some of you get to converse with her via messenger when I am unavailable, in her “free time” she is a high school teacher. My daughter Libby who is a freshman at the College of Wooster, taught me almost everything about setting up my business page on Facebook and constantly encourages me to not make slide shows. My son Michael is in fourth grade and does a lot of grunt work getting the van ready for trips and making sure the seat warmer works in the front seat.

I am grateful for all the support from our past customers and followers who share, like, and comment on all of our posts. We are excited to see what 2022 has to offer and meet all of our new customers and welcome back some of our previous customers and to roll out some exciting partnerships with lodging and destinations in 2022!

To join in on the fun in 2022 visit our website at www.corkandtapohio.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/corkandtapohio.

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Michael, Wendy, Libby and Me!