The beer corner

The beer corner

Nick Vander Woude of Hardin Design & Development samples some beer from the office keg.

Photo courtesy of Hardin.

Revolving tap

Revolving tap

On this particular day, Hardin employees enjoyed Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, WI.

Photo courtesy of Hardin.

Pop-A-Shot

Pop-A-Shot

Scott Resnick (left) competes against Amanda Ranard in a mini-basketball shooting game.

Photo courtesy of Hardin.

Hanging out

Hanging out

Hardin employees chill out in the office with some beers and games.

Photo courtesy of Hardin.

Xconomy Wisconsin — 

With everyone getting ready to enjoy a long holiday weekend—and perhaps raise a cold brew or two in salute to Old Glory—it’s a good time to bring you another installment in our ongoing series exploring the beers on tap at the headquarters of Wisconsin tech companies. Up next: Hardin Design & Development.

The 21-person company, which is based in Madison and has a small office in Dallas, creates custom software and Web and mobile apps for clients ranging from Disney to Ford to CNN. The team is led by CEO Jon Hardin; vice president of development Kyle Crossman; and vice president Scott Resnick, the former Madison city council member who was recently named executive director of the StartingBlock Madison initiative. They have created a fun office environment punctuated by quirky posters on the wall; a game room with Pop-A-Shot and ping-pong and pool tables; and a beer keg, of course.

Here’s Crossman on how the Hardin team likes to unwind:

What’s on tap at Hardin?

We’ve had Spotted Cow, Bell’s Two Hearted, Moon Man, among others. This is a hotly debated topic.

Who chooses the brews?

There’s a couple different ways. We run a March Madness pool in which the winner gets to pick. Other than that, we utilize a poll. I believe there are shady under-dealings that result in the ultimate choice, but that’s just me.

Kegs, bottles, or cans?

We have a keg, but the other two are encouraged as well.

Office happy hour?

Happy hour takes place on the occasional Friday.

Best thing/worst thing about beer in the office?

Good things that have happened:

—Mario Party

—Craft beer posters on the wall

—Ping-pong tournaments

Bad things that have happened: I don’t remember if anything bad has happened.