Our Story

Aaron and Kathryn met in High School and married 15 years later.  Between the two of them they have resided all over the country, covering coast to coast.  Now, they are settled in Michigan City, Indiana where CopperHop and Charming Vines are headquartered.   

Aaron graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 2001 and Kathryn is a 2000 graduate of Longwood University.  Both enjoy the outdoors, riding motorcycles, traveling, martial arts, and have a love for everything craft.  

Aaron and Kathryn have a genuine love for people and hope to catch up with you out on the CopperHop and Charming Vines Trail!    

Meet the Team

Who is behind Tagabrewin and CopperHopUSA? A group of Beer, Cider, and Mead Lovers, Outdoors Enthusiasts, and People that love to meet new friends and make memories that last a lifetime!

Kathryn Photo

Kathryn Kirk


Anyone who has ever met Kathryn can quickly see that she loves people.  Prior to purchasing TagaBrew IN/IL, Kathryn’s life work has been helping others.  She obtained her degree in Anthropology and Archaeology from Longwood University in Virginia.  Throughout her professional life, she has worked with people.  She’s run women’s shelters, assisted the homeless, and worked with children and the elderly.  Kathryn is looking forward to meeting all the people on the TagaBrew and CopperHop Trail, and loves working with the breweries, cideries, and meaderies.  Once we discovered the need to include cider and mead in the trail, we created CopperHop.  She says she is looking forward to working for herself, and can’t wait to see what the future holds!  

Photo of Aaron, Owner

Aaron Kirk


It has been a long time goal of Aaron’s to own his own business.  Finally, that dream has become a reality with the purchase of TagaBrew IN/IL.  Aaron has a diverse background, ranging from international business studies to sailing the high seas and the Great Lakes as a ships officer.  After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Aaron served 14 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Now, he’s just looking to have fun and point people toward great beer!  Aaron says he will combine all the experience gained throughout his life to help him manage this company and make it great!   CopperHop was created to include cider and mead lovers in the growing craft beverage universe.


Dan Barnes

Web Developer

Full Sail Grad - Web Developer, Host of the Podcast Box Press Radio and Twitch Streamer.