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Episode 39 – Ben Wenk – Ploughman Cider

This episode features Ben Wenk of Ploughman Cider   “Greetings From Adams County”.  Ben’s family has been farming the land here since the 1820’s.  After selling produce at a farmers market in Philadelphia, Ben decided to try a Strongbow.  It was different.  Not sticky sweet like other ciders.  He went home and tried making his first batch of cider.  From there he was hooked.  Adams County is considered Apple Capital USA.  On this episode Ben and I discuss cider, apples and fruit tree farming.  “Cider is not a value added product”, Ben explains.  We enjoyed this fascinating look into Ben’s families heritage and his passion for cider making.     

1606 Bendersville-Wenksville Road, Aspers, PA 17304 – www.ploughmancider.com – (717) 677-7186 – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Strongbow Cider

Luckyleaf

Musselman’s

Dornick

VinoShipper

Three Springs Fruit Farm

Ploughshares Cider Club

John Bunker

Big Hill Ciderworks

Jack’s Hard Cider

Reid’s Cider House

Gettysburg Farmers Market

Ploughman Cider Taproom

Pour The Core

Pennsylvania Cider Guild

Philly Cider Week

The Botany of Desire

Farnum Hill Ciders

Hammonton ~ “Brewberry” Capital of the World

Hammonton New Jersey is the blueberry capital of the world. Just off of the Atlantic City Expressway and halfway between Philly and Atlantic City this berry meca is producing some first class beer. You can reach it by NJ transit if you prefer not to drive. Everything is within walking distance and most certainly worth the trip. This little town has so much to offer… Sensational Cannolis at Mannino’s Cannoli Express, Shopping, delicious Mexican dining and plenty of Italian food to choose from.

Still in the midst of the Covid shut down the business’s on the main streets struggle to keep the lights on and the doors open. Small business here is doing what they can with the restrictions that have been placed on them. That doesn’t appear to be deterring the production of beer. With 3 craft breweries there is soo much variety to choose from.

Our Hammonton Fermented Adventure started at Vinyl Brewing Company. They had a few tables set up outside and an area for curbside pick up. The highlight for us was being able to sit down at the bar and feel almost normal. It was the first day in months that they were allowed to be open for inside seating. We are big fans of sours and they definitely didn’t disappoint. We tried The DAG (Gose w/yogart, sea salt, coriander & Lime), He wears t-shirts sometimes (Hoppy Cream Ale), Daily Grind (Coffee Milk Stout) and Looks Good on You Though (Hammonton Blueberry Saison). Don’t worry IPA fans there are plenty there to satisfy you too.

Vinyl Brewing Co. – 300B 12th Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037 – 609-666-5460

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Just a short trip up the Main Street is Chimney Rustic Ales. They created a nice outdoor garden area complete with herbs and hot peppers. At this point on our little visit the sun was starting to set. The beer we picked was a perfect compliment to the sunset. Brined Melon (Cucumber-Lime Gose) Which apparently was inspired by a favorite cocktail. Burn-one-Down is a sensational barrel aged smoked ale. They used Wild Turkey Barrels on this one. The Griz (Lemongrass Grisette) was spot on. This brewery is hitting all of the right notes.

Chimney Rustic Ales – 15 Horton Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037

– 609-270-7454

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Not even a mile away is Three 3’s Brewing Co. They have the largest outdoor seating area of the 3 breweries that we visited. The area is a perfect beer garden setting. The moon and stars began to appear. It was a crisp Summer Jersey night. The Chocolate Raspberry Stout and The Trifecta Saison (Blueberries, Strawberries and Blackberries) were perfect to complete our incredible visit to Hammonton. Well balanced and loaded with flavor.

Three 3’s Brewing Co. – 50 13th Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037- 732-814-1396

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OK, so we were not done yet. Any Fermented Adventure needs food. Just on the other side of the railroad tracks from Three 3’s is Ricca’s Brick Oven. If your still in the mood for Beer, Wine and Cocktails they have a full bar and they are featuring local pours. You can take out or eat in. The pizza is legit. We had the Mom’s Meatball Supreme.

Ricca Brothers Brick OvenPizzeria – 104 Fairway Avenue,

Hammonton, NJ 08037

-609-704-7070

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Thanks to all of the welcoming and friendly people that we got to meet on our journey. We can’t wait to come back and see you again.

Episode #33 – High Point Kombucha – Laura Valasakos

🎙This episode features Laura Valasakos of High Point Kombucha. Laura shares her journey of discovering Kombucha. We learn about Kobucha production and the vast array of all natural flavors that are being produced at High point. Laura teaches us to “admire nature for what it is and feel small in the face of it. We’re going to be better off.” There is passion and dedication to the craft of creating this first class Kombucha.

Check out the website to find out where you can get these amazing creations.  – highpointkombucha.com – 724-503-4014 – On Facebook 
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Highlights from our discussion: 

County Seat Spirits 

Wild Yeast 

Open Fermentation 

Upstart Kombucha

 Lion Heart Kombucha 

Peakbagger 

Benchmark Hunting 

Trexlertown Farmers Market 

Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market 

Back Mountain Farmers Market 

Radish Republic 

HiJinx Brewing

Episode 31 – Liberty Pole Spirits – Jim Hough

This episode features Jim Hough of Liberty Pole Spirits.   Jim started it all on his back deck as a “hobby distiller”.  Jim made whiskey and experimented with different grains and recipes.  These have become the foundation of what goes into the barrels today.  Jim, Ellen and the entire family have come together to produce some incredible and creative whiskey.  They demonstrate the Whiskey Rebellion Spirit that put the small town of Washington on the map.   68 West Maiden Street, Washington, PA 15301info@mingocreekcraftdistillers.com724-503-4014 –  On Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Whiskey Rebellion Festival

Mingo Creek Society

Liberty Poles

Alexander Hamilton

Dad’s Hat

Wiggle

Red Pump Spirits

Barrel 21 Distillery

Thistle Finch

David Bradford House

Monongahela Rye

Whiskey Advocate

Maggie’s Farm Rum

Cheers!!!

Episode 28 – Matt Check and Brian Crew of Stone & Key Cellars

This episode features Matt Check and Brian Crew of Stone & Key Cellars.   Matt and Brian share their journeys on how they arrived at Stone and Key.  They discuss the process for creating their amazing wines.  

435 Doylestown Rd, Montgomeryville, PA 18936   

215-855-4567  – www.stoneandkeycellars.com –  On Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Spotted Lantern Fly

Coronavirus

Wine School of Philadelphia

Keith Wallace

Yakima Valley

Washington Wine Country

Lake County California

Bad Mother Shuckers

Keystone Homebrew Supply

Finger Lakes International Wine and Spirits Competition

Episode #22 – Bubbles and Brews Philly – J’nelle Lawrence

Having Fun With Bubbles and Brews Philly!!!

We had a fabulous time talking with J’nelle Lawrence of Bubbles and Brews Philly.  For J’nelle and her husband Ty it all began with their wedding day.  Since that day they have not looked back.  They are taking the mobile bar scene by storm.  email:  Philly@getcozybars.com    phone:  484-437-5955 .  www.getcozybars.com

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Highlights from our discussion:

Valley Forge Casino

All Star Craft Beer Festival

Thomas + Main

Cheers!!!

Episode # 20 – Eight Oaks Farm Distillery – Caitlin Bagenstose

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery visits the Podcast.

This episode features Caitlin Bagenstose of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery.  Caitlin is the Production Planner and a Distiller . The distillery owned by Chad Butters is Veteran Owned, Family Run and Farm Grown.  What comes out of our discussion is that family and community are important.  They are a very creative group that highlights the farmland and surrounding Lehigh Valley Area.   

7189 Route 309, New Tripoli, Pa 18066

Phone: (484)387-5287  – www.eightoaksdistillery.com –  On Facebook                          8

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Highlights from our discussion:

Tails of Valor

Farmer Veteran Coalition

Cancer Support Community

Reading Terminal Market

Cheers!!!

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Episode #19 – Anthony Brichta and Ryan Everett – County Seat Spirits

Anthony Brichta and Ryan Everett of County Seat Spirits

This episode features Anthony Brichta and Ryan Everett of County Seat Spirits.  Anthony Brichta and John Rowe are the founders and owners of County Seat Spirits.   The main distillery and tasting room is located in Allentown, PA . The Easton location features a craft cocktail bar and tasting room.   – www.countyseatspirits.com –  On Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

King County Distillery

Dad’s Hat Rye

Hewn Spirits

Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery 

Thistle Finch

Colony Meadery

Lehigh University

HiJinx Brewing Company

Ambler Beer Company

Social Still

Gallows Hill Spirits

Eight Oaks Distillery

Triple Sun Spirits

Barley Creek Brewing

Böser Geist Brewing

Separatist Beer

The Aviary NYC

Cheers!!!

Episode #17- Booze Dancing.com with G-Lo and Mike

On the Set of Fermented Adventure The Show

This episode features Booze Dancing. G-Lo and Mike bring you onto their back yard deck with lively banter and an incredible knowledge of all things booze related. We learn how it all got started, from their humble beginnings in 2010, and sample some whiskey in the booze dancing style. Great conversation… Hanging out… Having a good time.

Check out their website: It’s Just Booze Dancing Facebook ~ Instagram ~ YouTube

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Highlights from our discussion:

Wedding Crashers

Heaven’s Door

Stoll and Wolfe Distillery

Jamison Irish Whiskey

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Glendronach Distillery

Single Malt Whisky

Single Barrel

American Whiskey Convention

Kiddushfest

Single Cask Nation

Ari White -The Wandering Que

Episode #16 – Jason Fogg – Pop’s McCann Whiskey

Jason Fogg of Pop's McCann Whiskey

This episode features Jason Fogg of Pop’s McCann Whiskey.  Jason is the founder, owner and president.  Pop’s McCann Pre-Prohibition Style Whiskey is a Triple Distilled Single Grain Whiskey finished in American Oak Bourbon barrels.  The Whiskey origin is from Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland then brought to America via olde trading routes through Quebec and the rest of Canada and down into Michigan where it is labeled & bottled.  You can currently find Pop’s McCann in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Navy Nexcom Stores (VA Beach & San Diego) and Michigan is coming very soon. www.popsmccannwhiskey.com –  On Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Wild Bill Guarnere

Signs of a Feather

Conshohocken St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

PA Fine Wine and Good Spirits

Irish Whiskey

Cheers!

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