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Episode 78 – Duck Butts Meadery – Carmel and Jonathan Senatz

This episode features Carmel and Jonathan Senatz of Duck Butts Meadery.

It started like many other passions… with a home brew beer kit.  Which remained in the box, in the basement, for over 6 years.  Jonathan observed that the idea of home brewing beer presented as being very complicated.  This didn’t appeal to him.  He and Carmel became inspired by a visit to Savannah Bee Company.  From there they began to dream about making mead.  The equipment in the kit would be perfect for what they needed to get started.  Covid provided an opportunity to begin experimenting.  Forced to stay home, they took the time to make their own mead.  They set off on their “maiden voyage”.  We discuss where they are now with their hobby and passion.  We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this fledgling meadery.  

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Highlights From our Conversation:

Pickering Valley Feed & Farm Store

Les Brown

Savannah Bee Company

Exton Bee Company

Dressler Estate

Olde Bedford Brewing Company

Caledonia Spirits

BJ’s Wholesale Club

Swarmbustin Honey

Hale & True Cidery

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Keystone Homebrew

Wegman’s

Jersey Spirits Distillery

Valley Forge Beer and Cider Festival 2021

It was an amazing scene at The Greater Philadelphia Expo in Oaks on Saturday, December 4th. Over 2,300 beer and cider fans had their choice from over 40 breweries and cideries. There was even a winery too. The theme, of ugly sweaters, brought even more merriment to the party. Of course this made for some great people watching.

The lines moved quickly and there were certainly plenty of choices to please even the most discerning palate. It was great to see some old friends and make some new ones too. We enjoyed tasting an array of stouts, IPA’s, amblers and lagers. There were sweet ciders and dry ones. Fruit filled expressions and some most comparable to a fine wine.

Brewscuits was on hand for the dog lovers in the crowed. Uncle Alex was there from Phygit foods to make sure everyone had their pretzel necklaces. Franky-Deep was there to tantalize the hot sauce aficionados and the Jerky Hut had so many flavors it was not easy to choose. Oh, and the bacon. We can’t forget Bacon on a Stick That’s It. HOLY PORKAPALOOZA! We were glad that we didn’t miss Truly Pure & Natural with their hand crafted raw creamed honey.

The DJ kicked the vibe up a notch. The floor was packed with a cornucopia of laughter and movement doing line dancing and holding onto their glasses as they turned and twirled. Close by the sounds of axes striking the target made for its own melody.

As for us, we had a fantastic time interviewing the breweries, cideries and other vendors. It’s always fun for us to be educated and discover new flavors. Some close by and others from places that we can’t wait to visit.

We are looking forward to the next events produced by Starfish Junction. Keep an eye on their website, social media or sign up for their news letter to stay informed.

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Highlights From our Discussion:

Attic Brewing

Blakes Hard Cider

Log Yard Brewing

SWIG

Brother Monk Ciderworks

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Bad Seed Brewery

Stickman Brews

Free Will Brewing

Episode 73 – Caledonia Spirits – Sam Nelis

This episode features Sam Nelis of Caledonia Spirits.

We met Amy Casale at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2019.  Dressed in a Bee costume, she introduced us to Barr Hill Gin and we immediately fell in love with the spirits.  We finally made it up to Montpelier, Vermont the home of the Barr Hill lineup.  The distillery was founded by a bee keeper, Todd Hardie.  He is passionate about the land and agriculture, as well as, what bees were bringing to the area.  Todd partnered with Ryan Christiansen who had a home-brew store.  In the beginning they came together and produced mead.  Soon, they began focusing their attention on gin which began winning awards.  The honey takes center stage and leads the way to make their special spirits amazing.  Bees, as Sam explains, are the Angels of Agriculture.  We had a fantastic time sitting down with Sam and discussing all things Caledonia Spirits.  This is most certainly a destination that you want to put on your travel bucket list.

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116 Gin Ln, Montpelier, VT 05602 –(802) 472-8000 www.caledoniaspirits.com Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Philadelphia Flower Show

Bee The Change

Bees Knees Week

New York International Spirits Competition

Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition

Montpelier, VT

Episode 67 – Puerto Rico Distillery – Angel and Crystal Rivera

This episode features Angel Rivera and Crystal Rivera of Puerto Rico Distillery.

Angel and Crystal opened the distillery in March of 2020, just as the Covid shutdown took effect.  The City of Frederick and the surrounding community has welcomed them with open arms.  It has been a great fit for everyone.  It wasn’t an easy decision at first.  But, when the Rivera’s made up their minds, they sold their home and moved to Frederick.  There is family and culture around Pitorro.  It is a Clandestine Rum that is Puerto Rican Moonshine.  This is the true Puerto Rican Rum passed down from generation to generation.  “Puerto Rican born and Maryland made.”  So, what is Pitorro?  Listen to the podcast episode and learn all about it.  

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1341 Hughes Ford Rd, Frederick, MD 21701 – (240) 457-4038www.puertoricodistilery.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Pitorro

Taneytown Liquors

The Wine Source

University of Maryland

Honey Bee Lab

Frederick, MD

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