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Episode 76 – West Overton Distilling – Aleasha Monroe and Sam Komlenic

This episode features Aleasha Monroe and Sam Komlenic of West Overton Distilling.

Some familiar and many not so familiar faces filled the large room at West Overton Museum.  The sold out crowd of over 100 people showed up to talk, drink and learn about rye whiskey.  More specifically Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey was the focus and topic of conversation.  The distinguished panel included: David Wondrich who is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement.   Lew Bryson who is currently a Senior Drinks Writer for The Daily Beast, and is also a columnist for Craft Spirits magazine. He is the author of Tasting Whiskey.  Steve Bashore who is the Director of Historic Trades and head distiller at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Sam Komlenic who has been the copy editor for Whisky Advocate magazine for 15 years, led and navigated the evening’s discussion.  Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey welcomed all in attendance.  Aleasha Monroe, head distiller, was introduced to the crowd.  As dinner was served talk began of the history of whiskey and more particularly rye whiskey in Pennsylvania.  For almost an hour an a half thoughts and facts were exchanged.  Breaks were taken to toast the featured rye whiskeys from throughout the state.  First Liberty Pole Rye Whiskey, followed by Stoll and Wolfe Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and then Dad’s Hat Monogahela Rye Whiskey.  For the first time West Overton Distilling Monogahela Rye Whiskey was tasted.  The discussion got the most heated on the topic of what defines the Monoghahela style or brand.  Listen to this episode as Aleasha and Sam deconstruct the festivities.  We discuss some of the highlights and taste the 3 expressions that are now on sale only at West Overton Distilling.  

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109 W. Overton Road, Scottdale, PA 15683 (907) 229-7942 www.westovertonvillage.org Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Distilled Spirits Council

Lisa Roper Wicker – Widow Jane Distillery

Vendome Copper and Brass Works

Leopold Brothers

Episode #32 – Red Pump Spirits – Ed and Judy Belfoure

This episode features Ed and Judy Belfoure of Red Pump Spirits.   Ed and Judy get to make people happy.  Ed’s background in chemistry was the perfect transition into creating distilled spirits.  There is a rich history of amateur wine making in Ed’s family and he likes getting his hands dirty.  This couple makes a fantastic team and is producing some first rate wonderful spirits.  We could have talked for hours.  They were a delight to have on the podcast.

32 N. Main Street, Washington, PA 15301 – rpspirits@gmail.com –

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Highlights from our discussion:

Whiskey Rebellion Festival

Zig Ziglar

Leopold Bros

Maryland Style Rye Whiskey

Monongahela Rye

Five Saints Distilling

Step Mash Process

Liberty Pole Spirits

Whiskey Smash

Phil Bourque

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 #15 Whiskey Smash – West Overton Village

West Overton Distilling

This episode features Whiskey Smash at West Overton Village.109 W Overton Rd, Scottdale, PA 15683 (724) 887-7910 info@westovertonvillage.org – www.westovertonvillage.org –  On Facebook

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We had the pleasure of interviewing:

Aaron Hollis – Director of Education at West Overton Village

Rob Hough from Liberty Pole Spirits 

Aleasha Monroe – Head Distiller at West Overton Distilling

Sam Komlenic – Copy Editor for Whiskey Advocate

Jim Wolfe – Stoll and Wolfe Distillillery

Robert McDonald – Grain Specialist at Dancing Star Farms

Highlights from our discussion:

Monongahela Rye

Rosen Rye

Dillinger Distillery

Michter’s Distilley

Jim Beam

Wild Turkey

Dad’s Hat Rye

Whiskey Rebellion

Whiskey Rebellion Trail

Red Pump Spirits

Barrel 21 Distillery

Crooked Creek Distillery

Tall Pines Distillery

PA Libations

Cheers!

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