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Episode 80 – Blake’s Hard Cider – Jennifer Wawrzyniak

This episode features Jennifer Wawrzyniak of Blake’s Hard Cider.

Blake’s is cider with a story.  It began in 946 when Gerald came home from WW2 and decided that he no longer wanted to live in Detroit.  He and Lovely purchased 100 acres in Armada, MI.  Today it’s a 1000 plus acre U-Pick Farm with wine, beer and cider.  In 2013 Andrew arrived back from college and saw an opportunity to expand into hard cider production.  The ciders base comes from a proprietary 5 apple blend.  

Jennifer is a regional sales manager with Blake’s.  In this episode she shares her experiences and also what she does best.  Introducing and creating new fans to Blake’s.  Pick some up and enjoy while listening to this lively episode.  

Brewscuits is the sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI 48005 – (586) 784-5343 – www.blakefarms.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival

Starfish Junction

Pommelier

Pets for Patriots

U.S. Cider Open

The Union Craft House

Bartari

Beer Wall on Penn

Cider Con

Episode 79 – Triple Sun Spirits – Kris Kwant

This episode features Kris Kwant and Sara Stier of Triple Sun Spirits Co.

20 years ago Kris was watching the TV program “How it’s made”, with his father.  The episode featured Sam Adams Brewing.  From watching the program, the home brewing bug took hold of him.  He and his dad purchased a kit and it actually turned out pretty good.  The next adventure was to make a Barley Wine.  The intention for this would be to share with his son when he turned 21.  Kris explains that “making good whiskey starts with making good beer”.  In 2016 Kris embraced the craft spirits movement.  Triple Sun is a cocktail bar that moonlights as a distillery.  They are very hospitality focused.  Enjoy this lively episode where we  discuss history, beer and all things Triple Sun.

Brewscuits is the sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.


 518 Bank St, Emmaus, PA 18049 – (610) 904-8082 – www.triplesunspirits.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bicardi

Jack Daniels

Fetish Brewing Company

Kelvin Cooperage

Whiskey Advocate

Discover Lehigh Valley

Funk Brewing

Monkey 47

Mike Rowe

Road Trip – “Christmas City, USA” – Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is easy to get to from all points. Just follow the North Star, or if you prefer, you’re GPS. It’s so easy to fall in love with this historical picturesque town. It is not what it once was when Bethlehem Steel shuttered its doors over 20 years ago. The city is experiencing a rebirth. Pick anytime to go, however, Christmas is when “Christmas City, USA” shines the most brightest. This is a Fermented Adventure paradise.

The Lehigh River divides the town. We began the day on the South Side at the Christkindlmarkt. If you’re looking for holiday gifts and crafts this is the place to begin. There is something for just about everyone on your list. For us it provided an opportunity to revisit and stock up on the libations being offered by many of the local craft providers. Eight Oaks greeted us first. Most recently they have released their Barrel Finished Old Tom Gin. Have you ever tried mead? Colony Meadery is a great place to start. As you wind your way through you will discover some nice sweet treat options. Stroopies, Groffs and Ye Old Toffee Shoppe enticed us to give our sweet tooth some attention. Social Still is one of our go tos for their exceptional craft spirits. They are also right across the free parking lot, within walking distance. Grab a cocktail before or after shopping. Do check the website for a complete list of the vendors and when they will be there. Buy your tickets ahead of time and skip the line.

Now that we got some shopping out of the way, it was time to head to the North Side. Where, even more shopping was waiting. There are local crafts being offered in huts along the E Market Street. There is plenty on this short block to experience. We set our sights on some local beer flavor. We quenched our thirst for Sours and Stouts at Lost Tavern Brewing. Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works has an array of beers as well and we settled on the Pumpkin/Yam Beer, The Steelworkers Oatmeal Stout, along with the Steelgaarden Wit. Along the street we discovered one amazing chocolatier. You will want to get one of everything at The Chocolate Lab. We certainly did our best to practice restraint. There is a new coffee shop at the far East end of the street. Don’t go to Bitty & Beau’s for just the coffee. You will meet the most incredible people there who are making your visit special and impactful. We wandered in and out of the shoppes, watched a real live metal work demonstration and were overwhelmed with all of the history. As the sun began to set, the street became electrified.

Bethlehem offers so many places to get cocktails. Don’t miss the Tavern at The Sun Inn where you can enjoy hand crafted distilled spirits featuring Christmas City Spirits. We landed at the McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar. The atmosphere was lively with conversation. The bartenders are knowledgable about their whiskey and make tantalizing drinks. Our meals were outstanding and full of flavor, everything that you would expect to get at an Irish Pub. While enjoying our last dram we took in the evenings live music with Regina Sayles, shared a fresh baked scone and made some new friends.

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.

We welcome Brewscuits as a sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

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 72 – Manatawny Still Works – Max Pfeffer

This episode features Max Pfeffer of Manatawny Still Works.

Max graduated Penn State University with a degree in chemical engineering.  He began home brewing when he was in college.  This led to him discovering the UC Davis Master Brewing program.  His education and experience led him to a stint with Victory Brewing Company and then to Sly Fox Brewery.  One day, Owner John Giannapoulas, called Max into his office.  He approached Max about opening a distillery.  Max knew beer but not distilled spirits.  That was over 8 years ago.  Today, not only does Max know distilling, he excels at it on a high level.  He and his team are producing whiskeys that are incredible.  What is coming out of the barrels now are spirits full of character, flavor and complexity.  This is a must visit for craft spirit lovers.  When you do you will become a fan for life.  

We welcome Brewscuits as a sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

320 Circle Of Progress Dr Ste 104, Pottstown, PA 19464

(484) 624-8271 www.manatawnystillworks.com Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Piper Project

Whiskey Rebellion Trail

Philadelphia Whiskey Society

Kelvin Cooperage

American Whiskey Convention

Stranahans

Old Line Spirits

Moonshine University

Makers Mark

Sly Fox Brewing Company

Victory Brewing

Episode 71 – Christmas City Spirits – Michael “Woody” Dombrosky

This episode features Michael Dombrosky of Christmas City Spirits.

It all began, when a group of 4 coworkers who were rugby players, got together to share their love of the history of Bethlehem, PA.  They formed the restaurant at Tavern at the Sun Inn.  The next step was to bring the spirits into the tavern.  Woody’s family has a long history of distilling in the coal regions of Pennsylvania.  His great grandmother would create Laudanum and make house calls to those with a variety of ailments.  His family has a storied past of making Rye Whiskey.  The owners crossed paths with Woody and they brought him on to distill their incredible spirits and unique recipes.  We learned so much sitting down with Woody and we had a great time enjoying his craft creations. 

We welcome Brewscuits as a sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

564 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018 – (484) 893-0590www.suninnbethlehem.orgFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bethlehem, PA

Laudanum

Puerto Rico Distillery

Good Food Awards

MicroLiquor Spirit Awards

Ascot Awards

Easton Kuebler Lager Caves

Tito’s Vodka

Gallows Hill Spirits

Cold Springs Copper Works

Lehigh University

Steve Bashore

American Whiskey Convention

The Peoples Kitchen

Lenni Lenape

Gray Wolf Spirits – Date Night Chronicles

We are back, sharing some more spirits that we picked up on a recent trip to Saint Michaels Maryland.  In this Date Night Chronicles we are enjoying Gray Wolf Spirits.  We share our tasting notes from these 4 amazing expression… Vodka, Gin, Agave and a Solera Rye Whiskey

605 S. Talbot St. #6, St. Michaels, MD 21663 – (443)339-4894 – www.graywolfspirits.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

American Whiskey Convention

Saint Michaels Maryland

Northwest Cider Association

Brewscuits is sponsoring this episode.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

Episode 68 – Train Wreck Distillery – Aaron Diamond

This episode features Aaron Diamond of Train Wreck Distillery.

The seed of entrepreneurship was planted by Arron’s Grandfather, Norman Diamond.  At a very young age Aaron would help Norman make beer and wine.  After his grandfather passed, Aaron tried making his own beer and wine.  It just didn’t turn out the same.  According to Aaron it was not very good at all.  That’s when he thought it would be better to distill the bad product that he made.  He turned his sights to distilling.  He began taking classes with his father to learn how to distill.  Traveling all over the country and even London to gain the knowledge that the desired.  In 2014 they purchased a run down train station in Mount Holly.  Right on the banks of the Rancocas Creek.  In 2015 they started distilling and working on perfecting their recipes.  In July of 2017 they opened their door to the public.  Train Wreck is a vibrant distillery where people come for the spirits, the cocktails, the great entertainment and the lively banter.  From it’s humble beginnings this is no longer a train wreck but, a rousing success.     

We welcome Brewscuits as a sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

25 Madison Ave, Mt Holly, NJ 08060 – (609) 288-6300www.trainwreckdistillery.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Sipsmith Gin

East London Liquor Company

Beefeater Gin

Spellbound Brewing

Auburn Road Vineyard

Little Water Distillery 

Bluecoat Gin

Stateside Vodka

Episode 66 – Dragon Distillery – Ashley Perez

This episode features Ashley Perez of Dragon Distillery.

Mark and Tania Lambert founded Dragon Distillery as a passion project.  The theme is inspired by the game Dungeons and Dragons.  However, when it comes to the spirits they are not playing games.  Mark’s family settled in Frederick in the 1700’s.  The moonshine recipes date back to before prohibition.  In 2015 the Lambert’s opened Dragon and it is the first distillery to open in Frederick since after Prohibition.  Ashley shares the story of the distillery and we sample many of the amazing craft distilled spirits.  Like many craft businesses they support local farmers to create their products.    

We welcome Brewscuits as a sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

1341 Hughes Ford Rd Suite 108, Frederick, MD 21701 –

(301) 844-6416www.dragondistillery.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Frederick, MD

4 The Love of Sweets

Cutwater Spirits

Dungeons & Dragons

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Linganore Wines

Wassail

Attaboy Brewing Company

Carroll Creek Park

Earthly Elements

Flying Dog Brewery

Isabella’s Taverna

Maryland Distillers Guild

Episode 54 – 5:dirty – Melissa and Kyle Reed

This episode features Melissa and Kyle Reed of 5:dirty. Melissa has a love for dirty martinis.  For her and her mom Maria, it’s their everyday go to cocktail.  The search was on to make the perfect dirty martini.  Kyle and Melissa’s reputation grew and their friends and family would encourage them to bring their dirty martini concoctions every time that they would come over.  By batching the martini it would allow them more time to spend with their guests.  The idea came to them… wouldn’t it be great if we could actually bottle this so everyone could have it?  5:dirty has become a hit.  They make 2 versions, the Dab of Dirty and the Double Dirty.  Pick up a bottle or two, pour yourself a martini and enjoy the episode. www.5dirty.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

717 south restaurant

Premier Innovations Group

The Gypsy Saloon

Fox 29

Jennaphr Frederick

Sex and the City

Spring Mill Cafe

Little Water Distillery

More Than the Curve

Leonard Mountain

Big Spring Spirits

Pops McCann Whiskey

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