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Episode 180 – Drew Mayville – Buffalo Trace/Sazerac

This episode features ⁠Drew Mayville⁠ of ⁠Buffalo Trace⁠ and ⁠Sazerac⁠.

When Drew was originally looking for work he applied to a brewery and a distillery. The distillery turned out to be ⁠Seagram’s⁠. In hind sight this was his best move. He began in the distillery lab. After many years of working in different areas he was promoted to the Master Blender. We discuss his role at Buffalo Trace and some of the nuances for being a Master Blender. His first priority is being responsible for the consistency and quality of the spirit that goes into every bottle. Drew is always looking to make a better whiskey with Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace Distillery. Today he’s transitioning into being more of an ambassador and educating people about the products. After the interview, The Master Blender led us through a master class on some of Buffalo Trace’s most coveted expressions. Almost 200 plus in attendance at Roger Wilco were grateful for this once in a lifetime experience.

www.BuffaloTrace.com – www.Sazerac.com – ⁠Instagram⁠

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Highlights From our Discussion:

⁠Art Dawe⁠

⁠Sam Bronfman⁠

⁠Harlen Wheatley⁠

⁠George T. Stagg⁠

⁠E.H. Taylor Four Grain⁠

⁠Benchmark⁠

⁠Sazerac Rye⁠

⁠Thomas Handy⁠

⁠Ghost Hunters⁠

⁠Last Drop Distillers⁠

⁠Roger Wilco⁠

⁠Chris Stapleton⁠

⁠Traveller Whiskey⁠

⁠Rock Hill Farms⁠

⁠Elmer T. Lee⁠

⁠Pappy Van Winkle⁠

⁠American Society for Quality

Episode 164 – Sonja Hunt – ABV Jobs

This Episode features ⁠⁠Sonja Hunt⁠⁠ of ⁠⁠ABV Jobs.⁠⁠

ABV Jobs is a fusion of Sonja’s passions. She has twenty plus years in Human Resources and she loves the spirits industry. This is perfect for those candidates seeking to start in the industry or looking to take that next step. From the novice to the professional. It connects employees to employers. Sonja has an extensive amount of experience and education in the world of whiskey. In this episode we taste through three blind pours and get her take on each one of them.

www.ABVJobs.com – ⁠Instagram

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Highlights From our Discussion:

⁠Ripplewood⁠

⁠Virginia Distillery⁠

⁠Ascot Awards⁠

⁠Black & Spirited⁠

⁠Knobel Tennessee Whiskey⁠

⁠The Bard Distillery⁠

⁠Bourbon Thieves⁠

⁠Bit-O-Honey⁠

⁠Keeper’s Heart Whiskey

Episode 160 – Natterjack Irish Whiskey – Aidan Mehigan

This episode feature ⁠Aidan Mehigan⁠ of ⁠Natterjack Irish Whiskey.⁠

Aidan was living in London and he realized that the didn’t have a favorite Irish Whiskey. At the time he was working in finance and he had the desire to build something. In 2015 he registered the name Natterjack and received a cease and desist order from Jack Daniel’s. The whole concept for this Irish Whiskey is to do something different. From the inception the brand mascot has been a toad. The team has been built on the premise of being different as well. The bottles began hitting the shelved in 2019. This is a great drinking whiskey which is painstakingly finished and distilled to their specification. Natterjack expresses fun and they have only begun on their journey. 

www.Natterjack.com – ⁠Instagram

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Highlights From our Conversation:

⁠Buffalo Trace⁠

⁠Jack Daniel’s⁠

⁠Scott’s Mini Woodshop⁠

⁠Great Northern Distillery⁠

⁠Slater Design⁠

⁠Jim Murray⁠

⁠Breckenridge Distillery⁠

⁠Tiffanie Barriere⁠

⁠Catskill Distilling Company⁠

⁠Reserve Bar⁠

⁠Bar Convent Brooklyn

Episode 131 – Widow’s Peak Distilling Company – Josh Douglas

This episode features Josh Douglas of Widow’s Peak Distilling Company.

Mike and Mark Ilg were on a ski trip when they devised a plan for a distillery.  Mark had been an avid home brewer for 15 years so the challenge of distilling intrigued him.  2 weeks later, after reading a book, he professed to Mike that he was ready to distill vodka.  They set up shop distilling their spirits in Peach Bottom, PA.   The doors to the cocktail bar and tasting room opened in Ambler, PA in July of 2022.  What you will discover here are spirits layered with flavor and a nuanced sipping experience.  They provide a wide variety of cocktails to highlight they’re handcrafted in PA spirits.    

10 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002(267) 209-0551 – www.WidowsPeakDistilling.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Sorrentino Pasta and Provisions

Michelle Cudia

Forrest & Main

Painted Stave Distilling

Philadelphia Distilling

Bees Knees Cocktail

MGP

Ambler, PA

Episode 109 – Proof and Wood Ventures – Dave Schmier

This episode features Dave Schmier of Proof and Wood Ventures.

Dave co-founded Redemption Rye in 2010.  In 2015 he sold the company and within a short time he started Proof and Wood.  Presently he doesn’t distill, however, he does source some incredible whiskey and barrel aged spirits.  A huge part of what they do is blending of whiskey.  The have recently added rum to the mix.  Dave’s been developing boutique craft brands for over 20 years.  The Proof and Wood library includes international whisky too.   Dave’s experience in the beverage industry and working in bars shines through on the expressions that he has created.

www.ProofandWood.com – Instagram

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Highlights from our discussion:

Redemption Rye Whiskey

MGP

Seagram’s Distillery

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Widow Jane

Sidney Frank

Leopold Bros Distillery

Dad’s Hat Rye

American Craft Spirits Association

Indie Spirits Expo

Episode 108 – Redwood Empire Whiskey – Lauren Patz

This episode features Lauren Patz of Redwood Empire Whiskey.

The story begins not with whiskey but, with wine.  Derek Benham started a wine company over 20 years ago.  He built the brand and sold it in 2013.  He then set his sights on starting a distillery.  White spirits flowed from the still and they began laying down barrels in 2015.  Redwood Empire is located in the heart of Sonoma, California.  Lauren grew up in a wine making family.  Her journey into distilling started with the study of history (Not the history of spirits)  and she learned how to make candy while in Japan.  It was when she was pairing chocolate and spirits that it opened her world to spirits.  Learn more about the amazing whiskeys that Redwood is producing and we are certain that you’re sure to become a huge fan too.  It will be love at first sip.

www.RedwoodEmpireWhiskey.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Trees For The Future

Adams Grain

Admiral Maltings

Spirit Works Distillery

Chuao Chocolatier

Benham’s Gin

Mark West Wines

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Episode 100 – Holy Ghost Distillery – John and Janice Sepcoski

This episode features John Sepcoski and Janice Sepcoski of Holy Ghost Distillery.

Janice and John enjoyed visiting distilleries, breweries and wineries.  After visiting a distillery 7 years ago John said, “I can do better then this”.  This led them to looking for land and a building to host their vision.  What they’ve set out to create is a total experience.  Not just buy a bottle or purchase a cocktail, but the experience to make new friends over a cocktail.   They have left their full time careers to live out a dream.  As Janice puts it, “Now I do Bourbon”.  We had a wonderful time experiencing their chocolate and bourbon pairing.  The final part of our podcast journey was the absinthe extravaganza.  It was all a fitting tribute to celebrate our 100th episode.

990 State Route 940, White Haven, PA 18661 – (570) 990-2673 – wwwholyghostdistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Stave and Thief Society

The Bard Distillery

Harvest Hosts

Mitch Abate

The Absinthe Murders

Moonshine University

Old Forester

East Coast Barrels

Episode 83 – Kim and Tom Bard – The Bard Distillery

This episode features Kim Bard and Tom Bard of The Bard Distillery.

It all started in 2005 when tom walked into Kim’s race shop.  In 2006 they found themselves in Kentucky and decided to go to visit a distillery.  The chose to check out Maker’s Mark.  They loved the tour and afterwards they were fueled by what they saw.  They couldn’t stop talking about it,  The smells, the sights, the sounds and the people. They were not able to shake the idea.  In 2015 they took the plunge and purchased Tom’s old school, creating The Bard Distillery, which opened in 2019.  We had a fantastic experience at the distillery.  We got to see the vision of what it all will become.  Their spirits are wonderful and creative.   

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5080 Highway 175 S, Graham, KY 42344 – (270) 338-6543 – www.thebarddistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bardstown, KY

William Bard

Muhlenberg, KY

ACSA Convention

John Barleycorn Awards

Neeley Family Distillery

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery

The Drinking Coach

Whiskey Business Grand Rapids

Fred Minnick

UNK’s Barbecue

Clucks and Pups

Log Still Distillery

John Prine

The Everly Brothers

Merle Travis

Muhlenberg Music Mission

Harvest Host

Episode 77 – Julie Lanzillo – Pairings Cigar Bar

This episode features Julie Lanzillo of Pairings Cigar Bar.

In 2014 Julie, Debbie and Gary dined at one of their favorite spots.  They were going to a show as they lamented that it would be nice to enjoy a cigar after dinner.  They longed for the summer and the opportunity to smoke on the back deck where they could savor a cigar or two.  It was December and there was snow on the ground.  They discussed the possibilities but there is nothing in the area.  “A cigar bar in the Media area, that’s an interesting idea”, proclaimed Julie.  As Debbie says, “the universe doesn’t make mistakes”.  On October 21, 2016 they opened the doors.  In that time they have created an anchor for the community.  A place for the seasoned cigar aficionado and the novice alike.  Enjoy a fine spirit and pair it with your favorite or something new.   

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12 West State Street Media PA 19063 – 610-565-1895 – www.pairingscigarbar.com –Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Retrohale

Davidoff

Limited Cigar Association

Tupperdor

Macanudo

Hedgerow Theatre Company

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