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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 105 – Bar Convent Recap – Jackie Williams

In this episode we speak with Jackie Williams of RX Global about Bar Convent Brooklyn2022.

In 2018 BCB was launched.  In 2022 BCB celebrated it’s new Brooklyn home at Industry City.

Bar Convent Brooklyn took place on June 14th and 15th.  Over 3,700 attended the event over a 2 day span.  The event provided an amazing opportunity for the bartending and spirits industry to come together and network, see new products, and discover the latest trends.  136 booths offered something for everyone.  Featuring… spirits, liquors, aperitifs, ready to drink cocktails, barware and mixers.  The education offerings highlighted over 3 dozen classes that provided a wide variety of information.   Jackie and I recap the event and discuss what you can look forward to at 2023’s 5th anniversary extravaganza.  www.barconventbrooklyn.com – Facebook

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Highlights From our Discussion:

Industry City

Barr Hill Gin

Chilled 100 Spirits Awards

Bar Convent Berlin

Episode 104 – Laws Whiskey House – Barb McDonald and Crystal Barrios

This episode features Barb McDonald and Crystal Barrios of Laws Whiskey House.

Laws is a local distillery in Denver, Colorado.  They began distilling in 2011 and sold their first drop of whiskey in 2014.  Their focus from the beginning was to make, age and sell their own juice.  For Al and Mary Ann Laws, whiskey is the passion and whiskey is the goal.  Since day one… Whiskey Above All!  Today, everything that goes into the bottle represents Colorado terroir.  Barb and Crystal take us through the fascinating world of Laws Whiskey House.  We learn about how the grain makes it to the glass.  We have the pleasure of tasting and discussing 2 of their amazing expressions.  Enjoy the episode and try this whiskey for yourself.  It will quickly become a favorite pour.  Laws is craft at its finest and it is destined to only get better.

 1420 S Acoma St, Denver, CO 80223 – (720) 570-1420 – www.LawsWhiskeyHouse.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Independent Stave Company

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Thomas Kinkade

San Luis Valley

Episode 103 – Glen Moray – Brenden Raulerson

This episode features Brenden Raulerson  of Glen Moray.

Glen Moray Distillery has been in operation, off and on, since 1897.  The distillery originated out of the Elgin West Brewery in the heart of Speyside. In the early 1900’s they were “mellowing” whisky in Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc barrels.  The philosophy of experimenting with cask finishes still exists today.  120 plus years of experience resonates in the amazing whisky that is being produced.  This Speyside style whisky provides a depth of flavor and character.  Brenden shares the rich history of Glen Moray.  He takes us on a tasting journey and shares his insight and knowledge of the expressions that we had the pleasure to enjoy.

www.GlenMoray.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Porto Cruz

The Presbyterian

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Episode 101 – The Whiskey Rebellion Festival

This episode features a brief history about the Whiskey Rebellion.  On July 8th we took part in the Whiskey Walk festivities.  Spirit producers were set up throughout the town of Washington, PA.  We got to sample and speak with them as they introduced their products to the masses.  On July 9th we got to witness the amazing retelling of the rebellion.  The actors that portrayed the key principles were sensational.  There were food trucks, activities for the kids and craft vendors.  This was an opportunity to taste what it was like for settlers back in the late 1700’s.   The parade in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.  The tarring and feathering is always a crowed favorite.  The entire festival is is a chance to be immersed in a major historic event that most of us have never heard of.  Oh yeah, and you get to enjoy some wonderful spirits and tasty food.  Put this event on the calendar for 2023.  

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Producers That we met:

The Washington Winery

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka Distillery 

Excise Distillery

Old Overholt

Crooked Creek Distillery

Whiskey Smash

Quantum Spirits

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 95 – Iron Clad Distillery – Owen King

This episode features Owen King of Iron Clad Distillery.

Stephen King purchased the building, a dry goods warehouse built in 1913, approximately 15 years ago.  To best utilize the space, the decision was made to try to store bourbon barrels.  This led to acquiring a 26 gallon still.  From there, they began to get more serious and bought 5 more 26 gallon stills.  This expansion gave them the opportunity to fill one 53 gallon barrel a week.  This slow process encouraged Stephen and Owen to seek advice from other distillers in the industry.  Conversations and experiences brought them to their next step which was to upgrade the entire operation to a 500 gallon still.  Now they had the keys to their own system of producing high quality bourbon in larger batches.  Owen shares that the vision has been to use Virginia based grains.  Their base is a 4 grain mash bill.  The King’s have always been big fans and lovers of bourbon.  So, opening a distillery made sense that this was the direction that the family was headed.  You will hear and understand how the bourbon gene is a part of the families history.  Acknowledging history is in the forefront of how they communicate the Iron Clad story.  Today they make history with their many expressions.  They plant their own flag by creating unique and one of a kind bourbons.  Also, paying homage to the well established distilleries out there too.        

124 23rd St, Newport News, VA 23607 – (757) 245-1996 – www.ironcladdistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Affordable Distilling Equipment

Kings County Distillery

Delilah’s

Bardstown Bourbon Company

Evan Williams Bourbon

Wild Turkey

Ferm Solutions

Four Roses Bourbon

Neeley Family Distillery

Stoll and Wolfe Distillery

Silver Hand Meadery

Redwood Smoke Shack

Bill Savage

Big Thirst Marketing

Episode 94 – Deep Creek Distilling – Royal Ferguson and Dave Emmons

This episode features Royall Ferguson and Dave Emmons of Deep Creek Distilling.

Dave and Royall have known each other for 20 plus years.  The discussion of distilling came up at a Greek festival in Norfolk.  They began step by step to understand the whole process.  “Doing it the old fashioned way”, as Royall puts it.  Grind the local grain, make the mash and then ferment it.  A lot of their early experience came from trial and error.  They refined and honed their spirits to what have become the amazing products that they offer today.  They are the first licensed legal distillery in the Chesapeake since prohibition. 

801 Butler St Unit 12, Chesapeake, VA 23323 – (757)675-3250 – www.deepcreekdistilling.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Deep Creek of the Chesapeake

Ketel One Vodka

Tito’s Vodka

Episode 93 – Roger Wilco – Jamie Arking

This episode features Jamie Arking of Roger Wilco Wine and Spirits.

The legend is that in the 1950’s there was an airport close by.  There was a pilot there that had a small liquor store at the airport.  The business grew to the locations that you can find them today.  In 1984 Jamie’s father and uncle purchased the business.  A great explosion took place.  His first job , at 11 years old, was bagging ice.  He took off, explored the United States, to blaze his own path.  Until one day in 2009 his father called him back into the store.  Jamie shares that the customer service has always been the most important focus.  The other goal was to have a huge selection and variety of products.  In this episode, Jamie shares how he is working to source products through the supply chain issues.  We talk about the Wilco Whiskey Group and discuss the day to day challenges wine and spirits business.  

1001 Rte 73, Pennsauken, NJ 08110 – (856) 665-3456 – www.rwilco.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Castle & Key Distillery

Corona

Hennessy

Wild Turkey

WTSO – Wines ‘Til Sold out

Whyte & Mackay, LTD

The Dalmore Whisky

Knob Creek – Rogers Knob

Barrel Bourbon

Blanton’s Bourbon

Esslinger’s Beer

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