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Episode 119 – Laura Fields – Whiskey History and The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation

This episode features Laura Fields of The Delaware Valley Fields Foundation.

Nothing ever stops in farming.  In 2015 they started out with five ounces of Keystone Rosen Rye grain.  Today there are over 400 acres that have been planted.  This project was created for distillers to purchase direct from farmers.  Currently, there are nine farming partners growing the Rosen Rye.  October 28, 2022, Dick Still would have celebrated his 89th birthday.  Dick was a featured guest of the podcast in Episode 14.  Check out that episode for more insight into this Master Distillers experiences.  Laura and I delve into the history of whiskey.  Especially as it relates to rye and Pennsylvanias imprint on this wonderful grain.

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Highlights From our Conversation:

American Whiskey History

Seed Spark Project

Michters

Dick Stoll

Stoll And Wolfe Distillery

Penn State Agriculture

Dancing Star Farms

American Whiskey Convention

Moonshiners

Liberty Pole Spirits 

Dave Pickerell

Ethan Smith

Leopold Brothers

Sagamore Spirits

Episode 118 – Invertase Brewing Co. – Stephen, Karen and Steve Zolnay

This episode features Stephen, Karen and Steve Zolnay of Invertase Brewing Company.

When Stephen was 14 he bought his dad a homebrew kit for Father’s Day.  Their first collaboration as father and son was a terrible pale ale that they made on the kitchen stove.  That beginning experience got them hooked on making beer together.  They graduated into making their own recipes, reading the books and talking shop with fellow homebrewers.  They even grew their own hops in the backyard.  It wasn’t long before the idea of starting their own brewery was conceived.  This is a gem of a brewery that makes exceptional beer.  It most certainly needs to be on your brewery bucket list.  Just don’t ask Stephen what’s coming up next.  The beer will tell him when it is ready.

51 N Broad St, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 – (908) 954-2022 – www.InvertaseBrewing.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Tree House Brewing Company

Samuel Adams

Cicerone

Manoff Market

Victory Brewing Company

The Big Fuss

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

Pork Roll Palooza

Episode 117 – Canary Cocktails And Spirits – Philip Search and Don Benedetto

This episode features Philip Search and Don Benedetto of Canary Cocktails and Spirits.

Philip has been in the beverage industry for a long time.  He’s been involved with the coffee industry, managing bars and restaurants and helping to set up bar programs.  When Covid hit and impacted the bars in the area he was more then ready to roll up his sleeves and dive right in to help.  Don’s background as an attorney has helped to navigate the in’s and out’s of getting the business up and running.  Not to mention his skill at putting labels onto cans.  Canary Cocktails is producing first rate amazing ready to drink cocktails.  Their experience has helped to create a true high end cocktail in a can.  They source the finest spirits and ingredients.  You’ll be hooked on the first sip.  From there you’ll be a raving fan of the brand and their craft cocktails.

214 N Aberdeen Ave, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 – (610) 392-3203 – www.CanarySpirits.com – Instagram

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Highlights from our discussion:

Widow Jane

Spring House Spirits

Method Spirits

Eda Rhyne Distilling Company

Amtrak

Episode 116 – Spring House Spirits – Chris Demars – Randy and Jenn Litwin

This episode features Chris Demars, Randy Litwin and Jenn Litwin of Spring House Spirits.

Sixty years ago Chris’s grandmother taught him how to distill spirits, make wine and brew beer.  Chris worked as a nuclear engineer which is kind of like being a distiller.  He longed to come back to the family farm and get back to his distilling roots.  He pays homage to his grandmothers background by bringing several grains together in the mash bill.  This bespoke farm distillery is creating amazing spirits that are full of character and flavor.  Each bottle highlights the quality of the process, the local grains, and the connection to the history of the surrounding Chester County community.

25 Martin Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320 – (610)593-7348 – www.SpringHouseSpirits.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

St. Malachi Church

M & D Staves

Zook Molasses Company

Grey Goose Vodka

Deer Creek Malthouse

Episode 115 – Kenwood Original – Matt Serra

This episode features Matt Serra of Kenwood Original.

Matt was working for Victory Brewing when the seed for a light beer option was planted.  Looking at the craft beer landscape he believed there was void for a light beer.  The idea for a Philly brand was born.  His experience in sales and marketing is helping to launch a light beer that is packed with flavor.  Kenwood Original is named for the street that Matt lived on for the first 15 years of his life.  From the first iteration of the brand they knew they had something special.

www.KenwoodBeer.com – Instagram

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Highlights from our discussion:

Pints in the Square

Victory Brewing Company

Wrong Crowed Beer

Drexel Hill, PA

Sara Blakely

Doylestown Brewing Company

Mainstay Brewing

Slyfox Beer

Paulie Gees

Episode 114 – Mead Maker Allen Martin

This episode features Mead Maker Allen Martin.

About five years ago Allen went to a beer bottle share with his wife.  He met Carver Wilson who Allen considers to be “The Home Mead Making Extraordinaire”.  Up until that time Allen had never tried mead.  After twenty minutes of enjoying the mead, Alan proclaimed, “that he was going to start making this stuff”.  That began a rabbit hole journey into mead making.  Since then he has honed his craft and has been awarded the coveted title of Mead maker of the Year.

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Highlights from our discussion:

Golden Monkey

Modern Mead Makers

Mazer Cup

Crockett Honey Company

Meadcon 2022

American Mead Makers Association

Obscurity Mead Hall and Cidery

Episode 113 – HMK Insurance – Todd Collins and Alan Pfizenmayer

This episode features Todd Collins and Alan Pfizenmayer of HMK Insurance.

HMK Insurance is located in Bethlehem, PA.  The inception goes all of the way back to 1914.  In the mid 1990’s they began to focus their attention on craft beverages.  Tim Kurtz brought on a few local breweries.  Today they have clients spread out across the United States.  As insurance agents they help their clients and potential clients to be well informed about insurance.

610-868-8507 – tcollins@hmk-ins.com – Apfizenmayer@hmk-ins.com – www.hmk.aleragroup.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Meadcon2022

Brewers Association

Black Viking Brewing

Republic Restoratives

Funk Brewing Company

Hijinx Brewing Company

Five Maidens Craft Cider

Red Balloon

The Ferm Meadery

Episode 112 – The Spicy Shark – Gabe DiSaverio

This episode features Gabe DiSaverio of The Spicy Shark.

Spicy Shark was born in 2018 by Gabe by combining his two favorite things in life… Hot Sauces and Sharks.  Five years ago he left behind the beer business and went pro.  After spending 17 years with the Boston beer company, he decided to follow his passion.  He grew up trying diverse ethnic food.  This included spicy food.  He turned his attention to consuming craft hot sauces.  This led him to develop recipes for his own sauces.  The line up has expanded now to include hot honey and hot maple syrup.  Everything in their shark tank is pure hot sauce deliciousness.

www.TheSpicyShark.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bowers Chili Pepper Festival

The Boston Beer Company

Curry in A Hurry

Greenport Fire

Louisiana Pepper Exchange

Jaws

JawsFest

Peter Benchley

Shark Savers

Shark Week

SharkCon

Joe Romeiro

Shark Stewards

New England Hot Sauce Fest

Blue Ocean Society

Seacoast Science Center

Smuttynose Brewing Co

Johnson & Wales University

Spicy Mike’s Hot Sauce

Puckerbutt  Pepper Co

Episode 111 – Method Spirits – Corey Fitzsimmons

This episode features Corey Fitzsimmons of Method Spirits.

Corey was a bartender in New York City for over a decade.  He had the honor of being the head bartender at the new location for the Union Square Cafe.  He quickly discovered the he was not able to source local vermouth that would work for classic cocktails.  He began working on a vermouth using his own recipes and exploring opportunities.  This took him to going out on his own to develop Method Spirits.  He and his partners spent 2 years developing the recipe for their sweet vermouth.  We have to share that it is delicious and complex.  It gives wonderful depth and character to cocktails and it stands on its own neat or with a little club soda.  Keep an eye out for the dry vermouth that they have created.

www.MethodSpirits.com – Instagram

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Union Square Cafe

Swedish Hill Vineyard & Winery

Finger Lakes Distilling

Danny Meyer

Episode 110 – Obscurity Mead Hall and Cidery – Luke Goucher and Carson Souza

This episode features Luke Goucher and Carson Souza of Obscurity Mead Hall & Cidery.

Obscurity started with friends getting together and having a passion for beer.  Carson had already been in the brewing industry for 10 years as a commercial brewer at a vegan brewery.  Luke and Carson decided to get a little wild and play with mead as well.  A adventure was born in the cornfields of the far west suburbs of Chicago.  Mead was a challenge for Carson so he jumped right in.  Luke and Carson flew around the country to check out some of the best mead makers and learn from their successes.  This episode is a master class on brewing, fermenting and business.  Obscurity is creating many tremendous expressions.  Enjoy as we sample through their story.

21 S Main St, Elburn, IL 60119 – 630-320-2255 – www.drinkobscurity.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Meadcon 2022

Braggot

Viking Braggot Company

Rabbits Foot Meadery

B. Nektar Meadery

National Honey Board

Charm City Meadworks

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