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Episode 39 – Ben Wenk – Ploughman Cider

This episode features Ben Wenk of Ploughman Cider   “Greetings From Adams County”.  Ben’s family has been farming the land here since the 1820’s.  After selling produce at a farmers market in Philadelphia, Ben decided to try a Strongbow.  It was different.  Not sticky sweet like other ciders.  He went home and tried making his first batch of cider.  From there he was hooked.  Adams County is considered Apple Capital USA.  On this episode Ben and I discuss cider, apples and fruit tree farming.  “Cider is not a value added product”, Ben explains.  We enjoyed this fascinating look into Ben’s families heritage and his passion for cider making.     

1606 Bendersville-Wenksville Road, Aspers, PA 17304 – www.ploughmancider.com – (717) 677-7186 – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Strongbow Cider

Luckyleaf

Musselman’s

Dornick

VinoShipper

Three Springs Fruit Farm

Ploughshares Cider Club

John Bunker

Big Hill Ciderworks

Jack’s Hard Cider

Reid’s Cider House

Gettysburg Farmers Market

Ploughman Cider Taproom

Pour The Core

Pennsylvania Cider Guild

Philly Cider Week

The Botany of Desire

Farnum Hill Ciders

Episode 38 – Yianni Barakos – Mason Dixon Distillery

This episode features Yianni Barakos of Mason Dixon Distillery.   Yianni was 11 years old, when his grandfather shared how to make Tsipouro, which is Greek Moonshine, that is made from grapes.  He took Welch’s Grape Juice and bread yeast and fired up the rudimentary still.  Thankfully he didn’t burn the house down but a passion for making sensational spirits was born.   He is the 2nd generation born in the United States.  His family emigrated from little villages in Greece after World War 2.  He lives by his grandparents legacy… Creating Jobs and livelihoods for the community.  Every step of the way Yianni has figured it out, overcome obstacles and has created an amazing distillery that offers “Great food… great drinks… great conversation.    

331 E Water St, Gettysburg, PA 17325 – www.masondixondistillery.com – (717) 398-3385 – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Gettysburg National Military Park

Smooth Ambler

Tsipouro

Single Malt

Hollabaugh Bros

Wellspan

Copper Fox Distillery

Gettysburg

Ouzo

Pear Brandy

Wild Yeast

Yamas!!!

Hammonton ~ “Brewberry” Capital of the World

Hammonton New Jersey is the blueberry capital of the world. Just off of the Atlantic City Expressway and halfway between Philly and Atlantic City this berry meca is producing some first class beer. You can reach it by NJ transit if you prefer not to drive. Everything is within walking distance and most certainly worth the trip. This little town has so much to offer… Sensational Cannolis at Mannino’s Cannoli Express, Shopping, delicious Mexican dining and plenty of Italian food to choose from.

Still in the midst of the Covid shut down the business’s on the main streets struggle to keep the lights on and the doors open. Small business here is doing what they can with the restrictions that have been placed on them. That doesn’t appear to be deterring the production of beer. With 3 craft breweries there is soo much variety to choose from.

Our Hammonton Fermented Adventure started at Vinyl Brewing Company. They had a few tables set up outside and an area for curbside pick up. The highlight for us was being able to sit down at the bar and feel almost normal. It was the first day in months that they were allowed to be open for inside seating. We are big fans of sours and they definitely didn’t disappoint. We tried The DAG (Gose w/yogart, sea salt, coriander & Lime), He wears t-shirts sometimes (Hoppy Cream Ale), Daily Grind (Coffee Milk Stout) and Looks Good on You Though (Hammonton Blueberry Saison). Don’t worry IPA fans there are plenty there to satisfy you too.

Vinyl Brewing Co. – 300B 12th Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037 – 609-666-5460

Website

Just a short trip up the Main Street is Chimney Rustic Ales. They created a nice outdoor garden area complete with herbs and hot peppers. At this point on our little visit the sun was starting to set. The beer we picked was a perfect compliment to the sunset. Brined Melon (Cucumber-Lime Gose) Which apparently was inspired by a favorite cocktail. Burn-one-Down is a sensational barrel aged smoked ale. They used Wild Turkey Barrels on this one. The Griz (Lemongrass Grisette) was spot on. This brewery is hitting all of the right notes.

Chimney Rustic Ales – 15 Horton Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037

– 609-270-7454

Website

Not even a mile away is Three 3’s Brewing Co. They have the largest outdoor seating area of the 3 breweries that we visited. The area is a perfect beer garden setting. The moon and stars began to appear. It was a crisp Summer Jersey night. The Chocolate Raspberry Stout and The Trifecta Saison (Blueberries, Strawberries and Blackberries) were perfect to complete our incredible visit to Hammonton. Well balanced and loaded with flavor.

Three 3’s Brewing Co. – 50 13th Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037- 732-814-1396

Website

OK, so we were not done yet. Any Fermented Adventure needs food. Just on the other side of the railroad tracks from Three 3’s is Ricca’s Brick Oven. If your still in the mood for Beer, Wine and Cocktails they have a full bar and they are featuring local pours. You can take out or eat in. The pizza is legit. We had the Mom’s Meatball Supreme.

Ricca Brothers Brick OvenPizzeria – 104 Fairway Avenue,

Hammonton, NJ 08037

-609-704-7070

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Thanks to all of the welcoming and friendly people that we got to meet on our journey. We can’t wait to come back and see you again.

Episode 37- Mark Ganter – Little Water Distillery

🎙This episode features Mark Ganter of Little Water Distillery.   It all started when Mark and Eric gave their father a 5 gallon pot still.  They set their attention on distilling rum.  Mark shares his philosophy on branding and education about the distillery.  Mark said, “It’s establishing an emotional connection with the consumer”.  Their spirits are built around quality and value.  You definitely want to check out the unique spirits that are coming out of Atlantic City.

807 Baltic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401   

www.littlewaterdistillery.com

609-344-7867 (DIG-RUMS) – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Absecon Island

Black Aronia

The Seed

Palmers Liberty Gin

Passion Vines

Canals

Total Wine & More

Buy Rite Liquor

Lenni Lenape Indians
Whitecap Whiskey
The Press of Atlantic City
Crystal Head Vodka – Dan Aykroyd
Kelvin Cooperage
Green Hat Gin
White House Subs

Steve and Cookies

Pitch Pine

Episode 36 – Emily Lader – Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

🎙In this episode we sit down with Emily Lader of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. Emily kicked off the podcast with a delicious cocktail. The Jameson Coldbrew Coffee Colada. Emily shares her experiences of learning spirits behind the bar and then working with the team at Manatawny Still Works. We learn how important mentors are and having people believe in your gifts and abilities. On this episode we feature the Jameson Coldbrew and The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve.  

Available on:

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 Highlights from our discussion:

Glenlivet

Jameson

Pernod Ricard

Oat Milk

American Whiskey Convention

Manatawny Still Works

FooBooz

Art Etchells

Sly Fox Beer

Makers Mark

Agave Shortage

Teremana

Dwayne Johnson

Campari

Coldbrew Coffee Colada:

2 oz. Jameson Coldbrew

1 oz. Malibu Rum

2 1/2 oz. Coldbrew Concentrate

2 oz. Oatmilk

1/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Shake with Ice and serve

Episode 35 – John Granata – Jersey Spirits Distilling Co.

🎙This episode features John Granta of Jersey Spirits Distilling. Serendipity took John and Susan to High West Distillery in Park City, Utah. That was the spark for their Ahh Ha moment and they haven’t looked back. Today Jersey Spirits is all about flavor and highlighting the “Jersey Spirit”. They are crafting spirits like no other. Full of character, creativity and a bit of a sense of humor go into the bottle. The end result are products that are incredible. And, they have a lot of them to savor and enjoy.  
1275 Bloomfield Avenue, BLDG 7 Unit 40B, Fairfield, NJ 07004 – www.jerseyspirits.com – 973-227-5333 – On Facebook

Available on:

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Highlights from our discussion:

High West Distillery

Fairfield NJ

Eagle Scout

Cornell University

Michigan State University

Barnegat Light House

Wildwood NJ

Long Beach island

Industry City

Brooklyn Kura

Big Alice Brewing

Vermouth

MASH

Single Malt Whisky

Episode #34 – Levante Brewing Company – Tim Floros

This episode features Tim Floros of Levante Brewing Company.   Levante… to rise up or elevate.  Tim Floros along with his incredible partners and staff have collaborated to create an amazing brewery.  A brewing company that continues to learn, create and innovate every step of the way.  Tim shares the beginnings of his home brewing education, the people that have impacted him along  the way and some mighty incredible beer.  Listen for our tasting experience and pick some up for yourself to try and enjoy.

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Highlights from our discussion:

Villanova University

TuscanyFells Point

Dogfish Head Brewery

Brew Your Own Beer – Havertown

BeerSmith

Lagunitas

Tavour

Red Stripe

Brooklyn Brewery

Tickle Parts

New England Style IPA

Lager

Episode #33 – High Point Kombucha – Laura Valasakos

🎙This episode features Laura Valasakos of High Point Kombucha. Laura shares her journey of discovering Kombucha. We learn about Kobucha production and the vast array of all natural flavors that are being produced at High point. Laura teaches us to “admire nature for what it is and feel small in the face of it. We’re going to be better off.” There is passion and dedication to the craft of creating this first class Kombucha.

Check out the website to find out where you can get these amazing creations.  – highpointkombucha.com – 724-503-4014 – On Facebook 
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Highlights from our discussion: 

County Seat Spirits 

Wild Yeast 

Open Fermentation 

Upstart Kombucha

 Lion Heart Kombucha 

Peakbagger 

Benchmark Hunting 

Trexlertown Farmers Market 

Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market 

Back Mountain Farmers Market 

Radish Republic 

HiJinx Brewing

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 –

724-503-4014 –  On Facebook

Available on:

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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

Available on:

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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!!!

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