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.… Keep Reading

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… Keep Reading

Episode 107 – Michael Juergens – Bhutan Wine Company

In this episode we speak with Michael Juergens of Bhutan Wine Company. Michael grew up in Southern California.  He was a punk rock skateboard kid.  His origins were not in wine.  His dad came home from a business trip to Italy with a bottle of wine.  He suggested that they drink the wine and smoke cigars.  At… Keep Reading

MeadCon 2022

MeadCon is more than just another industry convention. It’s a celebration and a gathering of mead practitioners that are on their own journey. MeadCon 2022 was held in Baltimore, MD on August 22nd through the 23rd. The two day event served professionals, as well as, home mead makers. The American Mead Makers Association provided a… Keep Reading

Episode 106 – OVO Vodka – Anthony Packwood

In this episode we speak with Anthony Packwood of Ovo Vodka. Anthony and John Dunnington are from Liverpool.  Their studies in grad school were around the alcohol industry.  They focused on the branding and marketing.  The more that they saw others creating, they began to get curious on making their own product.  It was important for them to have a… Keep Reading

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… Keep Reading

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… Keep Reading

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.… Keep Reading

Episode 102 – Absinthia Vermut – Absinthia

This episode features Absinthia Vermut of Absinthia. It all began in 1996 when Absinthia attended a San Francisco Cacophony Society party.  There was a crystal bowl on the table with a green liquid.  At that very moment absinthe was still illegal.  She tried absinthe for the very first time.  To her it was delicious.  She was drawn to it so… Keep Reading

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… Keep Reading

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