Episode 159 – Porchlight – Ben Brown

This episode features Ben Brown of Porchlight. Ben, like so many other hopefuls in the hospitality industry started in an entry level position. Immediately Ben showed promise and the company recognized his ability to make connections with people. In 2015 Porchlight opened and Ben arrived as a bar back and server. He quickly rose through… Keep Reading

EPISODE 158 – Holistic Spirits Company – Amy Holmwood

This episode features ⁠Amy Holmwood⁠ of ⁠Holistic Spirits Company⁠. Amy was seeking a spirit that was “less unhealthy” for herself and her family. An entrepreneur from early childhood, she started to get to work on creating the perfect product that solved a problem. Being that her and her husband are into health and wellness, as well as natural… Keep Reading

Episode 157 – CR Citrus – Daniel Hare

This episode features Daniel Hare of ⁠CR Citrus⁠. In 2017 “Smokin Connie” got a Traeger grill. When visiting his father’s home he came across a Meyer lemon tree in the backyard. The idea came to him to slice and smoke the lemons. Through a lot of trial and error he dialed in a perfect recipe. Initially… Keep Reading

Episode 156 – Keeper’s Heart Whiskey – Pip Hanson

This episode features ⁠Pip Hanson⁠ of ⁠Keeper’s Heart Whiskey⁠. Keeper’s Heart was created at an O’Shaughnessy, Irish American family reunion in Minneapolis five years ago. The O’Shaughnessy’s came to America during the potato famine. The reunion brought the family together to reminisce and converse over whiskey. The idea to start a distillery sprang to life. This family endeavor… Keep Reading

Episode 155 -Tales Of The Cocktail 2023 – Eileen Wayner

This episode feature Eileen Wayner of ⁠Tales of the Cocktail⁠. In 2001 Tales of the Cocktail began as a walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The desire was to have conversations, explore spirits and to learn. Twenty one years later TOTC is the leading drinks based cocktail/festival. This week long conference takes place… Keep Reading

Episode 154 – Boochy Mama’s Kombucha – Stacy Jurich

This episode features ⁠Stacy Jurich ⁠of ⁠Boochy Mama’s Kombucha⁠. Stacy first learned how to make kombucha while living in Hawaii. She was house sitting for someone and they asked her to take care of their kombucha while they were away. She was hooked on the magic al tonic and she began brewing at home. Stacy continued to hone… Keep Reading

Episode 153 – Spearhead Whisky – Calum Leslie

This episode features ⁠Calum Leslie⁠ of ⁠Spearhead Whisky⁠. Spearhead Whisky is a 100% single grain malted barley which is distilled in a coffey style still. Finished in ex-bourbon barrels and then the liquid spends time in infrared toasted virgin American oak barrels. This creates a spirit that is sweet, light and super approachable for a Scotch whisky. Calum… Keep Reading

Episode 152 – Cocktails and Spirits Podcast/Valor Spirits with Alfonso and Erik

This Episode features ⁠Alfonso Esquivias Gonzalez⁠ and ⁠Erik Silva⁠ of ⁠Cocktails & Spirits Podcast⁠. We spoke with Alfonso and Erik to discuss a plethora of subjects. Alfonso is a bartender who is dedicated to his trade. In 2021 he began a journey to discover more about cocktails. He experimented with different recipes. That’s where Erik comes in. He and friends… Keep Reading

Episode 151 – Ghost Ice System – Tony Gonzales

This Episode features ⁠Tony Gonzales⁠ of ⁠Ghost Ice System⁠. Ghost ice System is a way to make crystal clear ice cubes from tap water. This is perfect for bars, restaurants and home use. This is craft ice at its finest. This all came to Tony in 2013. He was set to do a cocktail competition and he wanted… Keep Reading

Episode 150 – Matt Pietrek – The Rum and Cocktail Wonk

This episode features ⁠⁠Matt Pietrek⁠ ⁠The Cocktail Wonk⁠⁠⁠⁠. It all started about 15 years ago with the love of tiki cocktails. The more that Matt learned the more excited he got. He took his writing experience and turned it into the Cocktail Wonk Blog. For Matt it’s the flavor, the run and the exotic fruits that make… Keep Reading

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