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Road Trip – “Christmas City, USA” – Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is easy to get to from all points. Just follow the North Star, or if you prefer, you’re GPS. It’s so easy to fall in love with this historical picturesque town. It is not what it once was when Bethlehem Steel shuttered its doors over 20 years ago. The city is experiencing a rebirth. Pick anytime to go, however, Christmas is when “Christmas City, USA” shines the most brightest. This is a Fermented Adventure paradise.

The Lehigh River divides the town. We began the day on the South Side at the Christkindlmarkt. If you’re looking for holiday gifts and crafts this is the place to begin. There is something for just about everyone on your list. For us it provided an opportunity to revisit and stock up on the libations being offered by many of the local craft providers. Eight Oaks greeted us first. Most recently they have released their Barrel Finished Old Tom Gin. Have you ever tried mead? Colony Meadery is a great place to start. As you wind your way through you will discover some nice sweet treat options. Stroopies, Groffs and Ye Old Toffee Shoppe enticed us to give our sweet tooth some attention. Social Still is one of our go tos for their exceptional craft spirits. They are also right across the free parking lot, within walking distance. Grab a cocktail before or after shopping. Do check the website for a complete list of the vendors and when they will be there. Buy your tickets ahead of time and skip the line.

Now that we got some shopping out of the way, it was time to head to the North Side. Where, even more shopping was waiting. There are local crafts being offered in huts along the E Market Street. There is plenty on this short block to experience. We set our sights on some local beer flavor. We quenched our thirst for Sours and Stouts at Lost Tavern Brewing. Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works has an array of beers as well and we settled on the Pumpkin/Yam Beer, The Steelworkers Oatmeal Stout, along with the Steelgaarden Wit. Along the street we discovered one amazing chocolatier. You will want to get one of everything at The Chocolate Lab. We certainly did our best to practice restraint. There is a new coffee shop at the far East end of the street. Don’t go to Bitty & Beau’s for just the coffee. You will meet the most incredible people there who are making your visit special and impactful. We wandered in and out of the shoppes, watched a real live metal work demonstration and were overwhelmed with all of the history. As the sun began to set, the street became electrified.

Bethlehem offers so many places to get cocktails. Don’t miss the Tavern at The Sun Inn where you can enjoy hand crafted distilled spirits featuring Christmas City Spirits. We landed at the McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar. The atmosphere was lively with conversation. The bartenders are knowledgable about their whiskey and make tantalizing drinks. Our meals were outstanding and full of flavor, everything that you would expect to get at an Irish Pub. While enjoying our last dram we took in the evenings live music with Regina Sayles, shared a fresh baked scone and made some new friends.

Episode 76 – West Overton Distilling – Aleasha Monroe and Sam Komlenic

This episode features Aleasha Monroe and Sam Komlenic of West Overton Distilling.

Some familiar and many not so familiar faces filled the large room at West Overton Museum.  The sold out crowd of over 100 people showed up to talk, drink and learn about rye whiskey.  More specifically Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey was the focus and topic of conversation.  The distinguished panel included: David Wondrich who is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement.   Lew Bryson who is currently a Senior Drinks Writer for The Daily Beast, and is also a columnist for Craft Spirits magazine. He is the author of Tasting Whiskey.  Steve Bashore who is the Director of Historic Trades and head distiller at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Sam Komlenic who has been the copy editor for Whisky Advocate magazine for 15 years, led and navigated the evening’s discussion.  Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey welcomed all in attendance.  Aleasha Monroe, head distiller, was introduced to the crowd.  As dinner was served talk began of the history of whiskey and more particularly rye whiskey in Pennsylvania.  For almost an hour an a half thoughts and facts were exchanged.  Breaks were taken to toast the featured rye whiskeys from throughout the state.  First Liberty Pole Rye Whiskey, followed by Stoll and Wolfe Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and then Dad’s Hat Monogahela Rye Whiskey.  For the first time West Overton Distilling Monogahela Rye Whiskey was tasted.  The discussion got the most heated on the topic of what defines the Monoghahela style or brand.  Listen to this episode as Aleasha and Sam deconstruct the festivities.  We discuss some of the highlights and taste the 3 expressions that are now on sale only at West Overton Distilling.  

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109 W. Overton Road, Scottdale, PA 15683 (907) 229-7942 www.westovertonvillage.org Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Distilled Spirits Council

Lisa Roper Wicker – Widow Jane Distillery

Vendome Copper and Brass Works

Leopold Brothers

Episode 74 – Wilson’s Secret Sauce – Steve Wilson

This episode features Steve Wilson of Wilson’s Secret Sauce.

It all began with barbecue competitions that were sponsored by Gary Maddox of the Philadelphia Phillies.  The competition benefited Maddox’s charity Compete 360. Steve took first place in chicken and second place in ribs.  Steve and Kelly met and they turned the BBQ passion into a thriving business.  Their little catering company started to get high praise.  As Steve puts it, “the secret to their sauce is love”.  They characterize their style as Upper Darby Barbecue or UDBBQ.  They provide options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten free diets as well.  In this episode we talk whiskey and barbecue.  Steve has been working on a maple bourbon barbecue sauce which highlights local craft ingredients.  WARNING… this episode will make you hungry for what Wilson’s is cooking up.

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265 E Township Line Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082 –(484) 453-8608

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Highlights from our discussion:

Camp Out For Hunger

Caledonia Spirits

Cheat Day USA

Robert Irvine

Kru Coffee

Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery

Philly Grit

Diners Drive-ins and Dives

Taconic Distillery

Preston & Steve

Loch’s Maple Syrup

Linvilla Orchards

Philladelphia Magazine

Pennsylvania Distilling Co.

1675 Spirits

American Whiskey Convention 2021 – Part 2

Listen to part 2 of the interviews that we had with at this years American whiskey Convention.

This episode features our interviews from the American Whiskey Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

It was recorded at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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Highlights From our Discussion:

Copper Fox Distillery

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery

Catoctin Creek

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Gallows Hill Spirits

Uncle Nearest

Angel’s Envy

Middleton Mixology – Smoketop

Toast The Trees

Brown – Forman

Jack Daniels

Lehigh Valley Screampark

Salem Witch Trials

GWAR – Ragnarok Rye

Robin Robinson

Shenandoah National Park

Sperryville, VA

Williamsburg, VA

American Whiskey Convention 2021 – Part 1

Finally, the 16 month wait was over. The American Whiskey Convention 2021 was a major success. With over 250 whiskeys and bourbons to sample it was a hard decision on where to start. We got to meet and speak to some incredible people in the industry. Guests shared their observations on what their favorite picks were and who stood out as a surprise.

The theme this year was Whiskey on the Water and it was hosted by the Independence Seaport Museum. There were master distillers and experts on hand to share the latest stories and philosophies about all things whiskey. Discussion forums focused on the grain. The Convention was created by the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation in 2016. It pays homage to the farmers and those caretakers of the grains that we all love so much. Laura Fields worked tirelessly this year to make sure that the event was compliant with local covid rules. The event is an opportunity for novices and experienced whiskey aficionados alike to enjoy their own experience. The people that we spoke to came away with a fantastic experience. There is so much to see and do that you can’t possibly do it all in one evening.

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Highlights From our Discussion:

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery

Stoll & Wolfe

Delaware Valley Fields Foundation

Dick Stoll

Lititz, PA

A.H.Hirsch

Pernod Ricard USA

Jefferson’s Bourbon

Smooth Ambler

MGP

Contradiction

Heaven Hill Distillery

Evan Williams Small Batch

Larceny Small Batch

Rittenhouse Rye

Old Fitzgerald

Old Limestone Mixing Water

Episode 70 – Whiskey and Wood – Scott Wishart

This episode features Scott Wishart of Scott’s Mini Woodshop

Scotts journey into woodworking began with him needing to fix things around the house.  He learned more about wood turning from watching YouTube videos.  His craft woodwork has become his therapy and his escape.  He connected his love of whiskey & wine with creating bottle stoppers, bottle openers and special wine goblets.  He even made unique tumblers for the podcast episode.  Our interview transforms into whiskey and woodworking with Scott.   

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bimber Distillery

Dalwhinnie Distillery

Diageo

Wegmans

Whole Foods Market

Freddie Johnson

Blantons Bourbon

Old Line Spirits

Red Pump Spirits

Mason Dixon Distillery

Manatawny Still Works

Episode 68 – Train Wreck Distillery – Aaron Diamond

This episode features Aaron Diamond of Train Wreck Distillery.

The seed of entrepreneurship was planted by Arron’s Grandfather, Norman Diamond.  At a very young age Aaron would help Norman make beer and wine.  After his grandfather passed, Aaron tried making his own beer and wine.  It just didn’t turn out the same.  According to Aaron it was not very good at all.  That’s when he thought it would be better to distill the bad product that he made.  He turned his sights to distilling.  He began taking classes with his father to learn how to distill.  Traveling all over the country and even London to gain the knowledge that the desired.  In 2014 they purchased a run down train station in Mount Holly.  Right on the banks of the Rancocas Creek.  In 2015 they started distilling and working on perfecting their recipes.  In July of 2017 they opened their door to the public.  Train Wreck is a vibrant distillery where people come for the spirits, the cocktails, the great entertainment and the lively banter.  From it’s humble beginnings this is no longer a train wreck but, a rousing success.     

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25 Madison Ave, Mt Holly, NJ 08060 – (609) 288-6300www.trainwreckdistillery.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Sipsmith Gin

East London Liquor Company

Beefeater Gin

Spellbound Brewing

Auburn Road Vineyard

Little Water Distillery 

Bluecoat Gin

Stateside Vodka

Episode 66 – Dragon Distillery – Ashley Perez

This episode features Ashley Perez of Dragon Distillery.

Mark and Tania Lambert founded Dragon Distillery as a passion project.  The theme is inspired by the game Dungeons and Dragons.  However, when it comes to the spirits they are not playing games.  Mark’s family settled in Frederick in the 1700’s.  The moonshine recipes date back to before prohibition.  In 2015 the Lambert’s opened Dragon and it is the first distillery to open in Frederick since after Prohibition.  Ashley shares the story of the distillery and we sample many of the amazing craft distilled spirits.  Like many craft businesses they support local farmers to create their products.    

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1341 Hughes Ford Rd Suite 108, Frederick, MD 21701 –

(301) 844-6416www.dragondistillery.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Frederick, MD

4 The Love of Sweets

Cutwater Spirits

Dungeons & Dragons

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Linganore Wines

Wassail

Attaboy Brewing Company

Carroll Creek Park

Earthly Elements

Flying Dog Brewery

Isabella’s Taverna

Maryland Distillers Guild

Episode 58 – Gregg “Boog” Williams – Boogs Best, LLC

This episode features Gregg “Boog” Williams of Boogs Best LLC.Gregg has become known as “The Lamp Guy”.  His new endeavor started after finishing off a bottle at the Twisted Tale in Philadelphia, PA.  A few weeks later he made his first lamp out of an empty bourbon bottle.  This quickly spread into another bottle and even pendant lighting.  Today Boogs Best Llc is producing really amazing keepsakes and conversation pieces.  He takes used barrels and makes cabinets out of them.  Breaking down the barrels he is creating wall hooks and display shelves.  He even is making cigar holders.  Gregg’s passion of bourbon and whiskey is touching lives and building long-lasting relationships.   Listen as he shares some of the experiences that he has enjoyed on his fermented adventure.  

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Highlights from our discussion:

The Twisted Tale

Art In The Age

Greg MetzeOld Elk

Freddie Johnson

Tahoe Blue Vodka

Pops McCann Whiskey

Jim Beam

Denny Potter

Maker’s Mark

Bardstown, KY

National Bourbon Day

Urban Bourbon Trail

Buffalo Trace

Blanton’s Bourbon

Wheaton Arts

Boog Powell

Philadelphia Whiskey Society

Roger Wilco

Episode 52 – Pops McCann Whiskey Revisit – Jason Fogg

We welcome back Jason Fogg of Pops McCann Whiskey.  There are now 4 new expressions of Pops McCann Whiskey to tell the story.  I got to sit down with Jason and we talked about family and heritage.  Each individual bottle represents an adventure.  He weaves the heritage of his family and the Irish immigration story into the whiskey that is put into the bottle.  It has been a spiritual and educational journey to get to where Pops is today.  Jason proudly says “Bet on Pops”.  Take the tour with us as we taste each whiskey.  Become part of the “Pops Gang” yourself.    www.popsmccannwhiskey.comFacebook –  jason@popsmccannwhiskey.com 

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Highlights from our discussion:

Wild Bill Guarnere

Jacquin’s

Kevin McCloskey

Band of Brothers

Good Intent Cider

Civil War Cider

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