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Episode 141 – Laird & Company – Vincent Capitolo and Gerard Laird Dunn

This episode features Vincent Capitolo and Gerard Laird Dunn of Laird & Company.

In 1698 Samuel Laird came from Scotland and settled in the new world. He was a well experienced maker of scotch. While grain wasn’t plentiful, apples certainly were. This was how the apple jack and apple brandy business was launched. This episode provides us the opportunity to learn how Apple Jack is produced. 1780 is the year that is used as the beginning of Laird & Company becoming a business. Laird’s has been witness and a part of the the history of the United States since its inception. This is the oldest distilled domestic brand. For Gerard the introduction to Laird’s was summers spent working in the family business. Each summer he came back and his grandfather gave him more responsibility. During his junior year of college he realized that working for Laird & Company was where he belonged. Today, Laird’s remains true to their values while broadening their horizons by creating and expanding their product line. After the podcast we were priveliged to experience a number of the new expressions. You can learn about them on this podcast episode. 

One Laird Road, Scobeyville, NJ 07724 – ⁠⁠⁠(732) 542-0312 – www.LairdAndCompany.com – ⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠

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Highlights from our discussion:

Colts Neck Inn

Jim Beam

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Scobeyville, NJ

Roger Wilco

Wilco Whiskey

Mike Rowe

Von C Brewing Co.

Episode 133 – Catoctin Creek Distilling Company – Becky Harris

This episode features Becky Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company .

Becky and Scott founded Catoctin Creek in 2009. At the time there were about 200 distilleries in the United Sates and 6 in Virginia. They began with a vision of making rye whiskey which was “the whiskey” up until prohibition in the Mid-Atlantic States. At Cotoctin they use batch pot still distillation. This is the key to deriving the most flavor from the rye grain. In the beginning it was difficult to get farmers to take a chance on this little craft distillery. Today those farmers are glad that they did. Catoctin produces some of the finest rye whiskey’s. Combine that with the delicious cocktails in the tasting room and you have a recipe for continued growth and success. We enjoyed our fascinating conversation about history, the spirits industry and Catoctin Creek Distilling.  

120 W Main St, Purcellville, VA 20132 – ⁠⁠⁠⁠(540) 751-8404⁠ – www.CatoctinCreekDistilling.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Every Home a Distillery

American Craft Spirit Association

Mt. Defiance Distillery

⁠Jack Rose Dining Saloon⁠

MGP

Sagamore Spirit

New Riff Distilling

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery

Gwar

Leopold Brothers

Diageo Brands

George Dickel

Bulleit Bourbon

Du Nord Social Spirits

Distilled Spirits Council

Purcellville, VA

Episode 132 – Kyrö Distillery Company – Miika Lipiäinen

This episode features Miika Lipiäinen of Kyrö Distillery Company.

5 Friends in a sauna were passing around a bottle of U.S. Rye Whiskey.  They started to ask themselves… “Why isn’t anybody making whiskey out of Rye in Finland?”  The idea stuck and they began reaching out to those in the distilling industry to help and to determine if this was a viable concept.  Two and a half years later found them opening Kyrö Distillery Company. Today they see themselves as pioneers in the rye whisky space.  Since opening they have won the best gin for a gin & tonic at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London.  They’re winning hearts, minds and spirit enjoying palates of those that are giving Kyrö a try.  Don’t miss the chance to enjoy some of their wonderful gin or whiskys.  As they say in Finland… Kippis!

www.KyroDistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

International Wine and Spirits Competition

Koval Distillery

Northeast Barrel Company 

Mid-August Distillery Festival

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Episode 127 – Lyon Rum – Jamie Windon

This episode features Jaime Windon of Lyon Rum.

Jaime has a penchant for saying yes to crazy ideas.  On a whim she drove down to Kentucky and bought a 26 galloon still to make rum.  Lyon Rum was embraced by the small town of St. Michaels, MD as the distillery began to take shape and grow.  It’s Jaime’s love of making things for people and serving them that has helped to make this rum distillery a major success.  They’re putting a unique fingerprint on the rum industry by making genuinely flavorful and complex spirits. 

605 S Talbot St UNIT 6, St Michaels, MD 21663 (443) 333-9181– www.LyonRum.com – Facebook

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Highlights From our Discussion:

Tiffani Barriere

Amaro Santoni

Rise Up Coffee Roasters

Episode 125 – Indepenent Spirits Distillery – Mark Breen-Klein

This episode features Mark Breen-Klein of Independent Spirits Distillery.

Kerry, Mark’s mother, was trying to decide a business to go into as her children were leaving home to explore their lives.  Without any experience or knowledge the decision was made to start a distillery.  Mark brought his biomedical engineering degree background into the family business.  His attention to detail and a focus on a uniform product takes their spirits to a new level.  There are quite a few expressions to be proud of which are all unique, creative and full of flavor.  These are expressions that pay homage to the local farmers of South Jersey that surround this family craft distillery.  

131 Davidson Rd, Woolwich Township, NJ 08085

(609) 202-5458– www.ISDistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Two Bridges Wine, Beer and Spirits Trail

Rabbit Hill Farms

Mood’s Farm Market

Tito’s Vodka

Episode 120 – Amaro Santoni – Luca Missaglia

Photography www.themakers.co.uk

This episode features Luca Missaglia of Amaro Santoni.

Luca is driven by passion.  Amaro Santoni, an Italian Apartivo comes from the heart.  He also has a love of cocktails and brand building.  His focus is to help bartenders get out of their comfort zone.  Luca grew up in Milan. Very early on he discovered that the zest for amaro was in his DNA.  Amaro Santoni is a traditional recipe made by Gabriello Santoni.  It’s produced with Rhubarb Root,  Iris Flower and Olive Leaf.  It takes your drinking experience into the third dimension.  If you love amaro, this is a must have on your bar.

www.amarosantoni.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bar Convent Brooklyn

The Art of Shaking

Nomad Hotel

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 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 in 2015.  Redwood Empire is located in the heart of Sonoma, California.  Lauren grew up in a wine making family.  Her journey into distilling started with the study of history (Not the history of spirits)  and she learned how to make candy while in Japan.  It was when she was pairing chocolate and spirits that it opened her world to spirits.  Learn more about the amazing whiskeys that Redwood is producing and we are certain that you’re sure to become a huge fan too.  It will be love at first sip.

www.RedwoodEmpireWhiskey.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Trees For The Future

Adams Grain

Admiral Maltings

Spirit Works Distillery

Chuao Chocolatier

Benham’s Gin

Mark West Wines

Bar Convent Brooklyn

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 and whiskey is the goal.  Since day one… Whiskey Above All!  Today, everything that goes into the bottle represents Colorado terroir.  Barb and Crystal take us through the fascinating world of Laws Whiskey House.  We learn about how the grain makes it to the glass.  We have the pleasure of tasting and discussing 2 of their amazing expressions.  Enjoy the episode and try this whiskey for yourself.  It will quickly become a favorite pour.  Laws is craft at its finest and it is destined to only get better.

 1420 S Acoma St, Denver, CO 80223 – (720) 570-1420 – www.LawsWhiskeyHouse.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Independent Stave Company

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Thomas Kinkade

San Luis Valley

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