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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

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 much that she decided to produce it.  The first night that she served her neon green absinthe her friends started calling her Absinthia.  Of course the name stuck.  Our conversation is fascinating and full of absinthe education.  You most certainly want to pick up her absinthe and special cocktail mixers.   

 4200 Park Blvd #513 Oakland, CA 94610 – info@absinthia.com – www.absinthia.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Holy Ghost Distillery

Burning Man

Womens Cocktail Collective

Absinthe Murders

Industry City

Bar Convent Berlin

Kentucky Peerless Distilling

Tails of the Cocktail

Jared Hirsch

World Honey Exchange

Meadcon

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 the amazing retelling of the rebellion.  The actors that portrayed the key principles were sensational.  There were food trucks, activities for the kids and craft vendors.  This was an opportunity to taste what it was like for settlers back in the late 1700’s.   The parade in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.  The tarring and feathering is always a crowed favorite.  The entire festival is is a chance to be immersed in a major historic event that most of us have never heard of.  Oh yeah, and you get to enjoy some wonderful spirits and tasty food.  Put this event on the calendar for 2023.  

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Producers That we met:

The Washington Winery

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka Distillery 

Excise Distillery

Old Overholt

Crooked Creek Distillery

Whiskey Smash

Quantum Spirits

Episode 100 – Holy Ghost Distillery – John and Janice Sepcoski

This episode features John Sepcoski and Janice Sepcoski of Holy Ghost Distillery.

Janice and John enjoyed visiting distilleries, breweries and wineries.  After visiting a distillery 7 years ago John said, “I can do better then this”.  This led them to looking for land and a building to host their vision.  What they’ve set out to create is a total experience.  Not just buy a bottle or purchase a cocktail, but the experience to make new friends over a cocktail.   They have left their full time careers to live out a dream.  As Janice puts it, “Now I do Bourbon”.  We had a wonderful time experiencing their chocolate and bourbon pairing.  The final part of our podcast journey was the absinthe extravaganza.  It was all a fitting tribute to celebrate our 100th episode.

990 State Route 940, White Haven, PA 18661 – (570) 990-2673 – wwwholyghostdistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Stave and Thief Society

The Bard Distillery

Harvest Hosts

Mitch Abate

The Absinthe Murders

Moonshine University

Old Forester

East Coast Barrels

Episode 99 – Revel Spirits – Micah McFarlane and Juan Carlos Gordillo

This episode features Micah McFarlane and Juan Carlos Gordillo of the Revel Spirits.

Ten years ago, Micah was helping out Matt Hector Ruiz, who was starting a tequila company.  The went to Morelos, Mexico where Micah began bringing back the juice and sharing it.  His role became helping to bring the agave spirits to the United States.  The next step was to create a business plan and raise funds. There is so much to the rich history of distilling in Morelos.  The connection to the technology goes back generations.  It’s a family product.  What they produce is not tequila and it’s not mezcal.  They create Avila.  This episode is an amazing education and discovery of agave spirits and what makes Revel special.  

www.revelspirits.com – Facebook

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Highlights From our Discussion:

Justin Hartley

Bar Convent Brooklyn

Episode 95 – Iron Clad Distillery – Owen King

This episode features Owen King of Iron Clad Distillery.

Stephen King purchased the building, a dry goods warehouse built in 1913, approximately 15 years ago.  To best utilize the space, the decision was made to try to store bourbon barrels.  This led to acquiring a 26 gallon still.  From there, they began to get more serious and bought 5 more 26 gallon stills.  This expansion gave them the opportunity to fill one 53 gallon barrel a week.  This slow process encouraged Stephen and Owen to seek advice from other distillers in the industry.  Conversations and experiences brought them to their next step which was to upgrade the entire operation to a 500 gallon still.  Now they had the keys to their own system of producing high quality bourbon in larger batches.  Owen shares that the vision has been to use Virginia based grains.  Their base is a 4 grain mash bill.  The King’s have always been big fans and lovers of bourbon.  So, opening a distillery made sense that this was the direction that the family was headed.  You will hear and understand how the bourbon gene is a part of the families history.  Acknowledging history is in the forefront of how they communicate the Iron Clad story.  Today they make history with their many expressions.  They plant their own flag by creating unique and one of a kind bourbons.  Also, paying homage to the well established distilleries out there too.        

124 23rd St, Newport News, VA 23607 – (757) 245-1996 – www.ironcladdistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Affordable Distilling Equipment

Kings County Distillery

Delilah’s

Bardstown Bourbon Company

Evan Williams Bourbon

Wild Turkey

Ferm Solutions

Four Roses Bourbon

Neeley Family Distillery

Stoll and Wolfe Distillery

Silver Hand Meadery

Redwood Smoke Shack

Bill Savage

Big Thirst Marketing

Episode 94 – Deep Creek Distilling – Royal Ferguson and Dave Emmons

This episode features Royall Ferguson and Dave Emmons of Deep Creek Distilling.

Dave and Royall have known each other for 20 plus years.  The discussion of distilling came up at a Greek festival in Norfolk.  They began step by step to understand the whole process.  “Doing it the old fashioned way”, as Royall puts it.  Grind the local grain, make the mash and then ferment it.  A lot of their early experience came from trial and error.  They refined and honed their spirits to what have become the amazing products that they offer today.  They are the first licensed legal distillery in the Chesapeake since prohibition. 

801 Butler St Unit 12, Chesapeake, VA 23323 – (757)675-3250 – www.deepcreekdistilling.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Deep Creek of the Chesapeake

Ketel One Vodka

Tito’s Vodka

Episode 83 – Kim and Tom Bard – The Bard Distillery

This episode features Kim Bard and Tom Bard of The Bard Distillery.

It all started in 2005 when tom walked into Kim’s race shop.  In 2006 they found themselves in Kentucky and decided to go to visit a distillery.  The chose to check out Maker’s Mark.  They loved the tour and afterwards they were fueled by what they saw.  They couldn’t stop talking about it,  The smells, the sights, the sounds and the people. They were not able to shake the idea.  In 2015 they took the plunge and purchased Tom’s old school, creating The Bard Distillery, which opened in 2019.  We had a fantastic experience at the distillery.  We got to see the vision of what it all will become.  Their spirits are wonderful and creative.   

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5080 Highway 175 S, Graham, KY 42344 – (270) 338-6543 – www.thebarddistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bardstown, KY

William Bard

Muhlenberg, KY

ACSA Convention

John Barleycorn Awards

Neeley Family Distillery

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery

The Drinking Coach

Whiskey Business Grand Rapids

Fred Minnick

UNK’s Barbecue

Clucks and Pups

Log Still Distillery

John Prine

The Everly Brothers

Merle Travis

Muhlenberg Music Mission

Harvest Host

Episode 79 – Triple Sun Spirits – Kris Kwant

This episode features Kris Kwant and Sara Stier of Triple Sun Spirits Co.

20 years ago Kris was watching the TV program “How it’s made”, with his father.  The episode featured Sam Adams Brewing.  From watching the program, the home brewing bug took hold of him.  He and his dad purchased a kit and it actually turned out pretty good.  The next adventure was to make a Barley Wine.  The intention for this would be to share with his son when he turned 21.  Kris explains that “making good whiskey starts with making good beer”.  In 2016 Kris embraced the craft spirits movement.  Triple Sun is a cocktail bar that moonlights as a distillery.  They are very hospitality focused.  Enjoy this lively episode where we  discuss history, beer and all things Triple Sun.

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 518 Bank St, Emmaus, PA 18049 – (610) 904-8082 – www.triplesunspirits.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Bicardi

Jack Daniels

Fetish Brewing Company

Kelvin Cooperage

Whiskey Advocate

Discover Lehigh Valley

Funk Brewing

Monkey 47

Mike Rowe

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