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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

Gray Wolf Spirits – Date Night Chronicles

We are back, sharing some more spirits that we picked up on a recent trip to Saint Michaels Maryland.  In this Date Night Chronicles we are enjoying Gray Wolf Spirits.  We share our tasting notes from these 4 amazing expression… Vodka, Gin, Agave and a Solera Rye Whiskey

605 S. Talbot St. #6, St. Michaels, MD 21663 – (443)339-4894 – www.graywolfspirits.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

American Whiskey Convention

Saint Michaels Maryland

Northwest Cider Association

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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 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

Episode 50 – George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery – Steve Bashore

This episode features Steve Bashore of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery.  “The best whiskeys we’ve made have yet to be bottled  .”Steve has worked in the museum field for over 30 years and is a miller by trade.  Add to that resume being the head distillery at a place where he keeps history alive.  Being a distiller using 18th century equipment isn’t easy.  He is a problem solver and he has learned to adapt with the equipment that he has.  Steve joined Mount Vernon in 2007 as head of the department of historical trades where he oversees the living history element.  Steve was there when the first barrel was filled in 2007.  With the help of some incredible people the distillery is now producing some much coveted spirits.  His stories, experiences and knowledge are fascinating.   Steve’s focus on education, pride and the connection to history keeps the spirit of George Washington thriving.  

5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309

(703) 780-3383 

https://www.mountvernon.org/the-estate-gardens/distillery/Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:Nearest Green

Maggie Campbell Privateer Rum

Scotch Whisky Association

Alexandria, VA

Starlight Distillery

Ferm Solutions

Lisa Wicker Widow Jane Distillery

Jack Daniels

A. Smith Bowman

Jimmy Russell

Jim Beam

Mike Sherman

Vendome Copper & Brass Works

American Whiskey Trail

Dr. Peter Cressy

Dave Pickerell

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Bourbon Pompeii

Esther White

Episode 46 – Pine Tavern Distillery – Bill Cox

Pine Tavern Distillery - Bill Cox

This episode features Bill Cox of Pine Tavern Distillery.  Bill and his family love to go camping for their vacations.  They pack up the campers and check out places on the East Coast.  On one of their trips they visited Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia.  Later they pondered, “Why is there nothing like this in NJ?”  Taking the next steps they met with now defunct Cooper River Distillers in Camden, NJ.   This gave them the information and structure that they needed to get started.  Cooper River helped them put things together.  New Jersey is a “Right to Farm” State and they determined that the families farm was the perfect setting to get their distillery dreams going.  Already growing corn on the land it was perfect.  On February 3, 2016 they fired up the still and began to distill their Muddy Run Corn Moonshine.  Now the 8th oldest distillery in NJ they continue to grow and expand.  This camping trip inspired distillery is producing spectacular spirits which pay tribute to local history.  They emphasize a spirit of collaboration with their neighbors and the local community.  149A Pine Tavern Rd, Monroeville, NJ 08343 – (856) 358-1076 – www.pinetaverndistillery.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Copper Fox Distillery

Salem County Historical  Society

Mood’s Farm

Recklesstown Distillery

Gino Pinto

Tadmore Distilling

Ciroc Vodka

U.S. Barrel

Independence Spirits Distillery

Two Bridges Wine Trail

Rabbit Hill Farms

Episode 43 – Hook & Flask Still Works – Mark Farrell and Devin Flickinger

This episode features Mark Farrell and Devin Flickinger of Hook and Flask Still Works.  2 friends with a 15 year relationship decided to open a distillery.  Devin was home brewing beer and making wine before entering into the world of distilling.  They took off doing market research by visiting other distilleries, asking a lot of questions, taking classes and shadowing other distillers.  The result is a fire themed establishment that pays homage and honors their roots.  They are refining their craft one bottle at a time.  Creating a delicious mix of cocktails, food and fun.  We discuss their growth during cover and the development of their brown spirits program.137 N Hanover St, Carlisle, PA 17013 – (717) 601-2770 – www.hookandflaskstillworks.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Grand Illusion Hard Cider

Five Saints Distilling

Fireball

Brewscuits

Deer Creek Malthouse

Adirondack Barrel Cooperage

Big Hill Cider Works

Sunday’s Mill Company

Black Button Distilling

Davis Valley Distillery

Cumberland County

US Army War College

Episode 42 – Tenth Ward Distilling Company – Amanda Boroughs and Kanchentha Bennett

This episode features Amanda Boroughs and Kachnetha Bennett of Tenth Ward Distilling Company.  In 2015 Monica Pearce took all of the money that she had and opened a distillery.  The next step was to open up a cocktail lounge and tasting room.  There is also an event space that is perfect for weddings and celebrations.  At Tenth Ward there is a purpose, a plan and a mission.  They don’t just do ordinary.  They put their own creative stamp on their creations.  Thinking out every last detail.  What they create are some of the finest spirits which are the base for the amazing cocktails that they produce.  This women owned distillery has a dedicated team that is committed to making craft spirits that are unusual, unconventional and sensational.  Amanda and Kachentha take us behind the scenes and behind the bar and we get to learn what makes it all come together.55 E Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701 – 301-360-5888 – www.tenthwarddistilling.com – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Rockwell Brewery

Visit Maryland

Visit Frederick

McCutcheon’s Apple Cider

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Jack Daniel’s Honey

New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 

Orchid Celler Meadery

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Attaboy Beer

Chesapeake Watershed

Absinthe

Domino Sugar

Episode 38 – Yianni Barakos – Mason Dixon Distillery

This episode features Yianni Barakos of Mason Dixon Distillery.   Yianni was 11 years old, when his grandfather shared how to make Tsipouro, which is Greek Moonshine, that is made from grapes.  He took Welch’s Grape Juice and bread yeast and fired up the rudimentary still.  Thankfully he didn’t burn the house down but a passion for making sensational spirits was born.   He is the 2nd generation born in the United States.  His family emigrated from little villages in Greece after World War 2.  He lives by his grandparents legacy… Creating Jobs and livelihoods for the community.  Every step of the way Yianni has figured it out, overcome obstacles and has created an amazing distillery that offers “Great food… great drinks… great conversation.    

331 E Water St, Gettysburg, PA 17325 – www.masondixondistillery.com – (717) 398-3385 – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Gettysburg National Military Park

Smooth Ambler

Tsipouro

Single Malt

Hollabaugh Bros

Wellspan

Copper Fox Distillery

Gettysburg

Ouzo

Pear Brandy

Wild Yeast

Yamas!!!

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