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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 65 – PA Libations – Arthur Etchells

This episode features Art Etchells of Pennsylvania Libations.

Pennsylvania Libations is opening their Philadelphia Location in the Reading Terminal Market.  It will feature over 20 craft producers in the State of PA and will offer over 100 different products.  The soft opening is set for the weekend of June 19th and 20th.  Just in time for Father’s Day.  PA Libations began in Pittsburgh just 4 years ago.  Christian Simmons is the brain child behind this incredible store that offers products created in Pennsylvania.  Philadelphia’s own Art Etchells is managing the location here in the RTM.  We enjoyed our time learning more about Art’s journey from Hockey Blogger to creating one of the most successful social media pages… Foobooz.  Art brings his vast experience in the craft wine and spirits industry and will help to showcase some of the best that PA has to offer.  Now locals and tourists alike have just one more reason to get to the Reading Terminal.

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51 North 12th Street Space #439 Philadelphia, PA 19107 www.palibations.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Christian Simmons

Manatawny Still Works

Row House Spirits

Philadelphia Magazine

Artillery Brewing

Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery

The Italian Market

Strip District

Reading Terminal Market

Thistle Finch Distillery

Episode 56 – Original 13 Ciderworks – John Kowchak and Petra Manchina

This episode features John Kowchak and Petra Manchina of Original 13 Ciderworks. John’s Grandfather Charles Steckel worked in apple orchards and learned how to make hard cider.  John’s journey began as a home brewer of beer.  On a fateful day he had a conversation with his grandfather who shared with him that he made hard cider in his basement.  John pays tribute to has grandfather with the Sir Charles line.  John saw opening a cidery in Philadelphia as a continuation of his families entrepreneurial roots.  In 2013 Original 13 was born and at the time there were no cideries in Philadelphia.  In 2017 they opened the doors.  In this episode John and Petra share their take and vision on the cider and mead that they are creating.  The cocktail program, tasting room and restaurant.  They are producing some incredible and complex cider.  Full of flavor, character and some wonderful surprises.1526 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 –

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Highlights from our discussion:

Samson & Surrey

5:dirty Martinis

Magners Irish Cider

Atacama Dessert

Blueberry Capital of the World

PA Cider Guild

Punch Buggy Brewing Company

Capitol Cider

Clint Holmes

Hale & True Cider Co.

Basque Cider

Strongbow Apple Cider

Peter Mitchell

Cider & Perry Academy

Arsenal Cider House

Applejack

Episode 27 – Canyon Shayer – Philadelphia Distilling

This episode features Canyon Shayer of Philadelphia Distilling. Canyon shares the history of Philadelphia Distilling and we discuss the amazing rise to success of Bluecoat Gin. They are leading the craft spirit revolution. Canyon is one of the original bartenders at Philadelphia Distilling’s current location. He has an amazing knowledge and passion for cocktails and spirits. He is now brand ambassador for Samson & Surrey.
25 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 215-671-0346  www.philadelphiadistilling.com –  On Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Andrew Auwerda

Robert Cassell

Aaron Selya

Fishtown

Forsyth Stills

Pete Venuto

Charlie Was a Sinner

Groundswell Design Group

Smokin Tacos Food Truck

Few Spirits

Brenne

Widow Jane

Mezcal Vago 

Tequila Ocho

Cheers!!!

City of Ciderly-Love

In 1775, John Adams complained about the quality of Philadelphia alcohols in a letter to his wife Abigail. He was homesick for her cider. If John Adams were around Philly today he would be texting Abigail about the amazing hard cider that is being produced. It is the apple that was one of the first crops grown in America. Apples made the voyage over on the Mayflower. In Colonial America, fermented beverages were an important source of safe drinking water. Cider was the way that many started the day. An average of 35 gallons of hard cider, per person, was being consumed each year by the mid 1700’s. Prohibition nearly eradicated hard cider. The only apples that remained were eating apples. Many cider orchards were burned to the ground by die-hard temperance advocates. Fast forward to today. Cider has not only made a comeback, it is thriving. The Philadelphia Cider scene is fresh, vibrant and creative. Pennsylvania orchards are once again supplying delicious varieties that are perfect for pressing. Here are 5 cideries in Philadelphia that you need to check out and go back to again.

COMMONWEALTH CIDER

2440 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
info@commonwealthciders.com

Website: www.commonwealthciders.com

Make the trip out to Kensington where you will enjoy all natural and gluten free-hard cider in the Peacock Room. This place boasts a lively neighborhood atmosphere and an outside beer garden. The line up includes a Traditional Dry cider, Gregarious Ginger, Black Cherry and a Razzberet Tart. They put out a delicious seasonal cider as well. Plan to stay a while because they are brewing up some sensational beer here too.

HALE & TRUE CIDER COMPANY

613 S. 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 info@haleandtrue.com

Website: www.haleandtrue.com

This chic taproom is located just a short walk off of South Street in the Bella Vista section of Philly. You will most likely find Kerry and Risa McKenzie sharing their passion for cider and cider production. The cider menu features The Standard, Hail To The Hop and Lil’ Sunshine. They are always creating a seasonal cider and you may discover a small batch release or two.

Kurant Brew & Brew CLOSED

436 E Girard Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

Website: www.kurantbrewandbrew.com

In the heart of Fishtown you will find Joe Getz creating crisp, clean and honest to goodness delicious cider. Cans are waiting and ready for you to bring home your favorites. We would agree that their ciders have more similarities with white wine than with American ciders. Enjoy: Earth, Bees and Viejo with their “Exploration Series” in the taproom.

Original 13 Ciderworks

1526 N American St Philadelphia, PA 19122

Website: www.original-13.com

Kensington is the home of Original 13 Ciderworks is helping to lead the renaissance of a once industrious area. Here you will discover founder John Kowchak’s creation. Housed in a railroad shed it is an atmosphere for fun, conversation and first rate food. Sir Charles Hard Cider is named after John’s cider making grandfather. On tap you will find: Semi-Dry, Deep Blue Berry Sea and Strawberry Valkyrie. Seasonal’s are ready and waiting to quench your cider thirst.

Young America Hard Cider

6350 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144

Website: www.youngamericancider.com

Young American are the new “old” kids on the block. They have been producing cider for years. Selling at farmers markets and festivals. They opened a quaint tasting room in the historic Germantown-Mount Airy section of Philly. There is a nice outdoor area with fire pits for when the weather turns cold. They are offering some well made, finely crafted ciders: Traditional, Tart Cherry, Bourbon & Bitters, Blue Ginger, Blood Orange and Hopped. Come hungry because they are making some tasty hand made food as well. The Savory hand pies are a spectacular compliment to their cider.

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