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Based in Australia, but globally minded, Drinks Adventures is an entertaining podcast covering the world of fine drinks. Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? Drinks Adventures covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on! Listen in as host James Atkinson interviews some of the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking and distilling, along with so ...
 
Join host Sean Rice (Second Clarinet, NAC Orchestra) as he explores the world of classical music and its great composers. In this series of audio programmes you can look forward to hearing insightful commentary about upcoming NAC Orchestra programmes as well as musical excerpts and interviews with NACO musicians and guest artists.
 
These days Chris Thrall is a successful British author. But, it wasn't always so. In the 1990s he left the Royal Marines to find his fortune in Hong Kong, but instead found himself homeless, and hooked on crystal methamphetamine. In a downward spiral, he also began working for the 14K triad society as a doorman in one of their nightclubs in Wan Chai. Dealing with psychosis and paranoia, this "foreign triad" had to survive in the world’s most unforgiving city, addicted to the world’s most dan ...
 
Jeff and Jonny are pastors who want to encourage pastors of “smaller” churches. All most pastors see online are the churches that have grown into the thousands in just a few years, the ones that spread out around the city through multiple services and multiple campuses. The ministry leaders with the most influence are the mega church pastors with mega ministries, staffs, and dollars. Praise God for what He is doing in these large and influential churches! We benefit from their vision and inf ...
 
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Whisky writer Dr Nicholas Morgan is a 30-year veteran of spirits giant Diageo, with a background in history and academia. He joined Diageo's predecessor, United Distillers, in 1990, creating what is now considered the world’s most comprehensive spirits archive, before making a somewhat unlikely transition to leader of Diageo’s global malt whisky ma…
 
Just one story again in this week’s edition of the news. Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits has completed a capital raising that values the business at $500 million AUD. This valuation has been achieved in less than two and a half years of trading for the Australian company founded in Sydney in 2019. It’s now on track to become the fastest independent be…
 
Beer writer Tara Nurin is the official historian of the Pink Boots Society, an organisation created in 2008 to assist, inspire and encourage women working in the beer industry. Tara’s new book – A Woman's Place Is in the Brewhouse – celebrates the contributions and influence of female brewers and explores the forces that have erased them from the b…
 
A new and unknown Tasmanian wine brand has come out on top at the Australian Pinot Noir Challenge. The 2020 Ossa Pinot Noir scored 96 points out of 100, winning the Best of Region Trophy for Tasmania and the top wine of the show, judged against Victorian stalwarts like the Yarra Valley’s Giant Steps and Paringa Estate in Mornington Peninsula. The w…
 
In the latest news from Drinks Adventures: Wynns Coonawarra farewells viticulturist Allen Jenkins; Starward and Yalumba collaborate on a new single malt whisky; and Modus Operandi launches green energy brewery in Newcastle.By Wine, Beer & Whiskey Network
 
It’s been a massive year for Lark Distilling Company, which recently announced the $40 million acquisition of fellow Tasmanian distillery Shene Estate. Managing director Geoff Bainbridge joins us this episode, about 18 months after he last spoke with Drinks Adventures for a two-part story on the podcast website. Remember you can visit DrinksAdventu…
 
The Principle of Hospitality podcast is produced by Melburnian hospitality veterans, Shaun de Vries and Sasha Fernando. In this episode exchange, we hear Shaun interview champion bartender Evan Stroeve of Sydney bar Re.By Wine, Beer & Whiskey Network
 
Glaetzer-Dixon Family Wines made history in 2011 when it became the first Tasmanian winery to win the Jimmy Watson – Australia’s most prestigious wine prize – at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. Winemaker Nick Glaetzer has been celebrating the milestone with a highly limited museum release of his winning wine, the 2010 Mon Pere Shiraz, and he joins…
 
I’ll have another regular episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast to share with you very soon. Right now though I’m stoked to share an interview from another one of my favourite drinks podcasts, The Modern Bar Cart out of the US. The host is a gentleman by the name of Eric Kozlik, who describes his show as a cocktail podcast for home bartenders an…
 
Cellaring wine and seeing for yourself how its flavours evolve is one of the most exciting aspects of wine appreciation. But it can be intimidating, and there’s some fundamentals you need to know to ensure you get the best results. In this episode of the show, St Hugo chief winemaker Peter Munro gives you some of those pointers, like how to choose …
 
Brewing legend Chuck Hahn is among only a handful of brewers to have become a household name among beer-loving Australians. But in contrast to other names like Cooper or Foster or Toohey – which have been associated with brewing since the 19th century – the Hahn phenomenon is relatively recent. It’s still playing out today. That said, few of us ful…
 
Beer writer Jeff Alworth joins us in this opening episode of Season 11, hot on the promotional trail for his latest book. First published in 2015, The Beer Bible is billed as the most comprehensive guide to the world of beer, with everything you need to know about what to drink, where, when and why. The Beer Bible first edition was named best drink…
 
In this final edition of the news for Season Ten: Mezcal boom raises ethical issues; A landmark moment for Australian whisky; and Non-alcoholic beer brand Sobah launches crowdfunding campaign. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @drinksadventures_au and James Atkinson at @byjamesatkinson on Instagram.…
 
Whisky in Australia has been destined for a shake-up as larger players enter the market with products designed to compete on price with some of the big international whisky brands. But of course, there will always be a place for smaller artisan distillers like Highwayman Whisky, the Byron Bay company that released its first spirit in 2020. Highwaym…
 
Brewing company Fermentum Group – parent company of craft beer heavyweights Stone & Wood – has announced its shock sale to Japanese-owned brewer Lion Australia. You are likely as shocked by this as I was. You know how committed Stone & Wood seemed to their independence back when we met the founders in this 2019 documentary. Soon after the news brok…
 
Mezcal featured in Season 9 of the podcast when we met Grant Collins, who had recently opened the mezcal-focused bar and restaurant Cartel in Sydney. One of the mezcals I tasted with Grant during that interview was Quiquiriqi. And the more I read about Quiquiriqui, the more I thought it would be a grand idea to invite its London-based founder, Mela…
 
• Agave spirits potential huge in Australia, says ASX-listed Top Shelf; • Mighty Craft invests heavily in whisky; and • James Squire puts a new spin on zero alcohol beer. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @drinksadventures_au and James Atkinson at @byjamesatkinson on Instagram.…
 
In more than 40 years of writing about whisky, Charles Maclean has achieved global recognition and no shortage of accolades for his work. He’s a Master of the Quaich – the highest honour in the Scotch whisky industry – and a member of the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. In fact, he was also its founding editor. Charles has written 18 books and counti…
 
- Brewer Stone & Wood enters the burgeoning contemporary beer space; - Victorian winery Seppelt celebrates its 170th anniversary; - Nusa Cana Rum launches a Batavia Arrack; and - Ambitious craft beer venue Urban House of Brews on track for 2022 launch in Sydney. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @dri…
 
Gin distiller Simon Brooke-Taylor (and yes, he is related to the late Tim Brooke-Taylor from 'The Goodies') founded Hurdle Creek Still in Milawa, North East Victoria, with his partner Wendy Williams in 2014. Hurdle Creek produces gin, genever, liqueurs and aperitifs that champion locally sourced ingredients. And it’s one of a handful of Australian …
 
Winemaker Treasury Wine reports strong results; Craft brewer Mountain Culture's beer named among world’s best; Four Pillars Gin launches a single vineyard Bloody Shiraz in collaboration with neighbours Yarra Yering; and Morris Whisky’s John Casella reveals a premium brandy is on the cards. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Available to purcha…
 
Wine Australia is now focusing its efforts on other emerging markets in Asia, where Australian wine has a small share of the total wine market. That's according to general manager of marketing, Stuart Barclay, who addressed last week's Wine Export Diversification Webinar. In other news: · Australian winemakers confronting challenges in Japan · Aust…
 
Whisky in Australia is highly fragmented, characterised by many small craft distilleries. Launched in 2021, Morris Whisky is one of few distilleries operating at a decent scale. When winemaker John Casella acquired Morris of Rutherglen in 2016, his sole aim was to save an Australian icon from liquidation. But then he saw the original hybrid copper …
 
Wine, beer, whisky and sake news from Drinks Adventures: Wine's diversity problem, Tasmania whisky innovation, Craft brewer Good Drinks' ASX results New Bentspoke Brewing label; and Japanese sake update. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @drinksadventures_au and James Atkinson at @byjamesatkinson on …
 
Sommelier Wayne Shennen is a Certified Sommelier and the first New Zealander to achieve certification as an Advanced Sake Professional. Wayne has worked in hospitality in Australia and New Zealand since 2002. And in 2019, Wayne and his Japanese wife, Makie, relocated to Japan to open a sake and wine bar, Rangitoto Tokyo. The venture seemed well tim…
 
Winemaker Samantha Connew launched her own label Stargazer Wines in 2013 by purchasing a parcel of grapes on her credit card. The bootstrapped operation has since grown into one of Tasmania’s most exciting boutique wineries. In 2016, Sam purchased a small riesling and pinot noir vineyard in the Coal River Valley that she has supplemented by plantin…
 
Wine appreciation has taken hold in the NBA. Basketball writer Baxter Holmes joins us this episode to discuss this surprising trend. Sportswriters don’t generally win a James Beard culinary award. It’s like Lionel Messi winning an Oscar. But that’s exactly what Baxter Holmes has done. In fact, he’s the only sportswriter, thus far, to have achieved …
 
Back in Season One of this podcast I took you to Tasmania for the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival, an event quite like anything else I’ve ever attended. Organiser Willie Smith’s Cider recently announced the festival is returning on July 16 & 17, 2021. I figured this would be a great opportunity to re-introduce the documentary we produced on the fes…
 
Craft beer company Hop Nation Brewing was founded in Footscray, Melbourne in 2014 by winemaking friends Sam Hambour and Duncan Gibson. While the brewery started out making hoppy beers, Sam and Duncan have continued to expand into new and intriguing territories. They have a side label for sour beers, Site Fermentation Project; and they’ve returned t…
 
Grant Collins is an award-winning mixologist who has collaborated and consulted with leading bars and hotels across the world. Since 2017 he’s been working with the Kensington Street hospitality precinct in Chippendale, Sydney, where he founded Gin Lane, Blossom Bar and in 2021, a third venue, Cartel. Cartel is a modern Aztec & Latin restaurant wit…
 
Australian wine has few companies as revered as Henschke Wines, best known for single vineyard shiraz wines Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone. Henschke produces these iconic red wines from some of the world's oldest vines at its estate in Eden Valley, South Australia. We're joined this episode by viticulturist Prue Henschke, who has worked with her…
 
Daniel Motlop played a total of 130 senior AFL games for the North Melbourne and Port Adelaide football clubs. A three-time Indigenous All-Star, Daniel is a proud Larrakia man. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region in Australia's Northern Territory. And since finishing playing footy, Daniel has embarked on a new career…
 
Cocktail festival Australian Cocktail Month was founded by influential industry figure Penny Sippe. The event runs from May 1-31 in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with the objective of supporting the cocktail and broader hospitality industry. Drinkers can unlock unique bar experiences, escape the day to day and enjoy delicious cocktails w…
 
Sydney distillery Otter Craft Distilling was founded by Julie Otter and her brother Eduard in 2019. While Eduard has extensive drinks industry experience, Julie's background is as an executive in the fashion and beauty sectors. Most recently, she was CEO of Australian fashion label Sass & Bide, and she's done stints at MAC Cosmetics, Jeanswest and …
 
Wolf Blass is undoubtedly one of Australia's most iconic and acclaimed wine brands. The company conceived by German immigrant Wolfgang Blass in 1966 has received more than 10,000 medals and trophies globally for its wines. We're joined this episode by chief winemaker Chris Hatcher, who has been with Wolf Blass since 1987 and has played an integral …
 
Michael Adam Beck joins Jeff and Jonny adds his two cents as well on this episode. Michael is a seminary professor, author, pastor, consultant, ministry coach, and a leader in the Fresh Expressions of the Church movement. He has co-authored a book with Leonard Sweet titled, Contextual Intelligence. Do you know what digital virtuality is? If not, li…
 
Craft beer pioneer and winemaker Phil Sexton is a legendary figure in the Australian drinks industry. He founded Matilda Bay Brewing Company, Australia's first craft brewery, in 1983. After Foster's acquired Matilda Bay, Phil went on to co-found arguably the country's most influential craft brewery, Little Creatures. He established Margaret River w…
 
Gin distiller Audemus Spirits was founded by Australian Miko Abouaf in 2013. Despite its location in Cognac, France, Audemus has made its name on other spirits. These incude its flagship Pink Pepper Gin, plus liqueurs, bitters and offbeat experiments like Umami Spirit, created from ingredients including Italian capers and parmesan cheese. Audemus's…
 
A Brand New Episode that feels so retro! Jeff and Jonny are LIVE in studio together for this episode, talking about what they've been up to, catching their listeners up on the goings-on in their lives and ministries, and sharing what ministry is like in the (almost) new era.By Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig: Pastors, Leaders, Bloggers, Podcasters, and Encouragers
 
Whisky brand That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottles single malts, blends, grain whiskies, bourbons and more from right across the globe. Each whisky release is distinctively packaged with eye-catching illustrations that are inspired in some way by the story behind the liquid. In this opening episode of Season Nine of the Drinks Adventures podcast, …
 
Distillery Hickson House is scheduled to open to the public before 2021 is out. Normally on this podcast, you're hearing from companies that have already been in operation for at least a few years or possibly much longer. In this case I'm making an exception to speak with the founders of a business that is still in planning. Hickson House Distillin…
 
Formerly of Bell's Brewing in Michigan, USA, and West End Brewery in Adelaide, Karli Small has a background in sensory science. Karli began her brewing career as a lab technician at West End. She held a series of brewing roles there before relocating to the US to join Bell's, the company behind Two Hearted IPA, which was voted the best beer in Amer…
 
People often scoff at wines being described as having notes of blackberry and sandalwood, or beers that smell of citrus and fresh herbs. But there is actually science underpinning some of these associations. Harold McGee is a world renowned expert on the chemistry of food and drink. His latest book, Nose Dive, is a field guide to the entire world o…
 
Cognac enthusiast Holly Klintworth is head distiller at Bass and Flinders Distillery on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. The business was founded by Holly's father Wayne Klintworth in 2009 with a desire to make high quality gins, brandies, and liqueurs. It's brandy that you'll be hearing the most about in this episode, as Holly tells us why her fam…
 
Coffee cocktails are on the rise thanks to Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur, now ranged by many of the world’s best bars, restaurants and retailers. Parent company Mr Black Spirits was founded by distiller Philip Moore and coffee lover Tom Baker in 2013. The duo had the mission of taking Australian coffee culture into the night with a high quality…
 
Gin distillery Four Pillars finally broke ground on the $6 million redevelopment of of its Healesville, Victoria distillery and cellar door in early February 2021. You might remember that Cam foreshadowed this major project back in Season Three. If you haven't heard that episode yet I really encourage you to go back and listen to Cam tell the back …
 
Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan joins us to discuss the winemaking career he's had in parallel over the last 17 years. Maynard founded Arizona, USA winery Caduceus Cellars and its affiliated label Merkin Vineyards in 2004. We spoke a little while ago now – on the eve of Joe Biden's inauguration as President. It's a…
 
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