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In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of having Jake Holshue. Jake is the head distiller behind Rogue Ales & Spirits located in Newport Oregon and best known for their line of whiskeys. Jake is on the board of directors of the American Craft Spirits Association (ASCA), a distiller and consultant since 2012. A…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute talking with Brad Plummer. Brad is the founder and distillery behind Coastal Spirits Distilling a craft distillery located in San Carlos, CA. Brad is the former editor-in-chief for Distiller Magazine, in addition to running his distillery, so this unique position allowed him to ta…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of welcoming back Melkon Khosrovian. Melkon is the co-founder behind Greenbar Distillery, located in Los Angeles and we originally talked back in episode 56. But this time we brought Melkon back on to talk about RTDs. Ready to drink (RTDs) cocktails are seeing high growth…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute talking with Maggie Campbell. Maggie is known for her work in rum, producing some of the best American rum, we talked about her early start into the industry, to working for Germain-Robin, and her love for all spirits but specifically rum. Maggie as I mentioned on the podcast has …
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute talking with Marianne Eaves. Marianne is Kentucky’s first female Master Distiller. We talked about her start in the business, including working for Brown-Forman, and then Castle and Key. How does she approach a blending session, we talked about transparency in the bottle, and how …
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of having back on the podcast Ben Williams. Ben is the co-founder of Highway Vodka, located in Houston Texas. We talked about his start into the business, dealing with the TTB on approvals, his best advice on preparation, building a quality product from scratch favorite b…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of having back on the podcast Mark Beres. Mark is the CEO and co-founder of Flying Leap Distillery and Winery located in Elgin Arizona. Our first talk with Mark was back in episode 43, so you can go back and listen to his story on how he got into this business, but in thi…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Markus Kypreos. Markus not only a fellow Greek, but also the founder of Blackland Distillery, located in Fort Worth Texas, and specializing in Bourbon, Rye, Gin and Vodka, a great interview on how he went from culinary school to distilling, why he choose t…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Lance Winters. Lance is the distillery and creative force behind St. George Spirits. You might know this distillery, one of the first craft distilleries in the US, dating back to 1982. Lance started with St. George in 1996, and since then has helped elevat…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Thomas and Andrew Soltau. Thomas and Andrew are owners of Sugarfields Spirits, a craft distillery located in Gonzales Louisiana. Best known for their Rum, Bourbon, Gin, and Liqueurs. We chatted about their story on how they got started into the spirits ind…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Andy Garrison. Andy is the distiller behind Stone Barn Brandyworks, a craft distillery located in Portland Oregon where they specialize in Brandy and Whiskey! I met Andy two years ago when he was writing an article on Grappa production! And instantly I kn…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Lloyd Reed. Lloyd is the co-owner and distillery behind Black Mountain Botanicals, a craft gin distillery located in the UK. Lloyd a mechanical engineer turned distiller talks about his story starting a distillery in the UK, favorite books, worst distiller…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Tony Abou-Ganim. Tony is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world, and in this episode, we talked about his start into the booze business, his philanthropic endeavor with the Helen David Relief Fund, his advice fo…
 
Austin and Eric are co-founders of Ballmer Peak Distillery, located in Lakewood, Colorado and they specialize in Rum, Gin, and Whiskey. We chatted about their origin story, using the same base material for your production and how it can benefit your process, especially for a smaller space. Being smart about your pricing strategies, listening to you…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Butter & Bacon, being their Instagram handle. They are a husband-and-wife team that have a very cool background, have been long-time supporters and friends and aside from their main jobs, they run Butter & Bacon. A venture that focuses on using distilled …
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Scott Bolin. Scott is the co-founder & CEO of Next Century Spirits. A technology-based spirits company that focuses on private labels and craft producers. Talked about his background, how he went from the bio-material space to spirits business, controls a…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Arthur Shapiro . Arthur started his career with Seagram Spirits and Wine Company in 1986 as VP Marketing Research. What followed was a number of different marketing assignments in the US and globally including VP New Products, SVP Marketing Asia/Pacific/G…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Michael Weiss. Michael is the CEO and founder of Spirit Hub. Spirit Hub is an e-commerce platform specifically geared towards independent craft spirits producers, allowing them to sell their spirits directly to consumers! And now more than even platforms …
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Ivar Aass. Ivar and the owner and distillery behind Spirit Lab Distilling, specializing in American Single Malt Whiskey. A great story that I related a lot, we chatted about brandy production, whiskey production, favorite book, and why running a small cra…
 
The idea that has been on my mind for a few months, and it really came to be from a visit at a fairly large distillery. While I was there we talk about the usual, stills, production, process, methods but really what stood out was the concept of the cash cow? For example, Jack Daniel's is Brown-Forman's cash cow. It’s a single product that is genera…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Robert Likarish. Robert is the co-founder of IronRoot Republic distillery located in Denison Texas and best known for the line of whiskeys! And what a great interview, talked about the distillery origin story, brandy production, corn selection and of cour…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Erik Owens. Erik is the Vice President of American Distilling Institute or ADI for short, and in this episode, we chatted about Erik's path into the distilling, his dad Bill, ADI's beginning, spirit competitions, the current upcoming virtual ADI conferenc…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Steven Guido. Steven is the CEO and Co-Founder of Aeva labs a platform for developing and scaling spirits. Steven talked about his start into the spirits business, what Aeva labs is trying to accomplish, he gave us a little behind the scenes of their proc…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure talking with Murphy Quint of Cedar Ridge Distillery located in Swisher, IA. Murphy is the Director of Operations for Cedar Ridge, and we chatted about his history and how he got into the spirits business, their aha-moment for their Bourbon. We chatted about American Sing…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure talking with Suzanne Henrickson, founder of the Crafty Cask. Suzanne by trade is a market researcher and storyteller and over the last few years, she has been focusing on telling the stories behind some of your favorite craft producers. We chatted about her previous care…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Cheryl Durzy. Cheryl is the CEO behind Liberation Distribution or LibDid. And in this episode, we chatted about how she got started in the beverage industry, talked about strategies and how distilleries should be looking at distribution, their partnership…
 
In this special episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I sat down and chat with Chris Swonger the CEO and President of DISCUS and Responsiblity.org. We chatted about how distilleries are jumping in and assisting with the production of hand sanitizer, the ongoing discussions with the FDA, their new portal to help distillers navigate production of…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Ryan Christiansen. Ryan is the President and Head Distillery behind Caledonia Spirits located in Vermont and best known for their Barr Hill Gin and Vodka. And what an episode, we chatted about Ryan's beginnings, how bees and honey became a core of what th…
 
A quick podcast to go over the requirements for the COVID-19 response from the TTB and how distilleries can help with the production of hand sanitizers. Please use the recommendations from the TTB and WHO and don't deviate if you are going to produce hand sanitizer. Links: WHO Formula: https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf FDA…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Alan Bishop. Alan is the distiller behind Spirits of French Lick, located in Indiana and best known for their line of whiskeys, brandy, and aquavit. Alan talks about his family history, why reviving Apple Brandy is so important, we get detailed into yeast…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Stephen Gould. Stephen is the owner and distiller behind Golden Moon Distillery, located in Golden Colorado, where they are best known for their Whiskey, Gin, Absinthe and liqueurs. A great all-around discussion, on how Stephen got into distilling, his co…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Ian Thomas. Ian is the Distillery Director for Virginia Distillery Company, where they specialize in American Single Malt. We talk about how Ian got his start into distilling, American Single Malt, production at Virginia Distillery, their beautiful stills…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I go over my experience with a TTB audit from July 2019. This was a voluntary request to the TTB that I initiated to help me figure out what I'm doing wrong and what areas I can improve. Early on people used to tell me "knock on wood" we never had a TTB audit. My thoughts were the opposite, you want…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with John Mleziva. John is the owner and distiller behind State Line Distillery, located in Madison Wisconsin, and best known for their Rum, Gin, Vodka and Aquavit. We talked about his background in biology and how education played a key role in troubleshootin…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Melkon Khosrovian. Melkon is the co-founder behind Greenbar Distillery, located in Los Angeles and best known for an array of spirits including, their Whiskey, Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs! And what an episode, Melkon talks about his early days trying to get s…
 
In this episode of the distillery nation podcast we had the absolute pleasure talking with Chris Swonger. Chris is the President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) and Responsibility.org. We chatted about his history with distilled spirits, his current role and responsibilities, talked about the inaugural Distilled Spirits …
 
In this episode of the distillery nation podcast we had the absolute pleasure talking with Kara Newman. Kara is a spirits and cocktail writer based in New York, she's also the spirits editor for Wine Enthusiast and an author, with her latest book Cocktails with a Twist, which I purchased and love it. We talked about Kara's history, and how she got …
 
A special middle of the month episode, that is a recording of the sessions from the 2019 Honey Spirits Summit that was a few months ago. Our friend Austin was kind enough to record the entire presentation and with the permission of the Honey Summit we are releasing it here. It’s a great insight and continuation from our May episode with Keith Seiz,…
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with Daniel and Meg McNeill. Owners and distillers behind the award-winning Miscellaneous Distillery located in Mount Airy, Maryland. They are best known for their Rum, Gin and Rye they are a family run business, and I love having couples on the show as it a cool way to see different dynamics and how you …
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with Dan Farber of Osocalis Distillery, located in Soquel California and of course best known for their brandies (Hint: It took Dan 14 years to release his first brandy, talk about patience!). And what an honor, an hour and forty-five minutes of brandy history, production, aging and everything in between …
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with Kevin and Frank Kurland of Smoky Quartz Distillery located Seabrook New Hemisphere and best known for their Rum, Bourbon and Moonshine. A veteran owned and operated distillery, with a great story that related a lot to me in terms of bootstrapping and how they started. We talked about the build of the…
 
In this episode it’s a long recording of the TTB Trade session that occurred in Seattle WA in June 2019. Even though the audio is not the best I wanted to publish this in hopes to help the industry and ensure that everyone starting has access to information like this. It’s a mix audio of both the TTB (first part) and the Washington Liquor Control B…
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with Keith Seiz. Keith is the strategic director behind Brightly Creative an agency that specialized in marketing for all things beverage! And in this episode, we discussed all things Honey. Keith has been working with the National Honey Association for quite some time, along with food processors, breweri…
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with John and Michelle Davenport from Three Crosses Distilling. A full packed interview with John and Michelle, talked about their beginnings, research and how to approach using data to drive decisions. Worst distillery moment, leasing your equipment, building a local community around their distillery, an…
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with Paul Mabray. Paul is the CEO of Emetry and currently one of the most influential people when you think about the wine industry and technology. Paul has over two decades of experience in the food and beverage industry and although he specializes in wine. Wine and distilled spirits cross, and I do thin…
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with Mel Heim. Mel is the VP of Operations, distiller and blender for Eastside Distilling located in Portland Oregon. They are famous for the vodka, series of whiskies and rum. In this episode we talked about putting a plan around your SKUs and sales of those SKUs, early days of making Rum, the canning op…
 
In this episode we had the pleasure talking with Jennifer Solberg Katzman. Jennifer is the co-founder and distiller behind Rhine Hall Distillery located in Chicago IL. They are best know for their brandies. We did a deep dive into Rhine Hall and how it got its start, how to staying in your lane and being true to what you do best is how trully thing…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we had the pleasure of talking to Mark Beres of Flying Leap Vineyard and Distillery. Not only was this one of the longest podcasts I have done, but Mark brought the heat. Take notes as Mark did not hold back, providing feedback on funding a business (BTW they are a winery as well). We talked about na…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we had the pleasure of talking to Bill Lark of Lark Distillery. Bill is considered as the Godfather of Australian Whisky, was inducated in the Whisky Hall of Fame and his whisky claimed the ultimate prize and was named the world’s best single malt. Among others we chat about his core belief to help o…
 
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