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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…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Jaz Jarzewiak. Jaz is the distillery behind Hope Springs Distillery located in Georgia, and in this episode, we did a deep dive into absinthe production, maceration techniques, favorite books and tools, finding balance on a spirits and you can go about formulating an absinthe recipe. I h…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Joanna and Nic Merrill of Kalamazoo StillHouse. As with every episode we talk about favorite books, how different backgrounds can help build your distillery and why its important to consider all options including purchasing instead of leasing. We chat about righ-sizing your equipment, fa…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Tom and Lianne Herbruck of Tom's Foolery Disitllery located in Burton Ohio. They have been specilizing over the last 10 years in the production of AppleJack, Bourbon and Rye. We chat about their begginings, how they are currently on their 5th generation still, favorite books and advice t…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Karen Hoskin co-founder of Montanya Distillery, located in Crested Butte, Colorado. They are best known for their rums and in this episode we talk about women in disitlling, Karen's history into the craft spirits world, favorite books and drinks, going carbon free at their disitllery and…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Stephanie and James from Hye Rum, a craft distillery located in Hye Texas, focusing on the producing of French and Caribbean rums. We chat about their backgrounds, how they decided on a distillery and specifically Rum. Stephanie discusses the importance of marketing, while James the impo…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Bryan Davis. Bryan is the founder of Lost Spirits, a distillery located in Los Angeles California and they are best known for their Rum and the Theo One aging reactor. We chat about Bryan's start into distilling, his idea for the Theo One, favorite drinks and publications, how he actuall…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Mark Shilling, its a wide range conversation including ACSA, Revolution Spirits, the Federal Excice Tax and so much more. Mark at the time of the recording was the President of the ACSA, helped co-found Revolution Spirits and recently helping distilleries via his consulting business. I h…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Maureen Downey. Maureen has been featured on the Netflix documentary Sour Grapes. She has been named the Sherlock Holmes of wine, and among many other achievements she has build a career helping people verify and certify their wine and spirits. In this episode we chat about blockchain, w…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Paul Hughes. Paul holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry, an expert in beer and distillery operation specifically around taste, botanical flavors and performance along with accelerated methods of maturation. We discuss everything from botanical flavors and compounds to fermentation and enzymes…
 
For our first episode of 2018, we decided to reverse the microphone and have Andrew a podcast listener and a big help during the 2017 harvest ask the normal questions I use for guests. We talk on how I started the distillery, favorite books, strengths and weaknesses and everything in between. I hope you enjoy this and find value. If you do please l…
 
In our last episode for 2017, we had the pleasure of talking with Jon Good from Green Door Distilling located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jon had an incredible story and he shares with us his early years into the business, making booze, favorite books, habits and everything in between. A truly excellent episode to finish the year strong and continue in…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with Will Maschmeier from 3 Howls distillery, and although my accent gets into the way of pronunciating 3 Howls, Will is doing great things! You can see from the very few moments of talking with him, his passition for quality spirits and process optimization. We talk everything from restruc…
 
In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I had a chat with Yannis Chandolias, owner and distiller of Argo distillery. Argo distillery is a producer of mastic liqueur and soon the first whisky of Greece. Located in Athens Greece, Yannis has a long family history in the trade of spirits and now with his own company producing an authentic spir…
 
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