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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, wine fraud and the cost, spirits, favorite drinks and her role in the Netflix documentary Sour Grapes. I hope you enjoy this and find value. If you do please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, we read every single one and they help the podcast grow. Please visit this podcast at http://www.distillerynation.com/ and view all of today's show notes.
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 spirits while home cooking! And now more than ever bringing this as a potential avenue to distilleries as a means to differentiate, possibly create your own recipes, and showcase that it's not only wine that pairs well with food both at a table or as part of the recipe itself.
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 around finishing and filtration, his advice on technology and spirits, favorite books and so much more.
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/Global Duty-Free, Global Head of Marketing Services, and his longest position, EVP Marketing for the Americas. We talked about the background and how he got into the booze business, Direct to Consumer shipping, his marketing advice for a small craft distillery, favorite book and so much more.
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 like Spirit Hub are much needed, we chatted about Michael's background, why Spirit Hub exists, their goals, how they can help the producers and so much more!
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 craft distillery can be very beneficial.. 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 craft distillery can be very beneficial.
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 generating so much revenue that no only its own brand, but it can allow for the business to use those funds to finance other aspects of the operation, from getting new locations, to upgrading equipment to hiring more people. In that particular conversation, this stood out on why there were winning, they had a cash cow in their hands!
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 course bourbon, whiskey, and so much more!
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 process, and their focus on flavor and so much more!
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 Single Malt Whiskey and the advantage it currently has on the market! And so much more!
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 career and how that lead to the current business, how to tell stories about your brand, how to focus on those stories, favorites books, building a mailing list, social media tips for craft distilleries and so much more!
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 with RNDC, looked into the future, and where we are potentially going with a DTC approach and so much more.
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 hand sanitizer, their new podcast and so much more. 
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 they do, favorite books, expansion headaches, SKU selection and so much more.
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: https://www.fda.gov/media/136118/download?fbclid=IwAR0C11cJmuiiuTXbJzA-erMvW39iVgxRW1omq1_dRq-AaCnPiab15k5aPXs TTB: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USTTB/bulletins/281f319?reqfrom=share
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 selection, history, pot distillation and so much more!
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 collection of stills, re-structuring the company, capacity changes, favorite books, his advice on running a distillery and so much more!
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, favorite books, worst distillery moments, yeast protocols, wine casks and so much more!
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 audits at this level as there are simply too many rules to fully have an understanding. It took me a long time to release this, but I hope you do find value!  Not a lot of folks release what's happening behind the scenes, and especially with processes like this. Always remember: Collaboration > Competition
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 troubleshooting issues and ensuring a quality product, his experience with studying abroad, best advice, aquavit tips, and so much more.
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 started, how a health department issue ends up being a great asset at the end, We obviously talk about Organic Spirits and recipe formulation, favorite books, stills, and his advice!
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 Council Conference. Hot topics like the FET expiration that will affect craft distilleries here in 2 months, and more importantly what we can do to help raise our voice. Spirits United, which is a new platform that can help and focus on raising awareness on critical craft spirit issues. We talked about the Whiskey tariffs with the EU, and his thoughts on the influx on alcohol related campaigns that are surfacing over the last few days. Please visit this podcast at http://www.distillerynation.com/ and view all of today's show notes.
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 involved in the spirits and cocktail industry. We talk about the strengths a distillery should focus when looking at cocktails, and brand, how important is location when a bar is attached to a distillery, collaboration for secondary markets. Ready to drink cocktails, and of course her latest book Cocktails with a Twist. Please visit this podcast at http://www.distillerynation.com/ and view all of today's show notes.
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, on how to look at adding honey into your spirits. Also, in the show notes the actual PowerPoint Presentations from the seminar! A BIG thank you to Austin, give him a follow-on social media as he's starting his distillery - Ballmer Peak Distillery! Please visit this podcast at http://www.distillerynation.com/ and view all of today's show notes.
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 can make things happens with your significant other. We chatted of course about their history, branding, how being a little different is ok in terms of how you produce and market your spirits and always having the humility to always learn and ask questions. Please visit this podcast at http://www.distillerynation.com/ and view all of today's show notes.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Ilias Mastrogiannis
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Sep 15th, 2015
Latest Episode
Oct 31st, 2020
Release Period
Monthly
Episodes
77
Avg. Episode Length
41 minutes
Explicit
Yes
Language
English

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