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The Distillery Nation Podcast
57 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
DNP 089: Melkon Khosrovian (RTDs)
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 opportunities and Greenbar has invested heavily into this space, so why not bring Melkon's expertise and learn how they are doing it.
51 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
DNP 088: Maggie Campbell
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 this unique super-power of taking something really complex and breaking it down into very simple easy to follow steps. But more of that during this month's episode with Maggie Campbell.
60 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
DNP 087: Marianne Eaves
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 helping others is super important, her advice for those starting up and so much more!
56 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
DNP 086: Ben Williams - Highway Vodka
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 books and so much more!
65 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
DNP 085: Direct to Consumer - Part 2 (with Mark Beres)
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 this episode, we went a different direction. What started as a text, we decided to convert it into a podcast with the goal of providing value and a different method of thinking about your business. This episode is focused around the concept of direct to consumer and building your own distribution model based on a few key findings Mark found through his experience. This is a very insightful podcast that all of us need to pay attention to! With a lot of great advice and food for thought!
26 minutes | May 31, 2021
DNP 084: Markus Kypreos - Blackland Distillery
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 to open a distillery, their decision on going with a custom made bottle, which is beautifully designed, his advice on distribution and so much more.
34 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
DNP 083: Lance Winters - St. George Spirits
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 elevate St. George into a world-class distillery with a variety of products from the original Pear Brandy to American Single Malt and Gin and Vodka. A wide-ranging interview about the history of St. George, how Lance got his start, favorite books and so much more!
31 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
DNP 082: Direct to Consumer - Part 1
A solo episode where I do a deep dive into my personal Direct to Consumer solution for shipping spirits. Comparing other solutions and giving you my recommendations and what I use for my distillery.
53 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
DNP 081: Thomas and Andrew Soltau - Sugarfield Spirits
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 industry, using seasonal releases to drive both on-premises and off-premise sales, creating focus and accountability especially when you run a family business, favorite books, maintain a healthy lifestyle and so much more!
42 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
DNP 080: Andy Garrison - Stone Barn Brandyworks
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 knew his breadth of knowledge on the brandy and distilling, and probably one of the best domestic Grappa's that I have tried. A wide range of an interview as we talked about Andy's start into distilling, grapes, we touched on brandy production of course and so much more!
38 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
DNP 079: Lloyd Reed - Black Mountain Botanicals
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 distillery moment, and why Gin among many things!
33 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
DNP 078: Tony Abou-Ganim
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 for bartender and distillers, and how hospitality is the foundation for everything and so much more!
69 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
DNP 077: Austin Adamson & Eric Strom - Ballmer Peak Distillery
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 your customers, giving back, favorite books and so much more!
36 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
DNP 076: Butter & Bacon
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.
19 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
DNP 075: Scott Bolin - Next Century Spirits
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.
39 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
DNP 074: Arthur Shapiro - Booze Business
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.
38 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
DNP 073: Michael Weiss - Spirit Hub
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!
35 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
DNP 072: Ivar Aass - Spirit Lab Distilling
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.
6 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
DNP 071: What's Your Cash Cow?
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!
40 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
DNP 070: Robert Likarish - Ironroot Republic Distillery
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!
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