Spirits of Whisk(e)y explores the wide world of whiskey through its many colorful personalities—from high-profile makers, blenders, and ambassadors to out-of-the-way innovators and remote pioneers. Join Kerry & Philip each week as they showcase the people and elements that give the water of life its spirit.
Our podcast guest is Rhonda Kallman. Rhonda founded Boston Harbor Distillery in 2012 to make whole-grain whiskey and other inventive spirits. She is considered one of America’s craft beverage industry thought leaders and as the pioneering woman in the beer industry, was able to lead the way for other women to earn the respect and credibility they deserve. After a decades-long career at the forefront of the U.S. craft beer movement, she founded Boston Harbor Distillery to produce her first love, whiskey in her beloved city of Boston.
Founded in 2020 in the midst of a global public health crisis, Honkaku
Spirits is the first portfolio devoted exclusively to koji-fermented spirits including honkaku (authentic) shochu, Ryukyu Awamori from Okinawa, and koji whiskey from Japan. Working exclusively with family-run distilleries, Honkaku Spirits is devoted to introducing the best traditional Japanese spirits to America. The company is led by Christopher Pellegrini, author of The Shochu Handbook, the first English language book about Japan’s indigenous spirits, and supported by ambassador Stephen Lyman, author of the James Beard wardnominated Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks. Bruce Gearhart – formerly president of Bacchus Importers, one of the premier fine wine and craft spirits distributors based in the mid-Atlantic – is the Managing Director.
Spirits of Whisk(e)y is offering access to its new VIP Content page to loyal listeners and whiskey lovers who want more. And when it comes to whiskey, who doesn't want more?!
For as little as $3 per month, you can become an AMBER member of the lounge and access videos related to topics discussed on past podcasts. At $6 per month, you can join the lounge as a COPPER member and enjoy everything in the Amber level PLUS have access to audio and video extras and exclusive content not available anywhere else!
Current Content available at the AMBER member level in the VIP Lounge
includes Kerry's first ever taste of whiskey wash (which we talked about with Laphroaig's Simon Brooking way back on Episode one), There is also a sample of Chef Louise Leonard's Cheese Blintzes with Sour Cherry Flambé from Episode 16, and A Tour of the Royal Oak Distillery with Woody Kane (from episode 38). This is just the beginning. We have lots more extra content in store for members of the VIP Lounge.
At our COPPER member level you can enjoy Telly Award Winning lost interview from 2015 when Kerry interviewed Jill Kuehler (interviewed with distiller Molly Troupe in Episode 8) when she was planning Portland's first female owned and operated distillery, Freeland Spirits.
In addition you will find fantastic audio footage that ended up on the cutting room floor—or in our case, the malting floor. Grand Opening episodes include a chat with Nicole Austin about sour mash, charcoal mellowing, the George Dickel apprentice program, and the hidden meaning behind the numbers 1, 8, and 12. Also available to members is our talk with Fawn Weaver about how she became her own undercover boss, how her ladies-who-lunch date turned into an adventure with private investigators, and death row—and we learn the true identities of Chick and Rabbit. Plus deleted content from episode 35 with WhiskyCast's Mark Gillespie.
Also in our COPPER member section is our 2021 St. Patrick's Day special with guests Jonathan Pogash, aka The Cocktail Guru, "Startender" Pam Wiznitzer, and Kelly Abbott of Unleashed Coffee Co. as we talk about the history of the classic Irish Coffee and how to make it. In addition Pam will show us how to make her Irish Coffee inspired cocktail, The Blind Abbot and Kelly will show us some of her favorite coffee brewing techniques.
This webisode can only be seen in our VIP Lounge so sign up and become a member today. How do you become a VIP? It's easy! Become a supporter by signing up for the membership level that is right for you at our VIP Lounge!
The Water of Life is a look at the craftsmen, chemists, and renegades who saved scotch whisky and started a creative revolution in Scotland.
The feature documentary focuses on the efforts of Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier at Bruichladdich but it also gives in-depth portraits of other key innovators who embraced the past, invented the future… or both. For tickets and show times click here:
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