Grammy-nominated and multi-instrumentalist artist Hunter Hayes joins us to talk about his favorite drinks, his love of Scotch whisky, learning new instruments, how he’s changed musically (or not) over the past decade, his road trip to California, latest singles from Red Sky, sharing this part of his musical journey, what’s next and more.
It’s an Extra Tasting Notes with Royalty Spirits founder Chaunci King. She talks about what drew her to the alcohol beverage industry, the challenges she’s faced along the way, going with vodka and whiskey, their Rex Rye Whiskey, their Miru Vodka, other products and more.
In this Q&A, we talk with Chuck Wood, the manager of Talbott Tavern Restaurant & Inn in Bardstown. He talks about where the tavern’s name originates, having history there dating back to 1779, a haunted history too, being part of the bourbon world in Bardstown, being an inn, the restaurant, the crazy bourbon collection at their bourbon bar, what folks can expect when they visit and more.
This inaugural release of the Equinox Blend was created using Stellum Bourbon. Their team slowly layered in rare sets of bourbon barrels, step by step, until the evening of the Vernal Equinox, when the blend was completed in honor of the changing seasons and bottled at cask strength (117.26 proof).
Dennijo Sitze of the country trio the Flat River Band joins us to talk about playing together as brothers, growing up in a family band, having kids not into music, how the trio came to be, playing with the Gatlin Brothers, their latest album, making music for the front porch, what 2023 has in store and more.
In this Q&A, we talk with two of the co-founders from Against the Grain in Louisville, Sam Cruz and Jerry Gnagy. They talk about how a pirate hooker statue pushed them to launch ATG, the journey to finding their Smokehouse location, expanding and trying new concepts, how they name their beers, the wildness is their can designs and what’s next for them.
This week’s spotlight is Lauren Mote, co-founder of Bittered Sling — range of award-winning cocktail bitters — Global Director of On Trade Excellence for Patrón Tequila, and author of the new book “A Bartender’s Guide to the World” (Published in late October 2022.)
Chicken Cock Whiskey Island Rooster Rum Barrel Rye starts with Chicken Cock’s Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey and is finished in Caribbean rum casks for at least six months. The brand says it was inspired by a trip to the Caribbean, where roosters announce the coming day.
Barrell Bourbon Vantage is a blend of straight bourbons finished in three distinct expressions of virgin oak: Mizunara, French, and toasted American oak casks. It is also the newest member of Barrell’s year-round line-up.
Country artist Austin Snell joins us to talk about his debut single Excuse the Mess, how his parents had to change his name, buying a guitar with his last $400, his adventurous journey to Nashville, ignoring the signs of that journey, finding his voice, writing music and more.
In this Q&A, we welcome in Ariel Jahn, a Kentucky native and the Development Manager for Woodinville Whiskey. She talks about how she got into the business, her role with Woodinville, the role of a Brand Ambassador, how a whiskey company enters a new market, working with bartenders and mixologists in a market, how tastings and events work, the history of Woodinville Whiskey, how it is a local Washington grain to glass product, their bourbons and more.
This week’s spotlight is Scott Griffin, head brewer of Legion Brewing in Charlotte, NC. Scott has been with Legion Brewing since its inception. Starting as an assistant brewer, he became the head brewer in 2018 and now oversees brewing operations at the Plaza Midwood and West Morehead facilities.
No matter how you like it, grab your favorite drink and join us for a fun conversation. Bar Conversations features interviews musicians, personalities and entertainers as they talk about their careers, new projects coming and so much more. A new podcast is released every Tuesday.
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