Welcome to the Alcohol & chats, where we ask questions to interesting people in the alcohol world. These chats feature a variety of individuals and connections to the industry from authors and historians to artists and creators. No matter the chat, our goal is to highlight interesting people that deserve a spotlight to share their work.
We talk with Bixby Chocolate founder Kate McAleer who recently teamed up with Allagash Brewing to create Beer Brittle. Kate McAleer, brainchild of this product collaboration, said “Bixby was seeking a way to innovate a new brittle concept and craft beer seemed like a wonderful addition to the flavor profile. Allagash was our dream partner—we started R+D with Allagash White and grew the concept from there.”Read more
Two teams of Case Western Reserve University chemical engineering PhD students recently walked away with a trio of top awards in a competition with dozens of other aspiring scientists — in brewing beer.Read more
While National Cigar Day was Feb. 27, the celebration of a good cigar can happen every day. Enjoying a cigar is a great way to slow down and it’s the same with a good drink. But what about pairing a drink with a cigar? To find this out, we spoke with Eduardo Bacardi to learn more.Read more
Inspired by her global travels and quest to find healthy and enjoyable alternatives to alcohol, Mocktail Club founder Pauline Idogho has turned a passion project into something quite unique.Read more
Nick Taranto and Jordan Bass, founders of HOP WTR, join us for a chat on what sparked the creation of HOP WTR, how it differs from nonalcoholic craft beers, the challenges they faced and what’s in store for 2022.Read more
This week’s spotlight is on True Cubes co-founder Doug Allan. While earning his MBA, Doug co-founded a successful wine packaging company with two classmates. Stacked Wines, a patented single-serve wine package, was a revolutionary package that gained national distribution and press. Doug has also workedwith wine brands such as Chateau Montelena Winery, Seghesio Family Vineyard, Kendall-Jackson, La Crema and many others. Bringing innovations to life–from ideation to market success–is Doug’s knack.Read more
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