Hops & Spirits Kentucky

It’s a different type of Q&A as we ask the questions and our guests talk about the alcohol. From drinks and food to art and fun, listen to the stories of some of your favorite brewers, distillers, chefs, artists, authors, brands and more in Kentucky (and surrounding areas). A new podcast is released every week.

Q&A with Talbott Tavern

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.

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Q&A with Against the Grain

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.

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Q&A with Woodinville Whiskey

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.

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Q&A with Kentucky Senator Bourbon

In this Q&A, we welcome in Damon Thayer, co-founder of Kentucky Senator Bourbon. He talks about why they got into the bourbon business, the history of the name, launching a bourbon, the history of the name, being a NDP producer, what it’s been like to source bourbon, their first three releases, giving some history with each bottle, getting recognition/awards and what’s next for the brand.

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Q&A with Catoctin Creek Distillery

In this Q&A, we go Beyond Kentucky as we chat with Becky Harris, co-founder/distiller of Catoctin Creek in Virginia. She talks about how she and her husband launched the distillery, her background in engineering, learning to love whiskey, why they focused on rye whiskey, sourcing regionally, the name, their fun partnerships, being a craft distillery and more.

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Flight Night with RD1 Spirits

t’s a bourbon Flight Night as we enjoy a two different pours from RD1 Spirits in Lexington — Kentucky Straight Bourbon and French Oak Finish — with Chris Tetterton, VP of Marketing for RD1 Spirits. In addition to the pours, we talk about their name, creating new bourbons, the original W.M. Tarr tribute line, where they source from, creating unique finishes and more!

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Q&A with the Kentucky Proud Beer Series

In this Q&A, we chat with Jessy Harding, executive director of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and Tyler Madison of the Kentucky Proud program. They talk about what the Kentucky Proud Beer Series is, how the programs work with farmers and brewers, the variety of produce used in the series (butternut squash anyone?!), why they turned this into a month-long event, where to get release information and more.

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Q&A with Silverbelly Whiskey

In this Q&A, we chat with Alan Jackson’s Silverbelly Whiskey. Mattie Jackson Selecman, author/sommelier and Jackson’s daughter, and Robbie Goldsmith, CEO of Silverbelly, join us to talk about how Alan Jackson got into the whiskey business, the name behind the brand, working with Green River Distillery in Kentucky on the whiskey, crafting a different batch with Alan’s songs, how Mattie became an author and sommelier, how Robbie got involved with Silverbelly, potential future releases and more.

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Q&A with The Stave Restaurant and Bourbon Bar

In this Q&A, we chat with Rebecca Burnworth, owner of The Stave Restaurant and Bourbon Bar in Millville, Kentucky. She talks about launching the Stave Restaurant, working as an architect/interior designer, designing other restaurants in central Kentucky, the location of The Stave, creating the outside spot The Treehouse, the name, what folks can expect when they visit, a potential new restaurant in Lexington and more.

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Q&A with The Bard Distillery

In this Q&A, we chat with Kim and Tom Bard, co-founders, of The Bard Distillery in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. They talk about Tom’s heritage with Bardstown, how they ended up in Muhlenberg, the distillery’s site and its history, their former careers, launching The Bard, their products, what’s next and more!

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Flight Night with Blue Stallion

It’s a craft beer Flight Night as we enjoy a four different pours from Blue Stallion Brewing of Lexington — Kolsch, Bruised Orange Pilsner, Lexipolitan and Dunkel — with head brewer JR. In addition to the pours, we talk how JR got into brewing, his move to Blue Stallion, tweaking recipes, the brand’s refresh, upcoming projects and more.

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Q&A with Middle West Spirits

In this Q&A, we chat with Ryan Lang, co-founder and CEO of Middle West Spirits in Columbus, Ohio. Ryan talks about how the industry has changed since Middle West launched in 2008, his family’s history in distilling, going from engineer to distiller, why they source locally/regionally as much as possible, collaborating with others on projects, sharing their knowledge with partners, their lineup of spirits and more.

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