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 Turtleback Ridge Brewery

In this Q&A, we chat with Keegan McGee, head brewer at Turtleback Ridge Brewery in Robertson County. Keegan talks about being part of a working farm, how the brewery became part of it, working with other farmers/growers in the area, collaborating with breweries across the state, experimenting with beer styles and flavors, being in Robertson County and what’s next.

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Q&A with chef Sara Bradley

In this Q&A, we chat with Sara Bradley, owner/chef of the freight house in Paducah and runner-up Season 16 of Top Chef. Sara talks about how she became a chef, how she puts her psychology degree to use, sharing the restaurant with family, having fun on social media, what it was like on Top Chef, returning to Paducah, launching the freight house, the restaurant’s booze collection and what’s next for her.

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Q&A with Drunkwood creator John King

In this Q&A, we chat with John King, creator and founder of Drunkwood. John talks about how he got into woodworking, if he’s always been creative, being a teacher, how he comes up with designs, working with bourbon barrels, his love of craft beer, being part of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, how folks kind find his work and more.

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Q&A with chef Mark Wombles of Heirloom and Distilled on Jefferson

In this Q&A, we chat with Mark Wombles, owner/chef of Heirloom in Midway & Distilled on Jefferson in Lexington. Mark talks about how he became a chef, going to California to learn, working with other local chefs, launching Heirloom, expanding with more restaurants, what folks can expect at each, what his roles are these days and more.

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Flight Night XI with Limestone Branch

It’s a bourbon Flight Night as we enjoy a three different pours from Limestone Branch — Minor Case Rye, Yellowstone Select and Yellowstone Family Recipe — with co-founder and master distiller Stephen Beam. In addition to the pours, we talk how they brought back the Yellowstone brand into the family, working with Luxco, giving back to the parks, the family’s legacy, an old yeast jug and more.

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Q&A with Heather Wibbels (Cocktail Contessa)

In this Q&A, we chat with author and mixologist Heather Wibbels. Heather talks about how she became Cocktail Contessa, her journey into cocktails, how Bourbon Women played a role in her life/career, what it was like to write “Bourbon is My Comfort Food”, how the book differed from her work in magazines, her next projects and more.

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Q&A with Scout & Scholar

Our latest Q&A is with Scout & Scholar Brewing in Bardstown, Kentucky. We’re joined by Lee Northcutt, Head Brewer, and Matthew Cammack, Brewer, as they talk about how Scout & Scholar got its name, how the name lends itself to the beer, having a full kitchen on site, working with local distilleries on projects, collaborating with other breweries across the state and more.

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Q&A with Rivergreen Cocktails

In this Q&A, we chat with Rivergreen Cocktails owner/founder Danielle Mann. Danielle talks about how Rivergreen Cocktails came about, going with gin-based cocktails, using all-natural ingredients, producing small batches, making everything in Louisville, launching with three cocktails, making them at 12%ABV, where can folks find it and what’s next.

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Q&A with 15 Stars Bourbon

In this Q&A, we chat with 15 Stars Bourbon co-founders Rick and Ricky Johnson. They talk about how it is working together as father and son, how their other family business played a role in this venture, where the name 15 Stars comes from, their first two initial offerings, how they will tap into those heirloom corns in the future, where 15 Stars is currently available and more.

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Q&A with Barn8 at Hermitage Farm

In this Q&A, we chat with Alison Settle, executive chef, and Randi Densford, beverage director, of Barn8 at Hermitage Farm. They join us to talk about their roles at the restaurant/farm, how they got into their careers, earning some impressive honors, their food, their drinks, how they incorporate the farm into their programs, what they have in story for the summer and more.

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Q&A with Castle & Key

In this Q&A, we chat with Castle & Key Distillery’s Head Blender Brett Connors. Brett talks about how his role has evolved at Castle & Key, what a head blender does, how his art history degree came into play at the distillery, the long and amazing history of the site, their Restoration Rye, their first bourbon releases, what’s next and more.

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Q&A with the Inebriated Baker

In this Q&A, we chat with Danielle Rowell, owner/founder of Inebriated Baker and Inebriated Chef. She joins us to talk about how she started the Inebriated Baker, who Cletus is (the logo), the difficulty of baking with booze, how her boozy cupcakes differ from others, the many boozy options she has now, the perks of a storefront and more.

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