The Latest from Hops & Spirits

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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Jon Wolfe on Juan Lobo Tequila, his latest album and staying busy

Country artist Jon Wolfe joins us to talk about his tequila Juan Lobo Tequila, getting involved in the tequila industry, his many hobbies beyond music, going from a finance degree to the oil fields to the stage, his latest album Dos Corazones, what he loves about touring and more. Plus, Kevin Patterson joins us for Tasting Notes to talk about craft beer and the perfect pairings for grilling season.

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CoCo Vodka Cocktail

Taste Test: CoCo Vodka Original. This ready-to-drink cocktail is pretty straightforward with vodka and coconut water. The coconut really stands out and, if you’re not a coconut fan, this might not be for you.

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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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Broken Barrel Small Batch Bourbon

Taste Test: Broken Barrel Whiskey Small Batch. This bourbon is finished in oak staves (40% French Oak Staves, 40% Ex-Bourbon Cask Staves, and 20% Sherry Cask Staves). I love what Broken Barrel is doing, but this one wasn’t my favorite. I enjoyed the California Oak more.

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Broken Barrel California Oak Whiskey

Taste Test: Broken Barrel Whiskey California Oak. This bourbon is finished in oak staves (20% French Oak Staves & 80% Central Coast Cabernet Wine Barrel Staves). This is a solid pour and worth a try. Very impressed by Broken Barrel.

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