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  • Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? Based in Australia, but globally minded, Drinks Adventures is an entertaining podcast covering the whole world of fine drinks: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on! Listen in as host James Atkinson interviews some of the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking and distilling, along with sommeliers, bartenders, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones. Previous guests include actor and winemaker Sam Neill; musician and winemaker Maynard James Keenan; techno artist and Japanese sake aficionado Richie Hawtin; and wine critics Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes. We've met cricketers turned winemakers Sir Ian Botham and Ricky Ponting, whisky experts Dave Broom and Charles Maclean MBE; Japanese sake expert John Gauntner; cocktail historian and Sipsmith Gin master distiller Jared Brown; tequila and mixology pioneer Julio Bermejo; Champagne Lanson cellarmaster Hervé Dantan and bourbon master distiller Marianne Eaves. Other guests have included Australian wine expert Andrew Caillard MW; Teeling Irish Whiskey's Stephen Teeling; craft beer pioneer Phil Sexton; Cameron Mackenzie of Australian gin heavyweights Four Pillars Gin; James Godfrey of Penfolds Wines; Starward Whisky founder David Vitale; and Bentspoke Brewing Company's Richard Watkins. Drinks Adventures was named Best Wine Podcast the Australian Wine Communicator Awards 2021. Host James Atkinson is a Certified Cicerone® and the only dual winner of Best Media at the Australian International Beer Awards (2017 and 2021). A lover of all fine drinks, James has contributed as a journalist to myriad wine, beer and spirits publications including Good Food, Selector, Gourmet Traveller Wine and Halliday. He is former editor of TheShout and Brews News. Contact him by emailing hello@drinksadventures.com.au
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  • 31 mins
  • May 17 2022
    The Gospel Distillers is a dedicated rye whiskey distillery based in Melbourne, Australia.

    We first met co-founder Andrew Fitzgerald in April 2020 for a chat primarily about the impact of COVID-19 on his business.

    Andrew returns for this opening episode of Season 13, so you’re going to find out what’s been happening at The Gospel since then.

    And we’ll be talking purely about rye whiskey, rather than hand sanitiser; more specifically, The Gospel’s recent entry into the US market.

    It seems a bold move, taking Australian rye over to the home of rye whiskey.

    So I asked Andrew first up how he and his business partner, Ben Bowles, came to this decision.
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    28 mins
  • May 11 2022
    B Corp is a certification program that measures a company’s entire social and environmental impact.

    There are now more than 4000 Certified B Corporations around the world, several of which we’ve featured on this podcast: Sipsmith Gin, Stone & Wood Brewing Company, and South Australian winery Unico Zelo.

    In February, Maker’s Mark joined this elite group of businesses. It’s the first distillery in Kentucky and the largest distillery in the world to achieve B Corp certification.

    And in this special episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast – produced with the support of Maker’s Mark – you’re going to hear about some of the environmental initiatives it’s undertaken to safeguard the future of bourbon, which of course is ultimately an agricultural product.

    We’re joined this episode by Rob Samuels, an eighth generation whiskey maker and the grandson of Maker’s Mark founder, Bill Samuels Senior.

    And also with us is Trent Chapman, marketing director Oceania for Beam Suntory, Maker’s Mark’s parent company.

    Later on in the interview, we cover the ingredients and production practices that underpin the Maker’s Mark style, and the evolution of the bourbon industry in Kentucky, where ten new distilleries opened in 2021.

    The B-Corp milestone comes as Maker’s Mark continues its rapid growth in markets such as Australia.

    The distillery released a new expression, Maker’s 46, in 2010. But the international growth has largely been driven by classic Maker’s, which for almost 60 years was the only whiskey it produced.

    I asked Rob first up about the significance of this singular focus by Maker’s, at a time when many of its peers are seemingly bringing out new whiskies every other week.
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    26 mins

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