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The Oddrop Drinks Podcast, discovering curious drinks for curious drinkers.

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The Oddrop Drinks Podcast, discovering curious drinks for curious drinkers.

    Ancient Egyptian Beer

    Ancient Egyptian Beer

    We’re interrupting our series break to bring you a very special episode of the Oddrop Drinks Podcast. We hear from a team of women who have spent the last few months researching and recreating a 5,000-year-old beer from Ancient Egypt. Part of the Pleasant Vices YouTube series, they’ve been working closely with the British Museum to reproduce this ancient boozy beverage.  
    Our fantastic guests in this episode are:
    Tasha Marks – food historian and founder at AVM Curiosities. 
    Michaela Charles – brewer at AlphaBeta Brewery 
    Susan Boyle – drinks specialist/consultant, performer of A Wine Goose Chase and brewer at Two Sisters Brewery
    For more information on this amazing brew, read Tasha’s blog on the British Museum website and watch the Pleasant Vices series on YouTube.
    Keep in touch with us at @Oddrop_Podcast on Twitter/Instagram
    www.oddrop.co.uk

    • 32 min
    Dry Sherry

    Dry Sherry

    In our last episode of the series, we look at a drink that’s particularly close to Lucy’s heart – dry sherry. We look into three of the key styles of dry sherry and their unique ageing processes, with Certified Sherry Educator Karen Douglas, who is also the Director of Global Education at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).
    Plus we FINALLY let producer Lou have a drink! She tries dry sherry for the first time and gives us her unique take on how to describe colours in wine…
    The sherries we tried in this episode were the Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso from the Pedro’s Almacenista range, available at Majestic Wine.
    Other favourite sherries of ours include Valdespino, El Maestro Sierra and Fernando di Castilla. Or for some super old and complex sherries, try Bodegas Tradicion.
    A list of the best sherry bars in the UK (as nominated by Sherry Wines) can be found here. Enjoy!

    • 36 min
    Coffee

    Coffee

    This episode will start anyone’s morning off right – coffee. This delightfully addictive beverage rules over our mornings and is part of many people’s daily routine, yet we don’t always take the time to appreciate the hard work that goes into each and every cup. There's much more to a cup of coffee than a simple caffeine boost!
    We learn from Laura Bratti, Head of Training at the Artisan Coffee School, all about the beans themselves, optimum brewing methods, the best kit for brewing the perfect cup at home, and how to conduct a professional coffee ‘cupping’!
    To learn more about coffee, visit www.artisancoffeeschool.co.uk
    The two roasteries we tried coffee from in this episode were:
    The Barn Roastery, Berlin - https://thebarn.de/Gardelli Roastery, Italy https://shop.gardellicoffee.com/

    • 33 min
    Cider

    Cider

    This week’s episode is one of our favourites. Cider is perhaps the most misunderstood and underrated drink around, despite being the UK’s indigenous beverage. Often lumped in as an add-on to beer, cider is much more akin to wine. It’s the fermented juice of the apple and each apple variety that goes into it will go a long way towards determining its unique tastes and flavours.
    We speak with Gabe Cook, AKA the Ciderologist. Gabe’s on a mission to change the UK’s perceptions of this this amazingly diverse drink and help us understand all the different styles available. Your challenge, listener, is to seek them out, so go get some cider inside your insides!  
    To learn more about cider, and about Gabe, visit www.theciderologist.com. If you’re keen to formalise your cider knowledge, Gabe has developed a series of qualifications with the Beer and Cider Academy. Check them out at https://www.beerandcideracademy.org/cider-courses/
    Check out our website at www.oddrop.co.uk/podcasts/cider to find out where to buy the ciders we tasted  and mentionedin this episode.

    • 38 min
    Sake

    Sake

    This episode discovers Sake, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Not a beer, not a wine, not a spirit, sake is a category all of its own. We talk to sake educator Honami Matsumoto, who gives us a run-down of the very specialist polishing and brewing process that goes into making sake and helps us to break down the category into different styles. 
    Sake is a hugely diverse drink with so many nuances and sub-styles - this podcast gives just a little taste of this amazing drink. We hope to follow this episode up later down the line by looking at some of the super-special and slightly more off-piste styles of sake, so watch this space!
    A little heads up, there's a lot of new terms to learn, so we've plonked a little glossary on our website at www.oddrop.co.uk/podcasts/sake






    The incredible sake we tried in this podcast can be purchased online from Hedonism Wines: 






    Keigetsu Gin no Yume Junmai DaiginjoKeigetsu Aikawahomare Tokubetsu Junmai
    For more info on Sake and Honami herself, or to purchase some beautiful sake ware, visit www.houseofsake.co.uk
    To book onto a sake course, visit www.wsetglobal.com. 

    • 32 min
    Gin

    Gin

    This week we take our first excursion into the spirit world, and what better spirit to begin with than gin. We talk with spirits/cocktails educator Hannah Lanfear of The Mixing Class. Hannah has an enormous knowledge of the history and production of this fascinating spirit. She takes us on a journey through time from gin’s arrival in the UK from Holland through to the present-day gin boom (teaser: it has not been a smooth ride!)
    Hannah also offers us her advice on how to taste spirits neat, how to avoid screwing up a G&T and how to craft a classic Martini.
    The three gins tasted in this podcast are, in order, Jensen’s Old Tom Gin, Nicholson London Dry and Four Pillars Navy Strength. You can find them all online from spirits retailers such as www.thewhiskyexchange.com
    To learn more about spirits  and cocktails, visit Hannah’s website: www.themixingclass.com  To book a spirits qualification course through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) head to www.wsetglobal.com to find your nearest course provider.
    Have a favourite gin you think we should try? Get in touch with us on Instagram/Twitter @Oddrop_Podcast or at www.oddrop.co.uk.   
     

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

farmerphoebs ,

Best drinks podcast

This is the best drink podcast I’ve heard. A lot are Americans who just seem to talk about nothing but yours are about the actual drink. Educational, interesting and fun.
I hope you do some wine ones soon. Thanks

farmerphoebs ,

Best drinks podcast

This is the best drink podcast I’ve heard. A lot are Americans who just seem to talk about nothing but yours are about the actual drink. Educational, interesting and fun.
I hope you do some wine ones soon. Thanks

timmytowers87 ,

REALLY GOOD PODCASTS!!!

I really enjoy listening to these podcasts about different drinks and I hope to hear more. The cider one was such an interesting one, the coffee one was fascinating and now I will listen to gin and dry sherry as I prune the grape vines in the vineyard I work for! Keep them coming please!!!!!

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