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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 covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on!
Listen in as award-winning drinks writer James Atkinson interviews the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking, distilling and mixology, along with sommeliers, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones.

Drinks Adventures - Wine, beer, whisky, gin & more with James Atkinson Wine, Beer & Whisky Network Australia

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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 covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on!
Listen in as award-winning drinks writer James Atkinson interviews the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking, distilling and mixology, along with sommeliers, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones.

    Tasmanian whisky stalwart Hellyers Road crowfunds new chapter

    Tasmanian whisky stalwart Hellyers Road crowfunds new chapter

    In this episode we meet Derek Charge, who is CEO of Hellyers Road Distillery in Tasmania.
    Hellyers Road was founded in 1997 by a group of dairy farmers who decided to diversify their business into the production of whisky.
    At the time of this episode going to air, the company is in the final stages of an equity crowdfunding campaign that has already generated almost $3.5 million worth of investment.
    I've never known much about Hellyers Road beyond what I've heard anecdotally from people.
    So, this juncture seemed like the perfect opportunity to catch up with Derek and satisfy my curiosity about a significant player in Australian whisky that up until now, has flown a little bit under the radar.

    • 30 min
    World champion gluten-free beer: Two Bays Brewing

    World champion gluten-free beer: Two Bays Brewing

    In this episode, we meet Richard Jeffares, founder of the gluten-free brewery Two Bays, which recently won a gold medal for its Session Ale at the World Beer Cup.
    The World Beer Cup is often referred to as ‘The Olympics Of Beer’. It's held in America every two years and unlike most of the other drinks competitions around, there is only one gold, silver and bronze medal awarded in each beer category.
    It's frightfully difficult to win a medal, especially for breweries on the other side of the world, which naturally face logistical challenges getting their beer in front of the judges in peak condition.
    As such, there's only been a handful of Australian breweries that have ever won medals in the World Beer Cup, with 9300 beers entered this year from 2060 breweries in 50 countries.
    Two Bays founder Richard Jeffares and head brewer Kristian Martin were in Las Vegas to collect the award.
    And when I caught up with Richard on his return to Australia, it was also a chance to hear about other developments at the company, which continues to impress with its mastery of beers made from a base of millet, buckwheat and rice.

    • 29 min
    A whisky nerd turns pro: Rod Berry of Amber Lane Distillery

    A whisky nerd turns pro: Rod Berry of Amber Lane Distillery

    We're joined this episode by Rod Berry of Amber Lane, a whisky distillery based in the Yarramalong Valley, north of Sydney.
    Rod’s longstanding enthusiasm for whisky gradually evolved into an obsession while working in his previous career as a lawyer.
    Ultimately, Rod joined forces with friend and fellow whisky enthusiast Phil Townsend to set up the Amber Lane distillery on Phil’s property in the Central Coast hinterland.
    Since leaving the legal pro behind, Rod has been fine-tuning his craft, inspired by his passion for sherried Scotch whiskies, and applying some maturation techniques that are more commonly utilised in the production of cognac.  
    Already with an impressive array of gold medals to its name, Amber Lane has developed a reputation for quality, which Rod believes is crucial for craft spirits producers to be able to prosper in the current competitive and economic landscape.  

    • 34 min
    Chef Michael Ryan's spirits venture, Beechworth Bitters

    Chef Michael Ryan's spirits venture, Beechworth Bitters

    In this episode we return to Beechworth in High Country Victoria, after having Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewers on the show last year.
    This time we’re joined by chef Michael Ryan from the highly acclaimed Beechworth restaurant, Provenance, to discuss Beechworth Bitters Company, his side project dedicated to amaro and cocktail bitters.
    A few years ago I brought you an episode about Italian amari, produced in partnership with The Italian Cultural Institute.
    This episode puts an Australian angle on this lesser known spirits category, as Michael explains how he created his own library of extracts from roots, leaves, flowers and bark, and blended them into this distinctive range of bitters that speak clearly of their Beechworth provenance.

    • 27 min
    F1 star Valtteri Bottas and Corrina Wright of Ihana Wine

    F1 star Valtteri Bottas and Corrina Wright of Ihana Wine

    Ihana Wine is a boutique wine brand launched by Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas in partnership with sixth generation McLaren Vale wine company Oliver’s Taranga.
    A ten-time race winner currently driving for the Kick Sauber F1 team, Valtteri shares with us his longstanding passion for wine, and specifically South Australian shiraz, which has been crystallised through his relationship with South Australian Tiffany Cromwell, the professional cyclist.
    Listen in as Valtteri opens up about the blending process, collaborating with Oliver’s Taranga winemaker Corrina Wright, and how he balances his interests in wine, coffee and gin with the demands of the F1 season.
    We find out what he thinks of the DR3 wines created by Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, who we had on the show in early 2023.
    Later on this episode I talk again with Corrina who gives her perspective on one of the more unlikely celebrity wine partnerships that I’ve been able to share with you on the Drinks Adventures podcast.

    • 25 min
    Chuck Hahn returns with Chuck & Son's Brewing Co

    Chuck Hahn returns with Chuck & Son's Brewing Co

    We're joined this episode by the founders of Sydney’s newest craft brewery, Chuck & Son’s Brewing Company.
    And yes, we’re talking about Chuck Hahn, who is sensationally making a return to the brewing industry in partnership with his son Scott.
    Chuck notched up 50 years in the brewing industry in 2021, which we celebrated on this podcast with this special documentary episode.
    I naively thought that would be a footnote to his incredible brewing career. But it turns out Chuck has unfinished business.
    Together with Scott, the next chapter begins May 2024 at a new brewery in St Peters in the inner west.
    However, it is of course an exceedingly difficult market to launch a new brewery, even if you’re Chuck Hahn.
    We’ll address some of those challenges later on in this interview with Chuck and Scott.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

caleb_podcasts ,

Awesome Podcast!

This podcast will teach you all about different drinks and allow for amazing talking points. Also James is such a fun host that makes every episode super entertaining!

kateaka ,

A Seasoned Pro

James is a seasoned food and drinks writer and this latest podcast installment will no doubt garner many followers. While it’s his his first podcast, it’s not his first rodeo. He is the Antony Bourdain of drinks.

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