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Welcome to Fermented Adventure The Podcast. Meeting and talking to the creators of distilled spirits, beer, mead, cider and other fermented delights.

Fermented Adventure The Podcast Rich Shane

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Welcome to Fermented Adventure The Podcast. Meeting and talking to the creators of distilled spirits, beer, mead, cider and other fermented delights.

    Rosen Rye Distillation Part 1 - Robert and Sherri McDonald, Laura Fields and Erik Wolfe

    Rosen Rye Distillation Part 1 - Robert and Sherri McDonald, Laura Fields and Erik Wolfe

    On November 7, 2021 we were present for a historic event at George Washington's Mount Vernon Distillery.  Keystone Rosen Rye was milled, fermented and distilled.  In part one we sit down with Robert and Sherri McDonald of Dancing Star Farm.  They grew the heirloom grain that went into the mash.  Next we discuss the development of the Rosen with Laura Fields of The Fields Foundation.  Erik Wolfe joins us to share his thoughts of the days events, as well as, the legacy and impact of Dick Stoll.  

    • 51 min
    West Overton Rye Whiskey Review - Aleasha Monroe and Sam Komlenic

    West Overton Rye Whiskey Review - Aleasha Monroe and Sam Komlenic

    This episode features Aleasha Monroe and Sam Komlenic of West Overton Distilling.

    Some familiar and many not so familiar faces filled the large room at West Overton Museum.  The sold out crowd of over 100 people showed up to talk, drink and learn about rye whiskey.  More specifically Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey was the focus and topic of conversation.  The distinguished panel included: David Wondrich who is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement.   Lew Bryson who is currently a Senior Drinks Writer for The Daily Beast, and is also a columnist for Craft Spirits magazine. He is the author of Tasting Whiskey.  Steve Bashore who is the Director of Historic Trades and head distiller at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Sam Komlenic who has been the copy editor for Whisky Advocate magazine for 15 years, led and navigated the evening's discussion.  Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey welcomed all in attendance.  Aleasha Monroe, head distiller, was introduced to the crowd.  As dinner was served talk began of the history of whiskey and more particularly rye whiskey in Pennsylvania.  For almost an hour an a half thoughts and facts were exchanged.  Breaks were taken to toast the featured rye whiskeys from throughout the state.  First Liberty Pole Rye Whiskey, followed by Stoll and Wolfe Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and then Dad's Hat Monogahela Rye Whiskey.  For the first time West Overton Distilling Monogahela Rye Whiskey was tasted.  The discussion got the most heated on the topic of what defines the Monoghahela style or brand.  

    Listen to this episode as Aleasha and Sam deconstruct the festivities.  We discuss some of the highlights and taste the 3 expressions that are now on sale only at West Overton Distilling.  

    Brewscuits is the sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

    109 W. Overton Road, Scottdale, PA 15683 - (907) 229-7942 - www.westovertonvillage.org - Facebook
    Highlights from our discussion:

    Distilled Spirits Council

    Lisa Roper Wicker - Widow Jane Distillery

    Vendome Copper and Brass Works

    Leopold Brothers

    • 56 min
    Olde Bedford Brewing Company - Dave and Mary Heller

    Olde Bedford Brewing Company - Dave and Mary Heller

    This episode features Dave Heller and Mary Heller of Olde Bedford Brewing Company.

    Mary purchased Dave a Mr. Beer Kit.  The first foray into home brewing was a success.  To Mary's surprise, it quickly developed from a hobby into an addiction to home brew.    She thought that this would entertain Dave for a couple of months and he would move on.  She had no idea that 7 years later that all of it would turn into a business.  Olde Bedford Brewing is their "retirement job".  They even grow their own hops on their ranch.  Quickly they developed followers of their beer and the brewery began to blossom from there.  Passion drives the grain to glass philosophy.  "Join the Whiskey Rebellion... drink beer" is their slogan.  We had a tremendous time sitting down with Dave and Mary on the podcast.  We learned so much about the history of Bedford, beer and the brewery.  Take a side trip off the PA Turnpike and go visit them.  You'll be glad that you did.  

    Brewscuits is the sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

    109 Railroad St, Bedford, PA 15522 - (907) 229-7942 - www.oldebbc.com - Facebook

    Highlights from our discussion:

    Bedford Springs Resort

    PA Farm Show

    Dancing Star Farms

    Whiskey Rebellion

    Bedford County Business Development

    Bishop Guilfoyle

    Penn State Hops Program

    Mr. Beer Kit

    American Whiskey Convention

    Rosen Rye

    Wholesome Living Marketplace

    Fat Jimmy's Bike Shop

    Cannondale Bikes

    Bedford Jeep

    U.S. Navy

    George Washington's Mount Vernon Distillery

    Delaware Valley Fields Foundation

    Full Kilt Band

    Big Spring Spirits

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Wilson's Secret Sauce - Steve Wilson

    Wilson's Secret Sauce - Steve Wilson

    This episode features Steve Wilson of Wilson's Secret Sauce.

    It all began with barbecue competitions that were sponsored by Gary Maddox of the Philadelphia Phillies.  The competition benefited Maddox's charity Compete 360. Steve took first place in chicken and second place in ribs.  Steve and Kelly met and they turned the BBQ passion into a thriving business.  Their little catering company started to get high praise.  As Steve puts it, "the secret to their sauce is love".  They characterize their style as Upper Darby Barbecue or UDBBQ.  They provide options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten free diets as well.  In this episode we talk whiskey and barbecue.  Steve has been working on a maple bourbon barbecue sauce which highlights local craft ingredients.  WARNING... this episode will make you hungry for what Wilson's is cooking up.

    Brewscuits is the sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

    265 E Township Line Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082 - (484) 453-8608 - www.secresaucebbq.com - Facebook

    Highlights from our discussion:

    Camp Out For Hunger

    Caledonia Spirits

    Cheat Day USA

    Robert Irvine

    Kru Coffee

    Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery

    Philly Grit

    Diners Drive-ins and Dives

    Taconic Distillery

    Preston & Steve

    Loch's Maple Syrup

    Linvilla Orchards

    Philladelphia Magazine

    Pennsylvania Distilling Co.

    1675 Spirits

    • 48 min
    Caledonia Spirits - Sam Nelis

    Caledonia Spirits - Sam Nelis

    This episode features Sam Nelis of Caledonia Spirits.

    We met Amy Casale at the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2019.  Dressed in a Bee costume, she introduced us to Barr Hill Gin and we immediately fell in love with the spirits.  We finally made it up to Montpelier, Vermont the home of the Barr Hill lineup.  The distillery was founded by a bee keeper, Todd Hardie.  He is passionate about the land and agriculture, as well as, what bees were bringing to the area.  Todd partnered with Ryan Christiansen who had a home-brew store.  In the beginning they came together and produced mead.  Soon, they began focusing their attention on gin which began winning awards.  The honey takes center stage and leads the way to make their special spirits amazing.  Bees, as Sam explains, are the Angels of Agriculture.  We had a fantastic time sitting down with Sam and discussing all things Caledonia Spirits.  This is most certainly a destination that you want to put on your travel bucket list.

    We welcome Brewscuits as a sponsor of the podcast.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com.  Type in Fermented Adventure at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

    116 Gin Ln, Montpelier, VT 05602 - (802) 472-8000 - www.caledoniaspirits.com - Facebook

    Highlights from our discussion:

    Philadelphia Flower Show

    Bee The Change

    Bees Knees Week

    New York International Spirits Competition

    Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition

    Montpelier, VT

    • 1 hr
    Northwest Cider Club - Date Night Chronicles

    Northwest Cider Club - Date Night Chronicles

    We are on the road for this episode of "Date Night Chronicles".  We come to you from Montpelier, VT where we share our latest adventures and taste 2 great ciders that the Northwest Cider Club provided... Free Water Cider Company - Opal Dry Cider - Barrel Aged and Woodinville Ciderworks - Red Flesh Hard Apple Cider

    Highlights from our discussion:

    West Overton Village and Distillery

    Valley Forge Beer and Cider Fest

    Caledonia Spirits

    Whistle Pig Whiskey

    Taconic Distillery

    The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

    Foam Brewers

    Stowe Cider

    Citizen Cider

    Smugglers Notch Distillery

    Prohibition Pig

    Oaks & Evelyn

    Von Trapp Brewing

    Whole Foods Market

    Mad River Distillers

    Brewscuits is sponsoring this episode.  Be sure to check them out at www.brewscuits.com  Type in "Fermented Adventure" at checkout to get 15% off your first order.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

HouseofDudley ,

Mount Vernon distillery

I stumbled upon this podcast being a huge fan of the Mount Vernon Distillery. I was very thoroughly entertained with the questions asked by the host. I’m not even that much of a spirits enthusiast but this episode really stood apart with its history lessons as well. Looking forward to listening to some more episodes.

Bsalk ,

Just fun!

More of a wine drinker, then a sprits enthusiast. Enjoying the human stories behind the businesses. Rich can be a little campy, but he is a lot of fun to hang out with.

Boozedancing ,

A Good Old-Fashioned and Boozy Time was had by all!

Rich Baby! Thanks so much for having us on your podcast. You are a SUPERB and gracious host (i.e. you put up with our nonsense and didn't kick us off the air!), and we had a glorious time! Hope to do this again real soon. Cheers! - G=LO

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