42 episodes

GINSPIRED is a podcast where we talk about and celebrate everything about the wonderful juniper-laced spirit called GIN! There is SO much to talk about when it comes to gin – and we are going to dive into all of it in future episodes. I’ll be speaking to guests from around the world including gin and mixer experts, distilleries, gin fans, and bartenders. In every episode, my guests and I will be sharing what we're drinking as well as fun GINcident stories. I hope you will join me on this GINspired journey.

GINSPIRED Heather E Wilson

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GINSPIRED is a podcast where we talk about and celebrate everything about the wonderful juniper-laced spirit called GIN! There is SO much to talk about when it comes to gin – and we are going to dive into all of it in future episodes. I’ll be speaking to guests from around the world including gin and mixer experts, distilleries, gin fans, and bartenders. In every episode, my guests and I will be sharing what we're drinking as well as fun GINcident stories. I hope you will join me on this GINspired journey.

    The Last Best Gin, with special guest Bryce Parsons

    The Last Best Gin, with special guest Bryce Parsons

    On today’s episode, I welcome Bryce Parsons – Master Distiller of Last Best Brewing and Distilling in Calgary Alberta. Today, we chat about what it means to be a master distiller in Alberta, how he created the gin program for the distillery, all about their products and awards, and of course a fun gincident or two.

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    About Bryce Parsons
    Bryce is the Master Distiller leading all things spirits at Last Best Brewing and Distilling and one of the most decorated Gin distillers in Canada. An ICU nurse in a past life he switched careers on a quest to explore what can be accomplished in the exciting frontier of Canadian spirits. 
     A MSc Brew and Distil (distinction) graduate of the ICBD at Heriot Watt University of Edinburgh, he has been focusing his attention on novel flavour profiles in Gin and Whisky using past research and brewing experience. In 2018 the GinCrazeYYC project of making 52 gins in a year. 2020 during COVID 19 he launched 3 gins from Last Best that continue to be recognized on the provincial, national, and global award stages.  In his free time (when any) his role as president of Alberta's Craft Distillers association (ACDA), he continues to help to expand the craft distilling industry in a responsible, rewarding, and connecting way for his communities.

    About Last Best Brewing & Distilling
    Last Best Brewing & Distilling opened its doors in May 2015. The name Last Best draws from Calgary’s eclectic history. At the end of the 1800s, the Canadian government launched a campaign called ‘The Last Best West’; its purpose was to populate the western prairies and grow agriculture in Canada. The administration believed that this area was the Last Best chance in the modern world for homesteaders to lay roots and shape their futures. 

    The accomplishments resulting from the Last Best initiative have paved the way for the budding craft beer and distilling industries here in Alberta. Last Best Brewing & Distilling honours this historical spirit through its name and unwavering commitment to making delicious well-crafted beer, spirits and Alberta-inspired cuisine.
    You can find and follow Last Best Brewing & Distilling  at:
    https://lastbestbrewing.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/lastbestbrew/
    https://www.instagram.com/lastbestbrew/
    https://twitter.com/lastbestbrew
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    A Mechanical Bull & a Love for Gin, with special guest Jeff Hepburn

    A Mechanical Bull & a Love for Gin, with special guest Jeff Hepburn

    On today’s episode, I welcome Jeff Hepburn, a 911 dispatcher by day, car enthusiast, and gin fan by night. Today we chat about his love of gin, his favourite gins and cocktails, tips for making a great martini and of course a fun gincident (that may or may not involve a mechanical bull).
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    Rated the #1 Gin Podcast to Listen to in 2022! 
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    • 13 min
    How You Can Drink Gin & Help Save a Gorilla, with special guest Harry Osborne

    How You Can Drink Gin & Help Save a Gorilla, with special guest Harry Osborne

    On today’s episode, I welcome Harry Osborne – Distillery Host for the Gorilla Spirits Company located in Upton Grey, UK. Today, we chat about the distillery, its gin and non-gin products, and its working with the Gorilla Organization to protect Gorillas. We also learn some new yummy cocktails, and of course, there is a gincident story or two. Please help protect the gorilla by buying a bottle of Gorilla Gin!

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    About Gorilla Spirits Company
    Gorilla Spirits Co. was founded by Andy Daniels, whose vision was to create a truly ethical business and an exceptional portfolio of spirits and liqueurs.  Based in the northeast corner of Hampshire as it borders with Surrey, Gorilla Spirits Co.’s distillery in Upton Grey is where they make their small-batch, award-winning spirits – all while donating £1 to The Gorilla Organization for every bottle sold!
    Gorilla Spirits Co. are proud of its products and proud of the contribution they make to saving the endangered gorilla population. As a family-style team, every Gorilla in the Troop is focused on the mission of distilling, bottling, finishing, distributing and marketing Gorilla Spirits Co. – and saving gorillas, one drink at a time!
    You can find and follow Gorilla Spirits Co. at:
    https://gorillaspirits.co.uk/distillery/
    The Gorilla Organization
    Instagram
    Facebook
    Twitter

    You can find and follow GINspired at: 
    Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY
    https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin related novelty items)
    Facebook
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    Support the show

    • 22 min
    On Being a Ginthusiast, with special guest Sadie Black

    On Being a Ginthusiast, with special guest Sadie Black

    On today’s episode, I welcome Sadie Black,  a ginthusiast and radio host. Today we chat about her ginspired path, her favourite gins and cocktails, how she got started in creating her own simple syrups and ginfusions, and of course a fun gincident or two.

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    About Sadie Black
    Sadie is a radio personality and ginthusiast. She only started drinking gin a few years ago but has become a gindependant woman in a very short amount of time. During the pandemic, she started collecting and tasting new gins. This hobby led to making cocktails, simple syrups, and ginsfusions at home. Sadie really enjoys travelling, and she always makes a point of stopping at the local gin distillery on her trips. She also loves Prohibition-era cocktails and finding the closest speakeasy.

    You can find & follow Sadie at:
    Instagram
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    You can find & follow GINspired at: 
    Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY
    https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)
    Facebook
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    Pinterest    
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=M5GNFYQ8DJL8U)

    • 25 min
    Tips for Setting Up Your Home Bar, with special guest Brett Thiessen

    Tips for Setting Up Your Home Bar, with special guest Brett Thiessen

    On today’s episode, I welcome Brett Thiessen he’s a mixologist, beverage specialist and consultant, and spirits ambassador all rolled into one. Today we chat about his journey to becoming a mixologist and spirits consultant, how you can start and set your very own home bar including how to make your own simple syrup at home, his favourite gins and cocktails, and of course a fun gincident or two.

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    About Brett Thiessen
    Brett is an experienced mixologist, beverage specialist and consultant, and spirits ambassador with a passion for creative cocktails.

    You can find & follow GINspired at: 
    Order your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY
    https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Pinterest    
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=M5GNFYQ8DJL8U)

    • 30 min
    A Confluence of Gins, with special guest Ross Alger

    A Confluence of Gins, with special guest Ross Alger

    On today’s episode, I welcome Ross Alger - Founder of Confluence Distilling and the Past-President of the Alberta Craft Distillers Association. Today, we chat about how he came to own a distillery, all about their products, some ginteresting facts about the Alberta Craft Distillers Association and important distillery legislation, and of course a fun gincident or two.

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    About Confluence Distilling
    Confluence is a Calgary-based urban distillery focused on producing gins and ready-to-drink canned cocktails.  Confluence means the meeting of two rivers, in the same way, Calgary is located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers.  Confluence strives to bring people together by facilitating exceptional experiences through the power of gin.  We work to enhance the community and culture of Calgary, to make it an even better place to live. 
    About Ross Alger, co-founder and distiller of Confluence, and past-president of the ACDA
    Ross is a former oil and gas engineer who started tinkering with distilling at a relatively young age.  Ross started the distillery with his partner Pheelan Mah in 2018 in the heart of the Barley Belt in Calgary, surrounded by craft breweries.  Many of the unique projects Confluence works on are collaborations with the various breweries in the neighbourhood.  Ross also assists with the Alberta Craft Distillers Association in order to drive the industry forward and lobbies for improvements to our fire code, and provincial and federal tax rates (which are significantly higher than comparable industries). 
    You can find & follow Confluence Distilling at:
    confluencedistilling.ca
    https://liftcdnspirits.ca/
    https://www.albertacraftdistillers.com/
    Instagram
    Facebook

    You can find & follow GINspired at: 
    Grab your copy of GINSPIRED: The Ultimate Gin Cookbook TODAY
    https://theginshop.ca/ (for all your GINtastic clothing and fun gin-related novelty items)
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Pinterest    
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=M5GNFYQ8DJL8U)

    • 24 min

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