20 episodes

The craft of distilling involves making cuts: the heads, the hearts, and the tails. You have the hearts in your glass, so we are going to bring you everything else. Each month, Heads + Tails serves up interviews, discussion, and news from the world of spirits that aims to broaden your knowledge of these amazing liquids. Have questions or comments? Email us at headsandtails@thebrewingnetwork.com. Heads + Tails is a production of The Brewing Network.

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The craft of distilling involves making cuts: the heads, the hearts, and the tails. You have the hearts in your glass, so we are going to bring you everything else. Each month, Heads + Tails serves up interviews, discussion, and news from the world of spirits that aims to broaden your knowledge of these amazing liquids. Have questions or comments? Email us at headsandtails@thebrewingnetwork.com. Heads + Tails is a production of The Brewing Network.

    Heads + Tails | La Alazana Distillery

    Heads + Tails | La Alazana Distillery

    Most people in the spirits industry are passionate about their work - they have to be, right? Lila, from La Alazana distillery in Argentina, is different. She has the passion, but it's not about her work per say - it's about the totality of the craft of distilling. Everything, from the type of grain used to how they are farmed, from smoking her own malts to designing their stills - Lila lives and breathes this stuff. We were very fortunate to chat with her and taste some of the amazing spirit they are putting out.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Heads + Tails | Beardy Goes To Scotland

    Heads + Tails | Beardy Goes To Scotland

    Fresh off his two-week trip to Scotland, Warren decides to share some of the bounty he collected. You know ... for "education". Warren visited 24 distilleries in 13 days, so he has much to share with us with regard to not only differences in the scotches he tried, but also what cool stuff is going on that we don't even know about. Plus, a lot of the spirits we tried were distillery-only samples, making this show even more amazing! 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Heads + Tails | Copperworks Distilling Co.

    Heads + Tails | Copperworks Distilling Co.

    Copperworks Distilling Co. is making a name for itself in the spirits world, by creating their award-winning spirits from actual craft beer recipes!  When Jason Parker started in the fermentation game, it was way back in the late '80's ... on the beer side of things. As his passion grew, so did his love of spirits, and we were very excited to welcome both Jason and his distiller Greg on the show to talk about how they approach distilling, what sorts of projects they are currently working on, and how you manage growth in the spirits world.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Heads + Tails | Deerhammer Distilling

    Heads + Tails | Deerhammer Distilling

    Lenny Eckstein, head distiller and co-founder of Deerhammer Distilling Company, came in to the studio to chat with us about what it takes to go from homebrewer to distiller! Of course, the conversation came with a good selection of Deerhammer spirits, which is always a bonus. 
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Heads + Tails | Heretic Distillery

    Heads + Tails | Heretic Distillery

    Many of you are familiar with Heretic Brewing Company, owned by our good friend and host of Brew Strong, Jamil Zanisheff. But did you know he has started a distillery? To learn more about that, we had Malcom Leiben, head distiller at Heretic Distillery, in the studio to talk about how a brewery handles an undertaking like launching a distillery, how to pack fresh aromatics into a vodka, and much more!
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Heads + Tails | The No Guest Show

    Heads + Tails | The No Guest Show

    Today's show was different than our others - it was our first show without a proper guest! However, we made the best of it by chatting with Erik (again) from ADI about all sorts of topics, plus we did our first round of spirits news. We also received our latest box from Shaker and Spoon, so Warren made us a nice cocktail with a locally-made Rye Whiskey. All in all it was a good time!
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

Dthebrewer ,

JP and Beardy make me moist!

Now that I have your attention, listen to it. It’s awesome, and you’ll learn something. Make more shows!

wakeele ,

Step it up.

I’ve been listening to the Brewing Network since 2009. Their early shows help lead me to where I am today in the world of fermented beverages. I’ve really loved distillation and whisk(e)y almost as long as I’ve been passionate about beer. I want to love this show, but can’t. There’s something that can be advantageous where the interviewers doesn’t know anything about what they asking questions about – I’m a broadcast journalist trained in radio as well with the Air Force – but they miss SO much in the interviews to ask that gets covered in the beer shows. It’s really frustrating wanting to broaden my knowledge of distillation, but I spend more time yelling at my phone or speaker than I get out of it with new knowledge. So much of my yelling is how do you not know this!?! PLEASE GET A PRO DISTILLER FOR A COHOST.
Then there’s the low bar of production quality from time to time. The latest show, the audio levels we SO off between the mics in the mix. I had to crank my volume up to here anything the guests and Warren said, but JP would blow out my speakers. Maybe in a few more years it’ll be there, but now that podcasts are a thing vs when the BN started, someone else has bound to got it together out the gate. Sad.

frymd ,

Great stuff guys

Once again JP you Beardy and the crew hit one out of the park.

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