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.
Aussie rye whiskey Gospel spreads to USA
The Gospel Distillers is a dedicated rye whiskey distillery based in Melbourne, Australia.
We first met co-founder Andrew Fitzgerald in April 2020 for a chat primarily about the impact of COVID-19 on his business.
Andrew returns for this opening episode of Season 13, so you're going to find out what's been happening at The Gospel since then.
And we'll be talking purely about rye whiskey, rather than hand sanitiser; more specifically, The Gospel's recent entry into the US market.
It seems a bold move, taking Australian rye over to the home of rye whiskey.
So I asked Andrew first up how he and his business partner, Ben Bowles, came to this decision.
B Corp bourbon: Maker's Mark MD Rob Samuels on whiskey sustainability & more
B Corp is a certification program that measures a company's entire social and environmental impact.
There are now more than 4000 Certified B Corporations around the world, several of which we've featured on this podcast: Sipsmith Gin, Stone & Wood Brewing Company, and South Australian winery Unico Zelo.
In February, Maker's Mark joined this elite group of businesses. It's the first distillery in Kentucky and the largest distillery in the world to achieve B Corp certification.
And in this special episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast - produced with the support of Maker's Mark - you're going to hear about some of the environmental initiatives it's undertaken to safeguard the future of bourbon, which of course is ultimately an agricultural product.
We're joined this episode by Rob Samuels, an eighth generation whiskey maker and the grandson of Maker's Mark founder, Bill Samuels Senior.
And also with us is Trent Chapman, marketing director Oceania for Beam Suntory, Maker's Mark's parent company.
Later on in the interview, we cover the ingredients and production practices that underpin the Maker's Mark style, and the evolution of the bourbon industry in Kentucky, where ten new distilleries opened in 2021.
The B-Corp milestone comes as Maker's Mark continues its rapid growth in markets such as Australia.
The distillery released a new expression, Maker's 46, in 2010. But the international growth has largely been driven by classic Maker's, which for almost 60 years was the only whiskey it produced.
I asked Rob first up about the significance of this singular focus by Maker's, at a time when many of its peers are seemingly bringing out new whiskies every other week.
Highlights from episodes 1-100: Wine, beer, whisky, bourbon, mezcal & more
Featuring wine makers Sam Neill, Maynard James Keenan and Sir Ian Botham, legendary wine critic Jancis Robinson and many more, new listeners may be interested to check out these highlights from the Drinks Adventures archive.
Australia's first Master Cicerone, Shane McNamara
Newly minted Master Cicerone, Shane McNamara, discusses his journey to the pinnacle of the Cicerone program: Beer's equivalent to the Court of Master Sommeliers for wine.
Canada's burgeoning cool climate wines, with podcaster Natalie MacLean
Canadian wine writer, educator, judge and podcaster, Natalie Maclean, discusses the most exciting regions and styles in the country's burgeoning wine industry.
Iconic cocktails: How Irish coffee was born, and Dead Rabbit perfected it
Sean Muldoon and Jillian Vose discuss the origins of the Irish coffee cocktail, and how they were driven to perfect it at their acclaimed NYC bar, The Dead Rabbit.
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!
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.