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Movers and Shakers is the podcast about people and ideas that are changing the beverage landscape. Hosted by mixologist and Swig + Swallow Founder, April Wachtel, this podcast examines stories from innovators and thought leaders throughout the beverage ecosystem.

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Movers and Shakers is the podcast about people and ideas that are changing the beverage landscape. Hosted by mixologist and Swig + Swallow Founder, April Wachtel, this podcast examines stories from innovators and thought leaders throughout the beverage ecosystem.

    Lance Winters and Dave Smith from St. George Spirits

    Lance Winters and Dave Smith from St. George Spirits

    Today's interview is with Lance Winters and Dave Smith from St. George Spirits.
    Lance is the Master Distiller and Dave is the Head Distiller for St. George Spirits, one of the pioneer craft distilleries in the United States.
    Founded by Jorg Rupf in 1982, St. George originally distilled eau de vie, then birthed and sold the Hangar One brand, and expanded their portfolio across categories to include base spirits like Gin, Vodka, and Whiskey, as well as liqueurs and more esoteric offerings like Absinthe and Shochu.
    In the podcast today we discuss:
    How Lance and Dave have grown the brand organically within minimal startup funding How they think about pushing the boundaries with craft spirits How they consider the intersection between innovation and commercial opportunity And their advice for entrepreneurs interested in launching a spirits brand Lance and Dave are icons in the spirits industry, and it was such a pleasure having them on the pod.
    Without further ado, please enjoy my interview with Lance Winters and Dave Smith.
    Find St George
    www.stgeorgespirits.com
    On instagram @stgeorgespirits
    On Twitter @stgeorgespirits
    On facebook @stgeorgespirits




    Find Movers and Shakers:
    www.moverssshakers.com
     
    On Instagram @moverssshakers
     
    Find April:
    On LinkedIn
    www.aprilwachtel.com
     
    Find Cheeky 
    www.cheekycocktails.co
    Enter code MOVERSANDSHAKERS at checkout for 10% off your first order
    On Instagram @cheekycocktails

    • 50 min
    • video
    Kim Lawton and the Fourth Annual Enthuse Foundation Pitch Competition

    Kim Lawton and the Fourth Annual Enthuse Foundation Pitch Competition

    Today’s interview is a special episode on the Enthuse Foundation Pitch Competition coming up in November of 2022.
    Some of you know, I worked with the Foundation when they were starting out four years ago, and the event remains near and dear to my heart. It’s a competition for women founders in food, beverage, and cpg, with some great cash prizes and marketing services available to the winners.
    I was fortunate to have Kim Lawton, the co-founder of the Enthuse Foundation and co-owner of Enthuse and Inspira Marketing join me on the podcast to talk about the Foundation, the competition, and how potential applicants can put their best foot forward.
    Before we jump into the interview, I wanted to share some specific dates and deadlines-
    Applications for the competition open August 15th (2022) They are due October 3rd Finalists are notified October 18th And the pitch competition will be held in New York City on November 3rd Without further ado, I hope you  enjoy my conversation with Kim Lawton!
     
    Find The Enthuse Foundation
    www.enthusefoundation.org
    On Instagram @enthuse_foundation
    On Facebook @enthusefoundation
    On LinkedIn @enthusefoundation
     
    Find Enthuse Marketing and Inspira Marketing
    www.enthuse-marketing.com
    www.inspiramarketing.com
     
    Find Movers and Shakers:
    www.moverssshakers.com
     
    On Instagram @moverssshakers
     
    Find April:
    On LinkedIn
    www.aprilwachtel.com
     
    Find Cheeky 
    www.cheekycocktails.co
    Enter code MOVERSANDSHAKERS at checkout for 10% off your first order
    On Instagram @cheekycocktails

    • 25 min
    Andrew Merinoff from DisPact Ventures and Chinola on the biggest mistake entrepreneurs make and his advice for entrepreneurs raising capital in the current investing climate

    Andrew Merinoff from DisPact Ventures and Chinola on the biggest mistake entrepreneurs make and his advice for entrepreneurs raising capital in the current investing climate

    Today's episode is an interview with Andrew Merinoff.
    Andrew is the founder of DisPact Ventures, an investment fund focused on emerging retail, food & beverage and technology brands, and is also the co-founder of Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur. 
    Andrew’s experience spans multiple sectors and industries, including F&B, Wine & Spirits, Hospitality, Investing, and Marketing. Most recently, Andrew worked to develop intuitive spirit branding for Proximo Spirits, where he focused on brand development for the company’s current portfolio.
     
    In the podcast today we discuss:
    How Andrew thinks about failure The biggest mistake entrepreneurs make How to strategically set your spirits brand up for acquistion… And Andrew’s advice for entrepreneurs raising capital in the current climate. I think you’ll agree Andrew shared some incredible advice in today’s interview, and I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did. 
    Without further ado, please enjoy my interview with Andrew Merinoff.
     
    Find Andrew
    On LinkedIn
    On Instagram @heymerinoff
     
    Find Chinola
    www.chinola.com
    On Instagram @chinola
     
    Find Movers and Shakers:
    www.moverssshakers.com
     
    On Instagram @moverssshakers
     
    Find April:
    On LinkedIn
    www.aprilwachtel.com
     
    Find Cheeky 
    www.cheekycocktails.co
    Enter code MOVERSANDSHAKERS at checkout for 10% off your first order
    On Instagram @cheekycocktails

    • 41 min
    David Gluckman, Author of "That S*it Will Never Sell," and the creator of Baileys on building brands that sell

    David Gluckman, Author of "That S*it Will Never Sell," and the creator of Baileys on building brands that sell

    Today's episode is an interivew with the man, the myth, the legend, David Gluckman.
    David is the Author of the book “That S*it Will Never Sell,” and is the creator of Baileys (the number one selling liqueur in history, which has sold billions of bottles across 160 countries. David is also the mind behind Ciroc Vodka, Tanqueray 10 and dozens of other beverage brands.
    In the podcast today we discuss:
    The story of Baileys and what he learned after presenting the brand to his clients David’s advice on advancing ideas through large organizations What large companies should do with their market research budgets …And so much more  
    David is truly a living legend in the world of beverage alcohol, and he shared a wealth of knowledge in today’s conversation.
    Without further ado, I hope you enjoy my conversation with David Gluckman.
     
    Find David
    On LinkedIn
    david@tswns.net
     
    Find That S*it Will Never Sell
    www.thatshitwillneversell.com
    Buy That S*it will Never Sell
    Find Movers and Shakers:
    www.moverssshakers.com
    @moverssshakers
     
    Find April:
    On LinkedIn
    www.aprilwachtel.com
     
    Find Cheeky 
    www.cheekycocktails.co
    Enter code MOVERSANDSHAKERS at checkout for 10% off your first order
    @cheekycocktails 

    • 44 min
    Jackie Summers from Sorel on how cancer lead him into the drinks business and Sorel’s exponential growth after years of perseverance

    Jackie Summers from Sorel on how cancer lead him into the drinks business and Sorel’s exponential growth after years of perseverance

    Today's guest is Jackie Summers- a James Beard Finalist AND judge; a seasoned public speaker, and the creator of the award-winning Sorel Liqueur.
     
    His accolades are FAR too many to list, but to give you a small sampling, he’s been named one of the world’s “100 Most Influential Bar Industry Figures” by Drinks International Magazine (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), one of The 50 Most Influential People In Brooklyn Food by Brooklyn Magazine, The 2019 Award winner for “Best Food Essay” by the Association of Food Journalists and on and on.
     
    In the podcast today we discuss:
     
    How a cancer diagnosis lead Jackie into the drinks business How Jackie thinks about mental health and resolve The incredible story of Sorel’s exponential growth after years of perseverance And so much more  
    I’m probably not supposed to choose favorites, but this is one of my favorite interviews of all time, and I so appreciate Jackie’s willingness to speak about some topics that are often glossed over in these types of interviews.
     
    I hope you love this interview as much as I loved recording it
     
    Wthout further ado, please enjoy my conversation with Jackie Summers.
     
    Find Jackie:
    @theliquortarian  jackiesummers.nyc Find Sorel:
    @sorelofficial sorelofficial.com Find Movers and Shakers:
    www.moverssshakers.com @moverssshakers  
    Find April:
    On LinkedIn www.aprilwachtel.com  
    Find Cheeky 
    www.cheekycocktails.co Enter code MOVERSANDSHAKERS at checkout for 10% off your first order @cheekycocktails

    • 40 min
    Philip Duff from Liquid Solutions on why large companies struggle with innovation (and make “bonkers” acquisitions)

    Philip Duff from Liquid Solutions on why large companies struggle with innovation (and make “bonkers” acquisitions)

    Today’s guest is Philip Duff- a renowned expert on distilled spirits and a beverage consultant to drinks companies everywhere. He bartended around the world for decades and founded Holland’s first bar to enter the World’s 50 Best Bars. Philip owns the lauded Old Duff Genever brand, served as the first Director of Education for Tales of the Cocktail, and regularly appears on TV & in publications like Esquire, Reuters, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more.
    In the podcast today we discuss:
    The evolution of Phil’s career in the global drinks business
    Why large companies struggle with innovation (and in Phil’s words make “bonkers” acquisitions):)
    Phil’s take on celebrity-owned brands
    And so much more
    I think you’ll agree, Phil is both an informed and entertaining guest, and it was a great pleasure having him on the pod. Without further ado, please enjoy my interview with Philip Duff
    Find Philip:
    On Twitter: @philipduff
    On Youtube: @philpstephenduff
    On Instagram: @philipsduff
    The Philip Duff Show (podcast)
    Old Duff Genever
    Find Movers and Shakers:
    www.moverssshakers.com
    @moverssshakers
    Find April:
    On LinkedIn
    www.aprilwachtel.com
    Find Cheeky
    www.cheekycocktails.co
    Enter code MOVERSANDSHAKERS at checkout for 10% off your first order
    @cheekycocktails

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Samb0311 ,

Incredible content!

I highly recommend anyone in the Beverage industry or any king of business to listen to this podcast. The amount of insights from some of the best in the business is truly incredible. April does an amazing job by asking the right questions and helping the audience gain as much as possible from the guests.

Drinks go here! ,

Calling All Entrepreneurs

I started listening this podcast earlier this year and it has quickly become one of my must listen to shows. April Wachtel finds amazing industry icons and really lets the open up in the interview. I've learned so much from listening.

HeyJoeDC ,

My review

This is a fantastic and thoughtful series of information and dialogue that showcases a different side of the beverage, hospitality and entrepreneurship community. Definitely different kinds of people but at the same time people I completely relate to. This is an exceptional podcast and one of my favorites.
Cheers!

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