61 episodes

Distillery Nation is a podcast that takes you inside the story of starting a small craft distillery. Ilias Mastrogiannis talks about his own story on starting up a business. The struggles, regulations, cost and everything in between. In addition to real-world advice we interview some of your favorite craft distillers!

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Distillery Nation is a podcast that takes you inside the story of starting a small craft distillery. Ilias Mastrogiannis talks about his own story on starting up a business. The struggles, regulations, cost and everything in between. In addition to real-world advice we interview some of your favorite craft distillers!

    DNP 060: Stephen Gould - Golden Moon Distillery

    DNP 060: Stephen Gould - Golden Moon Distillery

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Stephen Gould.

    Stephen is the owner and distiller behind Golden Moon Distillery, located in Golden Colorado, where they are best known for their Whiskey, Gin, Absinthe and liqueurs.

    A great all-around discussion, on how Stephen got into distilling, his collection of stills, re-structuring the company, capacity changes, favorite books, his advice on running a distillery and so much more!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    DNP 059: Ian Thomas - Virginia Distillery Company

    DNP 059: Ian Thomas - Virginia Distillery Company

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Ian Thomas.

    Ian is the Distillery Director for Virginia Distillery Company, where they specialize in American Single Malt.

    We talk about how Ian got his start into distilling, American Single Malt, production at Virginia Distillery, their beautiful stills, favorite books, worst distillery moments, yeast protocols, wine casks and so much more!

    • 48 min
    DNP 058: My TTB Audit

    DNP 058: My TTB Audit

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I go over my experience with a TTB audit from July 2019. This was a voluntary request to the TTB that I initiated to help me figure out what I'm doing wrong and what areas I can improve.

    Early on people used to tell me "knock on wood" we never had a TTB audit. My thoughts were the opposite, you want audits at this level as there are simply too many rules to fully have an understanding.

    • 20 min
    DNP 057: John Mleziva - State Line Distillery

    DNP 057: John Mleziva - State Line Distillery

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with John Mleziva.

    John is the owner and distiller behind State Line Distillery, located in Madison Wisconsin, and best known for their Rum, Gin, Vodka and Aquavit.

    We talked about his background in biology and how education played a key role in troubleshooting issues and ensuring a quality product, his experience with studying abroad, best advice, aquavit tips, and so much more.

    • 40 min
    DNP 056: Melkon Khosrovian - Greenbar Distillery

    DNP 056: Melkon Khosrovian - Greenbar Distillery

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, we had the absolute pleasure of talking with Melkon Khosrovian.

    Melkon is the co-founder behind Greenbar Distillery, located in Los Angeles and best known for an array of spirits including, their Whiskey, Gin, Vodka and Liqueurs!

    We obviously talk about Organic Spirits and recipe formulation, favorite books, stills, and his advice!

    • 55 min
    DNP 055: Chris Swonger

    DNP 055: Chris Swonger

    In this episode of the distillery nation podcast we had the absolute pleasure talking with Chris Swonger. Chris is the President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the US (DISCUS) and Responsibility.org.

    We chatted about his history with distilled spirits, his current role and responsibilities, talked about the inaugural Distilled Spirits Council Conference. Hot topics like the FET expiration that will affect craft distilleries here in 2 months, and more importantly what we can do to help raise

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

JSI-M ,

The info you want

The only podcast that provides quality information on the distilling world without the terrible abundance of one sided opinions, distasteful jokes and filler that most others are full of.

chaosdistilling ,

Great info

I always enjoy the podcast. Great guests and informative ideas. There’s a Facebook group as well that always seems to offer support and helpful tips from people that have been in the business years and some not as long. It’s worth a listen.

bruce 17 ,

The podcast for those interested in distilling

Ilias does a great job of extracting really helpful hints and tips of distilling from every aspect of distilling, from the process to the business side. He presents a diverse list of industry leaders that give all sorts of strategy, do’s and don’t’s and advice that is essential to anyone interested in distilling from novice to the expert.

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