97 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!

The Distillery Nation Podcast Ilias Mastrogiannis

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    • 4.9 • 78 Ratings

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 096: Amy and Steve Bohner - Alchemy Distillery

    DNP 096: Amy and Steve Bohner - Alchemy Distillery

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Amy and Steve Bohner. Amy and Steve are the owners and distillers behind Alchemy Distillery a craft distillery located in Arcata California and best known for the grain-to-glass whiskey and gin.

    We chatted about their trip across the US and how it helped them kickstart their distillery, how being a contractor and the customer helped them save a lot of headaches, their decision to source locally and so much more!

    • 51 min
    DNP 095: Renee Bemis - Driftless Glen

    DNP 095: Renee Bemis - Driftless Glen

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure talking with Renee Bemis. Renee is the co-founder of Driftless Glen, a craft distillery located in Baraboo Wisconsin and producers of grain-to-glass whiskey, vodka and gin!

    A great interview with Renee as we chatted about how they got started in the industry, dealing with wastewater, expansions and why building the distillery to accommodate growth was the plan from their start and so much more!
     

    • 59 min
    DNP 094: Ben Salisbury

    DNP 094: Ben Salisbury

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure talking with Ben Salisbury. Ben is the founder and president of Salisbury Creative Group. With over 30 years of experience in the beverage industry, including being the former VP of National Accounts for Constellations Brands in the US.

    We chatted about the importance of an email list, and why they need to be in your priority list, direct-to-consumer, distribution mistakes and best practices, Spirits Direct and so much more!

    • 54 min
    DNP 093: Robin Thieme

    DNP 093: Robin Thieme

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of having Robin Thieme. 
    Robin is the CEO and founder of KBS CFO, a company that provides strategic guidance and system-based solutions for entrepreneurs including distilleries!
    We chatted about Robin's history and journey into accounting, approaching a financial institution for working capital, forecasting, margins, tips and insights from her CFO experience and so much more!

    • 58 min
    DNP 092: Year In Review

    DNP 092: Year In Review

    A very special podcast to wrap up the end of the year. This time I decided to go back, listen and re-listen to all the great interviews that happened in the last year and pick some of my favorite pieces and add commentary on why that piece was important and how in most cases it helped with the direction for my business.
    From comparisons, and finding what you love to do, to distribution and DTC to making quality as your North Star, sourcing and transparency to investor money to some technical barrel aspects like size and entry proof to the hot RTD category and the tier you might never have heard to one of the most important things, taking care of yourself.

    • 38 min
    DNP 091: Rogue Spirits and Ales - Jake Holshue

    DNP 091: Rogue Spirits and Ales - Jake Holshue

    In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast, I had the absolute pleasure of having Jake Holshue. Jake is the head distiller behind Rogue Ales & Spirits located in Newport Oregon and best known for their line of whiskeys.
    Jake is on the board of directors of the American Craft Spirits Association (ASCA), a distiller and consultant since 2012. A full-packed interview that covered a lot of ground, from his start into the distilling, canned cocktails, some of his award-winning spirits, coopering barrels, favorite cocktail and so much more!

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

KBS Chief Anitcipation Officer ,

Distillery + Business = Edutainment

Great podcast to not just learn about the Craft Spirits Industry, but the people behind it.

Fantastic resource for those in the industry.

Joaquin in Paso ,

An Excellent and Informative podcast about Craft Distilling!

I’m on my 2nd listen thru all the episodes and I am still learning great information on each one. If you have any interest in craft distilling, starting a distillery or anything related to that, you will not find a better podcast. Ilias is a great host who is honest and straightforward about his experience starting his own distillery and winery.

Highly recommended and keep up the great work, looking forward to trying the brandy as well!

Waynelectra ,

Just incredible!

There’s no better podcast out there if you’re passion about craft spirits and the people that make them. I learn a lot every time I listen.

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