118 episodes

A fantabulous conflation of history, culture, politics, famous people and booze, strained through the cognitive mesh of a best-selling author, polymath and inveterate reprobate.

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    • 4.6 • 85 Ratings

A fantabulous conflation of history, culture, politics, famous people and booze, strained through the cognitive mesh of a best-selling author, polymath and inveterate reprobate.

    113. Bunnahabhain with Phil Rosenthal

    113. Bunnahabhain with Phil Rosenthal

    Dan loves Bunnahabhain Scotch so much, he named his dog after it. On this episode he tips back a few drams of his favorite Islay malt with "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator and "Somebody Feed Phil" star Phil Rosenthal, along with Emmy-winning writer-comedian Tom Caltabiano. They talk food, whisky and travel... and the go-to drinks of some of TV's best known characters. Also, WWD's Chief Foreign Correspondent Brad Japhe with breaking news about the Japanese whisky industry. And to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of "The Silence of the Lambs," Dan finally comes clean about the time he stole into director Jonathan Demme's hotel room in Philadelphia and read the "Lambs" script in full.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    3-Minute Bartender: Irish Coffee

    3-Minute Bartender: Irish Coffee

    In the time it takes to pour a proper Guinness, our host Dansplains one of the Emerald Isle's great libational achievements, Irish Coffee. He theorizes about its most likely origin, lays out how to make it the right way, suggests some variations and, as always, tells a hilarious joke at the end. Again, in average-shiite time. Slainte!
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    • 3 min
    112. Bryan Cranston and Dos Hombres Mezcal

    112. Bryan Cranston and Dos Hombres Mezcal

    On this special episode, Bryan Cranston is THE ONE WHO KNOCKS back mezcal with Dan. Dos Hombres Mezcal, that is, the brand Bryan started with his friend and former “Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul. Among the topics discussed are the many ways to enjoy mezcal, the current state of the American bar scene, and the go-to cocktails of some of Bryan’s most iconic characters.
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    • 43 min
    111. "Booze Traveler" Jack Maxwell and Batiste Rhum

    111. "Booze Traveler" Jack Maxwell and Batiste Rhum

    For four glorious seasons, South Boston's own Jack Maxwell had a dream job — or Dan Dunn's idea of a dream job, anyway — globetrotting and imbibing as the host of "Booze Traveler" on the Travel Channel. Not that Dan's still bitter about losing out on that gig. Ok, maybe he remains a tad salty, but he's got nothing but love for Mr. Maxwell. Also on tap, Tristan Mermin, founder and CEO of California-based Batiste Rhum, a delicious adult beverage that also happens to be one of the most sustainably made spirits on the planet... and boy, the planet really needs that right now!
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    110. Bourbon & Burgers with George Motz

    110. Bourbon & Burgers with George Motz

    Bourbon and hamburgers... two great tastes that taste great together! Dan chats and drinks with George Motz, the author of “Hamburger America” and “The Great American Hamburger Book.” George is the resident burger scholar on "The Burger Show" on Complex Media’s "First We Feast." Did we mention that he knows a thing or two about burgers? Right! Also on the show, the founder and whiskey maker at Kentucky's Rabbit Hole Distillery, Kaveh Zamanian, who is also into burgers, but not as much as he's into whiskey. And on this episode, we're getting way into Kaveh's whiskey. You're gonna wanna bust out the rocks glasses and napkins for this juicy episode.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    3-Minute Bartender: The White Russian

    3-Minute Bartender: The White Russian

    In the course of 180-some-odd seconds, Dan lays out the history and proper preparation technique of the cocktail canon's most slovenly standout — a middling, uncomplicated cream drink from the mid-20th century that would likely have faded into obscurity had it not been plucked from a room crowded with milkshake-like beverages of the era and ushered into the spotlight by Jeff Bridges in the 1998 movie, "The Big Lebowski." We recommend listening while wearing sunglasses and a bathrobe, and perhaps a rug that ties the room together.
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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

JackSaturday ,

Followed for the booze, stayed for everything else

I followed Dan over here after hearing him in a semi-regular appearance on another podcast. I take every single drink recommendation to heart and I absolutely make a point to look for any brand he discusses. I’m a whiskey drinker who just yesterday bought a bottle of gin solely based on his description. This podcast is more than just alcohol reviews, of course. Beyond the show description, if I had to pin a central theme, it’d be: what you drink and the circumstances and culture surrounding it are important. Listen to the show. You might have a slightly different spin, but you’ll get what I mean.

Quick story. About 20 years ago, I was at an anniversary party, standing off to the side of the bar with my “cool aunt”. We watched a continuous parade of 20-somethings each walk up to the bar and ask, “Can I have a glass of white zin?” Eventually, she had enough. “I can’t stand this. Someone needs to teach these girls how to drink!” She ordered three Grey Goose and sodas with a splash of cranberry juice, brought them over to three of my cousins drinking white zinfandel, stayed and talked with them for a few minutes and then rejoined me at the bar. She had a crapload of reasons for that choice of cocktail - all solid reasons I’d love to turn into a mandatory class. Point being: drinking is about more than pouring booze into your face and living with the consequences. Nobody discusses important things like this better than Dan.

Cheers!

Need@help ,

Content

Was excited to listen to the Podcast with the Barrrel Bourban discussion. First part enjoyed when talking with the Barrel Bourbon principals. The came the discussion with the no name actor which devoled into a political discussion. Dan said several times, "lets not got political" and then he went right into politics. I turned it off and won't listen again.

JerryGreendastits ,

Mc5

DAN is like a fine skillet of Scrapple fried in bacon grease . The booze filled talk from Beat the Clock at The Fairview in Wildwood Nj , to Club Space in Frankford , or Eric’s Place in Aspen Colorado . He is an American Spirit luminary .

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