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Heritage Radio Network

Host Damon Boelte will discuss cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, tea, coffee and all things in the liquid universe, with guests ranging from bartenders and brewers, alchemists and ambassadors, roasters and regulars, and every expert and enthusiast in between. Learn from some of the world's leading experts in mixology, bar history, distillation and brewing about how we enjoy imbibing today.

Host Damon Boelte will discuss cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, tea, coffee and all things in the liquid universe, with guests ranging from bartenders and brewers, alchemists and ambassadors, roasters and regulars, and every expert and enthusiast in between. Learn from some of the world's leading experts in mixology, bar history, distillation and brewing about how we enjoy imbibing today.
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Location:

Brooklyn, NY

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Host Damon Boelte will discuss cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, tea, coffee and all things in the liquid universe, with guests ranging from bartenders and brewers, alchemists and ambassadors, roasters and regulars, and every expert and enthusiast in between. Learn from some of the world's leading experts in mixology, bar history, distillation and brewing about how we enjoy imbibing today.

Language:

English

Contact:

BOX 198 402 Graham Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 497-2128


Episodes

Episode 265: Whip 'Em Out Wednesday with Bianca Miraglia

12/6/2017
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On today's show, Damon and Sother are joined by Bianca Miraglia of Uncouth Vermouth, who may or may not be wearing a shirt – the magic of radio! Tune in to hear them talk about how vermouth is in fact wine, why you shouldn't fear blue (or pink) drinks, and more!

Duration: 00:57:28


Episode 264: Micah Melton, Beverage Director of The Alinea Group

11/29/2017
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Micah Melton was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa and began his studies in computer science before finding his calling in the culinary arts. While attending Culinary Arts school he began working in bars to pay the bills and fell in love with the beverage side of the industry. Micah was part of the opening team that envisioned and created the opening menu at the Aviary. He studied and trained in the kitchen at Alinea restaurant for the opening of the new bar concept. His role at the time...

Duration: 00:59:00


Episode 263: Bernie Lubbers

11/15/2017
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Author, musician, world-traveller, and professor of whiskey—Bernie Lubbers travelled the road for 20 years performing comedy before getting into the bourbon business. Originally hired by Jim Beam to promote their Knob Creek brand, Bernie took it upon himself to delve into the rich history and heritage of American Whiskey and the whiskey men and women who forged that legacy, and along that way earned the title of The Whiskey Professor and was awarded Whiskey Ambassador of the Year by...

Duration: 00:52:50


Episode 262: Bay Area Cocktails with Shanna Farrell

11/8/2017
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Reunited and it feels so good! Damon and Sother are back together again, and this week on The Speakeasy they're joined by Shanna Farrell, an interviewer at UC Berkeley's Oral History Center, where she does many things but specializes in contemporary cocktail culture. She is the author of the new book is Bay Area Cocktails, and the co-host of The Prix Fixe, a new podcast about the intersection of food and drink.

Duration: 00:53:08


Episode 261: Liquid Consulting with Claire Bertin-Lang

11/1/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon is back! He and Sother are joined in the studio by Claire Bertin-Lang, the founder and president of CBL Liquid Consulting. Claire has over a decade's worth of experience in the hospitality industry, with a focus on spirits and food & wine events. A native New Yorker, she began tending bar at one of the city's classic dives at the age of 19. After college, she worked both on the brand side and for agencies executing major projects, beverage programs, and...

Duration: 00:45:10


Episode 260: Meehan's Manual

10/25/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Sother is taking the reins again, and is joined in studio by acclaimed barman Jim Meehan, whose new book Meehan's Bartender Manual is a magnum opus of mixology. Meehan is best known for his pioneering work at PDT in New York's East Village. Though he now lives in Portland, Oregon, Meehan recently opened a new bar called Prairie School in Chicago’s Fulton Market. Also sitting in is Cory Bonfiglio of Beer Street.

Duration: 00:48:42


Episode 259: Smooth Amblin'

10/18/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Sother is flying solo in the host chair. He's joined in studio by John Little, CEO and master distiller of Smooth Ambler Spirits, and Antonia Fattizzi, founder and president of Cork and Tin, a strategic partner for emerging beverage alcohol brands.

Duration: 00:49:04


Episode 258: The Bourbon Bartenders

10/11/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined in the studio by Alla Lapushchik and Jane Danger, co-authors of the new book The Bourbon Bartender: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the American Spirit. They have also co-written the book Cuban Cocktails: 100 Classic and Modern Drinks, in addition to being top shelf New York bartenders.

Duration: 00:49:38


Episode 257: Leslie Feinberg and Brian Grummert

10/4/2017
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On this week's episode of The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined in studio by bartender and baker Leslie Feinberg of Prohibition Bakery and bartender Brian Grummert of Subject Bar. Prohibition Bakery makes delicious alcoholic cupcakes based on classic cocktails, which are available at their store in the Lower East Side and at Subject Bar, a neighbor and partner of the bakery, which also offers cocktails in their traditional liquid form.

Duration: 00:50:48


Episode 256: Andrew Meltzer, 2016 U.S. Bartender of the Year

9/27/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined by Andrew Meltzer, who was named 2016 U.S. Bartender of the Year by the United States Bartender's Guild (USBG), following two days of heated competition at the global finals in Miami.

Duration: 00:48:32


Episode 255: Luxardo

9/20/2017
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Damon and Sother are joined in studio by Matteo Luxardo and mixologist and brand ambassador G. Franklin of Luxardo, a family-owned company founded in Zara, a port city on the Dalmatian coast of what is now Croatia. Girolamo Luxardo, a Genovese businessman, and his wife, Maria Canevari, moved to Zara in 1817. It was Maria who began perfecting "rosolio maraschino," a liqueur produced in Dalmatian convents since medieval times from special maraschino cherries. Canevari's liqueur was of such...

Duration: 00:40:16


Episode 254: Distillery Cats with Brad Thomas Parsons

9/20/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined in the studio by James Beard Award-winning author Brad Thomas Parsons. His latest book, Distillery Cats, features thirty profiles adorable distillery and brewery cats, plus fifteen cocktail recipes. It's the purr-fect read for any spirit and/or cat lover.

Duration: 00:41:54


Episode 253: Sam Gauthier of Boilermaker

9/13/2017
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On this week's episode of The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined by Sam Gauthier of Boilermaker. Sam is a former audio engineer turned bartender. He talks about his career, bar life in NYC, Boilermaker, and Ti' Punch!

Duration: 00:52:08


Episode 252: New York Cocktails with Amanda Schuster

9/6/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined by Amanda Schuster, a hooch writer/consultant and editor in chief of the online magazine Alcohol Professor. She is also the author of the new book New York Cocktails.

Duration: 00:49:57


Episode 251: The Art, Science, and Business of Distilling with Michter's

8/30/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Sother is back from BevCon in Charleston, and he and Damon are joined in the studio by Joseph Magliocco, Dan McKee, and John Holzinger of Michter's Distillery. Tune in to hear them discuss the history of the brand and the enduring power of American whiskies and distilleries.

Duration: 00:45:33


Episode 250: Lacy Hawkins

8/23/2017
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon Boelte is joined in the studio by Lacy Hawkins, an escaped bartender, brand ambassador for Monkey 47 Gin, four-time Speed Rack USA winner, and bike rider. Tune in to hear them talk diversity in New York City, going from behind to bar to brand ambassador, and why you should give sloe gin another chance.

Duration: 00:44:11


Episode 249: Three Lives of the Cat Pack

8/9/2017
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On the season finale of The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined in studio by "a third of the Cat Pack" – Karen Fu, head bartender at Donna, Natasha Torres, head bartender at Narcbar, and Jane Danger, head bartender at Mother of Pearl and Cienfuegos. Hear about how they ended up behind a bar in the first place, the careers they left behind to pursue the business, and what exactly the Cat Pack is all about.

Duration: 00:48:45


Episode 248: Misty Kalkofen and Éva Pelczer of Del Maguey

8/2/2017
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On an all new episode of The Speakeasy, hosts Damon Boelte and Sother Teague are joined in the studio by Misty Kalkofen and Éva Pelczer of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Tune in to hear them talk Tales of the Cocktail, single village mezcal, and Misty's guest bartender appearance at Coup, with all proceeds going to The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.

Duration: 00:49:41


Episode 247: Tales of the Cocktail 2017

7/26/2017
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On a special episode of The Speakeasy, host Sother Teague is reporting from the field at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, the world's premier cocktail festival!

Duration: 01:21:01


Episode 246: Harry Rosenblum of The Brooklyn Kitchen and Feast Yr Ears

7/19/2017
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On this week's The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother have a special guest: Harry Rosenblum of Heritage Radio Network's Feast Yr Ears! Harry is the co-founder of The Brooklyn Kitchen, which he started in 2006 with his wife Taylor Erkkinen. Interested and creative home cooks, Harry and Taylor recognized an opportunity to create a community space in their Williamsburg neighborhood. In 2009, following the insane success of the Pig Butchering classes, they founded the Meat Hook with partners, and...

Duration: 00:45:09

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