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The Speakeasy

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 272: Cane Club Co

2/14/2018
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On this Valentine's Day edition of The Speakeasy, Damon and Sother are joined by Dani DeLuna, Shannon Mustipher, and Austin Hartman of the Cane Club Collective, a group that organizes experiences around cane spirits that foster community and appreciation for rum and the people working in the industry.

Duration:00:50:13

Episode 271: The Four Corners of Cointreau

2/7/2018
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This week, Damon and Sother sit down with Alfred Cointreau, the sixth generation scion of – you guessed it – the Cointreau family, which has been making the French orange-flavored liqueur brand of the same name for over 150 years. Also joining them are Kayla Mata and Emily Arseneau of Collectif 1806.

Duration:00:44:01

Episode 270: Shaker & Spoon

1/31/2018
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Sother is back from Miami, where he was named Mixologist of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. He and Damon are joined today by Mike Milyavsky and Anna Gorovoy, founders of Shaker & Spoon, which is sort of like the Blue Apron of cocktail ingredients.

Duration:00:48:48

Episode 269: Willy Shine of Mast-Jägermeister U.S.

1/24/2018
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Willy Shine is a proud and dedicated Spirits & Hospitality Professional. Willy has an affinity towards building spirits brands using unconventional marketing, relationships, networking and immersing himself into its history & culture while paying forward the education bestowed upon him. Willy is the Brand Meister for Mast-Jägermeister U.S. – National Brand Ambassador, Head of Brand Education, Trade Advocacy and Mixology.

Duration:00:42:29

Episode 268: John Tebeau

1/18/2018
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On the first episode of 2018, Damon is joined in studio by John Tebeau, a Brooklyn writer, artist, and bartender. He began a series of bar illustrations in 2013 out of an appreciation of architecture and community gathering places, later reporting on and writing about what made those bars special. Tebeau also works as a bartender at one of New York’s great neighborhood bars, Fort Defiance in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His new book, Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, is due out in March.

Duration:00:36:11

Episode 267: Allen Katz, New York Distilling Company

12/20/2017
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For the season finale, Damon and Sother welcome back Allen Katz from the New York Distilling Company, who last appeared on The Speakeasy six years ago. Allen is one of the nation’s leading experts on distilled spirits and cocktails. He is the Director of the Spirits Education & Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and is at the forefront of industry training in New York and around the country. And today, he brought some rye with him.

Duration:00:50:28

Episode 266: Italicus

12/13/2017
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Damon and Sother welcome Italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo, creator of Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto. Made at a family-owned distillery in Moncalieri, Torino, Italicus is a blend of bergamot peel, Cedro lemons, chamomile, lavender, gentian, yellow roses, and Melissa balm. Tune in as they sample this expression of the "original aperitivo."

Duration:00:46:35

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 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

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