Showing posts with label interview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interview. Show all posts

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Whiskeyfellow is Challenged on Discussion with the Pros Podcast!

On Thursday evening, I did something fun and challenging. I was interviewed on the Discussion With The Pros podcast.  Yeah, I know, that’s not a big deal; I’m on many podcasts.


What was different?


The hosts asked me to lead everyone through how I assess a whiskey, going over the appearance, nose, palate, and finish. There were three whiskeys, and I had to do a live review of each, including the Bottle, Bar, or Bust ranking.


I had never had any of the three whiskeys poured. There was a large audience. If you do not understand the big deal about this so far, I’ve not yet told you that two of those whiskeys' blenders were part of the audience!


This episode runs just shy of an hour. You can click here to watch and see if I did any good.


Whiskeyfellow encourages you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you do so responsibly.



Thursday, June 2, 2022

Distill America XIV Roundup with My Whiskey Den


Distill America was founded fourteen years ago by a small group of spirits enthusiasts in Madison known as the Madison Malt Society. They often traveled to Chicago for whiskey events, but growing expenses put a damper on their enjoyment and took from the excitement of attending year after year. Aside from travel costs, they contended with pricey entry fees, both for the distillers and attendees. They were struck with the notion of creating an event locally that someone could easily attend every year, whether they were an exhibitor or a fan of distilled spirits. The goal was to attract bartenders, retailers, and the general public to learn about what is out there and available to enjoy.

There's no gimmick. You come, meet people in the industry, learn, and sip amazing distilled spirits. You'll find no Scotch, Irish Whiskey, Tequila, or anything else that's not 100% Made In The USA at Distill America. That's the schtick.

Distill America features educational seminars, and Distill America XIV featured Nicole Austin, the master distiller at George Dickel. It was also the first time the event was outdoors. Usually, you couldn't do that in Wisconsin in February, but in 2022, due to uncertainty about COVID-19, it was held at Madison's East Side Club in May. The weather was gorgeous, and I'm not sure it could have been better.

One of the things I loved about the venue was how relaxed it was. When it was held indoors at The Edgewater, things got... cozy... with shoulder-to-shoulder people. That wasn't the best if you get claustrophobic. But, outside, there was plenty of room to spread around, and the grass was your dump bucket! 

Even the food was easier to obtain. The quality of the food has always been excellent, but, again, with tight quarters, it was often difficult to get to it. This year, Hy-Vee provided the food, and there were no troubles grabbing a plate or two.

As always, I looked for new gems and visited old friends. This year, it was Blue Ash Farm from Argyle, Wisconsin. They were pouring their Honey Bourbon, which is Bourbon infused with wildflower honey from Pecatonica River Valley. 

After the show, Patrick Belongia of My Whiskey Den interviewed a few of us, including me, Fred Swanson of Dancing Goat Distillery (and one of Distill America's founders), and Dave and Adina Ewaldz, who celebrated their wedding anniversary at the event.  You can view the entire show on My Whiskey Den's YouTube page.  Cheers!

Whiskeyfellow encourages you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs that you do so responsibly.

Friday, September 3, 2021

My Guest Appearance on Entry Proof Podcast Live


Last night I had the pleasure of appearing on Entry Proof Podcast Live with Drew P. Whiskey and Abandon Bourbon to discuss the #30DaysofBourbon Challenge. It was a fun evening, we chatted up what we love about whiskey, a bit about Bourbon & Banter, and a brief discussion about RSD/CRPS and how devastating it is.

The most awesome part of the night was a pledge to raise money for the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association ( That made my evening, and Mrs. Whiskeyfellow was very thankful when she watched the webcast and the offer was made.

This was a lively exchange that ran about 90 minutes, so pour yourself a glass of Bourbon (because, after all, it is Bourbon Heritage Month) and relax. You can watch the show by clicking the Play icon in the middle of the header photo

Thank you, Drew, for this opportunity, and for your generosity, cheers!

My Simple, Easy to Understand Rating System

  • Bottle = Buy It
  • Bar = Try It
  • Bust = Leave It

Whiskeyfellow encourages you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you do so responsibly.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

My Appearance on "This is My Bourbon Podcast" Tonight


It was a great time tonight on Perry Ritter's This is My Bourbon Podcast!  If you don't know Perry, he's the designer of my Whiskeyfellow logo. He's also a nice guy and has this hilarious podcast.

The topic tonight was the recent Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof pick for The Speakeasy_WI called Grumpy Old Men.  With me were Steve Schwartzer and Troy Mancusi, the other admins of The Speakeasy_WI. 

Give it a look-see, it'll run you about an hour. Cheers!