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Drinks Adventures

Author: James Atkinson

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Drinks Adventures is a new podcast for adventurous drinkers of beer, wine, spirits, cider... and everything in between.

The impetus for the podcast is the many exciting trends we are currently witnessing across all categories of premium drinks.

Winemakers, brewers and distillers are increasingly experimenting and collaborating with one another on products that blur the definition of what's in your glass like never before.

Such hybrid products are playing to drinkers who are increasingly open-minded and adventurous and enjoying a wide array of different drinks to suit different occasions, rather than identifying with one particular category.

Today's drinker is consuming less alcohol overall, and instead spending more on higher quality products that deliver on flavour and are underpinned by authentic stories.

The people who produce and champion these fine drinks are the talent you will be hearing from on this podcast.

Drinks Adventures is produced and hosted by drinks writer James Atkinson.

Contact us by emailing hello@drinksadventures.com.au
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Archie Rose Distilling may be best known for gin, vodka and other weird and wonderful products, none moreso than ArchieMite, its buttered toast spirit.But in this episode, master distiller Dave Withers joins me predominately to discuss their ambitious plans for whisky.Australian whisky to date has been dominated by single barrel, single malt releases aged in ex-wine casks.With its first two releases, Chocolate Rye Malt Whisky and Rye Malt Whisky, Archie Rose has made it abundantly clear that it won't be following these conventions.Help us fund Season Three by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
Celebrating native Australian foods, Adelaide Hills Distillery has released a raft of innovative products.These include Green Ant Gin and more recently, Native Grain Whiskey, which explores the potential of making truly Australian whisky using the native cereal grain wattleseed.I'm joined this episode by distillery founder, Sacha La Forgia, a winemaker who travelled the world for over six years working wine vintages and exploring the world of distilling.His travels inspired him to launch a distillery of his own on his return to Australia. Help us fund Season Three by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
Wine packaging is getting a revamp, thanks to Tom O'Donnell of Riot Wine Co.In 2016, O'Donnell co-founded the Adelaide, Australia-based company Riot, which releases its wines exclusively in cans and in kegs.Riot wines have been pouring on tap at bars and restaurants across Australia since 2017, which the Riot founders claim has a range of benefits, starting with the environmental impact - the lifetime of just one keg can replace 23,000 bottles.Riot also hopes to educate Australians on the benefits of canned wine, which is a rapidly growing market segment overseas.I caught up with Tom at The Cannery, Riot's new Adelaide tasting room.Help us fund Season Three by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
Boatrocker today is home to one of the largest barrel ageing facilities in Australian brewing, which you can visit at Braeside in Melbourne's south east.Founded in 2009 by Matt and Andrea Howton, the brewery is undoubtedly making some of the country's finest examples of sour and strong ales, while also excelling at the more commonly available lagers, pale ales and IPAs.And in 2017, the Boatrocker Brewing became Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers, as the Perth-based distillery Hippocampus was merged into the Boatrocker business, opening up a whole new array of experimentation.I caught up with Matt at Boatrocker HQ in Braeside.Help us fund Season Three by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
One of Australia's best known winemakers, Sue Hodder of Wynns Coonawarra Estate, joins us this episode.Sue has just completed her 27th vintage at Wynns, where she oversees production of some of Australia's most cellared wines, including Black Label Cabernet.Together with Wynns' renowned viticulturist, Allen Jenkins, Sue has transformed the quality, and subtly redefined the style of the company's flagship Coonawarra reds.Sue and Allen were joint winners of the 2010 Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year Award, among many other accolades Sue has picked up in her esteemed career.Help us fund Season Three by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
Founded in 1999, Bakery Hill was the first whisky distillery on the mainland, and the third to open in the modern era after the celebrated Tasmanian distilleries Lark and Sullivans Cove.Located in Melbourne's north east, Bakery Hill might be lesser known today than these brands.But that's certainly not down to the quality of its whiskies, which have received consistent acclaim from critics across the globe.I visited David for a chat about their journey to date, and to hear some exciting news about their expansion plans, coinciding with their 20th birthday this year.Help us fund Season Three by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
Australian distiller Four Pillars expects to sell 500,000 bottles of its gin in 2019.Founded in in 2013 by Cameron Mackenzie, Matt Jones and Stuart Gregor, the company has doubled its sales year on year and its products are now available in 30 different markets globally.This rapid growth did not go unnoticed by some of the drinks industry's larger players. In early 2019, Four Pillars sold a 50 per cent stake in its business to brewer Lion, the company behind XXXX, Tooheys, Little Creatures and myriad other Australian beer brands.For this opening episode of Season Three, I caught up with co-founder and head distiller Cameron Mackenzie at Four Pillars' distillery in Healesville, Victoria.Help us fund Season Three by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
Sipsmith Gin master distiller Jared Brown joins me in this Season Two finale episode.But we're not talking about Sipsmith this time (see S1E2 for that!) , because Jared has another, far more interesting title, that of cocktail historian. With his wife Anistatia Miller, Jared has written more than 30 books on drinks, bars and cocktails.He's an absolute encyclopaedia on these topics and a fascinating fellow to chat to, so settle in for a great interview.As mentioned, this is the last episode of season two. We're already working on new content so we should be back bigger and better very soon with season three - help us fund it by purchasing your limited edition podcoasters here.Thank you to our major partner Bintani, Australia's leading supplier in ingredients for the brewing and distilling industries.And thanks also to Fever-Tree Premium Mixers for their support of the spirits episodes in this season.Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
'Drinks In The Sun' is a limited edition set of hardboard coasters featuring specially commissioned artworks by Barry Patenaude of @beersinthesun. There are only 100 sets of these 'podcoasters', as we call them. Each set contains four hardboard, cork-backed coasters with a glossy finish showing off Barry's specially commissioned illustrations.By purchasing a set of podcoasters you'll be supporting us to keep producing Drinks Adventures, and you'll have some awesome limited edition drink coasters that will not be made again - once they're gone they're gone.Thank you in advance for your support of the Drinks Adventures podcast.Buy your podcoasters here.
In this episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast I speak to Andrew Derbidge, who is director and cellarmaster for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Australia.Andrew is, in his own words, a whisky tragic who has been heavily involved in the industry for many years as an educator, presenter and writer.Some of his excellent writing is on his own website Whisky & Wisdom, which is where I happened across a really insightful article by Andrew about the evolution of Australian whisky and some of the growing pains the local industry is currently facing.It was that article that inspired this episode on Australian whisky. Follow James Atkinson on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.Theme music 'Sandbox' by Rudists.
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