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Country artist Clay Hollis joins us (13-minute mark) to talk about working on his next album, how this album differs from his previous efforts, growing up in Texas, his musical influences, being able to tour, whether he prefers cowboy hats or trucker hats and what's next. Plus, Jake Sulek joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk Mexican spirits on the fourth part of our Spirits 101 series.For more on Clay, find him at https://www.clayhollis.com/ or on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
The Americana group Blue Dogs join us (11-minute mark) to talk music and beer. Band founder Bobby Houck (lead vocals) and Hank Futch (vocals/upright bass) chat with us about going into the studio for the first time in 16 years, why they made a new album, how growing up in South Carolina impacted their sound, their journey in the music industry, creating a beer with Holy City Brewing, and much more. Plus, Jake Sulek joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk rum on the third part of our Spirits 101 series.For more on Blue Dogs, find them at https://www.bluedogs.com/home or on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Songwriter and musician John Inghram joins us (11-minute mark) to talk about his debut solo album, making his Mountain Stage debut, how his solo music differs, his experience recording the album, how the album's cover art happened, his journey in the music industry, going on tour and what's next. Plus, Jake Sulek joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk brandy on the second part of our Spirits 101 series.For more on John, find him on social media at https://www.facebook.com/johninghrammusic/ or https://www.instagram.com/inghram_bass/.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Singer/songwriter Kel Adore joins us (11-minute mark) to talk about getting into the music industry, modeling, her songwriting style, sharing personal experiences, her latest singles, moving to Los Angeles and more. Plus, Jake Sulek joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk gin and vodka as part of our Spirits 101 series.For more on Kel, visit https://www.keladore.com/ or find her on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Country musician Dustin Collins joins us (7-minute mark) to talk about growing up in Kentucky, his love of bourbon, his love of the outdoors, his new single Workin' Man, his upcoming album, working with Buddy Cannon and Bill McDermott, getting on to tour again and more. Plus, 911Bourbon joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk about how to protect your photos from being stolen and how to report scammers.For more on Dustin, find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Country musician Joey Greer joins us (8-minute mark) to talk about his old school bus Ms. Frizzle, his love of the outdoors, growing up in a musical family, dropping his debut album in early 2020, his single Outlaw Angel, his newest singles, being on stage and what's next. Plus, Chad Watson joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk about synthetic corks and what is the best type of cork to use.For more on Joey, check out https://www.joeygreer.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Country artist Jon Wolfe joins us (9:30-mark) to talk about his tequila Juan Lobo Tequila, getting involved in the tequila industry, his many hobbies beyond music, going from a finance degree to the oil fields to the stage, his latest album Dos Corazones, what he loves about touring and more. Plus, Kevin Patterson, a Cicerone and National Beer Judge, joins us (1-minute  for Tasting Notes to talk about craft beer and the perfect pairings for grilling season.For more on Jon, check out https://www.jonwolfecountry.com/ or find him on social media. For more on Juan Lobo Tequila, check out https://juanlobotequila.com/ or find it on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Country artist Dane Louis joins us (7-minute mark) to talk about growing up in Iowa, moving to Nashville, his dog Otis, the OnlyFans Fan Club, a crazy photoshoot, his latest single Whiskey Wears Off, how he finds inspiration for writing and more. Plus, 911Bourbon joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk about how to spot a bourbon scam on social media and other red flags.For more on Dane, check out https://danelouisofficial.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Country rockers Hudson Valley join us (9-minute mark) to talk about their new single, having fun together, how they become this band, moving to Nashville, playing at Ole Red and more. Plus, Chad Watson joins us (1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk about bourbon prices, what folks can expect to pay and if we're approaching Scotch territory.For more on Hudson Valley, check out https://www.hudsonvalleyband.com/ or find them on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Country musician Lane Smith joins us (around the 8-minute mark) to talk about his life as a bullfighter, how one gets into that career, switching to music, growing up in South Texas, getting married, his debut EP, latest single Ain't It Crazy and more. Plus, Jake Sulek joins us (around the 1-minute mark) for Tasting Notes to talk about the Mint Julep, tips on making a proper julep, how to put your spin on it and the history of the drink.For more on Lane, check out https://www.lanesmithmusic.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Introduction to show  On this week's "Tasting Notes", Mikey, aka 911Bourbon on Instagram, talks about how we got into whiskey and how his page got its start (starts around the 1-minute mark) Nate Bergman, who debut solo album Metaphysical Change comes out May 20, joins us around the 7-minute mark. What are you drinking? How are you able to pull off the mustache?   What got you into music?  You were part of Lionize for a long time, why go the solo right now?  How does your solo music differ from Lionize?  Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you?  You’ve been in the music industry a while, what’s your journey been like?  What’s it been like working with legends in the game like the late Lee “Scratch Perry” and others  As you write new material, are you pulling from experiences, have ideas? How does the writing process for you go?  Working on your debut solo album, what was that like?  You’ve got an amazing group of collaborators on this album, how were you able to pull that off?  I feel like your mantra is “It’s never gonna work” but it works, how is that?  What can folks expect on your debut album Metaphysical Change? The three singles bring such a different vibe.  Why name the album that?  On tour right now, what’s that been like? I heard you even had to fill in at times?  Besides the album and tour, what are you hoping for in 2022? What can fans expect? For more on Nate, check out https://www.natebergmansings.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com.
Introduction to show  On this week's "Tasting Notes", Chad Watson, aka MyDailyBourbon on Instagram and part of the Bourbon Life crew, talks about his month-long Blanton's challenge and what he learned from it (starts around the 1-minute mark) Lucas Hoge, chart topping country artist and host of Sportsman Channel series GSM’s Hoge Wild, joins us around the 7-minute mark. How often is your name said wrong? What are you drinking? So how was your recent trip to South Africa? How did you end up hosting a TV show on the Sportsman Channel?  What’s the coolest or your favorite place you’ve gotten to visit?  What is it that draws you to the outdoors? And sharing that with others? Growing up in small town in Nebraska, how did that impact your career? Both the music and the outdoorsman?  Is it true that your hometown of 44 helped send you off to Nashville with $2,500?  How did you end up in music? I know you started playing guitar at 17.  You’re a chart topping country artist, but you had a southern rock band and a worship band while in college?  From the Opry stage to sharing the stage with legends, what’s the journey been like for you?  Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you?  New single Stay in Touch  Are you working toward a new album?  Between the show and playing music, do you take much down time?  Supporting charity, humanitarian efforts, military, why are those so important to you?  Anything else folks can expect from you in 2022? For more on Lucas, check out https://www.lucashoge.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, enjoy our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, both available at hopsspirits.com. 
Introduction to show On this week's "Tasting Notes", Kevin Patterson, a Cicerone and National Beer Judge, talks about spring beers, how the styles change and what folks can expect on tap (starts around the 1-minute mark) Payton Howie, country artist whose debut EP Young Blood is out now, joins us at the 8-minute mark. What's your favorite guilty pleasure non-alcoholic drink? So did this love of music start with a Carrie Underwood concert when you were 5? When did you know this is something that you saw as a career?  You were pretty good at softball even earning a D2 scholarship, ever miss it?  You grew up in California/Texas, how did that impact or influence you?  How would you describe your music style?  Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you?  The single Country before Me and what that song means to you?  You released your debut EP Youngblood in February, what was that like? What's the story behind the name for the EP?  What’s it like for you writing or co-writing songs? Where does the inspiration come from?  Never Go Home, how did that come about and what was it like shooting that video? Being younger, what’s it like to find your voice/ find who you are in this industry?   Your songs have been featured on several of Spotify’s country lists, what’s that like for you?  Are you working toward a full-length album or more singles coming in the future?  Anything else folks can expect from you in 2022? For more on Payton, check out https://paytonhowie.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, our Give It A Try Taste Tests and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, all available at hopsspirits.com. 
Introduction to show On this week's "Tasting Notes", Jake Sulek talks about spring cocktails and some recipes to enjoy as the seasons change (starts around the 1-minute mark) Hayden Coffman, country musician, joins us around the 7-minute mark. What are you drinking? What was your response to your girlfriend's reenactment? Do you ever get weird looks when recording Tik Tok videos to your songs in random places? I feel like you just want to have a good time and you’ve got a sense of humor  What’s it like sharing things through Tik Tok and social media?  How would you describe your music style?  How did growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee impact your music or influence you?  Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you?  Would you have been a baseball player if not going this route?  When did you know this was something you wanted to pursue?  About to release a new single Good Ol’ Boys, talk about that song Really love Better Off and Here to Drink, how did those ones come about? Song with Chase Matthew and how that came about? Where/what do you draw upon when writing/creating music?  Is another album coming?  On tour with Jacob Bryant  Anything else folks can expect from you in 2022? I've noticed a few different hairstyles with your photos, what's going on there? For more on Hayden, check out https://www.haydencoffman.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, our Give It A Try and Cocktail:30 videos and the Questions & Alcohol podcast, all available at hopsspirits.com. 
Introduction to show  Update on what's new at Hops & Spirits with our Taste Tests, Cocktail:30 videos and the Questions & Alcohol podcast. Presley Tennant, singer/songwriter, joins us at the 3-minute mark. What’s a guilty pleasure nonalcoholic drink of yours?  What’s something unique about you that folks might not know?  What got you into music?  How much did being on The Voice change things for you?  How would you describe your style of music?  Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you?  New single Gamble on You coming at the end of this month?  You’ve released a few singles lately such as Heaven Sent Hell Bound,  Half That Strong, Bite The Bullet, what drew you to those songs? What's it like writing from personal experiences?  Being young, what’s it like to find your voice on songs?   You’ve performed with some big names from Kelly Clarkson to Tim McGraw, what’s that like for you?  Do you have any pre-show rituals you have to go through?  You’ve got new single, is the debut album coming?  Any other fun things in store for this year?  Being an ambassador for the SOS Foundation and why is that important to you? For more on Presley, check out https://www.presleytennant.com/ or find her on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, our Give It A Try, Cocktail:30 videos and Q&A podcast, all available at hopsspirits.com. 
Alcoholic beverage attorney Rachel Lawson joins us for an extended Tasting Notes. She explains the Treasury's "Competition in the markets for Beer, Wine and Spirits Report" plus talks about what it means for the industry, potential impact and biggest takeaways.
Introduction to show On this week's "Tasting Notes", Rachel Lawson, an alcoholic beverage lawyers, talks about the Treasury's report and its potential impact on the alcohol industry (starts around the 1-minute mark) Tim Montana, singer and songwriter, joins us at the 8-minute mark. What are you drinking? I have to ask, how do you become friends with such an unique group of people (ZZ Top, Foo Fighters, Travis Pastrana) How much work goes into your beard? You share a lot of your life on social media, including your kids, what’s it like being a dad? You have a hot sauce company, love cooking, are you a foodie?  Anything you can’t do? How would you describe your music style? How did growing up in Montana impact your music or influence you? Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you? When did you know this was something you wanted to pursue? Where/what do you draw upon when writing/creating music? Just released a new single Good By Me, can you talk about that song and how it came together? Your last album was Long Shots released almost a year ago, describe that album? Any new album coming/tour? Anything else folks can expect from you in 2022? For more on Tim Montana, check out https://www.timmontana.com/ or find him on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, our Give It A Try Highlights, Cocktail:30 videos and Friday Five Q&A, all available at hopsspirits.com. 
Introduction to show On this week's "Tasting Notes", Kevin Patterson, a Cicerone and National Beer Judge, talks about the variety of barrel-aged beers and what to expect from each (starts around the 1-minute mark) Coyle Girelli, multiplatinum musician, songwriter and composer, joins us at the 9-minute mark. What are you drinking? I’ve looked at your social media and your photos make you look very serious, do you smile and have fun?   What would you be doing if you weren’t in music?  Why did you launch your own label/agency in Honey Lemon Records?  How would you describe your solo music style?  How does your style differ from your bands Your Vegas and The Chevin?  How did growing up in England impact your music or influence you?  Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you?  When did you know this was something you wanted to pursue?  You’re a writer/producer/composer, what’s it like working behind the scenes?  You’ve also written/worked with folks across many genres, how’s that? Is it difficult to go from Coyle Girelli music to Macklemore and BTS? When writing, are you drawing from an experience or an idea?  You just released your second solo album Funland, what can folks expect on that?  How does this album compare to your first solo album Love Kills?  What can folks expect from you in 2022? For more on Coyle, check out https://www.coyle-girelli.com/ or find them on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, our Give It A Try Highlights, Cocktail:30 videos and Friday Five Q&A, all available at hopsspirits.com. 
SIA Scotch founder Carin Luna-Ostaseski joins us at the 1-minute mark for an expanded Tasting Notes special. Carin talks about how she came to love Scotch, launching a Scotch brand, the challenges along the way, the Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund and its impact, what's next and more.For more on SIA Scotch, check out https://www.siascotchwhisky.com/ or find them on social media. For more on the Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund, visit http://siascotchfund.helloalice.com/.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, our Give It A Try Highlights, Cocktail:30 videos and Q&A Videocast are all available at hopsspirits.com. 
Introduction to show  On this week's "Tasting Notes", Carin Luna-Ostaseski, founder of SIA Scotch, talks about their Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund and giving back. (starts around the 1-minute mark) Kai Crowe-Getty, vocals/guitar for the band Lord Nelson, joins us at the 7-minute mark. What are you drinking tonight?  How would you describe the band’s style of music?  Who/what type of music did you grow up with or influenced you?  What got you into music? When did you decide to make this a career?  Lord Nelson dropped its latest album Transmission in January, what do you want folks to take away from that album?  You all went into this one with a plan of having a live, but studio feel. Why did you want that?  This album also features three writers and vocalists with brothers Henry and Calloway Jones contributing. How did that come about?  What’s it like for you in writing songs? Where do you pull from?  How big of an impact does being based out of Charlottesville and Virginia have on y’all?  I read a comment from you that you all are a road band, so what’s it been like taking some more downtime from touring  What was it like waiting to release the album?  What’s your favorite part of being on the road?  What can folks expect from you this year? For more on the band Lord Nelson, check out https://lordnelsonband.com/ or find them on social media.Don't forget to check out the video on YouTube and our Facebook page. Plus, our Give It A Try Highlights, Cocktail:30 videos and Q&A Videocast are all available at hopsspirits.com. 
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