Whiskey Lore show

Whiskey Lore

Summary: Join Best Selling Author Drew Hannush as he explores the rich stories, myths, and legends that surround our favorite spirit. From the ghosts of the Scottish Highlands, to bourbon legends like Colonel E.H. Taylor, to popular myths around how we taste and experience whisk(e)y - Drew is on a mission to help enrich your whiskey experience by finding the stories that hide behind the labels.

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 The Whiskey Rebellion: Military, Diplomacy, or Bust? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:38

The Battle of Bower Hill woke up Philadelphia and created quite a stir in President Washington's cabinet. It would result in George Washington and Alexander Hamilton taking a trip towards Western Pennsylvania and militia men being summons across four states. So what happened to David Bradford and the rebels? And what happened with the dreaded whiskey tax? Find out in this episode as we close out the Whiskey Rebellion.

 Interview: Will Pitchforth of Bladnoch Distillery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:08

Join me as I chat with Will about this historic Lowland Scotch Whisky that has seen mothballing several times in its history. Recently it was purchased by Australian David Prior and Dr. Nick Savage has joined as master distiller (after his time at Macallan). We'll talk about that transition and I'll get to taste a couple of their expressions - Bladnoch 10 and Samsara, which utilizes casks from California. And find out more about Whiskey Lore at whiskey-lore.com

 Interview: Jim Massey of Fugitive Spirits | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:08

I was approached by a whiskey distiller whose namesake's were poets with a passion for the land.  Listen as I talk with Fugitive Spirits co-founder Jim Massey about his whiskey, the inspiration of Vanderbilt University's Fugitives, and getting laws changed so he can benefit Tennessee agriculture by producing whiskey. 

 The Whiskey Rebellion: Bower Hill | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:33

If you thought it was odd for Robert Wilson to go through torture to live out life as a spy, wait until you hear the comedy of errors that is George Clymer. If Hamilton wanted a war, he was making a pretty good show of it. And the episode ends with an epic battle that would forever be a symbol for the violence that took place in Western Pennsylvania. Enjoy the prelude to the finale. The rebellion is on.

 The Whiskey Rebellion: Danger at The Forks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:54

So what had the farmers of Western Pennsylvania all up in arms? In this episode, I'll take a look at the law that fired up the insurrectionists and I'll give you a view of what 1791 Pittsburgh looked like and talk about one of it's most respected citizens - General John Neville. It wouldn't take long from Neville to go from hero to the object of scorn as men like Daniel and John Hamilton started planning meetings in Pittsburgh and Mingo Creek, discussing how to send the government a message.

 The Whiskey Rebellion: Seeds of Discontent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:57

When you think of the Whiskey Rebellion, what comes to mind? Farmers not wanting to pay taxes? Alexander Hamilton goading President Washington into putting down an insurrection? Washington on horseback leading an army into Western Pennsylvania. What if I told you that most of these assumptions are wrong? In part one of a series on the Whiskey Rebellion, I'll tell the story of the first victim of the rebellion, the events set up the rebellion, and how this was actually a fight for survival.

 Interview: Fawn Weaver of Uncle Nearest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:09:46

Fawn Weaver has done more than just build a whiskey brand - she is going beyond talking about finding solutions and is actually doing something to make the world a better place. And it isn't about putting a whiskey in your hand. Although that has its place. She found her mission in the story and friendship of Jack and Nearest and as an author of books on love, she brings that focus, not only to the whiskey that she's bringing us, but also to the industry and the world.

 Interview: Nelson Eddy of The Jack Daniel Distillery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:22:22

Join me as I share some of my exclusive interview with Jack Daniel's long time Chief Historian Nelson Eddy.  In this episode, we'll focus on Jack Daniel's as Prohibition approached, the shootout in Nashville, we'll find out if it really was a safe that killed Jack Daniel, how the company survived prohibition, and a very interesting tie between Jack and Kentucky's most famous brand Jim Beam. We'll also talk about the Jack and Nearest Advancement Initiative, Fawn Weaver and Uncle Nearest.

 Interview: Ron Gallagher of Virginia City | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:30

Having not traveled to Virginia City before (I got close, as you will hear), I needed a local to give me the history and the feel of the place. After reaching out to the city, I was put in touch with Ron Gallagher, whose grandfather worked as a janitor at the Fourth Ward School back in the 1860s during the boom. Ron saw Virginia City turn from a ghost town to a tourist town when the TV show Bonanza hit the air. We discuss saloons, oyster shells, and what is left of old Virginia City.

 Interview: Ashley and Colby Frey of Frey Ranch Distillery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:40

Originally known as Frey Ranch Estate Distillery, this is one of a few distilleries in the world that source all of their grains from their own land. Think Kilchoman in Scotland or Waterford in Ireland. Now, to a new distiller with a new farm, that might not be such an advantage, but imagine having a 160+ year history of farm/ranch ownership. Colby has a real advantage in the grain growing area of his business, but what about learning the distilling part? Find out in this interview from Whiskey Lore.

 Virginia City: The Big Bonanza (with Legends of the Old West) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:12

Mark Twain moves on and an initial silver rush in Virginia City fades. Frustrated financiers look for a way to off-load their investments just before the Comstock yield's its greatest bounty. Meanwhile, two men - John Piper and William Brown find their own fortunes by serving up drinks, food, and entertainment to miners and money men alike. Join Drew Hannush of Whiskey Lore and Chris Wimmer of Legends of the Old West and hear the fate of Virginia City, Nevada.

 Interview: Andy Nelson of Nelson's Green Brier Distillery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:11

Join me as I talk with one half of the brother team that returned their great, great, great grandfather's distillery to prominence. Andy Nelson is the Head Distiller at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery and this is the story of how they overcame money issues, youth, inexperience, a recession, and an old Tennessee Prohibition on distilling to get their family legacy restored.

 Interview: Michael Myers of Colorado's 291 Distillery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:36

From New York fashion photographer to starting a whiskey distillery in Colorado - quite the road for Michael Myers of Colorado Springs based 291 Distillery. We'll hear how he started as a one-man show, learned his craft, and as a tie into our Virginia City "Old West" episodes, we'll talk about his love for western movies. And we'll find out how a Weber Grill influences his whiskey...seriously! I'll also sample their Aspen influenced rye and bourbon (thanks to Michael his team for the samples).

 Interview: Al Young of Four Roses (November 2019) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:06

The Al Young interview is likely my most treasured interview. It spoke to the very reason I started Whiskey Lore, to capture stories while the storytellers were still here to tell them. Little did I know that one month after our interview, Al Young would pass away at Christmas 2019. It's been just about a year since his passing and one thing I have never done is release the entire interview, front to back. I hope you enjoy it. There is some great history here. It is fun to revisit.

 Interview: The Dant Family at Log Still Distillery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:59

It was interesting listening back to this interview. It happened just over a year ago. How the world has changed. But Wally Dant and his family are still moving forward with Log Still Distillery and making great progress. In fact, they've released the name of their new gin and bourbon which I will mention in the episode. While there are moments of this interview that have been shared before, a lot of it will be new to you. Wally reveals a lot of what is coming for Log Still.


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