#32 Smooth Ambler Master Distiller John Little

john little.jpg
 

This week we're debuting our Smooth Ambler Old Scout private barrel. We sit down with John Little to catch up on Smooth Ambler and learn about our new barrel pick!

John Little has been putting out some of our favorite whiskey for years now. When we got the chance to buy a private barrel of his Old Scout American Whiskey for the club, we didn't think twice! Steve and Ben catch up with Ben right before our live Beast Masters barrel picking session. John catches us up on all the success at Smooth Ambler, and breaks down the American Whiskey product. The barrel came out awesome, as did the cast! Check it out.

#31 A Beastly Birthday

ben casting.jpg
 

For SmokyBeast's birthday, we drink a 1961 Old Grand-Dad, and The Whiskey Warrior deep-throats a Glencairn glass. Enjoy!

The grisly grey-haired beast is getting even older. For his birthday Beast Master Ben, Josh "Captain Coop" Feldman, and Jake "Whiskey Warrior" Cahill assemble to sample our favorite of the Beast Masters Club private barrels. The warrior brings a surprise - a National Distillers Old Grand-Dad Bottled-in-Bond bourbon distilled in 1961! The boys talk whiskey, turn-ons, turn-offs, and just to spice things up, Jake dons an atrocious Scottish accent and deep-throats a Glencairn glass. You don't wanna miss this one. Unless you're Jake's, mom, in which case we're sorry.

#30: Radical FR.OAK - Balcones

Balcones FROAK.jpg
 

Winston from Balcones sits down with the Beasts to talk craft.

Long time friend of the pod Winston Edwards is in town from Balcones Distillery.  It's Balcones' 10th anniversary and we get to taste some seriously exclusive anniversary bottlings that are only available at the distillery, including this French Oak finished single malt which is delicious.  Radical FR.OAK dude! 

#29: Shrek in Spanx - Beastly Treats Part 2

IMG_3532.JPG
 

The Beast Masters bring in one lucky club member - stand up comedian David Kinney - to sample the tasting of a lifetime. Three of our favorite malts: Talisker, Lagavulin, and Caol Ila, and then their "big brothers": Talisker 30 Year, Lagavulin 24 Year, and Caol Ila 30 Year! The gang gets into their cups while pondering a range of subjects from Shrek to full-body Spanx.

Beast Masters Club is back with another edition of "Beastly Treats" where we invite one lucky club member for the whiskey tasting of a lifetime. This time our guest is stand-up comedian David Kinney @davidkinney. Jake The Whiskey Warrior Cahill and Mrs. SmokyBeast join the party to sample amazing whiskeys while we broach subjects from stand up comedy to Shrek to full-body Spanx. The whiskey at hand is "Big Brother" - a tasting of three of our favorite malts next to super-aged versions of their "big brothers".

The lineup:
Talisker Storm vs. Talisker 30-Year Cask Strength
Lagavulin Distiller's Edition vs. Lagavulin Feis Ile 2015 24-Year Cask Strength
Caol Ila Feis Ile 2015 Cask Strength vs. Caol Ila 30-Year Malts of Scotland Cask Strength Sherry Hogshead

#28: Adam Spiegel of Sonoma County Distilling Company

AdamCast.jpg
 

The Beast Masters traveled to Sonoma, CA for a private tour and tasting with Adam Spiegel, founder and distiller at Sonoma County Distilling Co.

Adam was kind enough to show us around his distillery and warehouses and give us a behind the scenes peek at how Sonoma County produces their unique take on a variety of pot distilled whiskies. From their Alembic Hoga stills hand crafted in Portugal and modeled on the original, ancient Arab water distillers to their method of slightly down proofing and  finishing their whiskies in first fill barrels, there’s a lot of interesting distilling craft at work in Adam’s world. These unique approaches have certainly produced some very tasty craft whiskeys and great success Sonoma Distilling. They are currently expanding the operation from a 6000 to a 12000 sq ft footprint to meet demand for their West of Kentucky Bourbons and Sonoma Ryes. 

Tune in to hear the story of a truly passionate, dedicated craftsman devoted to creating whiskies using time honored, traditional methods and local, sustainable ingredients. Sonoma County Distilling is really a grain to glass operation where every step of the process is treated with love and devoted attention.