The Distillery Nation Podcast
By Ilias Mastrogiannis | Craft Spirits with Meraki
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Distillery Nation is a podcast that takes you inside the story of starting a small craft distillery. Ilias Mastrogiannis talks about his own story on starting up a business. The struggles, regulations, cost and everything in between. In addition to real world advice we feature distillers from well-established distilleries from around the nation. Follow the stories and the craft distillery movement at http://www.distillerynation.com.
||ExplicitDNP 033: Paul Hughes - The Professor||In this episode of the Distillery Nation podcast we chat with Paul Hughes. Paul holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry, an expert in beer and distillery operation specifically around taste, botanical flavors and performance along with accelerated methods of m||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 032: Ilias Mastrogiannis - Mastrogiannis Distillery||For our first episode of 2018, we decided to reverse the microphone and have Andrew a podcast listener and a big help during the 2017 harvest ask the normal questions I use for guests. We talk on how I started the distillery, favorite books, strengths a||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 031: Jon Good - Green Door Distilling||In our last episode for 2017, we had the pleasure of talking with Jon Good from Green Door Distilling located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jon had an incredible story and he shares with us his early years into the business, making booze, favorite books, habi||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 030: Will Maschmeier - 3 Howls Distillery||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with Will Maschmeier from 3 Howls distillery, and although my accent gets into the way of pronunciating 3 Howls, Will is doing great things! You can see from the very few moments of talking with||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 029: Yannis Chandolias - Argo Distillery||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I had a chat with Yannis Chandolias, owner and distiller of Argo distillery. Argo distillery is a producer of mastic liqueur and soon the first whisky of Greece. Located in Athens Greece, Yannis has a lon||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 028: Two Year Anniversary||September 15 2015 marks when I first released the first few episodes. The goal was simple to document and share what it takes open a small craft distillery. The podcast idea started a few months earlier when I was very serious about starting a distiller||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 027: My Dad||A very special episode. I had the privilade of sitting down with my brother and dad and recorded my dad's prespective around wine, how he started into this business, preference between red or white grapes, his favorite drink and so much more! At 80 yea||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 026: John Emrick - Sea Bishop Spirits||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I had a chat with John Emrick from Sea Bishop distillery. Sea Bishop is located in Black Diamond WA and specilizing in Gin. John talked everything from issues with finding the right location, to distribut||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 025: Tim Girvin - The Designer||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with Tim Girvin. Tim has over 40 years’ experience in the design space and has helped brands develop a strategy and story around their core and ideas. In this episode, we chatted about the thi||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 024: David Dunbar - The Consultant||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with David Dunbar. Dave has over forty years of “hands-on” experience with the federal laws and regulations that govern beverage alcohol of all types, so we talk all things distillery regula||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 023: Brian DeFoe - The Attorney||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with Brian Defoe. Brian is a Seattle based attorney specializing in distilled spirits law. He's been featured in the Whiskey Reviewer and Artisian Spirits maganize and you can also found him ove||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 022: Stuart Gregor - Four Pillars Distillery||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with Stuart Gregor of Four Pillars DIstillery. Stuart is one of the co-founders behind the distillery and we honestly learned so much talking with him. Thing like how important food and spirit a||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 021: Dianna Connelly - The Insurance||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with Dianna Connelly, an insurance agent located in Washington state. Dianna recently helped me consolidate and review my insurance needs for 2017, I ask her some of my own questions and we talk||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 020: Kirby Kallas-Lewis - OOLA Distillery||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I chatted with Kirby Kallas-Lewis from OOLA Distillery, this is our first podcast for 2017 and we where super excited to feature Kirby and OOLA Distillery. We started the conversation with Kirby's backgro||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 019: AJ Temple - Temple Distilling||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I talk with AJ Temple. We talk about location issues, how his initial design cost paid in the long term and why getting the right mix of botanicals is not that easy to scale. We also bring up the referenc||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 018: Jake Soule - Admiralty Distillers||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I talk with Jake Soule of Admiralty Distillers in Port Townsend WA. Jake has been distilling brandy for the last years producing amazing products and flavors. We talk about his start, why he chose to make||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 017: Adam Szymkow - Polonee Distillery||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I talk with Adam Szymkow owner of Polonee Distillery. We jumped right into the issues with Adam and brought up issues with his custom bottles, and getting licensed in Canada to his approach to vodka with||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 016: One Year Anniversary||The Distillery Nation Podcast is celebrating its one year. I started this project on September 15, 2015 and here we are a year later and going strong. I wanted to keep this month episode short and with a quick overview of where I'm at in terms of the d||9/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 015: David Groom - Schnapsleiche Spirits||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I talk with David Groom of Schnapsleiche Spirits. David shares his advice for juggling his day job along the distillery and why producing authentic German style Schnaps was very important for the distille||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 014: Skip Tognetti - Letterpress Distilling||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I talk with Skip Tognetti of Letterpress distilling. Skip shared his journey and some real talk about what it takes to open up a distillery, the sacrifies you have to do and his deep Italian roots. This i||7/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 013: Peter Bignell - Belgrove Distillery||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I talk with Peter Bignell of Belgrove Distillery. Peter is a true farm to bottle distillery producing some award winning Rye Whiskey, check out this exciting episode from all the way Tasmania Australia.||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 012: The TTB Audit||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I do another solo episode around my learnings from a TTB Audit class. I breakdown the hot items on why DSPs get audited and what to look for that can put you in the high risk bucket. Please visit this p||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 011: The TTB Permit||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast I talk solo and I'm going over my process of obtaining my TTB permit for a Distilled Spirits Plant. I cover topics around the overall process, what where some of the issues I hit and overall from start to||4/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 010: Tim Koether - Claremont Distillery||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Tim Koether from Claremont Distillery. Tim is CEO of Claremont Distillery out of New Jersey. Tim talked about his path to opening the business, and that every hurdle builds a stronger foundati||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 009: Tami Brockway Joyce - Seattle Distilling||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Tami Brockway Joyce from Seattle Distilling. Tami is CEO behind Seattle Distilling out of Vashon Island in WA and the mind behind Seattle Distilling Vodka, Gin and Whiskey! We talk about buili||2/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 008: Nathan Kaiser - 2Bar Spirits||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Nathan Kaiser. Nathan is the owner of 2Bar Spirits located in Seattle WA. Nathan started out in the technology industry but quickly went back to his roots and opened the 2Bar Spirits Distiller.||1/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 007: Ted Pappas - Big Bottom Distilling||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk Ted Pappas. Ted is not only a fellow Greek but the owner behind the Big Bottom distilling and family of spirits. Ted brings years of business experience, he's the current President of the Oregon D||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 006: Hubert Germain-Robin||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Hubert Germain-Robin. Hubert is the co-cofounder behind the Germain Robin distillery and family of spirits and more specific their brandies. We go over his book, and all thing distilling.||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 005: Steven Stone - Sound Spirits||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Steven Stone from Sound Spirits and the creator of Ebb+Flow Vodka and Gin! Steven was among the first in the Seattle district to open his distillery, paving the way for a lot of other distiller||10/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 004: Jason Parker and Micah Nutt - CopperWorks Distilling||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Jason Parker and Micah Nutt from CopperWorks Distilling and the creators of the CopperWorks Gin and Vodka! Jason and Micah together bring decades of experience in the brewing industry and they||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 003: Jason O'Donnell - Tualatin Valley Distilling||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Jason O’Donnell from Tualatin Valley Distilling and the creator of Oregon Single Malt American Whiskey! Jason operates a pretty small distillery, we talk about hotplates, software to keep||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 002: The Equipment||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast Ilias talks about sourcing his pot still and equipment and that its all about Location, Location, Location! Please visit this podcast at http://www.mastrogiannisdistillery.com/ and view all of today's||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 001: Ben Capdevielle - Captive Spirits||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast we talk to Ben Capdevielle from Captive Spirits and the creator of Big Gin. Ben talks about starting small, his tips on making the most of the distillery space and his favorite drink! Please visi||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDNP 000: The Introduction||In this episode of the Distillery Nation Podcast Ilias gives you a little bit of background on this story, the podcast and his plans for opening a small craft distillery here in the States. Please visit this podcast at http://www.mastrogiannisdistill||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Ilias does a great job with this podcast! It only started in September of 15, but each episode has been getting better and better. The interviews are interesting and well structured, and the folks he interviews are diverse, interesting and provide some really excellent insights.
The audience of “people who love craft distilleries and who maybe interested in starting one themselves (or who already have)” is definitely a niche market, but describes me perfectly, so I find it super helpful.
Keep up the good work Ilias!
Amazing source of knowledge
A great way to get to know the players in the field and fulfills a desire to learn for the eager enthusiast. It's also a practical podcast for the aspiring craft distiller. Ilias gets down to the nitty gritty with craft distillers and I can't get enough of it! Sign me up for a t-shirt!
Excellent format, fun and informative guests - even if you aren't interested in starting your own distillery, you can listen and appreciate what goes into every ounce you sip.