By STILL TALKING
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a podcast made by distillers for distillers, industry professionals, and fans. Three friends talk about distilling (sometimes) and the nonsense that makes them laugh (most of the time). They represent the media, craft, and industrial sides of the spirits business and each brings a distinct perspective to any topic.
||ExplicitEP 35 – pre-ACSA conference excitement||This week we're hitting the road ( well most of us at least) to Minneapolis Minnesota for ACSA so the episode is coming to you early! - Colton recaps a bit more from the malt conference, we discuss what we're looking forward to during the upcoming ACS..||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 34 – Maltster Matt Drew of Bently Heritage||This week, there is only Colton. But he's joined by the maltster for the Bentley Heritage project to talk about all things malt! They cover barley and corn, floor malting and batch malting, dangers associated with certain varieties,||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 33 – The Great Debate on Rum||For years now bartenders have been proselytizing the year of rum. The guys aren't so sure... Tune in for the discussion on all things rum. Where is it going? What are the best routes to expansion of the category,||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 32 – 2019 Trends||Join the guys to hear their thoughts on the trends others have already predicted! We cover CBD cocktails, Tiki drinks, oversized garnishes and so much more. Check it out.||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 31 – Rob Masters & The Family Jones Distillery||Its 2019 and the guys are back! Rob Masters from The Family Jones Distillery joins in for a discussion on cleaning wooden fermenters, whether its bourbon or vodka that 'pays the bills', and what Seth Rogan movies are best!||1/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 30 – Aria Gin||This week, the guys sit down with Ryan Csanky of Aria Gin in Portland, Oregon. Aria has been making quality gin for the better part of a decade—Ryan shares his experiences getting permitting and dealing with agents on both the local and federal level,||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 29 – Knocking on Death’s Door||This week the guys discuss Death’s Door and their recent bankruptcy filing. They cover the hurdles many distillers face in starting, maintaining, and growing their business and brands. Enjoy!||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 28 – What Makes a Master?||This week, the guys try to make sense of the term "master distiller." Does it still carry the same meaning it once did? Do we think the title should come with some necessary qualifications? Are any of us masters of anything?||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 27 – Marketing Your Juice||This week, the guys take a shallow dive into marketing. They discuss how to market your craft spirit, demographics that deserve your attention, and the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald or why Zeno flies to Cleveland every year in November. -||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 26 – Controlling Your Quality||This week, the guys talk quality control. They discuss some of the better practices to ensure quality inside your distillery, no matter the size, and get a little distracted along the way (surprise, surprise).||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 25 – American Whiskey||This week, the guys discuss American whiskey and its many forms! They talk about current trends, double macro, and their guesses for what the future holds. Give it a listen and be sure to subscribe for new episodes. -||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 24 – New Technology + Old Problem = Innovation||We're back with a new episode! This week, the guys discuss innovation in the distilling industry. This will definitely go down in the annals of Still Talking history as one of the drunker episodes we've made (especially for you,||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 23 – Drinks on the Job||This week, the guys get back into their regular routine (kind of). They discuss drinking on the job, diversity in the industry, and toilet wine, among other topics. Give it a listen and let us know what you think! If you want to see more updates,||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 22 – An Interview w/ Derv and Sebastian of Anther Spirits||We're back everybody! Sorry for the ghosting, but the Still Talking team was extremely busy for most of September--Colton and I went to Australia, Zeno moved to New Orleans, and Brian had yet another child (jk, he already has 79 of them). -||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 21 – Going to a Land Down Under||Still Talking is going on tour! Just kidding, but we are going abroad. This week, we all gather round to talk about Colton and Devon's upcoming trip to Australia and the beverage industry there. Expect some great content from our travels in upcoming ep.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 20 – End of an Era||This week, Zeno catches everyone up on an exciting update in his career while Colton and Brian make lame jokes. It's a Zeno-themed episode! Enjoy.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 19 – Packaging Matters||This week, the guys discuss packaging and why it matters. Deciding on the right look of your bottle and label is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences in releasing a product--there are a lot of options, and plenty of opportunities to go wrong.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 18 – Moon Bourbon?||This week, the guys talk about spirit categories! They discuss standards of identity, label approval, Malort, then quickly get distracted by other topics, including moon bourbon, which is not and probably never will be a thing. Enjoy!||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 17 – Get A Lawyer||This week, the guys talk about Pay to Play in the distilled spirits industry. It should be noted that they are NOT experts on this issue, and if you are a distiller or distillery owner with questions on this topic, get yourself a lawyer. Otherwise,||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 16 – Men & Animals||This week, the guys talk Mergers & Acquisitions! As the industry grows, so will instances of merging brands to larger spirits groups and sales to conglomerates. We've seen it in beer, and the negatives associated with it,||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp15 – TheConsumer||This week, we made an episode for the consumer, which is funny since we’re pretty clueless abut what’s going on with consumers these days. We discuss questions you should ask your bartender, why you should go on distillery tours as much as you can,||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 14 – Origin Stories||This week, we decided to release a little informal mini episode. The guys talk about their origin stories in the industry. Kind of like all that superhero s**t, but way less badass. Insider tip: there is a bit of extra content at the end.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 13 – Going to Flavor Town||This week, the guys talk about yeast! There are jokes (obviously), but there's also a lot of good information about fermentation and the role yeast plays in distillation as well as the marketing of a product. Also, they talk about Guy Fieri.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp12 – Kelvin Cooperage||This week the guys welcome their very first guest. William Hornaday, the general manager of Kelivn Cooperage , drops by to discuss new versus re-charred barrels, strange barrel shapes, and favorite actors. Enjoy!||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 11 – Safety Talks||This week, the guys thought it would be a good time to talk safety. Not only is ACSA hosting its Distillery Safety Management convention in Cincinnati today and tomorrow, Barton 1792 just experienced a very unfortunate warehouse collapse,||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 10 – Face/Off: Marketing GNS vs. Grain to Glass||This week's episode is inspired by a listener comment on Reddit! Thank you u/ignorancepower for the constructive criticism and the questions. The guys break down the difference between marketing a GNS product vs those who start their distillery grain t.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 9 – Barrel Aging: From Solera to Squarrel||This week, the guys got into barrel aging and what Zeno did last Friday night (which was definitely NOT against his will). They discuss rapid maturation, solera, the squarrel and more. Check it out and subscribe for the latest episodes!||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 8 – You Asked, We Answered||This week, the guys were joined by yours truly! We sat down to answer a couple of questions from a reddit AMA posted on r/firewater. This was definitely a hectic episode, there was a lot working against us一Brian's basement flooded,||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 7 – Organizations and Guilds||In this episode, the guys talk about different industry organizations and guilds. It's actually way less boring than you might expect. Also, Colton coins the term "double macro", which will never catch on anywhere. Good stuff, guys!||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 6 – Bourbon Mashing||This week, the guys get into bourbon mashing! Actually, we started doing a mashing episode and only made it through bourbon thanks to some distractions (*cough* ZENO *cough*), but we thought it was worthwhile anyway.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 5 – Tasting & Judging||This week, the guys try to drink a flight like judges (they don’t get very far), Zeno gives us a taste of his beautiful singing voice—who knew such a lovely, feminine sound could come from a guy like him? And we talk about the process of putting stu||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 4 – The Guts of Spirits Competitions||This week, the guys attempt to break down spirits competitions, which is a ridiculous thing to do in less than an hour's time. We'll probably want to revisit this subject later on, but here's a taste of the Guts.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 3 – Federal Excise Tax Reduction – Part 3||Since the FET Reduction was passed, we decided to do a follow up episode to finish the series. This last episode was recorded after the decision was made to lower the Federal Excise Tax. Brian, Colton, and Zeno talk about what they expect from this leg.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 2 – Federal Excise Tax Reduction – Part 2||This episode is a follow up to our first episode, so if you haven’t listened to that we would recommend you do so here (link). In this episode, we expand on the merits (and possible pitfalls) of FET, as well as what it means for the industry if it pas||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 1 – Federal Excise Tax Reduction – Part 1||Our first episode is all about the Federal Excise Tax, which was just lowered from $13.50 to $2.70 this year. At the time of recording, the legislation had not been passed. This is an incredible opportunity for craft distillers,||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
For some reason I just keep coming back
I just can’t help it. Every time I think “ok these clowns have gone off the deep end!” They bring me back with a educated and insightful thought that is truly interesting and the reason I started to listen them in first place. That lasts a whole 3-5 min and it’s back to di@k and fart jokes. After the first 15 min of listening to these guys you might think that they are mentally disabled or at the very least somewhere on the spectrum. Come to find out they actually are extremely smart and have a ton of knowledge about the industry, they just hide it real well. I’m not saying stop completely with the di@k and fart jokes, (you guys can be funny) just maybe rein it in a bit. Overall I really enjoy this podcast and look forward to it every week. I definitely recommend it!
As someone looking to get into the distIlling industry, I have thoroughly enjoyed all the episodes of this podcast. Extremely informative, and at the same time fun.
Eye Opening and Genuinely Engaging!
First off, I’ve got to give the team behind Still Talking a round of applause on their choice of name! Love it! Also as someone who isn’t in the industry, but is a fan, I’ve really enjoyed listening to these guys share their passions for their craft and to get this opportunity to learn a little more about some aspects of the spirits business that not many outsiders get to see. Easy recommendation for any professional in this industry, but I also think it’s worth checking out if you’re not. If you’re looking at the titles of the first 3 episodes and scratching your head, trust me! These guys are a bunch of fun and you will learn something!!