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The Fred Minnick Show features spirits author, historian and curator Fred Minnick, who interviews musicians and pairs whiskeys to their palates. Through the journey, the artists open up to Minnick about life tribulations, what it's like on the road and their favorite foods. Really, it's just two people tasting and talking.
 
The Official Podcast of Bourbon! The best in news, reviews and interviews with people making the bourbon whiskey industry happen. Join hosts Kenny Coleman, Ryan Cecil, and Fred Minnick as they talk with prominent guests and provide insight on American whiskey 3 times a week. Catch all new episodes every Thursday with special Whiskey Quickie reviews on Tuesday and get caught up on bourbon news with This Week in Bourbon on Friday.
 
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When @GWAR launched their whiskey collaboration last year, Fred feared for his life, as he tasted their whiskey. If he didn't like it, they may have eaten him and sent his corpse to Antarctica. But he was spared. Their second batch with Catoctin Creek is out now, and he reviews it before the mighty BERSERKER BLÓTHAR, BÄLSÄC THE JAWS 'O DEATH and JI…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Buzzard's Roost Cigar Rye. This non-age stated rye is 105 proof and $75 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our hone…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for August 5th 2022. An Israeli distillery makes country’s first Kentucky bourbon-style whiskey. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members are investigated after buying leftover Pappy lottery bottles. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout announces 7 variants for this year's release. Show Notes: The silent auction for Eastern …
 
You've probably heard of the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery. Getting a taste of whiskey created by this famous place is nearly impossible for the average person. But, there is one opportunity that remains where you can get just a hint at the greatness. Doug Kragel joins the show to give us the history and in-depth breakdown of Blade & Bow. As …
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Blue Run Reflection 1. This non-age stated bourbon is 95 proof and $90 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our hones…
 
Celebrity dog trainer Ali Hemyari of Nashville K9 sips some bourbon and talks about what it's like handling famous dogs, training them for the movies and how he manages a company that has a private plane just for the pups. He also answers: What is the best breed for a family? Along with many training tidbits for you dog lovers at home. On the tasti…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for July 29th 2022. A Task force is being formed to investigate and possibly lower taxes imposed on Kentucky bourbon. Spirit of Gallo has invested in Horse Soldier Bourbon.Four Gate drops 4 new releases Show Notes: A Task force is being formed to investigate and possibly lower taxes imposed on Kentucky bourbon Castle & Key…
 
The roundtable is our monthly show where we look at new and interesting angles for the bourbon ecosystem. Marketing plays a big role in whiskey. There always needs to be a story that sells the brand. Last week, an article in VinePair sparked the question as to whether or not you need heritage for American whiskey. How important is it to have a deep…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Rossville Union 2022 Barrel Proof. This 7 year rye is 117.2 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our ho…
 
Alternative rocker Austin Meade joins the show to discuss his musical genre, learns how to taste whiskey and opines on his favorite barbecue spot in Texas. The blind tasting: Glass A) Proof & Wood American Blend. Glass B) McBrayer; and Glass C) 21 year Chicken Cock Canadian Rye Subscribe to Fred Minnick's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for July 22nd 2022. Bourbon Women SIPosium details are in and tickets are available. Herz tracks down a counterfeiter who sold bottles through Unicorn Auctions. Limestone Branch Distillery announces the 2022 Yellowstone Limited Edition. Show Notes: Update on Heaven Hill from an enthusiast who saw line cheating Buffalo Trac…
 
There's not many people in the bourbon industry that have a story like our guest. Bo Garrett wanted a better life than working in the coal mines of eastern Kentucky. He picked up a guitar and left for Lexington, Kentucky to be discovered. He met some key people that would change his life forever and spent over 20 years together on the road as the l…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke. This non-age stated bourbon is 80 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our h…
 
How is bourbon treated in the NFL? Joining The Fred Minnick Show , NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport shares how America's spirit is shared and treated in the world's greatest league over sipping a few bourbons. Rapoport opens up about what it's like covering the country's most popular sport and his wife shows off her tasting skills. Rapoport is a r…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for July 15th 2022. Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience is currently in the process of changing their special releases. Bardstown Bourbon Company releases Discovery #8 and Discovery #9. Heaven’s Door Spirits announces the inaugural release of its Decade Series. Show Notes: A global shortage of bourbon has led to a lack of cheap…
 
We all come from different backgrounds, yet we all find a passion in bourbon. One of the most intriguing stories I have ever been introduced to is from our guest today, Caroline Paulus. Her first love and her area of study is archeology. She had no idea that coming to Kentucky from Wisconsin on a dig would lead her into a new career in bourbon. She…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Blood Oath Pact 8. This non-age stated bourbon is 98.6 proof and $120 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our honest…
 
Have you ever tasted Axe Body Spray in a whiskey? Well, that's the subject great debate in this week's episode. This week’s guest is stand-up comedian Natalie Cuomo who, in addition to doing stand-up, is also host of the podcast “Help! With Natalie Cuomo.” Formally trained as an actor, she currently hosts a weekly comedy show at The Stand Comedy Cl…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for July 8th 2022. Bardstown Bourbon Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Green River Spirits Company. Jackie Zykan announces her next venture called Hidden Barn. Russell's Reserve 13 is now an annual release with the next one coming soon. Show Notes: Bardstown Bourbon Company has entered into an agreement to a…
 
Smooth Ambler made a name for themselves with Old Scout. It was before the big craze of higher-aged sourced MGP when it was relatively easy to find. But, all good things come to an end and now they had to figure out how to keep that business sustainable. John Little, Founder of Smooth Ambler, joins the show once again to talk about why transparentl…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Blade and Bow 22 Year Bourbon. This 22 year old bourbon is 92 proof and $450 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our…
 
This week on The Fred Minnick Show, Dave Stephens sips Journeyman Corsetts Whips and Whiskey, which won Best in Show at this year's ASCOT Awards. Stephens is lead vocalist for the heavy metal band We Came As Romans, based in Detroit, Michigan. The band, which formed in 2005, has five albums to its credit, with another album, Darkbloom, set for rele…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for July 1st 2022. Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. and heavy metal rock band legends GWAR are back for the second annual release. Jack Daniel introduces Small Batch Special Release Coy Hill High Proof in 375ml bottles. Stellum Spirits introduces Stellum Black specialty blends. Show Notes: Scotch Whiskey exports gave the UK $…
 
I know you've missed it, but the roundtable is back for another big show talking about spicy topics. The big news of Jackie Zykan leaving Old Forester made waves in the bourbon world. Is she a replaceable asset to Brown-Forman and what happens with the 117 series? King's County and the Irish Whiskey Association are in a battle over the use of "iris…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Yellowstone Family Recipe. This 6 year old bourbon is 100 proof and $70 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our hone…
 
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Glenn Howerton joins The Fred Minnick Show and discusses the Gang's new project--Four Walls Whiskey. One of which is a blend of American and Irish whiskeys, and the other, which Fred tastes on the show, is a 15-year Irish Whiskey at cask strength. In addition, they discuss what it's been like for It's Always Sunn…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for June 24th 2022. Master Taster Jackie Zykan steps away from Old Forester. King’s County Distillery has been served a cease-and-desist letter by the Irish Whiskey Association. Bardstown Bourbon Company’s newest Collaborative Series with Plantation Rum Show Notes: Master Taster Jackie Zykan steps away from Old Forester So…
 
Toasted barrels are all the rage right now, but why? Do they taste better than the regular bourbon counterparts? Or has the consumer shifted their taste profile? In this episode, the Bourbon Pursuit team sits down and blind tastes our way through four samples and we ponder on many questions in the toasted category. Where did it start? Do different …
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Kentucky Owl Bourbon St. Patrick’s Edition. This non-age stated bourbon is 100 proof and $135 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this re…
 
Hiphop icon BReal of Cypress Hill does something nobody has before on The Fred Minnick Show: He lights up and pairs rare bourbon to cannabis. Over an hour, they tasted 291 Colorado whiskey, Michter's 10 Year, 1970s Jim Beam Beam White Label, Barrell Seagrass and Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series. They talked about BReal's career, his new vide…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for June 17th 2022. Pursuit United has been crowned “Best Bourbon” at the 2022 John Barleycorn Awards. Is bourbon losing popularity to tequila and mezcal? WhistlePig has launched two new bottled-in-bond whiskeys. Show Notes: Pursuit United has been crowned “Best Bourbon” at the 2022 John Barleycorn Awards for Spring Is bou…
 
If you saw a market that was a sinking ship, would you jump on board? That was bourbon 25 years ago when clear spirits were winning. Trey Zoeller joins the show once again to reflect on the past 25 years. We dive into what it was like trying to break into a community that didn't want newcomers and the hurdles that came along with it. Not to mention…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash. This non-age stated whiskey is 100 proof and $33 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. This is our …
 
On the latest episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Fred is joined by former NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning, considered one of the best to ever play the game, won two Super Bowls while playing 18 years with the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos and will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2021 class. He also had a succe…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for June 10th 2022. Heaven Hill broke ground on a $135 million distillery called Heaven Hill Springs Distillery, Wilderness Trail announces the release of first 8-year bourbon, Playboy is releasing their first bourbon called Rare Hare 1953 Anniversary Edition Show Notes: Heaven Hill broke ground on a $135 million distiller…
 
Many of us have a passion for bourbon but I'm not sure we think to ourselves, "I want to run my own liquor store." Our guest today took that leap. Luke Castle makes his return to the show but not to talk about being a bourbon enthusiast but to talk about his new endeavor taking ownership of Ace Spirits, it's a retail shop in Minnesota who you may h…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Sunday's Finest Gold Fashioned. This non-age stated ready to drink cocktail is 84.4 proof and $150 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for th…
 
In a rare, full-on tell all, the legendary Clown (real name: M. Shawn Crahan) explains the meaning of the mask, what he thinks about the Grammys and reveals candidly what Slipknot's music means to him. And, of course, he and Fred sip the band's signature Cedar Ridge whiskey, No. 9 Reserve.Clown lets it all loose in this interview. FOLLOW FREDTwitte…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for June 3rd 2022. The TTB proposes removing all standard bottle sizes for spirits, A new Guinness Book of World Records has been set for the largest bottle of whisky ever sold, J. Rieger & Co. recently released its first bottled-in-bond straight bourbon whiskey. Show Notes: TTB proposes removing all standard bottle sizes …
 
We are skipping the roundtable this month because of Memorial Day timing so I wanted to bring another great session that we had at our Whiskey From Home event. I'm joined by David Jennings of RareBird101, Caroline Paulus of The Bourbon Review and Justin's House of Bourbon, and Pops from Bourbon & Banter as we talk about the secret to finding great …
 
In this episode, Fred talks Jesus, drugs and political idiots with Southern Rapper Jelly Roll, who freely admits he wanted to kiss Fred on the air. In this deep-and-comedic interview, Jelly Roll talks a lot of common sense on his path to Fred selecting a bourbon perfect for his palate. The fact Jelly Roll liked all the flavors he suggested made it …
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Westward American Single Malt Cask Strength Whiskey. This non-age stated whiskey is 125 proof and $100 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer fo…
 
It's This Week in Bourbon for May 27th 2022. Spotify accidentally advertises Wild Turkey on every podcast in a bad way, Jim Beam launches Hardin's Creek, and Dixon Dedman announces his highly anticipated next creation 2XO. Show Notes: Spotify accidentally advertises Wild Turkey on every podcast and it backfires in a bad way Jim Beam announces the g…
 
Gone are the days of paying for billboards, newspaper, and bench ads and bus stop. Everyone has the capability to access a world of information right in the palm of their hand. If you're like me, you're checking your email 50 times a day and getting hit with notifications across multiple social platforms and other apps that demand your attention. B…
 
In the past few years, everybody's been talking about Crypto Currency. This week's guest talks about that and cancel culture in the comedy world over rum. Madison Malloy is a TV producer, comedian and podcaster with a new book in the works. We taste rums from Haiti, Colorado and St. Lucia. Her favorite shouldn't surprise you.…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Dexter Three Wood Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This non-age stated bourbon is 100.6 proof and $50 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this r…
 
**EXCLUSIVE** It's This Week in Bourbon for May 20th 2022. Evan Williams Single Barrel is being removed nationally and we've got an exclusive with Heaven Hill spokesperson, Josh Hafer, Freddie Noe has been given the title of 8th generation Master Distiller, $150k in stolen bourbon has been recovered and thieves have been arrested. Show Notes: **EXC…
 
We get lots of random emails. Most of the time it's recommendations for visiting kentucky, but if you are going to come just make sure you check out our Yelp list for of our recommendations. But every once in a while we get questions where people need our advice. This could be from brands or just individuals out there wanting to break into the indu…
 
On this Whiskey Quickie by Bourbon Pursuit, we review Puncher's Chance The D12tance Bourbon. This 12 year old bourbon is 96 proof and $120 MSRP. Let us know what you think. Cheers! DISCLAIMER: The whiskey in this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy of the spirit producer. We were not compensated by the spirit producer for this review. Thi…
 
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