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Love wine or craft beer? Whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? The Drinks Adventures podcast covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on! Listen in as host James Atkinson interviews some of the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking and distilling, along with sommeliers, bartenders, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones. Previous guests include act ...
 
Q, and the boys bring you a Newcastle and Hunter based podcast that features all news, results and discussion from all the local sporting leagues and events including the Knights and the Jets with weekly guests. They provide insights and views into all the latest local current affairs in a fun, light hearted format including exclusive interviews with prominent Newcastle sports people. Shouts From The Sideline is the best way for Novocastrians to keep up to date with their favourite sports.
 
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Peter McConnell is such a master of cinematic music. He recently scored Psychonauts 2, a game released by Double Fine Productions. At the time I interviewed Peter, I had only gotten a few hours into the game and the soundtrack wasn’t out yet, so I hadn’t even heard all of the music. I finished the game, and now that I’ve heard all of the music in P…
 
In this final edition of the news for Season Ten: Mezcal boom raises ethical issues; A landmark moment for Australian whisky; and Non-alcoholic beer brand Sobah launches crowdfunding campaign. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @drinksadventures_au and James Atkinson at @byjamesatkinson on Instagram.…
 
Joel Corelitz composed more than 70 tracks for the game Eastward, scheduled for release later in 2021. The music, like the game, pays tribute to the 8-bit and 16-bit era of games, with Joel's musical voice and a modern twist at times. It's colorful, nostalgic, creative and enjoyable. Here's a link to the soundtrack! You can support Level with Emily…
 
Whisky in Australia has been destined for a shake-up as larger players enter the market with products designed to compete on price with some of the big international whisky brands. But of course, there will always be a place for smaller artisan distillers like Highwayman Whisky, the Byron Bay company that released its first spirit in 2020. Highwaym…
 
Brewing company Fermentum Group – parent company of craft beer heavyweights Stone & Wood – has announced its shock sale to Japanese-owned brewer Lion Australia. You are likely as shocked by this as I was. You know how committed Stone & Wood seemed to their independence back when we met the founders in this 2019 documentary. Soon after the news brok…
 
Mezcal featured in Season 9 of the podcast when we met Grant Collins, who had recently opened the mezcal-focused bar and restaurant Cartel in Sydney. One of the mezcals I tasted with Grant during that interview was Quiquiriqi. And the more I read about Quiquiriqui, the more I thought it would be a grand idea to invite its London-based founder, Mela…
 
• Agave spirits potential huge in Australia, says ASX-listed Top Shelf; • Mighty Craft invests heavily in whisky; and • James Squire puts a new spin on zero alcohol beer. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @drinksadventures_au and James Atkinson at @byjamesatkinson on Instagram.…
 
In more than 40 years of writing about whisky, Charles Maclean has achieved global recognition and no shortage of accolades for his work. He’s a Master of the Quaich – the highest honour in the Scotch whisky industry – and a member of the Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. In fact, he was also its founding editor. Charles has written 18 books and counti…
 
- Brewer Stone & Wood enters the burgeoning contemporary beer space; - Victorian winery Seppelt celebrates its 170th anniversary; - Nusa Cana Rum launches a Batavia Arrack; and - Ambitious craft beer venue Urban House of Brews on track for 2022 launch in Sydney. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @dri…
 
Gin distiller Simon Brooke-Taylor (and yes, he is related to the late Tim Brooke-Taylor from 'The Goodies') founded Hurdle Creek Still in Milawa, North East Victoria, with his partner Wendy Williams in 2014. Hurdle Creek produces gin, genever, liqueurs and aperitifs that champion locally sourced ingredients. And it’s one of a handful of Australian …
 
We love getting caught up with Jason Graves to hear what he's composed lately! He's been working on The Dark Pictures Anthology, composing for the first chapter, "Man of Medan" and now for "Little Hope." It was fun to speak with him about the stark differences in those 2 soundtracks, and how he created the spooky soundtrack for "Little Hope." Suppo…
 
Winemaker Treasury Wine reports strong results; Craft brewer Mountain Culture's beer named among world’s best; Four Pillars Gin launches a single vineyard Bloody Shiraz in collaboration with neighbours Yarra Yering; and Morris Whisky’s John Casella reveals a premium brandy is on the cards. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Available to purcha…
 
Wine Australia is now focusing its efforts on other emerging markets in Asia, where Australian wine has a small share of the total wine market. That's according to general manager of marketing, Stuart Barclay, who addressed last week's Wine Export Diversification Webinar. In other news: · Australian winemakers confronting challenges in Japan · Aust…
 
Whisky in Australia is highly fragmented, characterised by many small craft distilleries. Launched in 2021, Morris Whisky is one of few distilleries operating at a decent scale. When winemaker John Casella acquired Morris of Rutherglen in 2016, his sole aim was to save an Australian icon from liquidation. But then he saw the original hybrid copper …
 
Wine, beer, whisky and sake news from Drinks Adventures: Wine's diversity problem, Tasmania whisky innovation, Craft brewer Good Drinks' ASX results New Bentspoke Brewing label; and Japanese sake update. Theme music 'Devotion' by Silverlining. Purchase here. Follow Drinks Adventures at @drinksadventures_au and James Atkinson at @byjamesatkinson on …
 
Sommelier Wayne Shennen is a Certified Sommelier and the first New Zealander to achieve certification as an Advanced Sake Professional. Wayne has worked in hospitality in Australia and New Zealand since 2002. And in 2019, Wayne and his Japanese wife, Makie, relocated to Japan to open a sake and wine bar, Rangitoto Tokyo. The venture seemed well tim…
 
Winemaker Samantha Connew launched her own label Stargazer Wines in 2013 by purchasing a parcel of grapes on her credit card. The bootstrapped operation has since grown into one of Tasmania’s most exciting boutique wineries. In 2016, Sam purchased a small riesling and pinot noir vineyard in the Coal River Valley that she has supplemented by plantin…
 
Oleksa Lozowchuk composed music for Horizon Forbidden West. The game isn’t out yet, nor is the soundtrack, but Sony Classical - the label for the soundtrack - released a 4-track EP of music from Forbidden West, including one of Oleksa’s tracks, “Eyes Open.” So Oleksa and I had a chance to talk about that. But also, Sony released a State of Play vid…
 
Wine appreciation has taken hold in the NBA. Basketball writer Baxter Holmes joins us this episode to discuss this surprising trend. Sportswriters don’t generally win a James Beard culinary award. It’s like Lionel Messi winning an Oscar. But that’s exactly what Baxter Holmes has done. In fact, he’s the only sportswriter, thus far, to have achieved …
 
The Soundlings, a composition duo of Sonny Rey and Matt Naylor, just did the music for Knockout City, which is, at its essence, multiplayer dodgeball, just out at the end of May. The music is energetic and colorful, with a lot of great live musicians and the three of us had a great time talking about their music! You can support Level with Emily on…
 
League of Legends is an institution! And there are so many avenues within the League universe for music and fun. I spoke with Kole Hicks, Brendon Williams and Jason Walsh, all of whom write music for League or one of its many offshoots. It was a pleasure to speak with them! Find a playlist and support Level with Emily on Patreon.…
 
Back in Season One of this podcast I took you to Tasmania for the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival, an event quite like anything else I’ve ever attended. Organiser Willie Smith’s Cider recently announced the festival is returning on July 16 & 17, 2021. I figured this would be a great opportunity to re-introduce the documentary we produced on the fes…
 
Sam Jacobs founded Revenue Collective which is an exclusive membership for growth operators dedicated to providing support, assistance, education, and career growth to its members. Sam Jacobs has helped companies scale from just north of $0 in revenue to just shy of $300M. He has helped commercial operators around the world change the trajectory of…
 
Craft beer company Hop Nation Brewing was founded in Footscray, Melbourne in 2014 by winemaking friends Sam Hambour and Duncan Gibson. While the brewery started out making hoppy beers, Sam and Duncan have continued to expand into new and intriguing territories. They have a side label for sour beers, Site Fermentation Project; and they’ve returned t…
 
I stumbled across Kyle Athayde and his band in a unique way. I first discovered Kyle as a jazz vibraphonist while listening to one of my current favorite jazz pianists, a guy named Sullivan Fortner. Sullivan’s newest album is a duo album with Kyle on vibes (called Tea For Two). I hadn’t heard of Kyle, so I went to YouTube and typed in Kyle Athayde.…
 
Grant Collins is an award-winning mixologist who has collaborated and consulted with leading bars and hotels across the world. Since 2017 he’s been working with the Kensington Street hospitality precinct in Chippendale, Sydney, where he founded Gin Lane, Blossom Bar and in 2021, a third venue, Cartel. Cartel is a modern Aztec & Latin restaurant wit…
 
Australian wine has few companies as revered as Henschke Wines, best known for single vineyard shiraz wines Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone. Henschke produces these iconic red wines from some of the world's oldest vines at its estate in Eden Valley, South Australia. We're joined this episode by viticulturist Prue Henschke, who has worked with her…
 
Coaching in the Final Four is a rare experience for the majority of college coaches. Coach Caputo is now entering his 10th season as Miami's Associate Head Basketball Coach and shares the moment when he knew he wanted to be a coach to coaching his team in the Final Four ten years later.By Top One Percenter
 
Former AFL star Daniel Motlop played a total of 130 senior games for the North Melbourne and Port Adelaide football clubs. A three-time Indigenous All-Star, Daniel is a proud Larrakia man. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region in Australia's Northern Territory. And since finishing playing footy, Daniel has embarked on …
 
Tom Salta is a composer I’ve interviewed many times for Level about his music for the Halo series, our first interview was for a game called From Dust, we’ve talked about PUBG before, and we’ve been together on panels and such. Rather than talk about his music today, we’ll talk about a series of classes he has online about writing music for games. …
 
Australian Cocktail Month is now underway! The event founded by influential industry figure Penny Sippe runs from May 1-31 in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Sippe developed the event to support the cocktail and broader hospitality industry. Drinkers can unlock unique bar experiences, escape the day to day and enjoy delicious cocktails wi…
 
Sydney distillery Otter Craft Distilling was founded by Julie Otter and her brother Eduard in 2019. While Eduard has extensive drinks industry experience, Julie's background is as an executive in the fashion and beauty sectors. Most recently, she was CEO of Australian fashion label Sass & Bide, and she's done stints at MAC Cosmetics, Jeanswest and …
 
Wolf Blass is undoubtedly one of Australia's most iconic and acclaimed wine brands. The company conceived by German immigrant Wolfgang Blass in 1966 has received more than 10,000 medals and trophies globally for its wines. We're joined this episode by chief winemaker Chris Hatcher, who has been with Wolf Blass since 1987 and has played an integral …
 
Craft beer pioneer and winemaker Phil Sexton is a legendary figure in the Australian drinks industry. He founded Matilda Bay Brewing Company, Australia's first craft brewery, in 1983. After Foster's acquired Matilda Bay, Phil went on to co-found arguably the country's most influential craft brewery, Little Creatures. He established Margaret River w…
 
Scott Leese is the CEO/Founder of Scott Leese Consulting, LLC and works with both domestic and international companies on sales strategy, process, people, pitch and more. He wrote an Amazon #1 best-selling book on sales called: Addicted to the Process- that was released in 2017, and co-authored "From Rep to Manager" released in 2021…
 
Gin distiller Audemus Spirits was founded by Australian Miko Abouaf in 2013. Despite its location in Cognac, France, Audemus has made its name on other spirits. These incude its flagship Pink Pepper Gin, plus liqueurs, bitters and offbeat experiments like Umami Spirit, created from ingredients including Italian capers and parmesan cheese. Audemus's…
 
Independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottles single malts, blends, grain whiskies, bourbons and more from right across the globe. Each release is distinctively packaged with eye-catching illustrations that are inspired in some way by the story behind the liquid. In this opening episode of Season Nine of the Drinks Adventures podcast, …
 
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