Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 8: The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

In the News: Tap Hopper Tours, Southern Grace Distilleries, Great Wagon Road Distillery, Oskar Blues

Meet the Maker: Rim Vilgalys is in the studio with Tim and Jordan and tells about the history of the Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company, why they started it and how they do their work. Brothers Vilgalys does some fantastic liqueurs including the now-famous Krupnikas. We get to try several different ones.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)That Apple Bottom Martini
1¾ oz. Brothers Vilgalys Krupnika
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
2 oz. Apple Butter
1 oz. Honey Syrup (1 part water, 1 part honey, pinch of paprika, pinch of Salish (smoked salt))

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Enjoy!

Slàinte mhath!

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 7: Jones Von Drehle Vineyards and Winery

In the News: Westbend Winery & Brewery, Highland Brewing, Southern Grace Distilleries, Pisgah Brewing

Meet the Maker: Diana Jones of Jones Von Drehle Vineyards and Distillery is on to talk about the history of the winery, why she, her husband and other family members got into the business, where they see the business going and yes, we got to try four different wines. How can you beat that!?

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Blood Orange Paradise
1½ oz. Muddy River Carolina Run
1 oz. 78°C Spirits Blood Orangecello
1 oz. Master of Mixes Passionfruit
1 oz.  Cranberry Juice
Splash of lime juice
Top with a splash of sparking blood orange (found at many grocery stores)

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 6: Fortnight Brewing

In the News: West Bend Winery & Brewery, Shelton Vineyards, Spring House, Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

Meet the Maker: Fortnight Brewing‘s very own Colin and Derek are in to talk about what Fortnight is about. Their delicious beers and we sip on the fantastically musical Bring Da Ruckus IPA that is infused with WuTang Clan music. It’s real, folks. It’s real. We talk a long time about the awesome things going on at Fortnight and what they have coming up.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Night Life
2 oz. Rua Whiskey
1 oz. 78°C Blood Orangecello
1/2 oz. Hibiscus Tonic
Pinch crushed red pepper
1/2 oz. Grenadine

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 5: Bombshell Beer Company

In the News: Foothills Brewing, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar, Southern Home & Kitchen, Pisgah Brewing, Brothers Vilgalys Spirits, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, South Mountain Distilling Company, Old Nick Spirits.

Meet the Maker: Bombshell Beer Company owners Ellen Joyner and Michelle Miniutti (2 of the 3 owners), along with rep Jenipher Smith, are in to talk about the history, fantastic happenings and beers of Bombshell Beer. Bombshell was the first and is still the only all-women owned brewery in North Carolina. They’re making moves across the state and you should ask your favorite local bar, pub or bottle shop to bring in their beers and give them a try yourself.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink): The Window on Trade.
1 oz. Broad Branch Smashing Violet
3/4 oz. Old Nick Spirits Carolina Whiskey
3/4 oz. Cream of Coconut
1 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
Shake and strain into a martini glass.

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 4: Shelton Vineyards

Proudly recorded in the Test Pattern Studios!

In the News: Bombshell Brewing, Mystery Brewing, Wise Man Brewing, Shelton Vineyards

Meet the Maker: Michael Egues and Christina Clark are in the studio to talk about the history of, the cool happenings of, and the delicious wines of Shelton Vineyards. Michael is taking over as the vintner of Shelton and that’s exciting! Tim and Jordan taste several of Shelton Wines.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink): Tropical Breeze (no pic).
1.5 oz Tiny Cat Vodka (Greensboro Distillery)
2 oz Passionfruit
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Pomegranate Juice

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 3: Broad Branch Distillery

In the News: Unknown Brewery, Duck Rabbit Brewery, Grassy Creek Vineyards, West Bend Winery & Brewery, Southern Grace Distilleries, Oskar Blues

Meet the Maker: Joe Tappe and John Fragakis of Broad Branch Distillery are in the Test Pattern Studios to talk about the distillery’s history, it’s future and why they got into distilling. We taste several of Broad Branch’s yummy spirits and experiment with dilution. Lots of fun to be had and great libations.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Smashing Sour
1.5 oz Broad Branch Distillery’s Smashing Violet
1.25 oz homemade sour mix (simple syrup & lemon)Top with Winston-Salem made Legendary Sunshine.

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 2: Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company

In the News: Durham Distillery, Old Nick’s Spirits, Gibbs Hundred Beer, Topo Organic Distillery, Old Mecklenberg Brewery, Shelton Vineyards, Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, Crude Bitters & Soda.

Meet the Maker: Eric Swaim, co-owner talks about the history of Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company, including the origin of the name, where they’ve gone, where they’re wanting to go. Hoots is very ingrained in the community of Winston-Salem and the feelings are reciprocated. You’d be hard pressed to find a local restaurant in Winston-Salem and areas in close proximity that doesn’t carry at least one Hoots beer. Their beers are delicious. We’re proud to call Eric and Hoots friends of ours. We drink their CocoMorita and Golden Mild.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink): The Cherry Splash
3/4 oz. Seventy-Eight °C Spirits Limoncello1 oz. vanilla simple syrup
4  oz. black cherry juice
1 dash of key lime juice
Top with Hoots’ Golden Mild
Lemon zest, lime zest and wild Arabian cherry

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 1: Old Nick Spirits

Welcome to our inaugural podcast!
You can listen by clicking the embedded link at the bottom of the post.

Tim and Jordan introduce themselves, what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and what to expect from our podcasts.

In the News: Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company, Fortnight Brewing, Bombshell Brewing, Shelton Vineyards, Greensboro Distilling/Fainting Goat Spirits.

Meet the Maker: Matt and Zeb Williams of Old Nick Spirits of Lewisville, talk about their family’s whiskey history, their Presidential liquor and why their distillery is “America’s most famous forgotten distillery.”

Shake It Up (the art of the drink): Tim’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1 1/2 oz Old Nick’s Carolina Whiskey
2 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Dark Agave Nectar
1/2 oz Cream of Coconut
1/2 oz Vanilla Extract
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Splash of Pomegranate Juice
3 Dashes of Crude™ Vanilla Roasted Pineapple Bitters

Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass.

 

Sipping NC: The Art of the Drink Podcast is proudly recorded at Test Pattern Studios.

Great Wagon Road Distillery Takes Home the Gold and Silver and Bronze

Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, located in Charlotte, NC, has been the darlings of the award circuit this month. GWR was given a bronze medal for 15134794_609312822610322_6623230081988304308_ntheir Rua Single Malt Whisky at The New York International Spirits Competition and they were also named the the North Carolina Single Malt Distillery of the Year. That’s impressive. And, they won silver at the Seattle International Spirits Awards.

Also, Garden & Gun Magazine awarded them 1st place for their “Made in the South Awards.” These are big-time accolades for this small distillery.

Rua is a single malt American whiskey that, according to their website, is warmly mellowed by charred white oak and finishes with a soft chocolate tone. I know that we can’t wait to have Great Wagon Road Distilling on SippingNC: The Art of the Drink in the very near future. I really want to taste this award-winning whiskey. My mouth is already watering.

15095575_609315272610077_4251493968112816014_nYou can find more about GWR by visiting their website. Right now and until the end of the year, as a thank you to all of their supporters, GWR will be giving $5 tours and tastings. They have also extended tour times for their Holiday Open House.

Grab some at your local NC ABC store and let us know what you think. Go take a tour, too!

Slàinte mhath! – Tim

The First SippingNC Blog Post

SippingNC: The Art of the Drink is a podcast (coming soon) and blog that focuses exclusively on libations (beer, wine, spirits) that are made in North Carolina and is written and maintained by Tim Beeman and Jordan Keiper. The podcast will be part of The Less Desirables Network, joining other podcasts like The Less Desirables, Fan Interference, The Beer Dads and The Man Who Ate the Town.

There will info, tidbits and educational pieces on NC brewers, vintners and distillers coming often and we’ve already recorded two episodes of the podcast and those should come out in the next few weeks. We’re proud of the content and look forward to sharing it with you.2016-11-10-15-58-44

So, this is our first “official” blog post. Sure, we’ve gone back and backlogged our Facebook posts to keep them blog style, but this is the first blog post specifically for the blog. We appreciate the loyalty you’ve shown us so far; the response and support has been incredible. Keep watching here and on the Facebook and Twitter feeds for news on the podcast.

Cheers & Slàinte Mhath!