Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 22: Raffaldini Vineyards

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Highland Brewing, Gizmo Brew Works, Swan Creek Wine Trail

Meet the Maker: J. Raffaldini, Thomas Salley and J’s nephew Ryan are all in the studio to let us taste some of Raffaldini Vineyards‘ fantastic wines. They brought a few for us to taste and Tim drank a good bit of red wines and he’s not really a red drinker, although that’s starting to change, especially with the wineries that are in this state. J. talks about the winery itself, the beautiful villa that sits on the property and why he does what he does.

Food for Drinkin’: Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar is our food sponsor!

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)The Drop Kick

2oz Sutlers Gin
3oz Beet-Lavender Syrup*
½oz key lime juice

*Beet Lavender Syrup
4oz Beet Juice
4oz Simple Syrup
1oz Lavender
1oz Sassafras Root

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 21: Mayberry Spirits

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Childress Vineyards, Triple C Brewing CompanyUnknown Brewery, Laurel Gray Vineyards, Shadow Springs Winery, Raffaldini Vineyards

Meet the Maker: Vann McCoy brings in a few of Mayberry Spirits‘ delicious whiskeys and talks about his prior life as a monk, his family’s history of distilling and the history of the distillery. That’s great stuff.

Food for Drinkin’: Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar is our food sponsor!

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)The Barney Fife
4oz Strawberry Cream*
2oz Mayberry Spirits’ Vanilla Flavored Premium Whiskey

*Strawberry Cream
8oz sweetened condensed milk
6oz milk
2 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
4 strawberries blended
3-4 basil leaves

Blend strawberries and milk, add condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon.
Strain and chill with 4 basil leaves for 24 hours.

Win TOPO Goodness!

Hello, Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking listeners! It’s time for another libation
giveaway. This time we’re giving away a fantastic package from TOPO Distillery. We’re giving away a gift certificate for a TOPO Distillery Tour for Four ($80 value) in addition to a coupon for $100 to be used for food, beverage or merchandise at the TOPO Distillery. That is $180 worth of a TOPO experience that we’re giving away.

But, it’s not just giving something away. We need something from you in return. What you ask? Well, it’s not too difficult.

In episode #17 of the podcast, who does proprietor Scott Maitland say is the “Spirit Guide” of TOPO Distillery?

Do NOT post your response/guess here. Send us a message. Send it, via email, to

We will draw from the correct answers NEXT Thursday April 20. You must be 21 to enter and you cannot have won anything from the TLDPodNetwork in the last 30 days. When you send the email, please include a cellphone picture of your ID to verify you’re of legal drinking age.

Also note that the $100 certificate for food, beverage or merchandise does NOT include tip. Please tip separately and please tip according to how much your check would be were you paying cash.

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 18: Granite Falls Brewing

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Sanctuary Vineyards, Oskar Blues

Meet the Maker: Granite Falls Brewing‘s VP and Head Brewer, Joseph Ackerman, and sales rep. Jessica Daniel are in the studio. We tasted several brews from Granite Falls including the Canis Rouge Sahti, Southern Revival Imperial Stout and Knotty Gurl Blonde Ale. Really good stuff. We had a ball with them.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Tim’s Tea Time
1 oz Carriage House Apple Brandy
1 oz Covington Vodka
3oz Chai Tea Syrup*

*Chai Tea Syrup
4 Chai Tea Bags
3oz Honey
4 Apple Slices
4oz Cranberries
3oz Pomegranate
10oz water


Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 16: Preyer Brewing

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Gibb’s Hundred Brewery, Fainting Goat Spirits, JOLO Vineyards, Craft

Meet the Maker: Calder Preyer of Preyer Brewing is in the studio to talk about the history of the brewery he and his brothers started and Tim and Jordan geek out over their delicious brews. They have more than a couple.

Food for Drinkin’: Chef Tim delivers fried catfish and cheese grits from Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar. Heck yeah, he does!

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Lion’s Roar
1½oz Tiny Cat Vodka
3oz Burnt Caramel, Blood Orange Hibiscus Reduction*

*Burnt Caramel, Blood Orange Hibiscus Reduction
3 oz burnt caramel
6 oz hibiscus flowers
3 blood oranges
24 oz water
12 oz sugar
3 sprigs rosemary
2 sprigs thyme

Reduce for 30-45 mins on high.

Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking Podcast – Episode 13: Childress Vineyards

Proudly recorded from Test Pattern Studios.

In the News: Grove Winery & Vineyards, Fonta Flora Brewery

Meet the Maker: Mark Friszolowski and Christine English from Childress Vineyards are in the studio to talk about the history and happenings of Childress and their fantastic wines. We sample and rate 5 different wines from this big-time winery. You should check out their facility, as well, because that is one beautiful setup.

Food for Drinkin’: Chef Tim Grandinetti sends us some delicious Bison Meat Loaf with cheesy grits from Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar.

Mix It Up (the art of the drink)Wild Thing
2oz Sutlers Gin
1½oz Lemon Crack’d Pepper Syrup*
¾oz St-Germain Elderflower
¾oz Hibiscus Tonic**
4 muddled cucumbers

*Lemon Crack’d Pepper Syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Juice of 3 Lemons
4 Sprigs Rosemary
2 Tablespoons fresh cracked pepper
Cook on high until boil

**Hibiscus Tonic
1 cup dried hibiscus flower
12 oz tonic
Let sit overnight

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 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

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!