Drinks Adventures

19 EpisodesProduced by James Atkinson

Drinks Adventures is a new podcast for adventurous drinkers of beer, wine, spirits, cider… and everything in between.Hosted by drinks writer James Atkinson, the show began in Sepember 2018. Season one featured brands including Sullivans Cove Whisky, Penfolds Wines, Sipsmith Gin, Starward Whisky, Wil… read more

19 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Australian whisky must strive for consistency and quality, says Andrew Derbidge

June 20th, 2019


In this episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast I speak to Andrew Derbidge, who is director and cellarmaster for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Australia.
Andrew is, in his own words, a whisky tragic who has been …

Collaborations: Prickly Moses Brewery x McWilliams Wines, and Brix Distillers x Thomas Wines

June 12th, 2019


Hi everyone and welcome back to the show. This week, we take a look at some of the exciting collaborations that are happening on the fringes of beer, …

Beefeater Gin master distiller Desmond Payne MBE

June 5th, 2019


This week on the podcast we're joined with a gentleman who may well have been distilling gin before you were even born.
In 2017, Beefeater Gin master distiller Desmond Payne celebrated his 50th year as a gin distiller …

Australian craft spirits with Nip of Courage founder Kathleen Davies

May 29th, 2019


Kathleen Davies joins us in this instalment of Drinks Adventures, for a chat about Australian craft spirits and her distribution business Nip of Courage.
Founded in 2014, Nip of Courage is the first ever distributor to …

Tasmanian adventures: Bruny Island Beer, Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir

May 22nd, 2019


In this episode, I play a couple of interviews from my visit to Tasmania last year.
The Tasmanian drinks scene has absolutely exploded in recent …

Japanese sake with experts John Gauntner and Shuso Imada

May 15th, 2019


In this episode we're diving back into the world of Japanese sake, which we explored in the very first episode of Season One.
This time I've got two interviews to share with you from my time in Japan earlier this year …

Stone & Wood Brewing leads third wave of independent craft beer

May 8th, 2019


We kick off season two of the Drinks Adventures podcast with a in-depth look at the brewery founded in Byron Bay, Australia in 2008, Stone & Wood Brewing Company.
Stone and Wood celebrated its tenth anniversary last …

Returning May 2019: Drinks Adventures

March 27th, 2019


Season Two of Drinks Adventures will launch in April with a in-depth look at Stone & Wood Brewing Company and the Australian independent brewing sector.
Also in this season, an interview with Beefeater master …

Cricket great Sir Ian Botham on his new winemaking venture, Botham Wines

December 21st, 2018


A brief return from our hiatus, lured by the opportunity to interview cricket great Sir Ian Botham about his new winemaking venture, Botham Wines.
Celebrity-branded drinks have had a chequered history, to say the least. …

Inside the Vin de Champagne Awards, plus Champagne Lanson chef de cave Hervé Dantan

November 9th, 2018


We're going out with a pop in this final episode of Season One of the Drinks Adventures podcast.
Yes, this week we're delving into all things …

Heather Tillott of Sullivans Cove Distillery on making world-beating whisky

October 31st, 2018


This week on the Drinks Adventures podcast I play a conversation with Heather Tillott, production manager at Sullivans Cove Distillery in Tasmania.
If …

Sam Reid of Willie Smith's Cider on cider apples, festival ethos and more

October 29th, 2018


Some further excerpts from my interview with Sam Reid, co-founder of Willie Smith's Cider.
Topics include the importance of real cider apple varieties to Australia's emerging cider category. We also discuss what you'll …

Real cider and pagan rituals at the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival

October 25th, 2018


This week on the Drinks Adventures podcast, we foray into cider and some of the ancient traditions associated with the annual apple harvest.
William …

Penfolds Wines' evolution with wine writer Jeni Port and fortified winemaker James Godfrey

October 17th, 2018


On this episode I explore the changing face of Australia's most iconic winery, Penfolds Wines.
Penfolds Wines has today – Thursday October 18th, 2018 …

Australian whisky, gin and bottled cocktails with Starward's David Vitale

October 10th, 2018


This week on the Drinks Adventures podcast, I'm talking Australian whisky with Starward Whisky founder David Vitale.
Founded in Melbourne in 2007, …

Janice McDonald of Howard Park: Winemaker and craft beer pioneer

October 4th, 2018


This week on the program, I play an extended interview with Janice McDonald, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine's 2018 Winemaker of the Year.
Janice is chief winemaker at Burch Family Wines in Western Australia, where she …

Gin without juniper is flavoured vodka, says Sipsmith's Fairfax Hall

September 26th, 2018


What is the difference between gin and flavoured vodka? That should be an easy question to answer.
But some of the drinks industry's older heads have …

Japanese sake is finding fans in Australia

September 19th, 2018


If you haven't yet discovered the delights of Japanese sake, now is the time to add it to your drinking repertoire.
Cast aside any preconceptions you may have of that cheap and nasty stuff served hot in Aussie-Japanese …


August 10th, 2018


A podcast for adventurous drinkers of beer, wine, spirits, cider and more. Launching September 2018.
Theme music by Cameo Culture.

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