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Since 1957, the Germanic-American Institute has been building cultural bridges between the American Midwest and German-speaking European countries. We cordially invite you on the inside, to join us as we share insights into German grammar and the German cultural experience. We’ll look at current topics, and we’ll let you know about all the events that we are involved in, and you can participate in. If you'd like us to answer any questions you may have about our content, history, grammar, etc ...
 
Listen as Best Selling Author Drew Hannush goes beyond the stories he tells on the Whiskey Lore podcast and meets with the founders, distillers, authors, historians, and ambassadors that will help us gain a deeper knowledge about the whiskies we love - and the ones we should know more about. Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, Japanese, American Single Malt, French, Indian, no whisky category is off limits. Drew's natural curiosity for the lore and
 
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Have I got an entertaining interview for you today, with my guests Joe O'Sullivan and Caitlin Bartlemay of Hood River and Clear Creek distilleries in Oregon. We're going to uncover the secrets of Johnny Appleseed, talk about the origins of American Single Malt and its godfather Steve McCarthy, find out what distiller may have had the worst luck in …
 
If you wondered what it's like to live in Germany, as an American, Ex-Pats Alex and Geoff can fill you in. In this episode, we’re talking about taxes, immigration and refugees, real estate, and dating. Living in Berlin, Geoff and Alex have inside knowledge, interesting perspectives, and also their own podcast - "Americans in Germany Drinking Whiske…
 
In this episode, Audra and Gunther are talking with Claudia Clark, a US-Expat, presently living in Germany. Claudia joined us via Zoom - we apologize for some inconsistent audio levels. Claudia also holds an M.A. in Labor Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master's in U.S. History with an emphasis on women’s…
 
Time to share an interview talking about my favorite Highland whisky, GlenDronach. Brand Ambassador Rory Glasgow will introduce us more of the story of James Allardice along with Billy Walker, and Dr. Rachel Barrie. Plus I do a tasting of the core line of whiskies, up to the 21 year and including the recent Port Wood edition. Plus we'll talk a litt…
 
In this episode, Audra and Gunther welcome Dr. Priscilla Layne. Dr. Layne is presently a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her academic background is in comparative literature of the University of Chicago, with a Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley. Particularly interesting is Dr. Layne’s d…
 
What happens when a Kentuckian heads to Memphis, Tennessee to make whiskey? Check out my conversation with Old Dominick's Alex Castle, as we talk bourbon from both sides of the border. We'll dive into the storied history of the 19th century brand, discover a decades old Memphis Toddy, and talk about Alex' journey from pot stills to Wild Turkey to j…
 
Some of the world's great whiskies come out of Bruichladdich, including Classic Laddie (unpeated), Port Charlotte (peated), and Octomore (heaviest peat in the world). And the distillery was on the forefront of transparency in its marketing. But in 2001, the distillery was in mothballs and the future was uncertain. Hear the story of how this great d…
 
We've grown accustomed to seeing that beautiful bottle of Woodford Reserve on the shelf, but when it debuted, it was putting a whole new image on bourbon. October marked the 25th Anniversary of Woodford Reserve and we're going to celebrate by talking with Chris Morris, Master Distiller - a man who has been around since the beginning. We'll talk abo…
 
In the world of scotch you'll find Highland, Lowland, Speyside, and Islay. Can you name the 5th region? It's Campbeltown. And at one time, the wee toon had around 30 distilleries - today it has three. It's a town rich with history and Glen Scotia has weathered a lot of it. My guest is Distillery Manager Iain McAllister, who will share stories of gr…
 
If you wondered what it's like to live in Germany, as an American, Alex and Geoff can fill you in. Living in Berlin, they have inside knowledge, interesting perspectives, and also their own podcast - "Americans in Germany Drinking Whiskey" - or, AGDW. You can find their website with all relevant links here: https://www.agdwpodcast.com/ Enjoy the fi…
 
Why does Ireland spell whiskey with an "e?" What is the oldest brand of whisky in Ireland? And how many distilleries are there in Belfast? Just some of the questions I'll explore with McConnell's very passionate brand ambassador Sarah Kennedy. We'll also take our first dive into Irish whiskey history. I'll do a tasting of McConnell's age stated ble…
 
Get ready to dig deep into the history of Anderson County, Kentucky - where today Four Roses and Wild Turkey reign supreme. But when my guest Tom Ripy was a youth there, he lived among distilling royalty, including the Saffells, Bonds, Lillards, Dowlings, and his own family, the Ripys. Some of these names returning to shelves in liquor stores and b…
 
In this episode, we welcome Katrin and Wim, discussing the outcome of the German election in September. If you would like to know more, there are various resources available, however, DW.com is commonly one of the better ones. Read more about the election here: https://www.dw.com/en/german-elections-2021/t-57208974 Also, we've mentioned it before, …
 
What town in the 19th Century was known as the "Whisky Capital of the World?" Edinburgh, Louisville, Nashville - none of the above. How about Peoria, Illinois? Join me as I chat with J.K. Williams CEO Andy Faris and Master Distiller Jeff Murphy about the storied history of distilling in Peoria and their brand's namesake, who was a bootlegger that h…
 
Chinese Workers, 1800s Image credit: Modesto Art Museum I ate wind and tasted waves for more than twenty days. Fortunately, I arrived safely on the American continent. I thought I could land in a few days. How was I to know I would become a prisoner suffering in the wooden building? The barbarians’ abuse is really difficult to take. When my family’…
 
As a nice pairing with this week's Whiskey Lore episode about whisky aged at sea, I'm hear to talk about a sea aged Japanese whisky called Kaiyo. This spirit makes its way from a Japanese warehouse to Liverpool England, picking up personality all along the way. Join me was I taste a single cask version and we talk Japanese whisky, history, and work…
 
After 16 years, Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping down, opening the race to various contenders. Who is in the lead, what do they stand for, and what's in store for the Germans? We have enlisted Katrin back to the podcast, who has many of the answers to our questions. As the election happens in real-time as you are listening to this recording, he…
 
First there was Jack, then there was George, and in 1997 - long before the craft distilling revolution - there was Phil. Phil Prichard has family distilling roots going back into the 18th century, but it was his emergence in the 20th century that made history. He's always done things his own way, starting with Tennessee rum, before whiskey. He's a …
 
Der Wanderbus is a digital learning environment, virtually taking you through Germany, highlighting aspects of culture, sustainability, and more. Nils Martin, of the Goethe Institute, which is Germany's cultural representation abroad, joins us to tell us all about the Wanderbus. You can also find a printable pdf file of the Wanderbus here: https://…
 
Time is flying, and we're already starting with Season 4 of the Hier and There Podcast. We do have a few changes to announce, including the separation of Storycast from Hier and There. Storycast will be hosted on a separate channel. More information about H&T in this very short welcome to Season 4! :) As always, we love your feedback; please connec…
 
Join me as I head to Chattanooga, Tennessee to talk with Tim Piersant, CEO and co-Founder of Chattanooga Whiskey about how he and his head distiller Grant McCracken landed on a high malt bourbon for their flagship whiskey. We'll also talk a little Chattanooga Whiskey history, burning the right bridges at the right time, and we'll taste their soon t…
 
I can't tell you how many times I've heard this blanket statement from bourbon drinkers - "I don't like scotch." Like scotch is just one flavor profile. That's why I wanted to have a little Scotch 101 discussion, talking about regions, peat smoke vs fruity, age, proof, and what scotch to start with, with my guest Ed Kohl, a scotch whisky distributo…
 
Back from one of the most interesting adventures I've had in trying to reach a distillery. The name of the place is Gobbler Springs and the gentleman who had to pick me up in his 4x4 is the owner and distiller John Hatcher. A Kentuckian with Irish distilling roots John and his wife long ago decided to make their home in Tennessee. There he produces…
 
Now Jeff and his wife didn't necessarily take the normal path into owning a whiskey distillery. Rather than having grown up around distilling, they had both come from careers in the distribution of whiskey - and from competing companies no less.על ידי Drew Hannush
 
Join me for part one of my discussion with Kings County Distillery's master distiller and co-founder Colin Spoelman. A few years back Colin wrote an intriguing book about American whiskey history called Dead Distillers and we will take the time in this episode to chat a bit about his background as a New York City distiller.…
 
While on a journey out to California in search of details about an upcoming episode, I took time out to interview Seth Benhaim of Infused Spirits. Seth is taking a very unique approach to aging whiskey - by placing barrel staves in new make. We sampled his expressions using Mizunara oak, a Cask of Amontillado (something Edgar Allen Poe fans will ap…
 
Just when I thought I had been to every Tennessee distillery or at least met a distiller from each, along came Jim Massey. Jim was actually on the forefront of the current Tennessee whiskey revival. We'll taste his whiskey and chat about the Tennessee Waltz, helping Tennessee agriculture through whiskey, and his literary inspiration for the company…
 
Mormon pioneers at South Pass, Wyoming, about 1859 image credit: Charles Roscoe Savage, Courtesy BYU … when it became necessary for him to discard a wife it was a pretty hard question for him because a little child was coming to the second wife and he had nothing to provide for her with except what his first wife’s money paid for. The first wife sa…
 
Like a scene from "O Brother Where Art Thou" I stumbled upon a radio station out in the middle of a Mississippi field. And there, I met a radio man whose love of his craft led him to buying his own radio station. His music scans the genres, from rock to country to R&B, but most especially the blues. People tune in from all over the world to hear so…
 
From upstairs at the historic Peabody Hotel, I talk with Shelby County Historian Jimmy Rout about the surprising history of Beale Street, W.C. Handy, "Boss" Crump's mafia like rule over the city, the Tennessee Ouster Law, and Juke Joints and hangouts like Pee Wee's Saloon. We'll also dive into the lore surrounding the city's founding in Belle's Tav…
 
Blue Note Bourbon is quickly spreading across the country and a few months ago, I had a chance to walk the warehouses at B.R. Distilling and chat with McCauley Williams - a lawyer turned whiskey brand owner. In this interview, we chat about hist the transition from the law, how he created Blue Note Juke Joint and Riverset Rye, his long term philoso…
 
Royce is an 11th generation distiller with roots going back to back in Ireland. But many of the in-between years were based in Moonshine and if you head to the distillery, you'll see a lot of that moonshining history including a video about the feud between the Allens and the Neeleys that rivaled the Hatfields and McCoys. Royce brings the creative …
 
Who was this man who talked George Washington into the distilling business? Scotsman James Anderson is a fascinating character and one that master distiller Steve Bashore hopes to keep learning more about (and he already knows quite a bit). In this episode, we'll talk about the similarities in Anderson and Bashore's jobs, the art of retelling histo…
 
How hard was it, making whiskey in the 18th century? There is actually a place you can go to find out. Thanks to Mount Vernon, director of historic trades and master distiller Steve Bashore, and a cast of all-stars from all over the distilling world, we can see for ourselves. Join me as Steve and I walk through the historically accurate recreation …
 
When it comes to whiskey, George Washington is an interesting character. He had just seen his countrymen up in arms over Alexander Hamilton's whiskey tax and then he got into business with his Scottish farm manager - making whiskey of his own. How did this happen? Listen as I chat with Dr. Jim Ambuske, host of the Conversations at the Washington Li…
 
Ready to take a deep dive into a very unique Texas distillery? Back in March of 2020, I sat down with Robert Likarish of Ironroot to talk about what got his family involved in whiskey, their inspiration - a man named T.V. Munson who was known as The Grape Man of Texas, Cognac, shoo fly flasks, pot stills, that cheese note in whiskey, and the story …
 
When Lori's team approached me about doing an interview and sent me a bottle of Country Smooth, I noticed that the bottle referred to her as the first female founder of an American whiskey brand. My jaw almost dropped to the floor. Seriously? This can't be true. Well, being a stickler for accuracy, I researched and was amazed at what I found. In th…
 
When we're talking legendary distilling families, you can't get bigger in bourbon than the Beams. But another great legacy belongs to the Dants and my guest Steve Beam and his brother Paul are descendants of both families. In this episode we'll talk about a brand that has ties to both families, Yellowstone bourbon. We'll also find connections with …
 
What many of us know about Virginia City, Nevada and the saloon scene comes from the depiction of "The Bucket of Blood" saloon in the TV show Bonanza. But is that really what the saloons of the Old West really like? In the Whiskey Lore episodes on Virginia City, we find out this was no one saloon town. In my interview with local historian Ron Galla…
 
In 1854, a family arrived in the first capital of Nevada, a town called Genoa. Almost 170 years later, that same family has taken their farming techniques and developed a winery and a distillery. In this episode, we'll talk about some of the family's history in the High Desert of Nevada and hear what advantages there are to having a farm where you …
 
What happens when a distillery returns from being mothballed? In the case of the Bladnoch Lowland distillery great things. Join me as I talk with Will Pitchforth about the state of Lowland scotch in the 21st century, how a 203 year old distillery gets back up and running after being relegated to tourist attraction, and as I taste a highly regarded …
 
This is likely one of the shortest episodes we've brought to you. Nonetheless, it is worthy of your time, as we talk about the upcoming classes, events, and announce a short summer break. As always, please connect with us at podcast@gaimn.org and let us know what you think! We'll talk to you again in September. Until then, Happy Summer '21! ### Sin…
 
Storycast: "Die anhänglichen Pantoffeln" If you'd like to read along, you can find the text to the story by clicking this Link This story comes from the shelf of Merkel's Erzählkabinett. As far as your German-speaking children are concerned - earmuffs are not needed, but prepare for some added depth to the meaning of Herrn Meiers adventures. If you…
 
How does one go from New York fashion photographer, to building their own still in Colorado and crafting a top notch whiskey? Well that is the road the 291 Distillery's Founder, Michael Myers took and it wasn't always easy, but it definitely paid off in some beautiful ryes and bourbons. Find out what Colorado Whiskey is, how a Weber Grill and Aspen…
 
What better way to introduce Whiskey Lore and my book Whiskey Lore's Travel Guide to Experiencing Kentucky Bourbon than by being a guest on another bourbon podcast. Jim Shannon and Mike Hyatt are the hosts of The Bourbon Road podcast and I'll let them take the controls as we do a tasting of Angel's Envy Cask Strength and Shackleton's Blended Malt S…
 
Image credit: James Owen on Unsplash I crossed a ravine with equal frequency, and all looked alike. It is not surprising that soon I could not guess where I was. We could turn back and retrace our tracks, but actual danger lay there; so it seemed wiser to push on, as there was, perhaps, no greater danger than discomfort ahead. The sun hung like a b…
 
What knowledge do you need to start your own distillery? Well, it takes a lot more than just learning to distill. When I went to Kentucky to interview David Meier about the Old Crow Distillery ruins that sit next to his building, I got a lot more out of the interview than I bargained for. David and his team built their distillery from the ground up…
 
During my second trip to Scotland, I had the pleasure of meeting the staff at the "Oldest Working Distillery" in Scotland, the Glenturret Distillery. My original plan was to talk distillery cats, but during the tour I was shown a cask of whisky dedicated to Grace Gow, a distillery worker whose untimely death also showed the presence of a female wor…
 
Did you know that Four Roses was one of the most popular bourbons just after World War II? Did you also know that it was pushed to export and remained off of shelves as a straight bourbon in the United States for over 50 years? In this interview, I chat with the late-Al Young, who along with master distiller Jim Rutledge helped bring this legendary…
 
In this episode, we welcome the Consul General of Germany, Wolfgang Mössinger. He is located in Chicago, IL, representing Germany in the Midwestern states. We discuss international relations, the state of the economy, politics, and the long-lasting friendship between Germany and the United States. The Consulate’s website is at: https://www.germany.…
 
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