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The Speakeasy

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Hosts Damon Boelte, Sother Teague, and Greg Benson sit down to talk cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, tea, coffee, and all the other exciting liquids in the universe. With each episode, learn from some of the world’s experts in mixology, bar history, distillation, and brewing. Bringing on guestsRead more

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Another Christmas Miracle

Nov 18 • 44:01

Founder of new Brooklyn spot Thief, John McNulty joins us to talk about the trials of opening a bar during a pandemic and how he's hoping we can steal back lost time with the aid of a 12 foot inflatable grinch. Plus, the New York Times reports that there are rats in New York City, who knew? ...

Doomtown

Nov 11 • 41:11

Indigenous visibility advocate and Doom Tiki co-founder Chockie Tom sits down with the band to talk about the troubled past of tropical drinks, what can be done about it and how we can move forward with the fun drinks that everybody loves. Plus, Arby’s has a new curly fries vodka. Hot takes ensue....

Can’t Wait For Sally

Nov 4 • 51:15

Industry veterans and long time friends Matt Friedlander and Zak Snyder are finally realizing their dreams of Midori laced Miami Vice’s, Cubano sandwiches and late night sing-alongs in New York’s Lower East Side. Sally Can Wait will fling its doors open to welcome us all on November 17. Plus, where in the world is Greg Benson?...

Branding Brandy

Oct 27 • 42:53

Jennifer Querbes of Brandy Sainte Louise dials in with Greg and Sother to talk about launching a brand to 19th century specs, women in distilling and starting a French brandy label as a blond lady from Texas. Plus, movies are back and Greg really doesn’t understand ‘Dune.’...

Mountain Dews and Mountain Don'ts

Oct 20 • 51:19

Tad Carducci of Gruppo Montenegro sits down with the band to talk amaro, Italian spritz culture and the endless quest to discover the secret recipes behind amari. Plus, Mountain Suze! The lowbrow highball craze that’s sweeping the nation and other weird flavor combinations that shouldn’t work but do....

The Queen of Queen's Park

Oct 14 • 54:06

Laura Newman joins the band live from Birmingham, Alabama! The US World Class presented by Diageo winning bartender talks building a brand in a smaller city, opening a new bar in a pandemic, and the importance of creating a good life for your staff so that they’ll support you for years to come. Laura has written extensively about the ideas she discusses on the episode and ...

A Little Turkey

Oct 7 • 53:40

Greg, Sother and Damon finally find a spirit that shuts them up, courtesy of Roberto Rosa and Maestro Dobel’s new Pavito pechuga tequila. Listen in as they chat about meat in a still, creating something that no one’s ever tried before and creating experiences that are truly new. Plus the grand opening of Sother’s new bar, Cafe de L’Enfer, the inspiration for which you can ...

Off-Centered

Sep 30 • 48:40

Brewer, innovator and creative ADD enthusiast Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head sits down with the band to talk about the future of craft beer, pumpkin spiced everything and how a modified vibrating football set he bootstrapped into his brewery wound up in the Smithsonian....

Cleopatra, and Other Famous Party Animals

Sep 23 • 49:20

Author, screenwriter, historian and the best kind of nerd Mallory O’Meara sits down with Greg and Damon to talk about her new book “Girly Drinks,” which details the long, long history of female drinking and how we’ve all been talking about it wrong. You can check out Mallory’s podcast, her other works and preorder Girly Drinks here....

Easy Like Monday Morning

Sep 17 • 59:47

Chris Boyd of Drink Monday joins the band to talk about the rise of nonalcoholic spirits, the market for healthy choices and how many distillers you have to call before one of them agrees to make a booze-free gin. Plus, some California’s recall election and how Damon can finally drink an Old Fashioned at 9am. ...

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