Podcasts have been around for the last 20 years or so and helped to change the way we share information through audio storytelling. However, there are still millions of people who do not know what they are or how to listen to them. The best podcasts can inform, educate, and entertain, all at once. Here are some of the top podcasts for those of us interested on drinks and the industry….
Inside the Cask note – this blog post on Podcasts has continued to increase and there are now over 50 Podcasts on Drinks across Beer, Wine and Spirits – enjoy!
The best advertising for a podcast is word of mouth by friends sharing recommendations with each other. Check out how to use the podcast app on your smartphone or tablet to discover the world of free content available out there.
For reference: ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts’ by WIRED magazine
Personally, I have taken part in the Uncorked Whisky Sessions podcast by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, the Batch 12 discussing Whisky in Cinema (and TV) as well as fictional whisky brands. Check it out!
Here is the Podcast list in full:
WhiskyCast (Mark Gillespie)
WhiskyCast was started by journalist Mark Gillespie back in 2005 and it is probably the first whisky-focused podcast still going strong in its 14th year. It cover the latest whisky news, in-depth interviews, tasting notes and more and it has also expanded since 2005, now encompassing the weekly WhiskyCast podcast, along with WhiskyCast HD video podcasts and the monthly WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings podcast. For the WhiskyCast story click here. List of WhiskyCast episodes.
A Glass With… (Olly Smith)
A Glass With …. is a podcast hosted by Olly Smith and produced by Richard Hemming MW. Each episode features a celebrity guest chatting to Olly as they share a glass of wine. Their first podcast was with singer P!nk.
Liquid Assets (Rabobank)
A Beverage Industry podcast from Rabobank’s global beverage team, this podcast offers insights, analysis, and a bit of entertainment covering the latest trends, industry leaders, and what is coming up in the beverage world. Recent podcasts include ‘Low-End Brands: Buy, Sell, or Hold?’
Beverage Industry Magazine
Beverage Industry magazine’s podcast channel provides industry news and interviews. Recent podcast includes ‘Next-level innovations with HEINEKEN USA’.
Taste Radio (BevNET)
BevNET’s Taste Radio is the podcast for food and beverage professionals, covering trends, interviews with the leaders and rising stars in the industry and discussing knowledge and a variety of different topics. An example on the drinks industry is the podcast: ‘Starter, Steel & Swagger – The Rise of Stillhouse Spirits’
One Nation Under Whisky
One Nation Under Whisky is a Podcast for Whisky Geeks by Whisky Geeks. Learn about the whisk(e)y industry with a focus on Independent bottling. A recent podcast included ‘Report from Campbeltown Festival 2019′.
The PodCask – a Podcast about Whiskey
The PodCask is a show about bourbon, whiskey and sometimes even scotch. Will and the Greeze go on a journey to learn more about whiskey and how to appreciate it. Recent podcast includes ‘Eagle Rare Presents: The Podcask Neat, May Edition’.
Whiskey Neat with Kristopher Hart
The Whiskey Neat Podcast is a show focused around barrel-aged spirits and the people who make them. Each week, Kris interviews the most interesting industry insiders and samples some of the best spirits around. Recent podcast includes ‘A scenario in which a Tennessee Whiskey isn’t a bourbon, with Chris Fletcher’.
The Bourbon Lens
The Bourbon Lens is a discussion amongst friends over bourbon. Recent podcast includes ‘Whiskey Industry: Insiders & Influencers’.
Craft Beer Radio
The Craft Beer Radio Podcast are two guys in their basement studio publishing a mostly weekly beer education audio show since mid 2005. Their goal is to educate and evangelize good beer. A recent podcast example includes ‘Why does it smell like feet?’.
This podcast dates back to 2010 and is hosted by Dr. Brad Smith, and it is a mixture of interviews, beer history and information on home brewing. One podcast example is ‘Viking Age Brew with Mika Laitinen‘.
The Beerists is an independently-produced, podcast by four craft beer lovers (with the occasional guest) in Austin, TX USA. Latest podcast available when researching was episode 381 ‘We’re Finally Fine‘.
Good Beer Hunting
Good Beer Hunting (GBH), founded by Michael Kiser, is a ‘critical, creative and curious voice int he world of beer’. Their podcast contains interviews with personalities from the beer industry and coverage of events also. A recent podcast includes ‘NYC Beer Week Panel, Pt. 2‘.
Steal This Beer
Beer gurus Augie Carton (Carton Brewing) and John Holl (Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine) get to the bottom of the day’s most pressing craft beer issues with help from opinionated brewer friends, know-it-all barkeeps, and smarmy industry insiders. Previous podcast includes ‘Martyn Cornell, British Beer Historian and Author’.
Brews News is Australia’s definitive, independent online source of beer news and current affairs. Part blog, part online magazine. Recent podcast includes ‘Beer is a Conversation Special: Martin Dickie‘.
The Brewbound Podcast is an extension of Brewbound’s leading B2B beer industry reporting, featuring interviews with beer industry executives and entrepreneurs, along with highlights and commentary from the weekly news. A recent podcast includes ‘Keith Villa on Building Blue Moon and the future of Cannabis Beer’.
Sake on Air
SAKE ON AIR is a bi-weekly exploration by a team of experts based in Japan into the stories, people, lifestyle, and what’s really happening in the world of SAKE and SHOCHU. Recent podcast includes ‘Discovering Shochu with Stephen Lyman’.
I’ll Drink to That! Talking Wine
Focused on all things wine, a former sommelier interviews famous and knowledgeable wine personalities, talking candidly about their lives and work, and then sharing the conversations with you. One podcast example is ‘Luis Seabra Opposes the Winemaking Orthodoxy’.
Guild of Sommeliers Wine Podcast
Hosted by Geoff Kruth MS, this podcast started in 2011 by the non-profit international organisation Guild of Sommeliers (open to sommeliers and wine professionals) is divided into three sections: ‘general,’ ‘regional podcasts’ and ‘blind tasting’. Recent podcast example includes ‘Distillation’.
Wine for Normal People (Elizabeth Schneider)
Hosted by certified sommelier and wine specialist, Elizabeth Schneider, Wine for Normal People translates wine into normal terms that allow people to relate to through an award-winning podcast, popular blog, and in acclaimed public speaking events. Recent episodes include ‘Danny Glover – From LA Musician to L’Object Wine’.
UK Wine Show
Produced by wine event and education provider, ThirtyFifty, the podcast is hosted by Chris Scott and features interviews with winemakers, consumers, critics and wine bar owners in the UK. A podcast example includes ‘Sardinia and Cannonau with Sarah Heller MW‘, the youngest person to become a Master of Wine (MW).
The Vincast podcast is hosted by ‘The Intrepid Wino’, and is all about wine, wine culture and wine people. Each episode covers someone from a different field in the wine industry, to gain some insight into their experiences, philosophies, practices and personality as it relates to wine and what they do. An older podcast example is ‘Dr. Damien Wilson, Professor of Wine Marketing’.
The Mixology Talk Podcast
A show all about bartending, cocktails, hospitality and having a long and rewarding career in the hospitality business, founded by Chris and Julia Tunstall in 2012 and covering interviews and advice. A previous podcast example includes ‘Craft Cocktails through the Years: An Interview with H. Joseph Ehrmann’.
From this podcast one can learn Cocktail recipes, Mixology, Bartender tips and how to earn more money behind the bar. Recent podcast includes ‘Adventurivity: Fabiano Latham of Reyka Vodka Explains‘.
Hosted by Brian Weber, a professional bartender who also hosts the official Tales of the Cocktail podcast. Featuring interviews with industry pros and also covering specifics on bar operations, liquor brands, and cocktail lore. A recent podcast included ‘The Science of Flavor‘.
Since this post was first published, I have received feedback and suggestions on podcasts to add to our list and here are the latest ones:
Sips, Suds, & Smokes
On this podcast, they talk about wine, whiskey, nearly anything distilled, tea, coffee, beer, mead, cigars, smoked meats, and more beer. They also taste and rate things along with their own signature and unique rating system.
The Whisky Topic
The Whisky Topic is a weekly podcast hosted by Mark Bylok, author of The Whisky Cabinet, and Jamie Johnson, who runs a private bourbon club in Toronto, Canada.
Bartender at Large
An online series about craft cocktails around the world & the bartenders who make them. Hosted by the award-winning bartender, Erick Castro, co-owner of San Diego bars Raised by Wolves and Polite Provisions.
Life Behind Bars
Hosted by the Daily Beast’s Half Full editor Noah Rothbaum and its legendary columnist David Wondrich, this podcast allows listeners to be flies on the wall as two of the world’s foremost drinks experts talk about cocktails and spirits. It is a mix of engaging stories and historical facts about the greatest bartenders and drinks of all time. In 2018, it won the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for the world’s best drinks podcast.
Living Proof: Conversations for Bartenders
The podcast for bartenders and anyone who likes to drink well. Broadcaster Nicole Haack and accomplished bartender Marcus Motteram – ‘The Admiral’ – aim to keep you at the edge of the cocktail, bartending and spirit trends by connecting you with producers, drink historians and mixologists globally.
Restaurateur Ed Rudisell chats with movers and shakers in the beer, liquor, and hospitality industry. These casual conversations offer a unique glimpse into a world not often seen by those on the outside.
Uncorked Whisky Sessions
From the creators of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, That Boutique-y Broadcasting Company brings you Uncorked: Whisky Sessions – a podcast show all about whisky. Pour yourself a dram and sip along as That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s global brand ambassador and Icon of Whisky, Dave Worthington and Dr Whisky (Dr Sam Simmons, Master Blender) contribute to the biggest whisky conversations of the past, present and future. Every episode is filled with delicious-y dram and distillery discussion, guests from within and outside of the whisky industry and endless tastings for you to sink your ears into.
Bring a Bottle – The Three Drinkers
Brought to you by the trio behind Amazon Prime’s ‘The Three Drinkers’ Series, this is the Bring A Bottle podcast! Join Aidy, Helena and Colin as they uncover their drinking secrets, what grinds their gears and the oddities they’ve encountered during their careers as drinks journo’s, TV Presenters and, well, whatever they were before! From Aidy’s frost-bitten toe cocktails and crumpet beer to Helena’s “can you guess what wine this is by the weird noise I’m making” antics, there’s even a segment called Spit or Swallow, but we’ll leave you to wonder what that comprises of. Three friends, a microphone and a bottle (or two) of cracking wine. What could go wrong?!
A podcast about next-gen drink experiences. DrinkX is a new podcast about our evolving global drink culture. Tune in to learn how industry professionals are creating drink experiences that leave consumers thirsty for more. Thought leaders, influencers, brand and innovation managers, baristas and mixologists.
Liquor & Liqueur Connoisseur
Built on the premise of drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits, each episode features consistent tastings and much more. The featured spirit’s backstory is covered, including history of production, marketing, availability, notable events for the spirit, as well as personal stories on enjoyment.
The podcast features new episodes at least weekly, and is the work of host Matt Birchard, who created the podcast as a way to keep a new year’s resolution to himself – which was to drink more!
The Quaich Podcast
Drums and Rums Podcast
The Malt Whisky Trail Podcast
The Trail is made up of nine locations including, Benromach, Cardhu, Glen Moray, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet, Strathisla, Dallas Dhu, and The Speyside Cooperage. The Malt Whisky Trail podcast will introduce you to the guardians of centuries of know-how and the craftspeople who make the whisky you love. The podcast is hosted by Speyside resident Eleanor Bradford.
Whisky Talk – the podcast from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Hosted by Richard Goslan, editor of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s members magazine Unfiltered, in this podcast he will be introducing you to some of the people who make whisky, the places it comes from and the characters who bring it to life.
Whisky Waffle is a podcast featuring the slightly slurred voices of Nick Turner and Alex ‘Ted’ Matthews, two Tasmanian whisky fans who, once a microphone is turned on and a bottle opened, just can’t seem to stop talking about the stuff. Or to be more precise: waffling about it.
This is My Dram
This is My Dram is a podcast about whisky, music and occasionally some other stuff if they get distracted. In each episode the team behind it reviews a whisky and play some thoughtfully paired songs – in full – to enjoy while you dram along.
Scots Whisky Explorers
Scots Whisky Explorers is a podcast project set up by two whisky enthusiasts. Each episode of the podcast will see them investigate and discuss a particular topic in detail, seeking a better understanding of the world’s most iconic drink.
Hospitality Forward is a podcast for hospitality & travel professionals, where they invite members of the media to share their insights and tips. The podcast is hosted by Hanna Lee, President of Hanna Lee Communications, an award-winning public relations agency in New York City and Michael Anstendig, a food and beverage writer with work published in publications such as the New York Times, Time Out New York, New York magazine online and others. He is also the Editor in Chief at Hanna Lee Communications.
The hospitality & travel industry is now facing incredible challenges, and our community is looking for support and solutions. That is why they created this podcast, where Hanna and Michael will interview the smartest, most accomplished journalists who cover hospitality & travel for some of the world’s leading outlets.
Cask Chasers Podcast
A whisky podcast for the new and experienced enthusiasts alike! They explore the world of whisky and provide perspective from every area of the culture including distilleries, retailers, bloggers, critics, and even fellow podcasters. Whisky is an art form with boundless expressions, join the Cask Chasers as they share the love for them all. It’s not about finding the perfect dram, it’s all in the Chase.
Neutral Cider Hotel
Join hosts Gabe Cook (Cider expert, author), Grant Hutchison (Cider distributor, Frightened Rabbit drummer) and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman (Cider blogger) on their weekly podcast where they explore the fascinating and ever-evolving world of cider. They’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news and trends happening in the cider industry and chat with fascinating people from all around the cider world. They’ll also sample new and interesting ciders and give you an honest review, live on the show. There is no shortage of laughter and fun, so check in to the hotel and we hope you enjoy your stay.
Brewdog News Podcast
Your fortnightly update on all the latest news, views, thoughts and reviews from the world of Brewdog and craft beer. Hosted by Robert Cooper and Bruce Cameron with many special guests.
Disclaimer: They’re not employees, but we they shareholders in the company.
Spirits of Whisk(e)y
SPIRITS OF WHISK(E)Y explores the wide world of whiskey through the many colorful personalities who make it, promote it, write about it, and more. With each podcast, Kerry Moynahan, a Certified Bartender and Bourbon Steward, and Philip Dobard, Director of The Cocktail Collection, interview whiskey’s most important names, from high-profile makers, blenders, and ambassadors to out-of-the-way innovators and remote pioneers. Join us each week as we discover the people and elements that give the water of life its spirit.
Live from the Sample Room
From Scotch Whisky makers, Whyte & Mackay, comes a new podcast exploring the people, places, and passions behind the liquid gold. Join drinks columnist, Abbie Moulton, on a journey to unveil the stories, and secrets of the whisky makers shaping the industry today – and crafting the whiskies of tomorrow.
The Last Drop
The Last Drop is a weekly podcast about whisky, craft beer & local bars. Every week JB & Khody or that guy Yoon meet up to taste, discuss & review the nectar of the gods in this wonderful world of whisky & craft beer. Livers will never be the same & glasses will never be dry.
Dead Men of Whiskey
A podcast about the remarkable lives and sometimes unusual deaths of the names we all know in whiskey.
Po It Up
The Po It Up podcast is hosted by Mike Outcalt and Devin Mitchell talking all things whiskey and produced by Rose Haag with support from Katie Greenberg. Featuring Po’ It Up (feat Z-Ro & H.A.W.K.) by Big Moe.
Bar Chat (Diageo Bar Academy)
Join host Tristan Stephenson (aka The Curious Bartender) as he chats to some of the biggest and best names in the industry. From the finer details of spirits and cocktails to the latest trends and movements sweeping the bar industry around the world.
Building Liquid by Racheal Vaughan Jones
The show about startups in the drinks world, the founders that are building them and the tipples that inspired them along the way.
Hosted by Racheal Vaughan Jones who has spent over 10 years in-house at some of the world’s leading brands and now works with some of the most exciting startups in the drinks space.
Business of Beverages
This is a podcast for curious people working in the beverage industry: from marketers to makers, from brewers to bartenders, from distillers to drinkers. Each episode brings you insights that are relevant to everyone in the beverage industry who wants to build their knowledge about the people, products and plans behind the liquids we love. Hosts Will Keating and Pádraig Fox bring all their experience, wit and charm to interviews with guests who are a mix of true subject matter experts, cutting edge innovators and living legends.
Not Another Whisky Podcast
Mitch and Daz are Whisky Ambassadors with 30 years experience between them. They are also good mates who enjoy some banter. They will bring you an unpretentious insider’s view of the whisky industry, done in 40(ish) minutes each episode.
The Gintonica Gin Podcast
Australia is going through a gin boom with new distilleries opening at an unprecedented rate. David Box, founder of gin curator Gintonica, and John Deeks, media legend and gin apprentice, introduce the listener to a growing number of these distilleries, as well as other gin and cocktail connections.
Talk Gin Podcast
Gin podcast on the fast moving world of gin. Hosted by James Sutherland & Sean Murphy. Based in central Scotland with James from Edinburgh and Sean from Glasgow they are joined by guest producers, distillers, brands to explore the world of gin.
From the humble haggis supper to the finest single malt, Scotland’s food and drink scene is as unique as the nation itself. Rosalind Erskine, a food and drink writer for The Scotsman, is joined by guests and experts to give you an insight into what’s cooking in. Scotland. If you like a good bit of scran, this is the podcast for you.
Distilled spirits have been made in Japan for over 600 years, but even today these drinks remain unknown outside the Land of the Rising Sun. Join shochu and awamori ambassadors Christopher Pellegrini and Stephen Lyman bi-weekly for a deep dive into Japan’s best kept secrets. If you enjoy exploring craft spirits from around the world, but think whisky is the most popular Japanese spirit, you are in for a treat with the Japan Distilled podcast.
The Lock In Podcast
The Lock In podcast, uploaded every Thursday, is provided by The Morning Advertiser, the leading content provider for the pub and bar industry since 1794. Their hosts are from media, brewing and pub operator view points giving a frank and honest view about what life running a pub business is really like.
Whisky Sisters Podcast
Join the Whisky Sisters Inka Larissa and Jennifer Rose as they mull over captivating and curious whisky topics. A lively weekly podcast discovering drams, distilleries, welcoming expert guests and delving into every corner of the whisky universe.
Film & Whiskey
Lifelong friends Brad and Bob are not experts–they’re just two guys who really enjoy movies and whiskey. Each week, they give an in-depth review of a classic film and a new glass of whiskey.
Good ol Boy MikeApril 10, 2020
You missed the #1 Food and Drink Podcast Globally with 10M listerners every week
Sips, Suds, & Smokes
Andre de AlmeidaApril 14, 2020
Thanks for the tip – this has now been added!
BobbyNovember 2, 2020
Check out the Cask Chasers Podcast! Great show, huge love of whiskey! Would be a great add to this list.
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