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….
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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’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 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 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’.
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 is a discussion amongst friends over bourbon. Recent podcast includes ‘Whiskey Industry: Insiders & Influencers’.
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 (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‘.
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 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’.
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’.
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’.
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’.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!