Drinks Adventures - Wine, beer, whisky, gin & more with James Atkinson

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Wine lover? Craft beer fan? Drink whisky, bourbon, cognac or rum? Or maybe it's gin or vodka or mezcal you're into? Based in Australia, but globally minded, Drinks Adventures covers all these drinks and more: Japanese sake, cider, tequila, champagne, cocktails... we could go on! Listen in as award-winning drinks writer James Atkinson interviews the world's biggest names in craft brewing, winemaking, distilling and mixology, along with sommeliers, mixologists, sake samurais, masters of wine and certified cicerones.

Episode Date
Chuck Hahn returns with Chuck & Son's Brewing Co
Apr 15, 2024
Stupendous Savagnin with Crittenden Wines
Apr 08, 2024
Distillers toast 20 years at April conference
Mar 28, 2024
How craft beer turmoil is impacting supplier Bintani
Mar 27, 2024
Tarac unveils debut whiskies made for blending
Mar 20, 2024
Andrew Caillard MW on his wine opus, The Australian Ark
Mar 18, 2024
My whisky ethos: Lark Distilling CEO Satya Sharma
Mar 11, 2024
Sparkling shiraz, Australia’s own wine style
Dec 06, 2023
Champion cider maker Tim Jones turns hand to vinegar
Nov 27, 2023
Drinks trends with Lion innovation director, Chris Moschos
Nov 22, 2023
Foraging botanicals with Darwin Distilling
Nov 13, 2023
Dr Rachel Barrie, legendary Scotch whisky master blender
Nov 07, 2023
Rise of Grenache, with Jimmy Watson winner Hentley Farm
Oct 30, 2023
Classifying Australia’s top wines, with Huon Hooke
Oct 23, 2023
Professor John Rasko AO, founder Two Doctors Whiskey
Oct 16, 2023
Top Shelf chasing profit; Brookie’s Excise Strength Gin; Oliver’s Taranga wine & Small Acres Cyder
Oct 09, 2023
Waubs Harbour Maritime Tasmanian Whisky, with Tim & Bec Polmear
Oct 02, 2023
Australia’s wine grape revolution, with Max Allen
Sep 25, 2023
The Beer Drinker's Toolkit with Mick Wust; Chris Malcolm slams Mighty Craft failures & Morris Tokay Barrel Whisky
Sep 06, 2023
Burch family toasts 30 years at Howard Park Wines
Aug 28, 2023
New Zealand’s whisky renaissance, with Greg Ramsay
Aug 22, 2023
Reshaping Australian rum, with Brix Rum’s James Christopher
Aug 14, 2023
Bridge Road Brewers at 18, with founder Ben Kraus
Aug 07, 2023
How to Drink Australian (wine), with sommelier Jane Lopes
Jul 31, 2023
Judging craft spirits with Seb Costello
Jul 25, 2023
Cognac recon and Australian Distillers news with Holly Klintworth
Jul 17, 2023
Stone & Wood Cloudy Pale Ale, Hinterland Hazy & more, with Caolan Vaughan
Jul 10, 2023
Protecting the Tasmanian whisky brand, with TWSA president Cam Brett
Jul 03, 2023
Langtons auction highlights; Lark Distilling CEO speaks; Gospel Legacy Rye; & more
Jun 28, 2023
Tasmanian whisky, gin and vodka with Cam & Suzy Brett of Spring Bay Distillery
Jun 26, 2023
Tulchan Gin, the new spirit of Speyside
Jun 20, 2023
Chandon Etoile redefines luxury sparkling wine
Jun 14, 2023
Allan Border talks wine and Ashes predictions
Jun 13, 2023
Mark Bouris on whisky and the economy
Jun 07, 2023
Scotch whisky survivor Glen Scotia spreads its wings
Jun 05, 2023
New spirits range has origins in cannabis research
May 31, 2023
Introducing The Busker Irish Whiskey
May 29, 2023
How Hawke’s Brewing has evolved its brand, team and beers
May 24, 2023
Season 16 Trailer
May 23, 2023
Drinks insolvencies; Mighty Craft latest; Hahn’s big bet; Fever-Tree & Brown Brothers
May 23, 2023
Akasha expanding despite brewing industry challenges
Apr 17, 2023
How this podcast was born! And where it’s going…
Apr 03, 2023
Michter’s rise to most admired American whiskey
Mar 29, 2023
Japanese whisky's evolution, with Fuji master blender Jota Tanaka
Mar 22, 2023
Spirits veteran James France, founder Vanguard Luxury Brands
Mar 20, 2023
Lark dismisses buyout talk; Pernod’s new whisky; Boutique-y returns to Oz; Advanced Cicerone Paul Daley & Bentspoke X Teeling collab
Mar 15, 2023
Steve The Bartender: YouTube star, author & distiller
Mar 13, 2023
Starward’s Sam Slaney on small batch trials, debut white wine cask
Mar 06, 2023
How Clare Valley drove screwcap revolution for wine
Mar 01, 2023
Maximilian Riedel: Glassware CEO and wine influencer
Feb 27, 2023
Tarac unlocks blended whisky opportunity for Australia
Feb 23, 2023
Daniel Ricciardo postscript, with Lakeside Drive F1 podcast
Feb 20, 2023
F1 star Daniel Ricciardo on his DR3 wine project
Feb 20, 2023
How Lark & Garage Project made Fresh IPA Cask
Feb 15, 2023
The Asian drinks craze with retailer Endeavour
Feb 13, 2023
Whisky legend Dr Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg
Feb 08, 2023
Gun winemaking duo Janice McDonald and Stuart Pym
Feb 06, 2023
Season 15 Trailer
Feb 06, 2023
Laphroaig distillery manager Barry MacAffer
Dec 08, 2022
From Islay to Kangaroo Island: Mighty Craft distiller George Campbell
Nov 30, 2022
Jim McEwan & Eddie Brook of Cape Byron Whisky
Nov 28, 2022
Chardonnay stalwart Scarborough Wines begins new chapter
Nov 21, 2022
Brandy icon St Agnes unveils debut whiskies
Nov 14, 2022
Balter Brewing takes hoppy beers to new frontiers
Nov 09, 2022
Johnnie Walker’s new master blender, Dr Emma Walker
Nov 02, 2022
A new era for Yarra Valley wine pioneer St Huberts
Oct 31, 2022
Archie Rose shakes up mainstream spirits
Oct 26, 2022
Indian single malt whisky comes of age
Oct 24, 2022
Australia’s fourth Sake Samurai, Simone Maynard
Oct 19, 2022
Can brewers overcome wheat beer stigma?
Oct 17, 2022
Gin disruptor Simon Ford’s wild ride as entrepreneur
Oct 13, 2022
John McDougall ex-Balvenie, Laphroaig, Springbank & more
Oct 10, 2022
Wine icon Mount Pleasant gets new lease on life
Oct 05, 2022
Mountain Goat Beer turns 25, with head brewer Alana Rees
Oct 03, 2022
Adam Wadewitz’s cool climate wine safari
Sep 28, 2022
Trading tequila for Aussie agave: Trent Fraser of Top Shelf
Sep 26, 2022
How Fever-Tree created the ultimate cola for dark spirits
Sep 20, 2022
Penfolds Wines' global ambitions & China drinks report
Sep 19, 2022
Dan Aykroyd, vodka advocate and entertainer
Sep 15, 2022
Season 14 Trailer
Sep 12, 2022
Irish whiskey thriving with new distilleries, big and small
Aug 22, 2022
The unrivalled value of rare fortified wines
Aug 15, 2022
McWilliam's Wines aftermath: Introducing the new owners
Aug 11, 2022
Beer style trends, with Zytho Brewing and Kirrily Waldhorn
Aug 04, 2022
Chris Malcolm, founder Hidden Lake Whisky
Jul 27, 2022
Investing in drinks companies, with Equity Mates Podcast
Jul 18, 2022
Lark Whisky 30th Anniversary Special
Jul 14, 2022
Essential Scotch whiskies: Glendronach, Benriach & Glenglassaugh
Jul 05, 2022
Philip Moore, Gin Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee
Jun 29, 2022
Heritage Drinks of Myanmar, with brewer & author Luke Corbin
Jun 22, 2022
World Martini Day, with Archie Rose Bone Dry Gin
Jun 17, 2022
Wynns Reframed, with senior winemaker Sarah Pidgeon
Jun 15, 2022
Brewer turned distiller Ben Stevens of Bondi Liquor Co
Jun 06, 2022
Westward Cask Strength rides American single malt whiskey boom
May 30, 2022
Starward's cult whisky, Ginger Beer Cask, with founder David Vitale
May 25, 2022
Aussie rye whiskey Gospel spreads to USA
May 17, 2022
B Corp bourbon: Maker's Mark MD Rob Samuels on whiskey sustainability & more
May 11, 2022
Highlights from episodes 1-100: Wine, beer, whisky, bourbon, mezcal & more
Mar 29, 2022
Australia's first Master Cicerone, Shane McNamara
Mar 28, 2022
Canada's burgeoning cool climate wines, with podcaster Natalie MacLean
Mar 21, 2022
Iconic cocktails: How Irish coffee was born, and Dead Rabbit perfected it
Mar 14, 2022
Wine doco Blind Ambition, with filmmakers Warwick Ross and Rob Coe
Mar 07, 2022
Pizzini Wines: Trailblazing Sangiovese & Nebbiolo
Feb 28, 2022
The hottest Australian whiskies, with Luke McCarthy
Feb 21, 2022
Why Old Pulteney Scotch Whisky is 'The Maritime Malt'
Feb 17, 2022
Brewing news with beer guru Matt Kirkegaard
Feb 14, 2022
The Gin Queen's Top 10 Australian gins
Feb 07, 2022
Italy's digestif amaro liqueurs, with bartender Federico Malavenda
Feb 02, 2022
Wine writer Matthew Jukes on non-alcoholic drinks & Aussie wine upheaval
Jan 31, 2022
Season 12 Trailer: Wine, beer, whisky, gin & more!
Jan 27, 2022
Spearhead Whisky shakes up single grain Scotch
Dec 15, 2021
Penfolds Wines x Thiénot Champagne, with chief winemaker Peter Gago
Dec 14, 2021
Brewing legend Chuck Hahn 'worth billions'; Organic wine; Voyager Estate X Mars Whisky & Australian Agave NFT
Dec 09, 2021
Champion gin distiller, Never Never Distilling, with co-founder Sean Baxter
Dec 06, 2021
Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits skyrockets to $500M valuation
Dec 01, 2021
Brewing historian Tara Nurin; & beer sensory expert Briony Liebich
Nov 29, 2021
Mystery wine brand wins Pinot Noir Challenge
Nov 25, 2021
Whisky writer and Diageo veteran Dr Nicholas Morgan
Nov 22, 2021
Viticulturist Allen Jenkins farewelled; Starward Whisky X Yalumba Wine; and Modus Operandi's Newcastle brewery
Nov 18, 2021
Lark Distilling MD Geoff Bainbridge on Shene deal, labelling controversy & more
Nov 15, 2021
Champion bartender Evan Stroeve on the Principle of Hospitality podcast
Nov 13, 2021
Winemaker Nick Glaetzer reflects on landmark Jimmy Watson wine trophy win
Nov 10, 2021
Bourbon expert Eric Zandona on The Modern Bar Cart Podcast
Nov 09, 2021
Wine cellaring tips with St Hugo's Peter Munro
Nov 03, 2021
Brewing legend Chuck Hahn's 50-year global beer odyssey
Nov 01, 2021
Brewing innovator Little Creatures launches Pacific Ale, Hazy IPA
Oct 27, 2021
Brewing trends with The Beer Bible author Jeff Alworth
Oct 25, 2021
Mezcal boom threatens agave sustainability; Whisky milestone for Australia, and brewer Sobah's crowdfunding campaign
Sep 23, 2021
Whisky fiend Dan Woolley on his distillery startup, Highwayman Whisky
Sep 13, 2021
Craft beer shakeup: Why Stone & Wood Brewing sold to Lion
Sep 12, 2021
Mezcal brand Quiquiriqui's unusual origin story
Sep 06, 2021
Agave spirits Australian-style, Whisky stocks building at Mighty Craft, James Squire Zero & more
Sep 03, 2021
Charles Maclean MBE on whisky 'flippers', Port Ellen rebirth, blends, Tasmanian whisky & more
Aug 31, 2021
Brewing giants get lager challenger, Seppelt Wines' 170th, Nusa Cana Rum & Moo Brew's Sydney venue
Aug 26, 2021
Gin distillers should make their own base spirit: Simon Brooke-Taylor
Aug 23, 2021
Winemaker Treasury Wine reports strong results, Craft brewer Mountain Culture's Untappd beer coup, Four Pillars Gin x Yarra Yering Wines and more
Aug 19, 2021
Craft beer trailblazer Moo Brew reshapes its approach
Aug 16, 2021
Wine exports post-China; Japan wine market insights; New craft spirits wholesaler; & Brick Lane Brewing's Trilogy of Fear
Aug 12, 2021
Whisky at scale: Morris Whisky shakes up Australian single malt
Aug 09, 2021
Wine's diversity problem, Tasmania whisky innovation, Good Drinks ASX results; Bentspoke brewing sour beer; and Japanese sake update
Aug 05, 2021
Sommelier insights: Wine and sake with Tokyo-based Wayne Shennen
Aug 02, 2021
Winemaker Samantha Connew of Stargazer Wines, Tasmania
Jul 29, 2021
Wine obsession in the NBA, with ESPN's Baxter Holmes
Jul 21, 2021
Cider's pagan rituals return to Tasmania
Jun 09, 2021
Craft beer, wine, seltzer & spirits with Hop Nation Brewing's Sam Hambour
Jun 03, 2021
Mezcal primer and pandemic recovery with bar veteran Grant Collins
May 26, 2021
Wine icon Henschke Wines with viticulturist Prue Henschke
May 20, 2021
Daniel Motlop: AFL star turns craft spirits entrepreneur
May 12, 2021
Cocktail festival champions pandemic recovery for bars
May 06, 2021
Distillery founder and former fashion CEO, Julie Otter
May 06, 2021
Wolf Blass Wines: Evolution of an Australian icon
May 04, 2021
Craft beer pioneer and winemaker Phil Sexton
Apr 28, 2021
Gin distilled by an Australian in Cognac?
Apr 23, 2021
Whisky brand Boutique-y Whisky's groundbreaking Australia Series
Apr 14, 2021
Distillery for Sydney CBD? Meet Hickson House Distilling
Mar 25, 2021
From Michigan to Marrickville: The Grifter head brewer Karli Small
Mar 17, 2021
Wine, beer and cat pee: Harold McGee on 'smell echoes'
Mar 09, 2021
Cognac enthusiast Holly Klintworth of Bass & Flinders Distillery
Mar 03, 2021
Cocktails meet coffee with Mr Black Spirits
Feb 25, 2021
Gin distillery Four Pillars breaks ground on $6 million expansion
Feb 23, 2021
Maynard James Keenan, winemaker and musician
Feb 17, 2021
Gin Queen reveals the hottest Australian gins
Feb 10, 2021
Pilsner: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World
Feb 04, 2021
How Orlando Wines revolutionised Australian table wine
Feb 03, 2021
McLaren Vale Distillery's Jock Harvey on new beginnings
Jan 28, 2021
Ricky Ponting and Ben Riggs of Ponting Wines
Dec 10, 2020
Wine in China, with podcaster Emilie Steckenborn
Dec 02, 2020
Veteran beer and cricket writer, Peter Lalor
Nov 25, 2020
The rebirth of Young Henrys gin, with head distiller Carla Daunton
Nov 18, 2020
NSW wine appreciation, with chief judge Dave Brookes
Nov 16, 2020
Wine expert Andrew Caillard MW on ultra-fine Australian wine
Nov 12, 2020
Bartender veteran Jason Crawley on Squealing Pig's wine and gin hybrids
Nov 04, 2020
Distilling boom in High Country Victoria: Meet Backwoods whisky company
Oct 29, 2020
Distilling a mixer revolution: Fever-Tree CEO Tim Warrillow
Oct 21, 2020
Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood director Hannu Salonen
Oct 14, 2020
Winemaker Louisa Rose on becoming Yalumba Wines' 47th signatory
Sep 09, 2020
Whisky paddock-to-bottle with Joadja Distillery
Sep 02, 2020
IPA's evolution with Richard Watkins of Bentspoke Brewing
Aug 27, 2020
Actor Sam Neill on his wine obsession
Aug 19, 2020
FogHorn Brewery's Hunter Valley expansion, with Shawn Sherlock
Aug 13, 2020
McWilliam's Wines: The rise and fall
Aug 07, 2020
Bourbon master distiller, Marianne Eaves, on her trailblazing career
Jul 30, 2020
Drinks that shaped Australia: Max Allen on his new book
Jul 22, 2020
Overeem Single Malt Whisky is back in family hands
Jul 16, 2020
S5 postscript & wine expert Angus Hughson
Jul 13, 2020
Wine and spirits in China with market expert Ian Ford
Jun 26, 2020
Irish whiskey's comeback with Stephen Teeling of Teeling Irish Whiskey
Jun 17, 2020
Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson: Introducing Drink Beer, Think Beer with John Holl
May 20, 2020
Whisky expert Dave Broom talks filmmaking, world whisky, genever and more
May 13, 2020
Sparkling wine with House of Arras winemaker Ed Carr
May 06, 2020
Professional beer taster Tina Panoutsos on her 30-year career
Apr 29, 2020
Richie Hawtin, Japanese sake enthusiast and techno legend
Apr 23, 2020
Vegan beer, sake and wine hybrids with Yulli's Brews
Apr 15, 2020
Distillers switch to making sanitiser as COVID-19 shatters drinks industry
Apr 08, 2020
Oak maturation trends in wine and spirits, with Master Cask's Darren Lange
Mar 04, 2020
Julio Bermejo, tequila pioneer and creator of the Tommy's Margarita cocktail
Dec 08, 2019
Sustainable wine and spirits with Laura Carter of Unico Zelo and Applewood
Dec 08, 2019
NZ Wine's low alcohol project, with viticulturist Dr David Jordan
Dec 08, 2019
American single malt whiskey with Westward co-founder Thomas Mooney
Dec 08, 2019
Jancis Robinson, wine legend, on her amazing 30-year career
Dec 08, 2019
UK wine critic Matthew Jukes on The Great Australian Red
Dec 08, 2019
Brewdog brewery co-founder Martin Dickie on DogTap Brisbane & more
Dec 08, 2019
Champion brewer DJ McCready of Mountain Culture Brewing Company
Dec 08, 2019
Marrickville breweries multiplying as Philter Brewing joins in
Nov 13, 2019
Cult Aussie whisky maker Tim Duckett, of Heartwood Malt Whisky
Oct 16, 2019
Distillery driving whisky innovation: Dave Withers of Archie Rose Distilling
Sep 19, 2019
Green Ant Gin and Native Grain Whiskey with Adelaide Hills Distillery
Sep 11, 2019
Wine in cans will take off in Australia: Riot Wine Co
Sep 04, 2019
Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers' Matt Houghton on making eclectic drinks
Aug 28, 2019
Wine mainstay Wynns Coonawarra Estate with winemaker Sue Hodder
Aug 21, 2019
Whisky pioneer Bakery Hill Distillery celebrates 20 years
Aug 15, 2019
Four Pillars Gin's Cam Mackenzie on creating a global gin brand
Aug 08, 2019
'Vermouth is a wine!' Cocktail historian and master distiller Jared Brown
Jun 27, 2019
Whisky expert Andrew Derbidge on Australian whisky's growing pains
Jun 19, 2019
Brewers, winemakers and distillers' weirdest drinks collaborations
Jun 12, 2019
Gin distiller for 50 years: Beefeater Gin's Desmond Payne MBE
Jun 05, 2019
Gin, whisky, rum & more with Nip of Courage founder Kathleen Davies
May 29, 2019
Wine and beer in Tasmania with Bruny Island Beer and Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir
May 22, 2019
Sake in Japan with experts John Gauntner and Shuso Imada
May 15, 2019
Stone & Wood Brewing leads third wave of independent craft beer
May 08, 2019
Wine, beer, whisky and gin: Season Two Trailer
Mar 26, 2019
Sir Ian Botham, cricket legend turned winemaker, on his venture Botham Wines
Dec 20, 2018
Wine and champagne experts Huon Hooke & Leanne Altman, plus Lanson chef de cave Hervé Dantan
Nov 08, 2018
Whisky in Tasmania with Sullivans Cove Whisky head distiller Heather Tillott
Oct 31, 2018
Cider advocate Sam Reid of Willie Smith's Cider in Tasmania
Oct 29, 2018
Cider's pagan rituals at Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
Oct 25, 2018
Wine writer Jeni Port on the evolution of Australian wine icon, Penfolds Wines
Oct 17, 2018
Whisky entrepreneur David Vitale of Starward Australian Whisky
Oct 10, 2018
Winemaker and craft beer pioneer Janice McDonald of Howard Park Wines in Margaret River
Oct 03, 2018
Gin without juniper is flavoured vodka: Sipsmith Gin's Fairfax Hall
Sep 26, 2018
Sake goes global: Japan's national drink finds new audience
Sep 19, 2018
Wine, Beer, Whisky & Gin: Drinks Adventures launching soon
Aug 09, 2018