The Bourbon Life

The Bourbon Life

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Episodes

February 20, 2024 94 mins

This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes listeners on a ride to chat with fellow podcasters and hunters, the Bayou Dragons.

The Bayou Dragons and Big Chief talk about growing up as country boys and their first experiences with whiskey. These guys show the big man that they love life to the fullest.

Big Chief pulls out several allocated bottles like Old For...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast presented by Liquor Barn, Matt and Mark spend some time with the one and only Mike Rowe, Descendant (his title not ours) of Knobel Whiskey. You might recognize Mike from his wildly successful hit TV Show, Dirty Jobs, or his incredible Podcast, The Way I Heard It, or his Best-Selling book of the same name.

The guys talk with Mike about his background and growing up just outside of Baltimor...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride to Lexington, Kentucky and introduces listeners to RD1 Spirits. He chats with Co-Founder and Shareholder, Barry Brinegar.

Barry and Big Chief sit down in front of a live audience at Longhorn Liquor in Beaumont, Texas to discuss how RD1 Spirits got started and discuss the history of the name. They also sample five single ba...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, Matt and Mark spend some time recording on location at Porch Kitchen & Bar in downtown Louisville, Kentucky with Dan McKee, Master Distiller of Michter’s. Dan was previously a guest on Episode 71 back in June 2021.

The guys talk with Dan about his background and prior work experience, both inside and outside of the Bourbon industry, that eventually led him to Michter’s in 2014; the rich ...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride to Baltimore, Maryland and introduces listeners to Old Line Spirits. He chats with Co-Founder and Owner, Mark McLaughlin.

Mark and Big Chief discuss how Old Line got started and how these two Navy aviators wanted to create bold, new spirits with distinct character and unmatched quality. Driven by a spirit of adventure and ...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, Matt and Mark spend some time hanging out with Mike Sherman, Vice President, of Vendome Copper & Brass Works in Louisville, Kentucky.

The guys talk with Mike about his background and his decision at a fairly young age to join the family business, the rich history of the Vendome brand which was started in the early 1900’s by Mike’s great-grandfather, and the incredible growth of the compa...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride to Washington, Pennsylvania and introduces listeners to Liberty Pole Spirits. He chats with Founder and Owner, Jim Hough.

Jim and Big Chief discuss The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 that pitted farmers and distillers of Western Pennsylvania against George Washington and a new nation. Jim shares how his craft distillery takes y...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, Matt and Mark spend some time hanging out with Conor O’Driscoll, Master Distiller for Heaven Hill, while recording a show in front of a live audience at BourbonCon in Lexington, Kentucky. Conor was previously a guest on Episode 53.

The guys talk with Conor about his extremely impressive background and how that led him to become Master Distiller at Heaven Hill, the wonderful history of He...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride to England and introduces listeners to Never Say Die Bourbon. He chats with Co-Founder, Brian Luftman.

Brian shares the story of a thoroughbred foal who was about to die and was given a shot of Bourbon to revive its spirit and a legendary journey would begin for a racehorse and a whiskey brand.

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, the Bourbon Life Crew spends some time hanging out together in The Bourbon Life Studios enjoying some great pours and even better conversation.

They each make their predictions for what they think we will see as trends in the Bourbon industry in 2024, talk about this weekend’s BourbonCon event in Lexington, and they each share their favorite Bourbons/Ryes from 2023.

They also taste and r...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride to Fallon, Nevada and introduces listeners to Frey Ranch Distillery. He chats with farmers, ranchers, and founders, Colby and Ashley Frey.

Colby and Ashley share their story with Big Chief and listeners. They were looking for ways to showcase their farms’ grains and their passion for whiskey. What was born was a brand that...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, Matt and Mark spend some time hanging out with three-time guest, Rebecca Burnworth, Founder & Owner, of The Stave and District 7 Social. Rebecca was previously a guest on Episodes 4 & 61.

The guys talk with Rebecca about everything that has been going on at The Stave since she last appeared on the show, including bringing in a new Chef and developing a new menu, the difficulty of running...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride to Chico, California and introduces listeners to Golden Beaver Distillery. He chats with fellow U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Founder, and Owner, Kris Koenig.

Mike Kellogg from California Waterfowl Association Veterans Hunt Program also joins Big Chief and Kris. A portion of each Golden Beaver bottle sell goes to support this ...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, Matt and Mark spend some time hanging out with a true Kentucky treasure – 8-time James Beard Foundation Nominee, Chef Ouita Michel from Holly Hill & Co. and the Holly Hill Restaurant Group.

The guys talk with Ouita about how her original plan to attend law school in New York City after graduating from the University of Kentucky changed when she decided instead to attend the Culinary Inst...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride to announce his 2023 Craft Distillery and Whiskey of the Year with special guest Steve Johnson.

I’m the first half Big Chief announces Treaty Oak Distillery in Dripping Springs Texas as his 2023 Craft Distillery of the Year. The Big Man explains that Treaty Oak won it with an overwhelming feel of hospitality and experience...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, Matt and Mark spend some time hanging out in The Bourbon Life Studios with Sam Rock, Founder, of Bluegrass Distillers in Lexington, KY. Sam was previously a guest on Episode 102 in January 2022.

The guys talk with Sam about all of the changes that have occurred with Bluegrass Distillers in the almost 2 years since Sam was last on the show, including the trials and tribulations of buildin...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride with a Liquor Store and Whiskey Festival. His guest is Michael Wright, General Manager of Longhorn Liquor chain in Southeast Texas and Director of the SETX Whiskey Festival.

Michael tells the Big Man about the ins and outs of a liquor store chain and how they manage their allocated whiskey. He also tells Big Chief about hi...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, The Bourbon Life Crew spends some time hanging out live in The Bourbon Life Studios for their Holiday Spectacular, or as Matt called it their Bourbon Life Crew “Crewza Booza Reviewza Palooza”, aka the “15 Whiskey Blind Challenge.”

The Crew also discusses Bourbon Influencers on social media and what each thinks is acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to Influencers and then the Crew pr...

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This week on The Whiskey Trip Podcast, Big Chief takes you on a ride with a lawyer. His guest is Brian Haara, author of Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America. He tells Big Chief about how he would review old litigation and how he stumbled on an interesting case from the late 1800’s about The Old Pepper Distillery.

This led to him finding mo...

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In this Episode of The Bourbon Life Podcast, Matt and Mark spend some time hanging out live in The Bourbon Life Studios with Brad Williams, Senior Category Manager for Spirits at Liquor Barn/BevMo/GoPuff. Brad was previously a guest on Episodes 90 & 127.  

The guys talk with Brad about what has changed and what has stayed the same with his position over the past year and half since he was las...

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