What We're Drinking with Dan Dunn

What We're Drinking with Dan Dunn

A fantabulous conflation of history, culture, politics, famous people and booze, strained through the cognitive mesh of a best-selling author, polymath and inveterate reprobate.

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June 21, 2022 51 min

Kentucky's New Riff is one of Dan's favorite "mom & pop shop" distillers, and on this episode he gets into the weeds of whiskey and gin-making with New Riff co-founder Jay Erisman, who's one of the most knowledgable chaps in the booze biz. So if you've ever wondered what chill filtration is, or how sour mash works in the production of bourbon and rye, well, this one's for you.

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He's starred in films and TV shows such as "Fargo," "Boogie Nights" and "Shameless," and he's also a partner in one of the best damn craft distilleries in America, Woody Creek. Ya, that's William H. Macy, and he's THE MAN. Check out Bill and Dan as they kick it in the Hollywood Hills with some delicious Woody Creek bourbon and gin. This one's an instant classic, folks. Believe that!

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June 9, 2022 4 min

In the time it takes to rock out to the classic Beatles hit "Revolution," Dan reveals all about the most revolutionary of classic cocktails, the Cuba Libre, which also goes by the less mellifluous name “rum and Coke.” It is one of the most popular drinks in the world, thanks to the relentless marketing efforts of the Bacardi company and wide availability of its ingredients. If you’ve never tried a Cuba Libre, get ready, cuz...

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We welcome back our returning champions, "Somebody Feed Phil" host Phil Rosenthal and Emmy-winning writer-comedian Tom Caltabiano. What we're drinking is three fabulous expressions from Michter's — Sour Mash Whiskey, Unblended American Whiskey and Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

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May 31, 2022 40 min

Dan is joined by the leader of brand advocacy at Bacardi USA and former star of “The Cocktail Kings” on DISCOVERY Channel, Colin Asare-Appiah. Colin is the co-author (along with Tamika Hall) of a new book called "Black Mixcellence: A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology" (Kingston Imperial), which takes the reader on a deep dive into the significant history, inventions, and monumental contributions of Black and Brown mixol...

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Dan ventures to The WhiskyX festival at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY, and chats up a host of liquor-ified luminaries including Taylor Goldsmith, frontman of the band Dawes (and hubby to Mandy Moore). Also on the show, Robert Ferrara of Pernod Ricard talks whiskey aged on the open seas, Jonathan Wingo of West Virginia's own Smooth Ambler Distillery dishes on the best booze in the brand's portfolio, and Christy Duce of Kentu...

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We're kickin' it live again at the Stand Comedy Club in Manhattan in front of a sold-out crowd. Our panel is an all-star comedy lineup — Maddy Smith, Lil Sasquatch, Francis Ellis and our ol' pal Justin Silver (and Dan, of course). What we're drinking is Rabbit Hole Bourbon, and what we're doing is bringing the ribald yukkity-yuks. Strap in... it's a wild ride!

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May 10, 2022 34 min

Dan's guest is one of the best basketball players of all time, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. The main topic of discussion is the recently launched bourbon, DIGITS, a partnership between Pippen and legendary winemaker turned whiskey master Dave Phinney. Oh, and Dan and Scottie talk plenty of hoops as well.

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Dan welcomes the founders of Nocking Point Wines, actor Stephen Amell ("Arrow," "Heels") and Andrew Harding. Based in Walla Walla, WA, Nocking Point offers an array of different wine varietals created by some of the biggest names in showbiz, like Jason Momoa, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. Also on the show, Lindsay Perry of Murphy-Goode Winery's "A Really Goode Job" campaign, with details on how YOU can ...

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April 26, 2022 53 min

You've likely seen him featured in the hit Netflix docu-series "Bad Vegan," but did you know Joey Repice is also the guy behind one of the finest hot sauce brands in America? Well, you know now, bubba! On this episode we talk Joey's Hot Sauce, we talk "Bad Vegan," we talk about taking care of our planet... and we talk about all that like two goombahs from Philly and New York City... bada bing... yo!!! Also, ...

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April 21, 2022 5 min

This brief bonus episode’s featured cocktail has a name that strikes fear into the heart of the living. But the Zombie is actually made with lots of sweet and inviting ingredients such as fresh lime juice, Falernum, grenadine, rum, mint and more. Surprisingly, though, the recipe does not call for cranberries... or does it...

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On the 6-year anniversary of the release of his award-winning tome "American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites and One Man's Blues," Dan takes a stroll down memory lane. In addition to offering up everything you could ever want or need to know about Muscadine wine, he reads an excerpt from the book, reveals its origin and drops a few hints about a potential upcoming film adaptation.

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April 12, 2022 26 min

After a spirited rant regarding the correct way to refer to one's pets AND another installment of our wildly popular new feature "What'll It Be" (this one featuring Bryan Cranston), Dan gives the skinny on some of the best booze and booze-related products on the market this Spring — from tequila to beer to whiskey-scented body wash, along with a terrific teeth whitener to take care of stubborn red wine and coffee st...

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April 7, 2022 4 min

Among the many vintage gems found in “Professor” Jerry Thomas’s illustrated Bar-Tender’s Guide of 1862, is a drink that originated in New Orleans called a Brandy Crusta. The recipe called for cognac, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and several types of bitters, served in a glass with a sugar “crust” (hence the name). Somewhere down the line, the Brandy Crusta was reimagined — sans bitters — and dubbed the Sidecar. This is that drink&#...

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Dan is joined by Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist for The Strokes, a band that spearheaded a revival of 1960s-style garage rock in the early 21st century and continues making amazing music today. Albert is also the founder of an ultra-premium wine seltzer brand called Jetway. Plus, the debut of a segment called "What'll it Be," this one featuring Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull. And Dan reveals some of the notorious "mi...

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For the third time since the pandemic began (and feigned being over) we return to The Stand Comedy Club in Manhattan for a riotously funny live panel in front of a sold-out crowd. Hopefully the third time is a charm re: Covid finally leaving us alone. Guests include comedians Joe DeRosa, Justin Silver, Natalie Cuomo and Sean Patton. What we're drinking throughout is Neptunia, a brand new expression from Hendrick's Gin, and ...

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March 24, 2022 4 min

All hail the Manhattan! This classic cocktail named for NY’s most celebrated borough is, like the place, full of complexity, and definitely not for the faint of heart. But once you’ve come around to it, no other libation will ever move you in quite the same way. In about the time it takes to get through the Holland Tunnel (non-rush hour), Dan tells all about the only cocktail that can slug it out toe-to-toe with the martini.

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March 22, 2022 49 min

Dan chats up one of his favorite actors, Scoot McNairy. Scoot is known for stealing scenes in such films as Argo, Killing Them Softly, 12 Years a Slave, Gone Girl, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. On TV, he’s starred in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, True Detective, Narcos: Mexico, and the Netflix western miniseries Godless... he’s also partnered up with the fine folks from TX Whiskey to help spread the good word about this awar...

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In this, the 166th installment of America's favorite boozy podcast, Dan is joined by two of America's booze treasures — the former host of "Booze Traveler" Jack Maxwell, and Joe Beatrice, founder of Barrell Craft Spirits. And have we mentioned the word "booze" enough yet? Well, just in case... booze, booze, booze. Lively banter flows like rye whiskey in this episode (as does actual rye whiskey), so pour your...

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Comedian Brad Williams is back, with a big announcement about something no other comedian has ever done before... until now! Brad and Dan chatty-chat about all sorts of stuff, from the joys of Irish whiskey to the best comedians working today. Also on the show, the founders of Egan's Irish Whiskey, Jonny Egan and John Ralph, talk booze history, the state of the industry on the Emerald Isle, and St. Patrick's Day (of course!...

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