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The Best Bourbon Podcasts to Quench Your Thirst for Industry Knowledge Subscribe to these podcasts to stay smart about bourbon
Podcasting isn’t just all the rage, it’s quickly becoming a top entertainment option for U.S. consumers. And the best bourbon podcasts are right there in the mix.
In fact, for the first time in over a decade of tracking podcast usage, Edison Research reported this spring more than half of all Americans have listened to podcasts. The annual survey of Americans 12-and-older, called The Infinite Dial, reported that 90 million Americans listened to podcasts in the last month. That’s almost one-third of the population.
Bourbon Podcasts have emerged from the boom in on-demand, downloadable audio productions right along with a sea of other topics. While the following is not an exhaustive list by any means, here are the American Bourbon Association’s current list of top bourbon podcasts to keep your whistle wet between tastings.
Calling itself “The Official Podcast of Bourbon” which is a title no one can legally claim, Bourbon Pursuit is perhaps the one that emerges as having a legit claim on the moniker. Hosts Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil interview bourbon industry insiders and report on bourbon news while commentator and whiskey author and expert Fred Minnick adds his perspective with a regular vignette and occasional sit-in.
Where to find it: www.bourbonpursuit.com
The Bourbon Daily
The anchor of a small network of bourbon related podcasts called the ABV Network, The Bourbon Daily takes what it calls a “lighthearted look” at bourbon. Steve Akley, Renee Howe, Stephanie McNew, Miss Beka Sue and Jeremy Schell each host or contribute in a roundtable discussion about bars, brands, flights and fights. The podcast publishes Monday through Thursday each week.
Where to find it: https://www.abvnetwork.com/the-bourbon-daily
The Bourbon Show
Another entry in Akley’s ABV Network, The Bourbon Show is more focused on the latest bourbon industry news, interviews with notable distillery and brand personalities and industry events. Also hosted by Akley, Schell and Howe, the offering balances the lighthearted approach of the “Daily” with a more business-focused presentation.
Where to find it: https://www.abvnetwork.com/the-bourbon-show
One of the older running podcasts on the industry, the Whiskey Cast has been running since 2005 and covers the world of whiskey (and whisky) in general. Bourbon is certainly a heavily featured topic there, but the show offers more of a global view of brown spirits. Host Mark Gillespie covers news, interviews and tasting panel discussions touching on bourbon, scotch, and all other versions of whiskey.
Where to find it: https://whiskycast.com/
Dads Drinking Bourbon
This podcast claims to make you #rethinkhowyoudrink by stripping away the hype around the spirits and comparing brands with blind taste tests and side-by-side reviews. Host dads John and Zeke mix in the occasional interview with industry notables and try to offer a simple deliverable to the audience: Decisions on whether or not a given whiskey is worth buying.
Where to find it: https://dadsdrinkingbourbon.com/
When your podcast tagline is, “We don’t know jack, but we’ll drink it,” you know you’re not going to discuss mash bills with chemical engineers, but hosts Will Haynes and “The Greeze” have fun talking up whiskey brands, carousing with friends and fun finds on the store shelves. Experts or not, when who friends get together and make each other laugh, it’s often fun to listen to.
Where to find it: https://www.thepodcask.com/
Brian Weber is a professional bartender and brings that working knowledge of bourbon, cocktails and other spirits to life in an interesting show for both mixologists and those who tip them well. With a mix of interviews of other bartenders, news and coverage of events and ideas for dealing with various issues a barkeep might face, Bartender Journey fills a nice gap in the podcast space.
Where to find it: http://www.bartenderjourney.net
Bourbon and Branch
Shawn DeWitt’s weekly show offers stories, reviews, news and history around bourbon, as well as reviews and tasting notes from his personal selections. The show comes with a companion Facebook Group and, as far as we can tell, is not affiliated with the popular San Francisco speakeasy of the same name.
Where to find it: https://anchor.fm/bourbonandbranch/support
The third ABV Network show on our list, Bourbon Betty’s puts the female perspective front and center with three bourbon drinking “Bettys” who talk shop, industry, spirits and more. Hosted by the previously mentioned Renee Howe, Barbara Hirsch (New Orleans Bourbon Festival) and Katie Garrett (Old Hickory Whiskey Bar), the show proves bourbon expertise knows no gender.
Where to find it: https://www.abvnetwork.com/the-bourbon-bettys
Another good source for taste tests, reviews and the occasional industry insider interviews, Bourbon Boyz features hosts Chad Huffman and Tyler Johnson chatting about industry news, notes and quotes.
Bourbon and BS
Steve Crain and Jake Sanders sip bourbon and smoke cigars while discussing the pairing at play. But they also talk about a variety of topics as most people do when sipping good bourbons. It’s less about the industry and more about life in general.
Where to find it: http://bourbonandbs.libsyn.com/
Bottom of the Barrel
This companion podcast to an interesting industry blog falls into the category of two bourbon aficionados who offer well-researched information about the industry, along with their own observations and opinions. Hosts Chris and Darren give fair and usable ratings of bourbons they review to help you decide whether or not to buy. Neither claim to be experts, but that’s what makes the podcast genuine.
Where to find it: https://bottomofthebarrelbourbon.com
This is My Bourbon Podcast
Perry, Curtis and Swan smell, swig and spout about various types of bourbon with tasting notes, reviews and more on this podcast made by bourbon fans and friends. Drinking experiences and fun conversations give the show some life to go along with the technical aspect of the spirits.
Where to find it: https://www.patreon.com/mybourbonpodcast
Wizard of Whiskey
Justin Koury has a long archive of both podcast episodes and blog posts about the “hedonist lifestyle” as he bills the podcast. The majority of the Wizard of Whiskey content is focused around the tasting and reviews of various whiskies, including bourbons, wines and other spirits.
Where to find it: http://wizardofwhiskey.com
While not specifically a bourbon podcast, enough of Potluck’s content bleeds into bourbon and bourbon lifestyle it qualifies as a destination for the bourbon enthusiast. Will and Chris focus on southern culture as an extension of their website Made South. It even features a bonus release each month called “Old Fashioned Friday,” so it’s not far from bourbon at any given time.
Where to find it: https://www.madesouth.com/potluck
There has to be more Top Bourbon Podcasts!
As we mentioned, this isn’t an exhaustive list. Help us produce a better one by dropping a link and your opinions of your favorite podcasts in the comments.