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Fermented Adventure The Podcast

Fermented Adventure The Podcast

By Rich Shane

Welcome to Fermented Adventure The Podcast. Meeting and talking to the creators of distilled spirits, beer, mead, cider and other fermented delights.
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Anjali Bhargava - Anjali's Cup

Fermented Adventure The PodcastJun 07, 2023

Anjali Bhargava - Anjali's Cup

Anjali Bhargava - Anjali's Cup

This episode features ⁠⁠⁠Anjali Bhargava⁠ of ⁠⁠Anjali's Cup.

Anjalis journey into business began as a snack company. She discovered that the business wasn't scalable. The stress of building a business took a toll on her health. She searched for a solution to her intense migraines. Anjali fell back on the splices and herbs that she was raised on. Turmeric became her go to and she sought to refine it into a delicious alternative. She found a farmer that was growing amazing turmeric and a new business was launched. Resilience Turmeric Elixir is her flagship. Listen and learn about the creative way to make tea, coffee, cocktails, food and pastries tasty. - ⁠⁠ - Instagram⁠⁠⁠

Highlights From Our Discussion:

Coffee Fest


Barista Underground

Bar Convent Brooklyn



Mean Mug Coffee Company

Burlap & Barrel

Food Network

Cantina Royal Hot Sauce

Joe Coffee Company

Whole Foods

Jun 07, 202347:45
Seminary Hill Cidery - Stuart Madany

Seminary Hill Cidery - Stuart Madany

This episode features Stuart Madany of ⁠⁠⁠Seminary Hill Cidery.

Doug Doetsch grew up in the Western Catskills. His family goes back five generations. There was a strong desire to start an agricultural project. That's how Doug and Susan Manning got started with Seminary Hill Cidery. The land was perfect for an apple and pear orchard. Stuart joined the team in October of 2020. Cider began being produced shortly there after his arrival. Stuart shares his journey of cider making. This is an intriguing story of architect turned cider craftsman. We had a wonderful time tasting two of their delicious expressions and learning more about their ciders that they produce.

43 Wagner Ln, Callicoon, NY 12723 - ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠(845) 887-4056 - - ⁠⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠⁠

Highlights from our discussion:

The Catskills

Albemarle CiderWorks


Foggy Ridge Cidery

Andrew Lee - Craft Cider Making

Cider Days

University of Vermont

Farnum Hill Ciders

Castle Hill Cidery

Homestedt Livingston Manor

⁠Tom Oliver - Oliver's Cider and Perry⁠

Wild Turkey

May 31, 202356:49
Mean Mug Coffee Company - Evelyn Medina

Mean Mug Coffee Company - Evelyn Medina

This episode features Evelyn Medina of ⁠⁠Mean Mug Coffee Company.

Mean Mug started about eight years ago in Salisbury, NC. Evelyn believed that her town was in need of a place where people could meet, get to know each other and find community. She wanted to create a melting pot of sorts. Mean Mug was established as a place to meet over coffee and break down myths and barriers. Her story, which started in Guatemala, is a fascinating journey. Evelyn gives back in North Carolina, as well as, in Guatemala where today she is helping to grow other businesses and a farming community. In this episode we learn about Röj. Home bartenders and professionals alike will want to have this unique syrup on the bar.

110 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144 - ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠(704) 754-4252 - - ⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠

Highlights from our discussion:

Coffee Fest

Salisbury, NC

Miller Davis Agency

Röj Syrup


May 24, 202342:20
Laird & Company - Vincent Capitolo and Gerard Laird Dunn

Laird & Company - Vincent Capitolo and Gerard Laird Dunn

This episode features Vincent Capitolo and Gerard Laird Dunn of ⁠Laird & Company.

In 1698 Samuel Laird came from Scotland and settled in the new world. He was a well experienced maker of scotch. While grain wasn't plentiful, apples certainly were. This was how the apple jack and apple brandy business was launched. This episode provides us the opportunity to learn how Apple Jack is produced. 1780 is the year that is used as the beginning of Laird & Company becoming a business. Laird's has been witness and a part of the the history of the United States since its inception. This is the oldest distilled domestic brand. For Gerard the introduction to Laird's was summers spent working in the family business. Each summer he came back and his grandfather gave him more responsibility. During his junior year of college he realized that working for Laird & Company was where he belonged. Today, Laird's remains true to their values while broadening their horizons by creating and expanding their product line. After the podcast we were privileged to experience a number of the new expressions. You can learn about them on this podcast episode.

One Laird Road, Scobeyville, NJ 07724 - ⁠⁠⁠(732) 542-0312 - - ⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠

Highlights from our discussion:

Colts Neck Inn

Jim Beam

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Scobeyville, NJ

Roger Wilco

Wilco Whiskey

Mike Rowe

Von C Brewing Co.

May 17, 202357:41
Caroline Kristof - Kristof Farms

Caroline Kristof - Kristof Farms

This episode features Caroline Kristof of ⁠Kristof Farms.

In 1971 Caroline's grandfather purchased 75 acres in Yamhill, Oregon. Originally the farm produced cherries which were grown for the cherry pie industry. Over time the land around them became populated by vineyards and those beautiful cherries were no longer as desirable. In 2018 a decision was made to put in apple trees. Half of what was planted were grapes vines and the other half different apple varietals. They have relied on help and advice from wonderful friends in the cider industry. They have a passion to learn and experience what it takes to make outstanding cider. Each harvest brings them closer to their dream of having guests visit and experience the Kristof family hospitality. They have an exciting future ahead.

Yamhill, Oregon - - ⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠

Highlights from our discussion:



Portland University

Cider Riot

Rev Nat's hard Cider

The Place

American Cider Association

Nick Gunn


Eden Ciders

SIP Magazine

May 10, 202358:06
Right Bee Cider - Katie Morgan

Right Bee Cider - Katie Morgan

This episode features Katie Morgan of Right Bee Cider⁠.

Charlie was a professional beer brewer. Although, Katie didn't care for beer, she loved cider. Charlie made a special cider for Katie's birthday as a surprise. Their cidery began as a love story. Early on in the relationship they both realized that they had a desire to start a business. Cider was a natural fit. Right bee Cider was launched in 2014. From the start they worked their way through challenges. They are proud of their cider and the journey that has led them to where they have arrived today. . You must add this stop when you're in Chicago to enjoy their sensational ciders.

1830 N Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL 60639 - (773) 234-4654 - - ⁠Facebook⁠

Highlights from our discussion:


Schwinn Bikes

The Hive Supply


InCider Japan

Japan Cider Cup

May 03, 202349:54
The Cider Jawns - Jasmine Mason and Ashley Johnson

The Cider Jawns - Jasmine Mason and Ashley Johnson

This episode features ⁠⁠Jasmine Mason and Ashley Johnson of ⁠The Cider Jawns.

Jasmine and Ashley met while attending St. Joseph's University. They started a social media page after attending Pour the Core at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This cider event left an impression on them. Jasmine and Ashley determined that the cider space was not serving or appealing to people of color. The next step led to home brewing their own cider. Their social media presence features ciders that they're drinking and enjoying. They host events and attend events in the cider community. They are influencers who are introducing a new community to the wonderful world of cider and the cider culture. We enjoyed out refreshing and entertaining conversation. Don't sleep on The Cider Jawns. They are two ladies on a mission to leave an indelible mark on the world.


Highlights From our Conversation:

St. Joseph's University

Pour the Core

Hale & True

CiderCon 2023

Eleanor Leger

Eden Ciders

Philly Cider Week

American Cider Association

Ploughman Cider

Apr 26, 202346:05
Stockyard Cider - Brandon Green

Stockyard Cider - Brandon Green

This episode features Brandon Green of ⁠⁠⁠Stockyard Cider ⁠.

Brandon began his journey making beer and apple wine right in his closet, under the steps, in West Philly. Brandon loves bubbles. He ventured into bottle conditioning and making his own cider. Like most it was a hobby. Career changes brought about a pivot for Brandon and his family. He moved the whole operation from Chicago back to Philly where he joined the amazing chefs and owners of Stockyard Sandwich Co. The ciders that Brandon produces are full of depth, flavor and character. Open up one of their special bottles, grab a sandwich and enjoy life.

1541 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA - 215-977-YARD- - ⁠⁠⁠Instagram

Highlights From our Discussion:


Ploughman Cider

Eden Ciders

Cork Philadelphia

The Sidecar Bar and Grille

Cudia Cocktail Consulting

Green Meadow Farm

Fruit Stripes Gum

Spring House Spirits

Bluecoat Gin

Apr 19, 202301:22:16
Cudia Cocktail Consulting - Michelle Cudia

Cudia Cocktail Consulting - Michelle Cudia

This episode features ⁠Michelle Cudia of Cudia Cocktail Consulting⁠.

Michelle started working at Tria Taproom as a bar manager. They were looking to extend their draft cocktail program. At the time she didn't have any experience with craft cocktails. She set out to write the whole plan for the bar. She was able to spread her "cocktail nerdiness" to events and the public. In 2019 Michelle launched Cudia Cocktail Consulting as an official business. She works with weddings, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties. Just about anything that you can imagine that could enjoy sensational, one of a kind, cocktails that create a memorable event. She's always ready for discussion of cocktails and helping businesses take their program to the next level. Cocktails are meant to be celebratory! - Instagram

Highlights From our Conversation:

Josh Douglas

Widows Peak Distilling Company

Ranstead Room

Tria Philly

The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company

Philadelphia Distilling

Canyon Shayer

Tiffanie Barriere

Main Line Center for Bartending

The Black Squirrel Pub and Haunt

⁠Bees Knees Cocktail⁠

K'FAR Philadelphia

Apr 12, 202349:37
Winterset Cidery - Megan Farley

Winterset Cidery - Megan Farley

This episode features ⁠⁠⁠Megan Farley of ⁠⁠⁠Winterset Cidery ⁠.

Nick and Niña Williams came as customers. They fell in love with the orchard and thought that it was serendipitous that a Williams Pride apple tree resided there. They set out on their journey and purchased the Cidery in 2019 with no cider making experience. Meghan joined the cidery in April of 2022. She entered with winemaking background. For Meghan, she sees so many possibilities with cider. It's an up and coming industry and she is excited to be a part of it. The orchard sits on 6 acres and produces 30 different apple varietals. They source all of the juice to create their unique ciders that explode with flavor and character. You will want to pick up all of their expressions and enjoy what this little cidery in the heartland of America has to offer.

1638 US-169, Winterset, IA 50273 - ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ (515) 493-9756 - - ⁠⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠⁠

Highlights from our Discussion:



Mike Rowe

American Cider Association

Eden Cider

Apr 05, 202353:45
Eden Ciders - Eleanor Leger

Eden Ciders - Eleanor Leger

This episode features ⁠⁠Eleanor Leger of ⁠⁠Eden Ciders ⁠.

It was December 2006 when Eleanor and Albert went to Montreal. They tasted ice cider for the first time. Their reaction was that it was amazing. They thought that they could procduce this ice cider in Vermont. The made their first batch in their basement. Six years after making it and selling to to local restaurants they began to explore what has become Eden Cider. In the beginning cider wasn't a thing in the United States. It was considered more of a desert wine. They discovered different apple varietals to make a wider array of ciders. Eleanor and Albert have come a long way from their infancy. Today they produce unique, well crafted ciders that are layered in flavor, depth and character. So, why not cider? Pick up a bottle or can and taste for yourself.

150 Main St, Newport, VT 05855 - ⁠⁠⁠ (802) 334-4241 - - ⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠

Highlights from our Discussion:


American Cider Association

Vermont Cider Association

Windfall Orchard

Yates Family Orchard

Poverty Lane Orchards


Scott Farm Orchards

Aaron Burr Cidery

Dibruno Bros.

31st & Wharton

Peter Bresnahan

Peter Mitchell - Cornell

Mar 29, 202301:11:05
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company - Becky Harris

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company - Becky Harris

This episode features ⁠Becky Harris⁠ of ⁠Catoctin Creek Distilling Company ⁠.

Becky and Scott founded Catoctin Creek in 2009. At the time there were about 200 distilleries in the United Sates and 6 in Virginia. They began with a vision of making rye whiskey which was "the whiskey" up until prohibition in the Mid-Atlantic States. At Cotoctin they use batch pot still distillation. This is the key to deriving the most flavor from the rye grain. In the beginning it was difficult to get farmers to take a chance on this little craft distillery. Today those farmers are glad that they did. Catoctin produces some of the finest rye whiskey's. Combine that with the delicious cocktails in the tasting room and you have a recipe for continued growth and success. We enjoyed our fascinating conversation about history, the spirits industry and Catoctin Creek Distilling.  

120 W Main St, Purcellville, VA 20132 - (540) 751-8404 - - ⁠Facebook⁠

Highlights from our discussion:

Every Home a Distillery

American Craft Spirit Association

Mt. Defiance Distillery

Jack Rose Dining Saloon


Sagamore Spirit

New Riff Distilling

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery


Leopold Brothers

Diageo Brands

George Dickel

Bulleit Bourbon

Du Nord Social Spirits

Distilled Spirits Council