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Welcome to Bourbon With Friends. THE bourbon podcast, that never takes itself too seriously! Pull up a chair, grab a glass and remember. A bourbon with friends can change the world! Join Paul & Connor as we venture through more shenanigans than we can control. From bourbon reviews that won't have you needing a thesaurus to understand, to kicking it with celebrities, musicians, athletes or your everyday whiskey drinker. Bourbon With Friends has everything you have been looking for in a bourbon p… Continue Reading >>
Welcome to Bourbon With Friends. THE bourbon podcast, that never takes itself too seriously! Pull up a chair, grab a glass and remember. A bourbon with friends can change the world! Join Paul & Connor as we venture through more shenanigans than we can control. From bourbon reviews that won't have you needing a thesaurus to understand, to kicking it with celebrities, musicians, athletes or your everyday whiskey drinker. Bourbon With Friends has everything you have been looking for in a bourbon podcast! << Show Less
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Salute To Service - Country Artist Ryan Weaver In this episode of Bourbon With Friends. The BWF team sits down with Country Music Artist and Veteran Ryan Weaver. Ryan’s personal story is like no other artist in country music today. Growing up with a family of eleven in a small town in Floral City, Florida, he joined the Army right after high school. After several years of working as a Military Intelligence Analyst, Ryan followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and flight school. He graduated top of his class in flight school, becoming a Black Hawk Aviator.  In April 2003, he deployed to Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Shortly after, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah.On January 8, 2004, Aaron was killed in action when the Medivac helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire. Ryan certainly understood mortality and the risks of combat…  After all, Aaron had survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia – the same battle that became the basis for the movie, Black Hawk Down. When Aaron died, however, something changed for Ryan. He returned from combat, taking a new position training the next generation of Army aviators and officers at Fort Rucker, Alabama and has not piloted a Black Hawk since that fateful day. On December 17, 2013 Ryan’s brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was killed in action in Afghanistan when the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground-detonated explosive device.  This second heartbreaking loss made the Weaver family a two-time Gold Star family. Both of his brothers’ ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel Ryan’s fire to accomplish his dreams in music.In late 2016, Ryan released the music video for his single “Burn,” featuring Kris “Tanto” Paranto and John “Tig” Tiegen from the movie 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. “Burn” aired nationwide on The Country Network and Heartland, and internationally at over 5,000 retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. Ryan’s first music video “Crank It” played nationally on ZUUS Country TV and TNN/Heartland Network and spent 8 weeks on their Top 10 Video Countdown – a network record. In 2017, Ryan was named the Patriotic Voice of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for their Celebrate America Campaign.  The World Finals is the biggest global stage in professional bull riding – a booming sport now seen in more than 400 million homes worldwide. The Celebrate America Campaign is a season-long initiative that honors America’s heroes, inspires youth, and brings communities together. Weaver made his debut in the primetime performance slot, which was previously held by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in 2016. At that time, the PBR officially launched Ryan as a PBR artist and debuted his new EP entitled Celebrate America.  Ryan worked closely with hit songwriter Wynn Varble on the Celebrate America EP, co-writing three of the four songs. He has toured the U.S. and internationally to Australia with the PBR in 2018 and 2019, performing his songs and singing the “National Anthem” at US events. He has several performances scheduled in Australia this year. Ryan performed on the first single from the West Point Military Academy’s Benny Havens Band’s  debut album Songs That Save Our Lives. The song was short-listed for GRAMMY Award consideration in the American Roots category. The album also featured Charlie Daniels. Follow Ryan on IG - @ryanweavercountryAlso check out his website and cool merch https://ryanweaver.net/
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Salute To Service - Country Artist Ryan Weaver In this episode of Bourbon With Friends. The BWF team sits down with Country Music Artist and Veteran Ryan Weaver. Ryan’s personal story is like no other artist in country music today. Growing up with a family of eleven in a small town in Floral City, Florida, he joined the Army right after high school. After several years of working as a Military Intelligence Analyst, Ryan followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and flight school. He graduated top of his class in flight school, becoming a Black Hawk Aviator.  In April 2003, he deployed to Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Shortly after, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah.On January 8, 2004, Aaron was killed in action when the Medivac helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire. Ryan certainly understood mortality and the risks of combat…  After all, Aaron had survived the bloody 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia – the same battle that became the basis for the movie, Black Hawk Down. When Aaron died, however, something changed for Ryan. He returned from combat, taking a new position training the next generation of Army aviators and officers at Fort Rucker, Alabama and has not piloted a Black Hawk since that fateful day. On December 17, 2013 Ryan’s brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was killed in action in Afghanistan when the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground-detonated explosive device.  This second heartbreaking loss made the Weaver family a two-time Gold Star family. Both of his brothers’ ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel Ryan’s fire to accomplish his dreams in music.In late 2016, Ryan released the music video for his single “Burn,” featuring Kris “Tanto” Paranto and John “Tig” Tiegen from the movie 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. “Burn” aired nationwide on The Country Network and Heartland, and internationally at over 5,000 retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues throughout the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. Ryan’s first music video “Crank It” played nationally on ZUUS Country TV and TNN/Heartland Network and spent 8 weeks on their Top 10 Video Countdown – a network record. In 2017, Ryan was named the Patriotic Voice of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for their Celebrate America Campaign.  The World Finals is the biggest global stage in professional bull riding – a booming sport now seen in more than 400 million homes worldwide. The Celebrate America Campaign is a season-long initiative that honors America’s heroes, inspires youth, and brings communities together. Weaver made his debut in the primetime performance slot, which was previously held by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in 2016. At that time, the PBR officially launched Ryan as a PBR artist and debuted his new EP entitled Celebrate America.  Ryan worked closely with hit songwriter Wynn Varble on the Celebrate America EP, co-writing three of the four songs. He has toured the U.S. and internationally to Australia with the PBR in 2018 and 2019, performing his songs and singing the “National Anthem” at US events. He has several performances scheduled in Australia this year. Ryan performed on the first single from the West Point Military Academy’s Benny Havens Band’s  debut album Songs That Save Our Lives. The song was short-listed for GRAMMY Award consideration in the American Roots category. The album also featured Charlie Daniels. Follow Ryan on IG - @ryanweavercountryAlso check out his website and cool merch https://ryanweaver.net/
Jackie Zykan & Hidden Barn Bourbon In this episode of Bourbon With Friends. The BWF team sits down with Renowned Master Blender Jackie Zykan. Known for having one of the most respected palates in American Whiskey, Jackie Zykan’s approach to blending looks a lot like her approach to life – focused on balance, structure and celebrating the unique nuances of each blend. A native of St. Louis, and now calling Louisville, Kentucky home, she brings more than 16 years of beverage alcohol industry experience to Hidden Barn. With degrees in biology and chemistry, and experience in multi-concept beverage directorship, cocktail strategy, category education, product development, and global marketing, her career has taken her to nearly every corner of  the industry, giving her both balance and structure that few can match. She’s regarded not only for her technical know-how, but for her personal style of whiskey education, which is relatable and focused.Most recently, Jackie served as Master Taster for Old Forester where she came to develop her hallmark  style of blending and descriptive analysis, while remaining focused on quality, integrity and her signature approachability. For Zykan, it’s not meant to be pretentious – whiskey is meant to be a celebration.Follow Jacki on Instagram @jackiezykanFind out more about Hidden Barn here - https://hiddenbarnwhiskey.com/------------------------------------------------------------------Check out our sponsors!Fudge Kitchen - In business for over 50 years. Fudge Kitchen ships delicious fudge, chocolates and sweet treats all across the USA. Fudge kitchen makes a perfect gift or decadent snack at all hours of the day!Check out their website - https://fudgekitchens.com/Blind Barrels - Blind Whiskey Tasting Kit that was born to disrupt the whiskey industry by showcasing American craft whiskey that don’t make their way to liquor store shelves due to distribution limitations. Blind tastings are all about discovery, education, and removing brand bias, and Blind Barrels hits home with whiskey communities by supporting the very best in smaller distillers who are making the most amazing, innovative, and delicious products that you can&apos;t get at your liquor store.Instagram - blindbarrelswww.blindbarrels.com
The Chanda Episode In this episode, we officially welcome our new co-host Chanda to the team!Check out our sponsors!Fudge Kitchen -In business for over 50 years. Fudge Kitchen ships delicious fudge, chocolates and sweet treats all across the USA. Fudge kitchen makes a perfect gift or decadent snack at all hours of the day!Check out their website - https://fudgekitchens.com/Blind Barrels - Blind Whiskey Tasting Kit that was born to disrupt the whiskey industry by showcasing American craft whiskey that don’t make their way to liquor store shelves due to distribution limitations. Blind tastings are all about discovery, education, and removing brand bias, and Blind Barrels hits home with whiskey communities by supporting the very best in smaller distillers who are making the most amazing, innovative, and delicious products that you can&apos;t get at your liquor store.Instagram - blindbarrelswww.blindbarrels.com
Meet our new co-host Chanda In this episode, we officially welcome our new co-host Chanda to the team!Check out our sponsors!Fudge Kitchen -In business for over 50 years. Fudge Kitchen ships delicious fudge, chocolates and sweet treats all across the USA. Fudge kitchen makes a perfect gift or decadent snack at all hours of the day!Check out their website - https://fudgekitchens.com/Blind Barrels - Blind Whiskey Tasting Kit that was born to disrupt the whiskey industry by showcasing American craft whiskey that don’t make their way to liquor store shelves due to distribution limitations. Blind tastings are all about discovery, education, and removing brand bias, and Blind Barrels hits home with whiskey communities by supporting the very best in smaller distillers who are making the most amazing, innovative, and delicious products that you can&apos;t get at your liquor store.Instagram - blindbarrelswww.blindbarrels.com
Bluegrass Distillers In this episode of Bourbon With Friends. The crew sit down with Co-Owner of Bluegrass Distillers Ben Franzini and Director of Marketing & Distribution Maggie Young. Bluegrass Distillers is a craft distillery soon to be located in Midway Kentucky. Established in 2012. It is best known for its Kentucky blue corn bourbon. They also just recently launched their newest product line of Midway Distilling.  When Bluegrass Distillers were considering relocating their distillery to Midway, they quickly learned of the rich distilling history of our new home.The original Midway Distilling Company operated from 1916 to 1920 in Midway, KY, Kentucky&apos;s first railroad town. Production was suspended by the Food and Fuel Control Act. Midway Distilling barrels were then bottled as medicinal spirits until 1924 when the distillery and its remaining inventory were destroyed by fire. The city of Midway was founded after Colonel John Francsico sold his 216 acre farm to the L&O Railroad Company in 1835. The original “distillery district” of Midway aka Lot 25, where several distilleries operated 1865-1877, was then moved to the Northeast corner of Dudley & Gratz, which eventually became home to the original Midway Distilling Company. During this time, the main water source for the distilleries in the area was Lee’s Branch, an off-shoot of the Elkhorn Creek. Fast forward to 2021, the Midway Distilling name has been Reclaimed as a line of barrel aged rye whiskeysThe team at Bluegrass Distillers is committed to reviving the rich 155 year history of distilling in Midway by using the finest grains and time-honored methods to produce the finest finished whiskeys.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fudge Kitchen - In business for over 50 years. Fudge Kitchen ships delicious fudge, chocolates and sweet treats all across the USA. Fudge kitchen makes a perfect gift or decadent snack at all hours of the day! Check out their website - https://fudgekitchens.com/Blind Barrels - Blind Whiskey Tasting Kit that was born to disrupt the whiskey industry by showcasing American craft whiskey that don’t make their way to liquor store shelves due to distribution limitations. Blind tastings are all about discovery, education, and removing brand bias, and Blind Barrels hits home with whiskey communities by supporting the very best in smaller distillers who are making the most amazing, innovative, and delicious products that you can&apos;t get at your liquor store.Instagram - blindbarrelswww.blindbarrels.com
Blind Barrels In this episode of Bourbon With Friends. Paul, Connor and Special July Co-Host Alex sit down with Bobby Demars, Founder and CEO of Blind Barrels. Blind Barrels is a Blind Whiskey Tasting Kit that was born to disrupt the whiskey industry by showcasing American craft whiskey that don’t make their way to liquor store shelves due to distribution limitations. Blind tastings are all about discovery, education, and removing brand bias, and Blind Barrels hits home with whiskey communities by supporting the very best in smaller distillers who are making the most amazing, innovative, and delicious products that you can&apos;t get at your liquor store.Make sure to visit https://blindbarrels.com/ and use promo code BWF10 for 10% off all Blind Barrels Products!Also make sure you visit https://www.podcastawards.com/app/signup to vote for Bourbon With Friends for a People&apos;s Choice Award for Best Make Hosted Bourbon Podcast. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Check out our Sponsor -  Blind Barrels. Blind Barrels is a Blind Whiskey Tasting Kit that was born to disrupt the whiskey industry by showcasing American craft whiskey that don’t make their way to liquor store shelves due to distribution limitations. Blind tastings are all about discovery, education, and removing brand bias, and Blind Barrels hits home with whiskey communities by supporting the very best in smaller distillers who are making the most amazing, innovative, and delicious products that you can&apos;t get at your liquor store.Instagram - blindbarrelswww.blindbarrels.com
Rachna Hukmani - Founder of Whiskey Stories® In this episode of Bourbon With Friends, presented by Not 4 Long Media. The guys sit down with the creator and founder of Whiskey Stories® Rachna Hukmani.Rachna Hukmani is the first South Asian woman to open a whiskey company. She has been working with whiskey for more than 11 years, has helped design legendary whiskies like The Macallan 12 Double Cask, The Macallan Luxury Editions, Highland Park Magnus, Noble Oak Bourbon and more. She has, in turn, trained many whiskey/whisky global brand ambassadors including those of The Macallan with her unique method that is what Whiskey Stories is based on. She runs her business Whiskey Stories LLC full time. Prior to going full time Rachna worked at whiskey companies like Pernod Ricard and Edrington helping lead the innovation teams in the US.  Whiskey Stories® is a seasoned Michelin Guide recommended luxury multisensory immersive whiskey experience company company which includes a unique way of pairing gourmet food courses with whiskies, our signature Whiskey Stories® whiskey based unisex luxury colognes pairing and more sensory elements like their registered trademarked Whiskey In the Dark® experience. We have been featured on Bloomberg News, Forbes, Brown Girl Magazine, Time Out, SEEMA and more. Our methods are unparalleled & proprietary. We have our own venue in Brooklyn that is designed like a hidden speakeasy/vintage doll house.Find out more about Whiskey Stories® at http://whiskeystories.rocks/--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Check out our Sponsor -  Blind Barrels. Blind Barrels is a Blind Whiskey Tasting Kit that was born to disrupt the whiskey industry by showcasing American craft whiskey that don’t make their way to liquor store shelves due to distribution limitations. Blind tastings are all about discovery, education, and removing brand bias, and Blind Barrels hits home with whiskey communities by supporting the very best in smaller distillers who are making the most amazing, innovative, and delicious products that you can&apos;t get at your liquor store.Instagram - blindbarrelswww.blindbarrels.com
NFL Tight End - Colin Thompson In this Episode of Bourbon With Friends, Presented by Not For Long Media. Paul & Connor, again with special Co-Host Alex (@whiskyculture). Sit down with Carolina Panthers TE Colin Thompson. What makes this episode even more interesting, is that Bourbon With Friends just signed on with Colins Media Company. Not For Long Media and this is the very first show since announcing the partnership with N4L Media. Colin talks about his playing career, what drives him and how he ended up creating his media company. Follow Colin on IG @colinthompson86https://www.notforlongmedia.com/
Three Questions & A Dram In this episode of Bourbon With Friends. Paul, Connor and special July guest host Alex sit down and have a dram and ask each other 3 questions. We tried to keep it within the whiskey world, but as you know on Bourbon With Friends we sometimes let shenanigans take over! This is a really fun episode we know you all will really enjoy!
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