The Speakeasy

Heritage Radio Network

Hosts Damon Boelte, Sother Teague, and Greg Benson sit down to talk cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, tea, coffee, and all the other exciting liquids in the universe. With each episode, learn from some of the world’s experts in mixology, bar history, distillation, and brewing. Bringing on guests ranging from bartenders and brewers, alchemists and ambassadors, roasters and regulars, and every expert and enthusiast in between, The Speakeasy introduces listeners to all the unique ways we enjoy imbibing today.

Location:

Brooklyn, NY

Description:

Hosts Damon Boelte, Sother Teague, and Greg Benson sit down to talk cocktails, spirits, wine, beer, tea, coffee, and all the other exciting liquids in the universe. With each episode, learn from some of the world’s experts in mixology, bar history, distillation, and brewing. Bringing on guests ranging from bartenders and brewers, alchemists and ambassadors, roasters and regulars, and every expert and enthusiast in between, The Speakeasy introduces listeners to all the unique ways we enjoy imbibing today.

Language:

English

Contact:

BOX 198 402 Graham Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 497-2128


Episodes

Laird of the Rings

2/2/2023
Ninth generation brandy professional and company president/global ambassador/living legend Lisa Laird Dunn joins the band to talk about all things apple brandy. What goes into making it, how it’s waxed and waned in popularity, and what it’s like working with your father and your kids in the same company. Plus, RIP Dry January 2023. You will not be missed. The Speakeasy is nominated for a viewer’s choice TASTE AWARD. Cast your vote before February 17th. Don’t forget to click SUBSCRIBE and...

Duration:00:58:07

Under the Influenc(er)

1/26/2023
Ever wonder what it’s like to be an internet influencer in the spirits field? Tune in as YouTuber Leandro Dimonriva of The Educated Barfly joins Sother one-on-one to talk about his journey from behind the bar to in front of the camera. Plus, it looks like Fireball is in a whole new kind of hot water, find out why on this episode! Don’t forget to click SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. 🔥🔥Join us each week as industry leaders, Damon Boelte and Sother Teague, sit down with a wide...

Duration:00:52:44

Martini Shot

1/18/2023
Documentary filmmaker David Mayne joins us to talk about his new streaming series Happy Hour History where he traces the origins of cocktails and connects them to historical events. His use of costumed recreation skits, historic imagery and footage, as well as Monty Python style animation makes for an informative and entertaining show that you should check out here. Plus, Sother closed a business, Greg is in Ireland, and Damon got a dog! Don’t forget to click SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show...

Duration:00:49:59

Catch '22

12/16/2022
On another long-awaited installment of The Speakeasy’s multi-platinum year-end wrap-up show Greg, Damon, and Sother look back on what the hell just happened. We’re back to normal, kind of. Travel, conferences, meeting friends in bars. Hugs. We have them all back, it’s just… different. Plus, a rundown of the year’s top trends in drinks and what we can look forward to in 2023. Don’t forget to click SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. 🔥🔥Join us each week as industry leaders, Damon...

Duration:00:53:40

The Mighty Ampersand

12/8/2022
USBG Presents World Class Sponsored by Diageo 2022 US Bartender of the Year (say that three times fast) Jessi Pollak sits down with Greg and Sother to talk about low and no-ABV drinks, building jargon-free menus, and how great the Twin Cities are (shhh, don’t tell anybody). Plus, a fifteen-month old fruitcake. Find out how this undead dessert went over - and how dense it was - by tuning in now! Don’t forget to click SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. 🔥🔥Join us each week as...

Duration:00:42:47

Back to Basik with Jay Z

12/1/2022
What does it feel like to operate the Best Neighborhood Bar in America according to Liquor.com? We sat down with our friend and Basik owner Jay Zimmerman to find out. Plus, we learn about the challenges of new parenthood and the true meaning of gift giving. And, of course, at this time of year we have to mention side hustles. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from around the world to discuss...

Duration:00:43:52

Portlandia

11/17/2022
Live from the Pacific Northwest, Brett Adams and Jacob Grier join Greg and Sother to talk about Mentorship, Aquavit, and Secret Vodka. Oh, and their new book, Raising the Bar, all about how you too can become a home-bartending hero. Plus, Portland Cocktail Week is back, baby! Get Sother’s live report from the field of all the associated shenanigans. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from...

Duration:00:51:17

Balance

11/10/2022
On a surprisingly serious (and seriously good) episode of The Speakeasy, the band sits down with Chris Elford of Navy Strength and Here Today in Seattle to talk about what it means to really achieve balance - in your life and in your work. How do we make sure we’ve passed the best version of our world on to the people who come after us? Tune in to find out. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts...

Duration:01:01:27

Master of Cocktails Making the Drinks

11/3/2022
The title works if you sing it to the tune of “Master of Puppets”... or, you could just tune in and listen to the band interview Lauren Paylor O’Brien, all-around badass and competitor on the first season of Netflix’s Drink Masters! She gives the inside scoop on shooting the show, how far bartending competitions have come in the last few years and dishes out a few tips to up your spritz game for another upcoming competition. Plus, restaurants have hiked their prices past what they need to...

Duration:00:51:04

Nick, Nora, & Zane

10/19/2022
Are you tired of glassware that doesn’t fit your ice cubes? Sick of coupes that dump cocktail all over your bartop? Don’t want your rocks glasses to break in weird ways for seemingly no reason? Do you wish there was a better way??? Well Zane Harris is here this week to talk about his new collaboration with Riedel to craft the perfect cocktail glasses, why they won’t break or spill and why the Nick & Nora might just be the most underrated glass of all. Plus, because we can’t not, Negroni...

Duration:00:57:20

Sugar & Bitters

10/13/2022
Ektoras Binikos, co-founder of Sugar Monk, jumps into the studio with Damon and Greg to talk about the joint he runs up in Harlem and a new line of bitter experiments he’s been working on since the pandemic. Inspired by the flavorful food and drinks of his native Greece, there are a few concoctions he’s been cooking up - including one that comes wrapped in gauze… don’t believe us? Tune in! Plus, it’s pumpkin spice everything time and Damon and Greg have some lukewarm takes. Please SUBSCRIBE...

Duration:00:44:53

Classic, But Make it Modern

10/6/2022
Renowned cocktail writer Robert Simonson returns to claim his five-timer red velvet, beef jerky-stained jacket and chat about his new book “Modern Classic Cocktails.” What makes something a modern classic? Whose drinks made it into the book? And what does this have to do with hot dogs?? Tune in to find out. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from around the world to discuss everything that...

Duration:00:47:26

The Apiary

9/29/2022
It’s Bee’s Knees Week and the air is buzzing! Sam Nelis of Barr Hill joins Greg and Sother to talk about how they’re helping the pollinators and making some damn tasty gin in the process. Wanna get involved? Post a picture of a drink this week on Instagram and tag @barrhillgin with the hashtag #beeskneesweek. The good folks up there in Vermont will plant 10 square feet of pollinator habitat for every photo there is! Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit...

Duration:00:46:08

Black Mixcellence

9/22/2022
Tamika Hall, co-author of “Black Mixcellence - A Comprehensive Guide to Black Mixology” sits down with the band to talk about the long lost legacies of black mixologists old and new… and the complicated legacy of the word “mixology” in the first place. Plus, do you want ten dollars? Sother tells you how with a little help from the King of Beers. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from around...

Duration:00:36:48

Keep the Porchlight On For Me

9/15/2022
The band catches up with Samantha Reiner, the General Manager of Porchlight in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Is it a neo-dive? Is it New York with a southern accent? Or is it just fun? Tune in to find out, and to see just how dirt cheap their happy hour cocktails are. Plus, the industry lost a legend this week; Sother, Damon and Greg pay tribute to the legend that was Brother Cleve. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of...

Duration:00:43:27

A Joni of a Thousand Miles

9/7/2022
The Speakeasy is back! The band catches up with each other and with Claire Matern, founder and CEO of Joni, a new 0 ABV RTD. The quartet talks about the history of verjus, how to get just the right amount of bubbles into a can, and whether or not the kids are going as crazy as we did. Plus, whipped cream is illegal now! Or is it??? Tune in for some very scholarly, definitely not binding legal advice before your next key lime pie. Wanna be a part of Joni? Check out the kickstarter here:...

Duration:00:43:48

A Balancing Act

8/3/2022
Josh Davis of Brown and Balanced shares his thoughts on creating welcoming spaces in the hospitality industry, growing up competitive, and creating opportunities for young, hungry black and brown folks in the hospitality industry. Plus, Josh and Sother both just got back from New Orleans and, of course, have war stories to share. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from around the world to...

Duration:00:50:55

Murdering It

7/21/2022
Murder, Mayhem and Whiskey! What else do you need? Steph Shen, the Global Brand Ambassador for the Dublin Liberties Distillery sits down with the band to talk about Irish Whiskey’s lawless past, its bright future, and the absolute best spot in all of Europe to get murdered. Plus, Damon bought the farm. Literally. He bought a farm. Don’t worry, he’s fine. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from...

Duration:00:55:39

Sustaining Sustainability

7/13/2022
Jill Cockson, owner, proprietor and industry veteran joins Greg and Sother to talk about sustainability - what it really means, how to put it into practice and how a lot of us are using that word wrong. The conversation veers into ownership, accountability, respect and yes, healthcare. Plus, the band finally talks about espresso martinis and leaves just as bewildered as when they arrived. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of...

Duration:00:51:47

Balance, Texture, Aroma, Temperature

7/7/2022
An overdue episode with noted bartender and newly minted author Toby Maloney. He's here to talk to us about the need for differentiation in the bar world and his new book The Bartender's Manifesto. He also reflects on how he's practically worked at more well-known bars and watering holes than most people visit in their lifetimes. Please SUBSCRIBE and RATE the show if you can. Join us each week as we sit down with a wide range of hospitality and spirits experts from around the world to...

Duration:00:44:07