Chris Eley is the owner of the nationally-renowned Smoking Goose Meatery and Goose the Market in Indianapolis. After going to school on the East Coast, and working in Chicago for six years with some of the city’s best chefs, he decided to return to his hometown and open an old-school, neighborhood butcher shop in 2007. He didn’t realize at the time that he was on his way to becoming one of the country’s best butchers – with his charcuterie ending up in shops from coast to coast.
For more information about shochu, check out our Shochu Addendum.
Annemarie Sagoi is a true Renaissance woman. She’s lived in Japan, France, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cambodia. She’s a furniture designer, pianist, English teacher, Bollywood movie extra, bartender extraordinaire, and partner at Le Boutier in Phnom Penh.
She talks about the challenges and thrill of working abroad, Cambodia’s music scene, and gives away a few secrets along the way.
Nick Kosevich and his business partner, Ira, founded Bittercube in 2009 – filling a (then) void in the cocktail world. Nick sits down with us to talk about the basics of bitters and how they make their bitters without extracts or artificial flavors. As the drinks keep coming, we get into the concept of Nordic tiki and a lot of hangover cures.
Jake Koeneman from Central State Brewing gets into a discussion with the guys about the toll that owning a small business takes on the owners. Licensing, code enforcement, anxiety attacks, and lightning-fast communication in the digital age all can pose unique problems for a start-up business.
The blog post referenced in the episode can be found here: Fear and Loathing in a New Restaurant
Arthur and Ed sit down with Jake Koeneman and Josh Hambright of Central State Brewing at their bar, The Koelschip, to talk about their unique way of brewing, the farmhouse beer movement, and the proliferation of breweries in the Midwest… And drink beer. A lot of beer.
The crew breaks open a bottle of Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond and sits down with The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers. We talk about all things whiskey – how to read a label, who the names are on the bottles, bourbon history, and a little about Bourbon & Bluegrass.
For more info, visit Bernie’s website at http://www.whiskeyprof.com
Matt Pietrek aka Cocktail Wonk visits the show to talk about writing, taking great cocktail photos, cloud-based storage, and rum. Check out CocktailWonk.com to see what he’s been up to since visiting the show.
Erin Hayes, Tiki Queen and Aviation Gin evangelist from Chicago visits the show to talk about why gin gets a bad rap, how Aviation Gin from PDX is changing perceptions about the classic spirit, and why you need to re-visit gin if you’ve been missing out.
Ed and Arthur kick off Shift Drink with quick introductions and a discussion about Indianapolis’ dining and cocktail scene and the upcoming cocktail tour of downtown Indy called Mixture.