Podcast Episode: Interview: Colin Spoelman (Distiller and Author of Dead Distillers)
A casual chat between two whiskey history buffs. And Colin is not just an author, he is also the co-founder and distiller at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn.
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Join me for part one of my discussion with Kings County Distillery's master distiller and co-founder Colin Spoelman. A few years back Colin wrote an intriguing book about American whiskey history called Dead Distillers and we will take the time in this episode to chat a bit about his background as a New York City distiller and more including:
- What has been going on during the pandemic?
- From Eastern Kentucky to New York City
- The New York moonshiner
- Sourcing from the bootlegger
- Getting started as a distiller
- The rebirth of the New York distillery industry
- Getting to know New York whiskey history from the days of New Amsterdam
- New York and Pennsylvania vs Kentucky
- The issues with distilleries and immigrants in the 1840s and 50s
- Dickinson's Alley and the Moonshiners Gunfight
- The Brooklyn of the distiller and Al Capone
- Was George Thorpe the first corn whiskey distiller?
- The first commercial distillery in the New World
- The charred oak barrel theory
- The origins of brand
- How to write about whiskey history without promoting myths?
- The horror stories of distilleries that led to Dead Distillers
- Prohibition made me do it!
- The Schenley Lawrenceburg Indiana connection
Hear part 2 of the interview by becoming a member of the Whiskey Lore Society.
Being transcribed. To be released later this week.