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Episode 8: Damnation

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Damnation or just good booze? We find out in Episode 8 of Make it a Double! Join me as we discuss how truly important wine is in the Christian belief with my friend Paul Adams. Paul is a Christian Philosopher who writes as a regular blogger on www.InChristus.com. It's a great blog for anyone interested in theological, biblical, and philosophical musings. Paul intends to encourage thoughtful and civil dialog. Then travel with me to Salem, MA where we meet Ian Hunter and Jesse Brenneman. They are the men behind the Deacon Giles Distillery. They've created a very tasty rum and gin all while preserving the tale of Deacon Giles. A fictitious character created to to scare the town folk of Salem in 1835 into believing alcohol was evil. The story accused Deacon Giles of hiring demons to operate his distillery. The story might be fictitious but the purpose for telling and the results were far from it. We have an interesting, thought provoking episode for you. So why not grab your favorite drink and enjoy the show!? 

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Cheers!

Episode 7: After Hours in Museums

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Welcome back listeners! In this episode we visit with the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC and meet Allison Campbell, Manager for Fundraising Events and Coordinator for After Hours programing, where she speaks to us about an amazing initiative in which adults are engaged through responsible, smart drinking. It’s a 21 and up event where adults can learn, explore and know wonder. You can find the museum here: http://www.lifeandscience.org Then Dr. Marsha Penner joins us. She's the Lecturer and Director for Undergraduate Research in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, she talks what it means to be a super taster, how it affects our preferences in certain beers and why when you small, say Tequila, it invokes a certain emotional/physical response. We talk that and so much more. We’re jumping right into science’s deep end. So, grab your favorite drink and geek out with us for a while!

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Cheers!

Mike 

Episode 6: Drinking in the Dominican Republic

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Hola!!! In this episode we travel to the Dominican Republic. We talk with Josh Davis, a good friend of mine and fellow Rotarian, and Antonio Ramirez a Rotarian from the Dominican Republic. This episode was created out of an opportunity we had during a volunteer trip to the Dominican with Rotary International. We talk Dominican culture, rum, beer, and something called Mama Jauna. 

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Cheers!

Mike 

Episode 5: American Rum and Privateering

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In this episode we talk rum and how the spirit that helped build America continues to influence American Rum today at Privateer Rum. We talk with Dr Emily Murphy, Park Historian of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. She provides historical perspective, and then we hear from Andrew Cabot, the Founder of Privateer distillery. Andrew’s ancestor happens to be the original Andrew Cabot, a merchant, rum distiller and one of the most successful American privateers fighting against the British during the Revolution. Andrew comes on line and brings with him one of his distillers, Pete Newsom, who explains what it takes to master True American Rum.   

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Cheers!

Mike 

Episode 4: Mixology Part 1

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Hey guys! in this episode we talk mixology. Since there are so many facets to the art of crafting a fine cocktail I decided break the subject up into different parts. In future episodes I'll pick up the tab on all the other interesting sides. For now, in this episode, we focus on mixing drinks as a hobby and as a pro bartender. My good friend Bill Sullivan joins us as our hobby mixologist. Then later in the episode we hear from Anthony D'agnistino, the Director of the Raleigh Bartending School in Raleigh NC. Check out Raleigh Bartending School at www.cocktailmixer.com. He will be talking what it takes to become a great bartender among a bunch of other things including why James Bond liked his martinis shaken and not stirred. 

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Cheers!

Mike 

Episode 3: Irish Craic

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Hey guys! The Craic is flying in Episode 3 of Make it a Double!: Irish Craic. In this episode we talk Irish Whiskey, Guinness being good for you, Pub life, Irish drinking tunes and of course Irish Craic among a bunch of other things. Craic is the Gaelic word for god times, but as we discuss we begin to learn that it’s more than simply good times it’s the special thing shared between friends that makes it the good times.

I talk with Annie Nice from Tir Na Nog, Downtown Raleigh’s Original Irish Pub. She’s a native of Ireland and shares her stories and experiences with us. Learn more and find out what’s going on at Tir Na Nog by visiting them at www.tnnirishpub.com.  On Sunday’s, Tir Na Nog hosts a Traditional Irish Music session. Jerry Ryan, who is a regular of those sessions, also joins us to discuss his experiences with Irish Craic. 

James Olin Oden Joins us. I was extremely excited to have sat down with him. He is a dynamic singer/song writer from Raleigh, NC who plays a vast collection of stirring, Irish, Scottish, English and original songs inspired by Celtic and American traditions. A passionate story teller and captivating instrumentalist. Check out James’ website for more info, listen to his music and watch videos at www.jamesoden.com. He also has a Pandora channel, search James Olin Oden on Pandora to stream his music.  

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Cheers!

Mike 

Episode 2: Crafting Beer

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For some of us beer is more than a drink, it's a craft. I sought out to explore the craft along with Larry Lane, Owner of Double Barely Brewing in Smithfield, NC, and Josh Noxon, a good friend, hobby brewer and fellow Marine Combat Engineer.

Larry takes us through the genesis of Double Barely Brewing, his days as a home hobby brewer, recipe inspirations and the crucial beer naming process. With the help of his wife Cheryl, Double Barely Brewing continues to grow and find success through admires of the craft. 
Josh joins us a little later in the show. He'll discuss the reason behind his initial involvement with brewing beer, which he affectionately named Castle Brew, recipe creation and this one time with root beer...
Both Larry and Josh will offer advice for the guy or gal interested in getting started in hobby brewing and Larry will share additional advice for those thinking about starting their own commercial brewery.
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Cheers!
Mike

Episode 1: Moonshine

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Greetings. It took a little longer than anticipated, but the first episode of Make it a Double! is here! 

For this episode it was important for me to meet with and discuss moonshine with authentic folks who have a real passion for carrying on this great American tradition. We'll here from Jeremy Norris, Owner and Distiller of Broadslab Distilleries in Benson, NC. Jeremy's family has been distilling their own spirits since the mid 1800s. It's a true legacy. In 2010 he opened Broadslab Distilleries following in the same traditions taught by his grandfather. Jeremy shares stories about his grandfather during prohibition and having to leave town for nearly 20 years to escape going to prison. He also talks about his days as a boy and being self taught how to make wine and make a little money in the process. But, most importantly he talks about the family tradition of farming and how moonshine is really a product of agriculture. Jeremy grows the very same corn he uses to make his whiskey. He controls every step of the process from "dirt to bottle".
Rick Morris also joins us on the the show. Rick is the President of the Hobby Distiller's Association (HDA) located in Keller, TX. The HDA was founded by Brewhaus to enhance the enjoyment of hobby distilling and to further legalization efforts of alcohol distillation on a hobby level. Rick clears up some of the legality surrounding buying and owning home distillation equipment and we share thoughts on crafting finely distilled spirits as a hobby. This is a great organization which seeks to change federal laws to allow hobby distillers the same rights as hobby brewers and wine makers. Check them out and show support for home distilling, the basic membership is free.
We also meet "Chuck", our modern day moonshiner from California. He'll talk through his thoughts on hobby distilling and why he takes the risk, since it is still illegal.  
 This is the first time I've ever attempted anything like this, I hope you guys enjoy it! 
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Cheers!
Mike