A Steady Pour

Andrew, Calvin, Darius, and Tony

It’s Friday night and life slowed down long enough for the fellas to grab a bottle. With kids in bed, hall passes secured, and whiskey on deck we let loose and give our take on a variety of topics. So pull up a chair, grab a glass, and take a ride with Andrew, Calvin, Darius, and Tony as they give you a steady pour of a melanin infused perspective with a whiskey twist. read less
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S8 - Episode 4 - A Steady Pour of Hood Sommelier Unleashed feat. Jack Beguedou pt 2
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S8 - Episode 4 - A Steady Pour of Hood Sommelier Unleashed feat. Jack Beguedou pt 2
In part 2 of this captivating episode of "A Steady Pour" podcast, hosts Drew, Tony, Cal, and Darius continue their welcome the dynamic Jack Badoo, aka Hood Somalia, for a no-holds-barred discussion on the whiskey industry with special guest, Jack Beguedou  @HOODSOMMELIER . Jack dives deep into the complexities and challenges within the industry, advocating for inclusivity and genuine consumer engagement. He shares his wisdom on how new brands can succeed by focusing on storytelling, transparency, and authenticity, ensuring that whiskey resonates with diverse demographics, including minority communities and the LGBTQ+ audience. Jack exposes the exploitative practices of brands that repackage generic whiskey at inflated prices and critiques the secondary market's profit-driven dynamics. He emphasizes the importance of brands moving beyond pretentious marketing and building real connections with consumers. The conversation highlights the pitfalls of the influencer economy in the whiskey world, where many influencers are lured with empty promises of future opportunities in exchange for free promotions. Jack shares a jaw-dropping anecdote about a major corporation's disrespectful offer of a $10 gift card for promotional work, underscoring the undervaluation of professionals in the industry. He recounts his journey from being underpaid to recognizing his worth, culminating in a pivotal moment when he demanded and received fair compensation for his expertise. His passionate discussion about standing firm against exploitation and the necessity for minority voices to assert their value is both inspiring and thought-provoking. Throughout the episode, Jack's candid observations and personal anecdotes provide a rich, educational experience for listeners. He underscores the significance of being relatable and grounded, using examples of successful brands that prioritize genuine engagement and fair pricing. This episode is a powerful testament to resilience, self-worth, and the fight for equitable treatment in the whiskey industry and beyond. Join Drew, Tony, Cal, Darius, and Jack for an eye-opening conversation that goes beyond the glass, delving into the heart and soul of whiskey culture. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer, this episode is a must-listen for its refreshing take on the whiskey world.
S8 - Episode 1 - A Steady Pour of Whiskey Bars from a Master Taster ft Denaya "Dee" Jones-Reid
Apr 22 2024
S8 - Episode 1 - A Steady Pour of Whiskey Bars from a Master Taster ft Denaya "Dee" Jones-Reid
In the latest episode of "A Steady Pour" podcast, hosts Drew, Calvin, Darius, and Tony are joined by special guest Denaya "Dee" Jones-Reid of DEEstilled Co. & Managing Partner of Seelbach, a luminary in the spirits industry. From her humble beginnings in catering to her current status as a whiskey aficionado, Dee's journey is as captivating as the spirits she evaluates. Together, they explore the intricacies of bourbon, dissecting the nuances of Fortuna Barrel Proof and debating the merits of batch labeling. With each sip, they navigate the complex flavor profiles, offering insightful commentary and playful banter that keeps listeners engaged. Moving beyond whiskey reviews, the conversation evolves into a thought-provoking discussion about craft distilleries and the challenges they face in a crowded market. The hosts express genuine concerns about the sustainability of the bourbon frenzy, questioning the authenticity of celebrity-endorsed spirits and pondering the future of craft brands. Amidst the skepticism, there's a palpable passion for quality spirits and a shared desire to explore the diverse landscape of whiskey production. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this episode offers a delightful blend of humor, expertise, and genuine insight into the world of whiskey. So, pull up a chair, grab a glass, and enjoy a melanin infused perspective on "A Steady Pour" podcast.
S7 - Episode 8 - A Steady Pour of Unmet Queen Samples (Ft. Brandon Collins)
Jan 15 2024
S7 - Episode 8 - A Steady Pour of Unmet Queen Samples (Ft. Brandon Collins)
In the latest episode, hosts Drew, Calvin, Tony, and Darius introduce their special guest, Brandon Collins, the Distillery Manager at Kings County. Brandon takes the audience on a journey through his impressive career, starting from his college days and chemical engineering background to his roles at Buffalo Trace, Long Island Spirits, and King County Distillery. As the conversation unfolds, listeners get an exclusive peek into Brandon's expertise as he shares insights into his work at Kings County, emphasizing the importance of consistency and efficiency in the distillation process. The hosts, then take the opportunity and delve into topics like the demystification of popular whiskey brands, the distinction between master distillers and blenders, and the evolving landscape of craft distilleries. Brandon's experience and candid perspective add a layer of authenticity to the conversation. Finally the crew got to taste some samples when Brandon unveils his latest venture – the "Unmet Queen" brand, featuring ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails. The hosts sample the Black Walnut Manhattan and the Coffee Old Fashioned, providing live reactions and high praise. Brandon shares his creative process, emphasizing the reverse engineering approach to capture distinct flavors. The episode leaves listeners eager to explore the world of craft distilling, appreciate the nuances of whiskey, and indulge in the innovative RTDs crafted by Brandon. So, grab a glass, pull up a chair, and join the "Steady Pour" crew for a lively and informative journey through the art and science of whiskey-making. Cheers to a steady pour of knowledge and entertainment!
S7 - Episode 6 - A Steady Pour Of Peering Into Peerless feat. John Wadell
Dec 19 2023
S7 - Episode 6 - A Steady Pour Of Peering Into Peerless feat. John Wadell
Get ready for an exclusive behind-the-scenes episode of the A Steady Pour Podcast, recorded live in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky at Peerless Distillery. Join hosts Drew, Calvin, Tony, and Darius as they explore the fascinating world of Peerless with a special guest, the Single Barrel curator himself, John Wadell. The episode kicks off with the crew immersing themselves in the unique atmosphere of Peerless, surrounded by barrels and the distinctive aroma of mash. They delve into the details of Peerless' production process, highlighting their commitment to quality over quantity, family-owned ethos, and the intricate steps involved in crafting their signature sweet Mash. As the team takes a tasting journey through an array of single barrels with intriguing names like "Hummingbird Cake" and "Soda Shop," John W. shares insights into the selection process and the diverse flavor profiles that set Peerless apart. The episode is filled with anecdotes about the challenges and joys of being a Single Barrel curator, including the naming process that adds a creative touch to each barrel. Listeners are treated to a candid conversation about the dream job of tasting barrels, the journey from a humble start to the now 8-year-old products, and the significance of patience and faith in the world of whiskey. Join the Steady Pour crew for an engaging and enlightening episode that uncovers the secrets of Peerless Distillery and showcases the passion and dedication behind the scenes. Whether you're a seasoned bourbon enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this episode promises an exclusive glimpse into the heart of a distillery that values the artistry of whiskey production. Cheers to an unforgettable Kentucky adventure with the Steady Pour Podcast!
S7 - Episode 2 - A Steady Pour of Bourbon & Br0thers feat. Lamonte "bourbonbr0ther"
Nov 20 2023
S7 - Episode 2 - A Steady Pour of Bourbon & Br0thers feat. Lamonte "bourbonbr0ther"
This week on the "A Steady Pour" podcast, Drew, Tony, Cal, Darius and special guest Lamonte, aka Bourbon Brother, dive into the world of Starlight Distillery's Old Rickhouse Toasted French Double Oak Rye Whiskey. The fellas kicks off with a discussion on the challenges of navigating the bourbon scene in Indiana, from limited allocations to the ups and downs of hunting for rare bottles. Lamont shares his bourbon journey, starting from his vodka and brandy days and evolving into a true bourbon aficionado. The hosts explore the bourbon landscape in Indiana, revealing hidden gems and the struggles of finding allocated bottles in a competitive market. The conversation takes an entertaining turn as Lamont sheds light on his unique Instagram content creation process. From representing bourbon culture authentically to tackling toxic trends in the community, Lamonte keeps it real, even sharing a hilarious incident that led to him getting banned from a local liquor store. As the hosts savor the Starlight Distillery's Double Oak Rye, they delve into the intricacies of its flavor profile, noting the complexity, spice, and distinct notes that make it a standout pour. Lamont and the A Steady Pour crew provide honest and insightful reviews, sharing their experiences with this carefully crafted whiskey. Join Drew, Tony, Cal, Darius and Bourbon Br0ther for a melodic journey into the world of bourbon, sprinkled with humor, insights, and a genuine passion for the brown spirit. So, pull up a chair, grab your favorite glass, and enjoy the steady pour of knowledge and whiskey wisdom on this episode of the A Steady Pour podcast! Cheers!