Now Hear This: DRiNK’s guide to podcasts

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Better drinking through listening. By Jonathan White.

What’s the hottest trend in drinking right now? Black drinks? Cocktails in tins? Paddock-to-bottle? Well, yes, but like with every other aspect of human life that could stand to be improved, the real answer is podcasts.

It seems that everyone is getting on the recorded audio show train these days, Tales of the Cocktail becoming the latest to clamber aboard. And it makes sense. The format is undergoing something of a renaissance as the quality has improved since its early days and people are finding more time to listen – whether it’s on the bus to work, before you fall asleep or while you’re swimming, there’s always an opportunity to learn.

Wherever your interest in drinks lies – cocktail legend in the making, home bartender, beer geek, wine snob – there’s a podcast out there for you. If anything, there are too many, so where do you start?

That’s where DRiNK comes in with this handy guide. But before that, a quick side note: there are many ways to get your podcast fix, so we’ve linked you to the official sites for each for you to take it from there.

Bartender Podcasts

The Steve Schneider Show Podcast
The man himself describes the show as “Bartending, Cocktails, Booze and Other BS”. And that’s good enough for us.

Tales of the Cocktail
This newcomer to the world of podding needs no introduction: Tales is now available in your ears. Episode one features a voodoo priestess, among others, looking at the year ahead.

The Mixology Talk Podcast
From the husband and wife team behind cocktail education website A Bar Above, this focuses on craft cocktails and bar programming.

Bartender Journey
Join Brian “Vince” Weber on the path to bartender excellence with this recorded series full of interviews with people who’ve made it.

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General Drinks Podcasts

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The Speakeasy 
All things liquid are pored over in The Speakeasy, where host Damon Boelte invites experts in to discuss everything we imbibe.

Punch Radio Podcast
There are only three episodes from the voices behind Punch magazine but they take a look at the world through the lens of drinking – we’re sure their subsequent podcasts will be worth the wait.

In The Drink
Interviews with industry insiders hosted by Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year, NYC restaurateur and winemaker Joe Campanale. Guests tend to come from the world of wine, but there’s plenty on spirits and cocktails too.

The Modern Drunkard
A podcast by the cult magazine where the editors invite guests in to share a drink and discuss all things booze.

Drinks Podcast
Polymath Huw Pryce has added podcast host to a CV that includes wine writing and judging beers for CAMRA. The topics covered enjoy a similar scope, with grape and malt featuring heavily.

Show de Vie
Mike G ‘s show features interviews with a drinks flavour, from entrepreneurs to enthusiasts, the subjects have plenty of insight on the hospitality industry’s upcoming trends, products and events.

Food and Drink

Bottled in China
Canadian wine educator Emilie Steckenborn takes a look into the Chinese f&b scene through interviews with chefs, somms and other industry figures.

Monocle 24’s The Menu
Guides to the food neighborhoods of major cities and an eye for the next big thing in venues, ingredients and concepts around the world, packaged up in Monocle’s ultra-considered manner.

Road Rash
This is what happens when you let a chef and a mixologist loose to travel the world. Bryan Duffy and Russell Davis are happy to have you along for the ride.

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The Morning After
Not to be confused with the smut podcast of the same name, host Sari Kamin sits down with big name chefs, writers and plenty more to chew the fat on America’s food and drink.

The Salt
NPR’s science desk brings you these bitesize ’casts via their blog, which dive into the news, trending ingredients and more that are culled from the station’s other shows.


Wine for Normal People
The name says it all for Elizabeth Schneider’s podcast, which discusses wine in terms that everyone can understand.

Guild of Sommeliers Podcast
At the other end of the scale is this recorded series, hosted by Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth and a rolling contingent of other wine experts.

Grape Radio
A talk show where people who love wine share their experiences, knowledge and passion.


The Whisky Topic
Whisky author Mark Bylok and soon-to-be brand ambassador Jamie Johnson chat about drams for the whisky curious.

Whisky Cast
Described as “the NPR of whisky”, Mark Gillespie has been serving up “cask conversation since 2005”. They also do video podcasts and taste-alongs.


Craft Beer Talk
All things craft, from how to brew beer to product reviews. It’s beer for your ears, they say.

The Jamil Show
Part of The Brewing Network, which plays host to many a beery podcast, this series is beloved by homebrewers. The Jamil in question is Heretic Brewing’s Jamil Zainasheff and, along with co-host Jon Plise, takes listeners on a journey through each of the Beer Judge Certification Program styles.


Did we miss your favourite? Share your drink-related podcasts with us in the comments.

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