The Fred Minnick Show Podcast

The Fred Minnick Show Podcast

The Fred Minnick Show
Sep 29, 2020 56 min

ESPN's Trey Wingo Falls in Love With Elijah Craig Toasted, Talks Mike Singletary, NFL and More

On the latest episode of The Fred Minnick Show, sports broadcasting great Trey Wingo joins in to hang out with Fred and sip some whiskey over some lively conversation. Trey has been with ESPN for two decades, having hosted SportsCenter, NFL Prime Time and been a co-host of Golic and Wingo. He also is on the celebrity board of Ronald McDonald House Charities. On the show, he talks with Fred about his love of bourbon, they talk whiskey aroma and flavor, Pappy Van Winkle’s legacy, NFL legend Mike Singletary, bourbon folklore and much more. Whiskeys tasted: Old Fitzgerald 14 year Bottled in Bond (8:58) Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel (18:43) Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch (33:01) Knob Creek Rye (40:54) EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and Trey cover a number of topics, such as: Trey grew up in the Northeast and ended up going to college in Texas and his first week at Baylor he met four other people named Trey – he’d never met another Trey until then. Legendary linebacker Mike Singletary’s record of cracking helmets when he played college football. Elijah Craig’s legacy as the “father of bourbon,” which Fred says is just marketing mumbo jumbo. “Bourbon labels have as much bullshit per square inch as a political ad,” Fred notes. Fred talks about how he went from a sports copy editor to his current career as a bourbon expert. Trey then tells Fred how he first became a broadcaster for ESPN in 1997, and how he had to wait longer than he’d hoped to be hired by the sports network. They talk about how the masses on social media, and even some sports broadcasters (looking at you, Skip Bayless), can be overly critical of athletes. Trey notes, “Twitter can be an amazing tool or it can just be a tool.” Ouch. Trey talks about a high school friend who wrote an essay about his favorite beers – yes, in high school – and got an “A.” That wouldn’t happen today. They also talk about how America treats alcohol differently than most other countries around the world, and the social ramifications associated with how alcohol is perceived in various places. The conversation eventually turns to sports in the age of coronavirus and how hungry people were for anything sports related by the time the NFL draft rolled around in the spring, leading to a record audience of 56 million viewers over three days. Vodka sucks. QUOTABLES In talking about ESPN’s roots, Wingo reveals a fascinating back story about how ESPN was never intended to be a wide-reaching medium, it was meant to cover Connecticut sports. “ESPN really was never supposed to be the Worldwide Leader in Sports, it was going to be a Connecticut cable station. From a very simple idea came a monolith, for lack of a better term.” RESOURCES See for privacy information.
Sep 22, 2020 47 min

Country Music Insider Grand Ole Opry's Talent Booker Talks Nashville, Country Music, Sips King of Kentucky and More

Ever wonder how artists get to appear on the Grand Old Opry? Well, Jordan Pettit is the answer. He’s the artist relations representative who helps decide who gets onto the stage at the country music tradition, so he’s seen a little of everything over his years spent in the music industry in Nashville. In this episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Jordan sits down with Fred to talk about the music business, bourbon, the city of Nashville, and of course to sip some fine whiskey. Whiskeys tasted: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch (21:11) King of Kentucky (22:42) Michter’s 20 Year (23:32) Wild Turkey Revival (25:12) Thomas Handy (26:56) Elijah Craig 17 Year (29:52) Glenlivet 20 Year (38:27) EPISODE SUMMARY Among the topics Fred and Jordan discuss are: Jordan remembers seeing country star Chris Stapleton playing a small room to people who had no idea who he was. This was not long before he broke and became a star. He also talks about how “so many things have to line up” for an artist to “make it” in country music. It isn’t always about talent, but rather also about having the right support and marketing. “What I try to tell artists early in their careers … if you’re doing this for the right livings and you can earn a living the rest of your life, you have made it.” Jordan compares bourbon to music insomuch is that it’s an art form. Fred picked bourbons to taste that are cinnamon- and caramel-forward, and he hit Jordan’s palate right on the money. (He particularly liked the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch.) Jordan talks about blending Old Forester 1920 with Old Forester 1920 to make an Old Fo 1915. Blending, of course, is a common practice for bourbon lovers, Fred included. Fred doubles down on a previous declaration of the Elijah Craig being “absolute bliss.” QUOTABLES Speaking about watching up-and-coming artists performing on the Grand Old Opry for the first time, Jordan said, “When you get to see an artist step into that lineage, to step into honoring those artists’ legacies, and carrying this Opry show into the next 95 years of where we’re going, you see their faces and you get to see raw emption happen because it’s truly like a coming of age for them.” RESOURCES FOLLOW JORDAN See for privacy information.
Sep 15, 2020 1 hr 29 min

NFL Great Jared Allen Sips Henry McKenna, Redbreast and Salivates for QBs

In this week’s episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Fred is joined by Jared Allen, a 12-year player in the NFL, a defensive who tallied 136 quarterback sacks and won a Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers after having played for the Chiefs, Vikings and Bears. In this episode, they talk a little football and sip a little whiskey. Jared talks about how he got into bourbon, talks about some of his favorite quarterbacks to sack, Irish Whiskey, running back Adrian Peterson, Bounty Gate, fan-free football during a pandemic and plenty more. Henry McKenna 10 Year (14:54) Barrell Bourbon 15 Year (27:58) Red Breast 27 Year (37:55) Thomas Handy Rye (1:06:19) EPISODE SUMMARY Allen used to be a beer guy (“banquet beers” with some Crown Royal once in a while), but he came to love bourbon while he was still playing in the NFL. He was in Capetown, South Africa, and went to a whiskey bar, where his eyes were opened. So was his palate. Along the way, he and Fred talk about several topics: Speaking about his former teammate Brett Favre, his one-time teammate, Jared said his main takeaway was they you could see why he was great – namely, his work ethic, the love of his craft and his knowledge of the game. Allen also said that while he loved playing against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field because of the history and nostalgia there, he hated when Vikings fans would sell their tickets to home games, meaning often it seemed there would be more Packers fans than Vikings fans when the teams played at Minnesota. Fred explains the marketing term “brand” comes from the practice of the physical brands on whiskey barrels. People knew which of those brands would typically hold the best whiskey, as opposed to whiskey that was laced with, to be kind, unsavory filler ingredients. Fred also talks with Jared about the “shenanigans” that go on in American whiskey, specifically touching on the practice of companies buying barrels, bottling the product and then using marketing to sell off bottles. He also relates how, for instance, Wild Turkey marketed itself as a “tough guy” whiskey, and the image stuck for years. Fred relates how Jim Beam taking away the ages statement from Jim Beam Black was the beginning of his “curmudgeon” phase in terms of whiskey. “I don’t like when things change,” he says. “Benchmark is awful. God awful.” -Fred The Red Breast 27 Year Old gets the distinction as “the whiskey drinker’s whiskey” by Fred, and Jared chimes in, “I’ve never gotten into the Irish whiskys, but this is delicious.” On the other hand, martial artist/boxer Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish whisky is not, according to Fred, who can’t seem to express his distaste enough: “By the way, that’s shit whisky. I don’t know if you’re friends with Conor McGregor, but … He did something that no other celebrity in whisky has done. He sold 250,000 cases like that. And it tastes like horse piss. It might be the worst whisky release this century. It’s so bad. … I respect alcohol; I’m trying to get people to respect it. That’s just trying to get people drunk.” Turns out Jared was teammates with McGregor’s manager in college. On the topic of Adrian Peterson, Allen says, “I’ve never seen anybody with that type of ability. Even through all the ups and downs, you can’t help but root for him. He’s genuinely kind to his core and his heart.” Jared talks about the NFL’s handling of situations like DeflateGate and BountyGate, and how if they had been handled in the moment, it would have changed the outcome of the respective games. Late in the show, Fred reveals his love for Monster Trucks and Jared declares the Henry McKenna is his favorite of the show. QUOTABLES Speaking of Henry McKenna 10 Year, Allen says, “This is smooth. This is asleep-by-seven-o’clock smooth.” RESOURCES FOLLOW JARED FOLLOW FRED htps:// SPONSORS Michter's: B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): Distillery 291: See for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2020 50 min

Killer Mike Drinks Whiskey, Moonshine and Talks Racial Inequality, Sports, Cartoons and More Over Uncle Nearest, Johnnie Walker Blue

American rapper and activist Killer Mike (Michael Render) joins The Fred Minnick Show this week, checking in to do a tasting and chat with Fred about a variety of topics. Mike has appeared in several films and frequently speaks on issues such as social inequality and police brutality. As a musician, he has released five albums since 2003 and also founded Grind Time Official Records. On the episode, he and Fred talk everything from Adult Swim’s “Frisky Dingo” to moonshine to the history of Uncle Nearest to bringing people together in a difficult time for American society.
Sep 01, 2020 52 min

Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr. Explore Bourbon, Talk ESPN, Fatherhood and More

Famed sports commentator Mike Golic and his son Mike Golic Jr. joined Fred Minnick on this episode to sip five different bourbons, talk sports and, of course, talk whiskey. Golic Sr. is a veteran of ESPN, and was one half of the long-running Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show, which lasted 18 years. Golic Sr. was part of the show Golic and Wingo from 2017-2020. Golic Jr. also is a commentator on ESPN Radio. Both appreciate good bourbon, which made them a natural fit as guests on the show. Along the way, the conversation runs from broadcasting to beef jerky. Whiskeys tasted: Russell’s Reserve Private Barrel (8:59) Barrell Bourbon 15 year old (21:59) Orphan Barrel 24 year old (34:04) Willett Single Barrel 15 year old (37:34) Wild Turkey Revival Rye (43:20) EPISODE SUMMARY Here a few highlights from this week’s episode of The Fred Minnick Show: Both Mikes were surprised to learn that smelling bourbon with one’s mouth open relaxes the olfactory and lets in more aroma. In the process, Mike Jr. learned that his right nostril is his “go-to nostril.” Fred admits to Mike Sr. the he has always admired the example he set for young fathers. Mike Sr. talks about his life as a public figure and how it became an integral part of his life and who he is. Mike Jr. adds that having his dad as such a high profile figure meant he knew more eyes were on him as he played college football at Notre Dame and later went into broadcasting. Both Golics were a bit unprepared for the depth and complexity of the bourbons they were tasting, as they had started out doing shots of Wild Turkey in their respective youths. Fred gave the Golics a brief history of what a blended bourbon is, part of what make the Barrell 15 year old a unique product. Naturally, Fred points out the marzipan note in the whiskey’s flavor. Golic Jr. reflects on his attempts to stick in the NFL, which included bouncing around from the New Orleans Saints to the CFL and XFL, crashing on couches and ultimately deciding to hang up his cleats and pursue broadcasting. also admits his enjoyment working at ESPN. He says it’s “like working in Candyland” much of the time. Fred tells the Golics that working out for a whiskey taster means eating a lot of pies and baked goods and Mike Jr. jokes he may have to consider a career change. Golic Sr. says he gets beef notes from the Wild Turkey Revival, to which Mike Jr. says, “beef?” It was narrowed down to smoky notes, which may have conjured notions of brisket. Fred says, “I could go for some brisket at the moment.” QUOTABLES On talking about his kids while on the air during his career, Golic Sr. said it was never difficult to blend the show with stories of his family. “It was great talking about them on the air because it was content. I knew it was going to help the show because they did such stupid stuff.” RESOURCES FOLLOW MIKE GOLIC SR. FOLLOW MIKE GOLIC JR. FOLLOW FRED htps:// SPONSORS Michter's: B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): Distillery 291: See for privacy information.
Aug 25, 2020 1 hr 44 min

Rihanna and Shakira Songwriting Partner Daniel Ledinsky Starts New Band, Crushes Redbreast 12 year and Talks American Guilt

In May, musician/producer Dave Sitek, of Brooklyn (TV on the Radio) and Sweden born/Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and producer Daniel Ledisnky created the new group The Neverly Boys. And the music is absolutely fantastic. When I learned Daniel was a whiskey fan, I knew I had to get him for the show. We taste: Redbreast 12 year, Weller Antique, Johnnie Walker Green Label, McKenzie New York Bourbon and Rare Breed.
Aug 18, 2020 41 min

Rising Country Stars Nick Wayne and Hannah Ellis Check in to Sip Jack and Barrell Bourbon

In this episode, Fred interviews country music artists Hannah Ellis and Nick Wayne, who recently got engaged. Ellis, a Kentucky native, appeared on Rolling Stone’s “Artists To Watch” list, while CMT named her one of their “Next Women of Country.” The outgoing singer spoke with Fred after a show, and they talked palate preferences, bananas foster and tasting whiskey. Wayne, meanwhile, as a 2019 ‘Listen Up’ Artist by CMT, while Rolling Stone Country touted Nick in late 2018 as its ‘Artist You Need To Know.’ The laid back Nick talks with Fred about the music business and his songwriting process, and of course, whiskey comes into play as well. Whiskeys tasted: Jack Daniel’s Barrel Pick (8:18) Barrell Bourbon 1 (32:59) EPISODE SUMMARY Not only did Hannah go to school with one of Fred’s former colleagues, Nick is a bourbon enthusiast who has a song series titled "Bourbon Neat." Here are a few of the topics Fred landed on with his dual guests: Hannah revealed her love of pizza and charcuterie – anything and everything savory – so Fred did his best to find bourbons to meet her palate halfway. She partook of a Jack Daniel’s barrel pick, which satisfied her love of bananas foster and banana-flavored cocktails. I couple of drops of water helped smooth out the whiskey for her. Along the way, Fred points out that Jack Daniel’s whiskey is actually a bourbon, but JD chooses to call it a Tennessee Whiskey for marketing purposes. They also get into the prevalence of marketing in a broad sense. As Fred notes, “Most of everything in this world is marketing, and most marketing is bullshit.” Hannah also reveals that her first drink was a margarita, not whiskey, mostly because her dad was a margarita drinker on family vacations. Fred spoke with Nick about songwriting and why we don’t hear the word “bourbon” in song often. They also talked about themes in country music, and the prevalence of trucks, tractors and the actual word “country” in today’s current songs. Nick talks about his songs that were recorded by Keith Urban and Tim McGraw/Faith Hill. Once the whiskey starts flowing, Nick compares the BCS Bourbon 1 to Stagg Jr., “but without the burn.” On the road, he typically drinks Buffalo Trace on the rocks. Nothing wrong with “budget bourbon.” He also reveals that Wayne is his middle name and not his last name (his real last name is Richardson), and won’t admit that he wishes his first name was Bruce. Who wouldn’t want to be called “Bruce Wayne”? QUOTABLES Hannah, talking about her “breakup” with bourbon a few years ago, blamed it on a single session of overindulgence: “A bottle of Wild Turkey did me in.” Perhaps the quote of the show came from Nick, however, came as he talked about sharing stories over whiskey: “Bourbon is a sharing spirit but also there’s a spirit in it that you start sharing.” RESOURCES FOLLOW HANNAH FOLLOW NICK FOLLOW FRED htps:// SPONSORS Michter's: B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): Distillery 291: See for privacy information.
Aug 11, 2020 1 hr 8 min

Derek Trucks Remembers The Allman Brothers Band, Reveals His 'Viking" Bourbon Source and Sips on Weller, Parker's Heritage, Jefferson's and 1940s Four Roses

TFMS Podcast Derek Trucks On this episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter Derek Trucks joins Fred for a spirited conversation with plenty of whiskey sipping along the way. Trucks, co-founder of the Tedeschi Trucks Band (with wife Susan Tedeschi) and member of the Allman Brothers Band, has been a professional musician since his teen-age years, when he performed with Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills and others. Here are the bourbons they tasted: Weller Single Barrel (16:38) Jefferson’s Reserve (21:13) Parker’s Heritage (34:57) Vintage Four Roses (45:16) During the show, Derek tells the story of “The Viking,” a man he knew in Kentucky who helped turn him onto bourbon in the early days, before the bourbon boom. Derek was smart enough to stock up back when things like Weller 12 year were common place. (Smart guy!) And Fred tells how he and his sons watch live music performances together on YouTube every weekend – including some Derek Trucks shows. EPISODE SUMMARY Some of the topics Fred and Derek get to while tasting whiskey together, such as: Fred’s wife Jaclyn keeps sneaking bourbon from his office, which threw a slight monkey wrench into this week’s show. Derek loved the Weller Single Barrel Fred sent him, saying, “I would never not want to drink that bourbon.” The legendary guitarist talks about the bourbon stashes of bands he’s toured with, from the Allman Brothers (no alcohol, so he sneaked in his own Kentucky Spirit by Wild Turkey) to Eric Clapton (also not a drinker) to his own band. Trucks also talks about being on the road as a child – he started touring at age 9 – and those who mentored him. He talks at length about his dad and others keeping him grounded, including Willie Nelson and B.B. King. He also notes that not all the stars he met were terribly nurturing or friendly. Fred recounts one of his favorite (and funniest) Parker Beam memories. And Derek talks about some of his favorite music venues, such as Red Rock and The Fox in Oakland. Fred tells a fascinating back story about the 1942 bottle of Four Roses, a blend of whiskeys from a variety of unknown distilleries, he and Derek tasted together. And then Fred drops his glass and spills it, so he promises to lick what’s left off the floor. QUOTABLES “You’ve got to have good heroes. … We all do what we do because somebody paved the way.” – Derek Trucks FOLLOW DEREK FOLLOW FRED htps:// SPONSORS Michter's: B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): Distillery 291: See for privacy information.
Aug 04, 2020 1 hr 9 min

Country Star Jordan Davis Sips Larceny, Parker's Heritage, Talks Music in a Pandemic

Fred’s guest on this episode is country singer Jordan Davis, whose eponymous EP was released in May as a follow-up to his 2018 debut, Home State. The whiskey-centric show starts with a brief discussion about beard grooming, then gets into Jordan’s first hand experience with Jefferson’s Ocean barrels, Fred’s 1-year-old son Julian and his fascination with Fred’s stuff, the evils of bad whiskey, Jordan’s family’s whiskey bootlegging traditions and plenty more, including the pandemic's effect on music and musicians. Here are the bourbons they tasted: Wyoming Whiskey Cask Strength (7:50) Larceny Barrel Proof B520 (14:11) Parker’s Heritage Collection 11 Year Old Single Barrel (18:55) Distillery 291 Colorado Rye Whiskey (31:37) Fred also showed a lot of interest in Jordan’s experience on a boat at sea with the Jefferson’s barrels. He tells Jordan he asked the distillery to have that experience and “they invited me to go swimming with the sharks.” Oops. Not this time. EPISODE SUMMARY This episode takes a lot of interesting turns. Here are a few highlights. Thanks to the pandemic, Jordan admits he has learned to groom his own beard – and what a beard it is. Jordan talks about what he and his band drink on the road – Basil Hayden – and how many bottles they go through a night. Fred and Jordan bond over their idea of an ideal night by a fire. Fred gives Jordan a few pointers about finding fruit pie in bourbon. Jordan asks Fred about how he got into bourbon, a story which goes back to 2005 after Fred returned home from his tour of military duty in Iraq. Jordan later reminisces about his dad’s love for bourbon and calls it “a special liquid.” Fred agrees, saying, “Bourbon transcends every race, every creed, every political belief. … Imagine a place in this work right now where you don’t have to talk politics.” Over bourbon, that’s possible. Jordan confesses that his wife isn’t a whiskey fan – but he’s trying. Fred laments that his wife Jaclyn likes to steal his best bourbon, sometimes for making whiskey sours, much to Fred’s chagrin. They talk about a cocktail called the Brown Derby, which was a Hollywood bar where the cocktail of the same name originated. Fred tells the story of going to Disney’s re-creation of the bar – which didn’t even have a Brown Derby on the cocktails menu. (Insert eyeroll here.) Jordan tells the story of finding one of his favorite guitars, on which he wrote two hit songs, as well as how the pandemic has affected him and all musicians. They wrap it up with Jordan ranking the whiskeys they tried: Parker’s, Larceny, Colorado Rye and Wyoming Whiskey. QUOTABLES When Fred notes that Jordan is from Shreveport, Louisiana, he mentions he knows folks in his town like to drink whiskey. Jordan doesn’t fight back for a minute: “We do like to tip a bottle back.” Of course, Jordan likes his cigars and meat, too. His ideal evening would be a campfire, a fine whiskey, a cigar and “meat with a side of protein.” Fred agrees, “This isn’t a place for vegetables.” WHISKEYS TASTED FOLLOW JORDAN FOLLOW FRED SPONSORS See for privacy information.
Jul 28, 2020 1 hr 2 min

Kyla Jade of 'The Voice' Talks Bourbon, Star Trek and Tornadoes - and Gets a Little Sassy

In this episode, Fred does a bourbon tasting with Kyla Jade, a Nashville-based singer who was a contestant on Season 14 of “The Voice.” During their time together, they cover a number of diverse topics, Kyla – who is a tequila fan – gets a lesson in how to taste whiskey, and they also talk about life during the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted her to write more songs and to set up a music studio so she can record at home since she isn’t able to go on the road to perform. Here are the bourbons they tasted: Blood Oath Pact 6 (13:15) Elijah Craig rye (25:05) Town Branch Barrel & Bottle (40:22) Barrell Bourbon Batch 21 (50:16) An episode highlight is when she relates when she first saw her tasting bottles, she saw one of the bourbons was 120 proof. She quickly tells Fred he is responsible for her medical bills if such a strong whiskey ruins her vocal cords. “You couldn’t possibly ever want me to sing again,” she jokingly sasses Fred at one point. EPISODE SUMMARY Fred and Kyla didn’t just talk music and whiskey, however – the conversation takes all sorts of interesting turns: She and Fred kick off the show with a spirited discussion about their shared love of the classic science fiction show Star Trek, from the original featuring Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock and Uhura to Voyager. In revealing that one of her favorite characters is Scotty, she relates that she likes him because he was always stressed, yet he always got the job done. “Everybody needs a Scotty,” she says. She talks about her fans and about being the oldest contestant on “The Voice,” saying some of her fellow contestants “could be my babies.” The Topeka, Kansas, native talks at length with Fred about growing up with tornadoes. Kyla talks about what she has learned from therapy and how it has helped her further embrace the passion she feels for music. She and Fred talk about her religious faith, and her belief that simply being kind to everyone we meet can transform the world we live in. Finally, Kyla pairs each of the whiskeys they tasted with one of her songs; for example, “You Don’t Own Me,” the Lesley Gore cover, was her choice for the Elijah Craig. QUOTABLE After Kyla throws back her first pour, even as Fred instructs her how to taste bourbon, the two wind up giggling like kids when she gets embarrassed over her lack of whiskey drinking knowledge. “I am the worst taster ever,” she says through laughter and tears. “I swallowed it immediately. This should literally come with children’s instructions – I need a pop-up book.” RESOURCES BOURBONS TASTED FOLLOW KYLA FOLLOW FRED ttps:// SPONSORS Michter's: B-Line (Northern Kentucky Bourbon Trail): See for privacy information.
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