Welcome to West Branch Malts & Distillery

Road Trip! 

West Branch Malt House & Distillery – Brunswick, OH

On today’s Road Trip stop we’re meeting up with Tom Thatcher – brainchild, owner, and founder of West Branch Malts & Distillery in Brunswick, OH. Follow along as we explore their impressive malt house, hear the story behind West Branch, get a behind the scenes tour, and taste through the exciting flavors of their 100% malt-based spirits.

We had so much fun with Tom and hope whenever anyone in Tippler Nation is near Cleveland, Ohio, they pay him a visit and support West Branch Malts & Distillery’s journey by bringing home a few bottles to build out delicious craft home bar of their own! 

A local craft malt house and distiller, West Branch Malts was formed by combining our passion for building the local economy with our love of craft beer and spirits. We’ve called Brunswick, Ohio home for three generations. Growing up near the West Branch of the Rocky River and Cleveland Metroparks, we learned to appreciate the outdoors and respect nature. This connection to the land led to the use of regionally grown grain to produce truly local malt for the craft brewing and distilling industries.

Everyone’s tastes are different, so we’ve also created a variety of craft spirits that feature the quality taste of Ohio grown and malted barley. Our grain to glass process creates spirits that are balanced and subtle. Spirits made from malted barley are typically smoother than spirits made from other ingredients.

West Branch Malts & Distillery

https://www.westbranchmalts.com/

Highlights

00:08 – Intro & Welcome

02:41 – Vodka Tasting

03:21 – Chocolate Vodka Tasting

04:00 – Coffee Vodka Tasting

05:00 – Honey Whiskey Tasting

06:43 – Spiced Apple Whiskey Tasting

08:00 – American Single Malt Whiskey Tasting

09:44 – Strawberry Maltshine Tasting

11:27 – Cinnamon Whiskey Tasting

12:26 – Tour of the Malt House

13:41 – Inside the Distillery

15:07 – Closing & Thank You

About Your Hosts

The Crafty Cask celebrates and supports craft alcohol makers through engaging consumer content, events, virtual tastings, and online education. We help craft enthusiasts drink better and craft makers market their brands better to build thriving small businesses that keep #TipplerNation drinking well!

Your hosts for this event, alongside the featured maker, are Suzanne Henricksen, Founder of The Crafty Cask and Evan Rothrock, sommelier, certified cider professional, mixologist, and bespoke wine tour guide.

Read the transcript

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Suzanne: Hi i’m Suzanne Henricksen- a researcher
and storyteller, by trade and a world

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explorer, drink local enthusiast by heart.
I’m traveling the world to celebrate and

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share the people the process the stories
and the innovations behind craft alcohol

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and I can’t wait to share our amazing finds with
all of you. So, let’s get drinking, Crafty Cask style…

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[Banjo Music]

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Suzanne: Hello, Hello Tippler Nation! We are at West
Branch Malts and Distillery here in Ohio and

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we just had an amazing tasting and tour This is
Tom – say hello

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Tom: Hello!

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Suzanne: showin’ us around. He’s the owner the you know brain child –

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Suzanne: -founder, everything behind this. Yeah, so we just
have a lovely tasting I’m gonna sneak behind come

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show we’re gonna break the rules for a minute
and just show you everything we tasted here.

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Suzanne: so what’s really cool in this tasting is that they
are using 100% Malt for everything that they’re

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making because they’re a malt house and so they’re
malting everything here on site and so of course

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that’s what they would use for their source
material and it makes for really interesting

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unique spirits this vodka – a lot of people think
you know vodka tastes like nothing it’s just

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kind of like whatever it has some complexity
it has some nice mouth feel it’s really fun

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the chocolate another one of our favorites we
loved all of them but this chocolate so fun to

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make kind of espresso martinis or fun little
drinks like that um the whiskey is an American

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Single Malt, um right, because they’re using malt
and so those are pretty hard to find especially

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craft makers so it’s a really great single malt
so so many fun things that they’re making here

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[Upbeat Music]

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Suzanne: So how long has your tasting room been
open?

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Tom: Year and a half

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Suzanne: Year and a half?

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Tom: Yeah.

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Tom: You know just right around when COVID hit

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Suzanne: mm-hmm, mm-hmm

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Suzanne: How’s it been going were you were you able to
stay open during it or do you have to close for a while?

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Tom: Yeah we were called essential –

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Suzanne: ‘Cause the hand sanitizer?

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Tom: Unlike Pennsylvania where they shut down all Liquor stores-
Suzanne: Yeah

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Tom: people were flooding across the borders –

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Suzanne: Was it because – did you guys shift to making hand sanitizer during..

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Tom: Well, we were, we were doing that
but also the malt is a food product and um

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Suzanne: mmm! mm-hmm.

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Tom: So- we were essential there.

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Suzanne: Yeah, that’s really quite lovely. I wasn’t a
vodka drinker for so long like I was more of-

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Suzanne: -a gin girl until I started finding vodka’s that
like had a little fun and character in mouth feel-

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Suzanne: -and I just love that thicker viscosity
that craft vodkas are starting to have.

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Suzanne: But it is funny I find when I introduce my vodka
loving friends they they have to figure out where-

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Suzanne: -it fits in their drinks because like a Vodka
Soda with something that has a little character-

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Suzanne: -doesn’t just taste like water anymore, like it has a little…flavor-

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Evan: ‘my Vodka Soda tastes weird it has flavor, I’m not used to that!’

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Evan: So, the chocolate that you’re using
is this something that you’re doing that you mentioned you-

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Tom: No. This is, you know…are you’re familiar with Sovereign out in California?

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Tom: Sovereign flavors?

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Evan: that sounds familiar
Suzanne: it sounds familiar…

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Tom: yeah it’s all, it’s all, you know…it’s TTB approved

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Suzanne: Gotcha.

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Tom: That’s the key point you can’t just
go throwing stuff in there, TTB’s gotta like it

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Suzanne: mmm, mm-hmm.

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Suzanne: yeah I feel like the beer industry has it
a little bit easier with like partnering-

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Suzanne: -with the local Chocolatier or the local Coffee
Roaster like that the regulations are different-

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Suzanne: -but for spirits it’s very- damn… that smells
smells like, like dark chocolate brownies

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Evan: So smooth..

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Suzanne: I didn’t mention before with the coffee
I had to look at the label because I was-

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Suzanne: -like I feel like there’s a little vanilla going on-  *Laughter*

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Suzanne: -here and I love vanilla coffee like
that’s my favorite-

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Evan: Those two together…

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Suzanne: The coffee…with the vodka-

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Evan: The coffee with the chocolate

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Tom: Make some- make an awful nice White Russian

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Evan: I was gonna say, yeah!

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Suzanne: Ahhh, sure.

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Evan: With probably far less sugar than you’re
going to find in the [inaudible] one

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Tom: Yeah, no, I mean that’s the thing you don’t you don’t need
to simple syrup yourself to death you know

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Suzanne: Yeah!

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Evan: We get enough sugar in our processed food
in the grocery store-

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Tom: Well it’s not to say there’s no sugar

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Evan: Sure!

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Tom: but the thing is, is, that
what I- you know, it’s kind of like the coffee’s

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Tom: got to come through the chocolate’s got to
come through you know your teeth falling out

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of your mouth does not have to come through so
this you know-

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Evan: And if you’re using high quality… flavoring components you don’t need sugar
to mask like the artificial characteristics

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Suzanne: Of the flavor-

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Evan: Of the less…the less high quality flavoring

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Suzanne: The Honey is really interesting, that would be amazing in a Hot Toddy

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Evan: Very bright in the honey

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Suzanne: Yeah it is very- but it’s not sweet! I mean, it’s a little sweet

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Evan: Sure!

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Suzanne: But it’s like that Bright. Honey. Flavor.

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Evan: its more of the flavor than, yeah.

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Tom: Well it doesn’t make your teeth
fall out. Some honeys yeah are just ‘oh my god!’

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Suzanne: That’d be great in a Hot Toddy though.

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Evan: mmm-hmm

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Suzanne: Like perfect for Hot Toddy’s!

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Suzanne: Or…like a Bees Knees. I know thats with gin, but something like that.

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Evan: Yeah!

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Suzanne: Are you allowed to do cocktails in Ohio…in tasting rooms? No?

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Tom: No, but you know, that my-

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Tom: -son has this here. We’re really not supposed
to do anything you’re not even supposed to-

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Tom: -you know put some crushed ice in and shake it, you
know, it’s kind of like this is the way that it is.

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Suzanne: mmm-hmm

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Tom: But you know it’s…

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Evan: If you give the person who’s
drinking it a glass of ice separate…and they do it themselves…

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Suzanne: That’s what we just saw-

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Tom: And that’s what
this is all about it’s like, you know, like it’s…

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Tom: Ohio has some strange laws you know

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Suzanne: we’ll have to show you afterwards …we were at a um-

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Suzanne: -were they Maryland…they were in Maryland right?
Miscellaneous? Um we were just at the distillery-

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Suzanne: -there that similar laws and they their loophole
is they actually have to like build your own-

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Suzanne: -cocktail menu, and you pick the spirit that you
want, you pick the mixer that you want, and then-

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Suzanne: -you get a cup of ice, and then you kind of like do
it yourself, and they they have it on a menu and they’re like we’re not-

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Evan: You’re buying all the ingredients
separately deciding to assemble them yourself

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Evan: just like mixing up your corn with your mashed
potatoes and your fried chicken-

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Suzanne: So they actually have very high quality mixers they have like
Prot Standard?? and like you know things like that

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[Upbeat Music]

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Suzanne: The smell…it reminds me of something…I can’t place it, with the Spiced Apple. It smells really good.

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Suzanne: That’s what I’m tasting right now
look it, you’re like reading my mind!

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Suzanne: I guess, I guess, that’s a good endorsement.

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Suzanne: Mmmm….

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Evan: We’re, we’re huge cider fans

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Suzanne: Huge cid-

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Tom: What?

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Evan: Huge cider fans

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Tom: Ah!!

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Suzanne: So this with some Cider would be…amazing.

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Evan: Yeah this would just amp up the cider a little bit

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Suzanne: Yeah, some hard cider with some-

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Evan: Is 5% Cider maybe isn’t gonna do it because it’s been a long…long Monday

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Suzanne: Yeah *laughter* add a little Spiced Apple Whiskey to it..

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Suzanne: What are you guys doing with the Spiced
Apple how do you drink it-

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Woman: this one’s a gift but yeah um I would
do it with Apple Cider.

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Suzanne: Yeah, yeah for sure

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Suzanne: I think it’d be just good over ice

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Evan: Yeah, for sure.

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Suzanne: An after dinner, sipper.

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Tom: Over ice just fine with me. *Laughter*
Suzanne: Yeah.

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Evan: I’d pour that in an Apple Pie.

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Suzanne: A little drizzle?

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[Inaudible]

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Suzanne: Yeah, I feel like the Honey and the Spice Apple to make a Hot Totty would be-

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Evan: Mix together too, yeah, sure.
Suzanne: Yummy!

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[Upbeat Music]

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Suzanne: American Single Malt! Mmm!

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Evan: Yeah I can’t think of but, maybe two other
producers that do a single malt and both of them –

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Evan: -are like within the last, you know, last year or two

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Suzanne: I think some bigger brands are starting to like-

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Suzanne: -realize this is a thing. But craft, yeah, there
aren’t a lot of-

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Tom: You can really overwhelm your

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Tom: spirits. And as a matter of fact uh, uh you know
that’s something that Vic just saved we you know-

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Tom: -we’re, this is this is five months-

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Suzanne: Okay.

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Tom: Okay? That’s
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Tom: -doing we’ve got a barrel out there the six months
and we’re losing this taste in six months-
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Tom: So, we will use the six-month-old in the Spiced Apple,
and the Honey, and the Cinnamon but the five month is –

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Tom: -what’s going in the bottle. So I mean we can’t make
it taste any better than it is it can’t go down-

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Tom: -any smoother than it is the notes that he detects
uh you know at this point versus what he detected –

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Tom: -in six months much nicer here so I’m surprised you
can get it you you think it’s less than a year but –

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Tom: -it certainly is less than a year.

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Suzanne: And we don’t say
that as a bad thing either because it’s funny-

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Suzanne: -so we do a lot of whiskey tastings for corporate
clients and you know we’re always trying to bust-

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Suzanne: -myths and one of the myths that a lot of people
have is the older the whiskey the better, right?

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Suzanne: -and so we are always teaching people that there’s
different layers of flavors and aromas and some –

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Suzanne: -of those are coming from the source material
and some of those are coming from the barrel –

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Suzanne: -and it’s a preference! And if you like the taste of
like grainy cereal-y whiskies you actually don’t-

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Suzanne: -want a super old whiskey, you want something
that’s just getting like a kiss of a barrel

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Suzanne: This honey, we both really had to like change our
perceptions about flavored alcohol in, at all-

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Suzanne: -because for so long the only people making
flavored alcohol were the big brands and it was-

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Suzanne: -like whipped cream flavored, crap, you know it’s
like chemically delicious you know um but now –

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Suzanne: -that it’s you know actually artisans and craft
makers are using real kind of flavorings and –

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Suzanne: -real ingredients to make things like it’s
really fun to have some flavored things-

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Suzanne: -to play around with for cocktails.

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Tom: well the thing is it would be-

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Suzanne: It smells just just like a strawberry!

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*Laughter*

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Tom: It would be so, uh, much lower proof in past days and, uh,
you know would be so much higher sugar content in-

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Tom: -past days it really was like I don’t know what I’m
doing here this you’ve got something to work with-

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Tom: -you can make some good cocktails out of it

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Suzanne: That is so interesting

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Evan:I have a little bit of water

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Suzanne: Yeah because what’s the proof on this?

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Man: 120.

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Tom: 120.

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Suzanne: 120!

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Evan: Put some chest hair on your chest hair.

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Suzanne: That’s a, that’s a big strawberry right there

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Tom: But again keep in mind that’s 120 proof and
you’re not having a real problem so-

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Suzanne: Yeah it’s still smooth, for sure. Yeah the strawberry
comes out a little bit more when you proof-

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Suzanne: -it down a kind of bit yeah that’s fun but I like
I like when there’s higher proof things because-

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Suzanne: -like for cocktails it’s really fun to be higher
proof but then if you want to sip on it straight-

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Suzanne: -you can proof it down a little bit-

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Tom: what the
people really use that for, you know, with lemonade

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Suzanne: Oh! Smart.

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Tom: That’s, that, really is nice.

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Tom: Alright go easy-

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*Laughter* Suzanne: Go easy!

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Tom: And let it linger in your mouth for a while. *laughter*

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Evan: Gonna get the full-effect, huh?
Tom: Yeah. *laughter*

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Suzanne: Yeah..it’s very cinnamon-y but
not sweet at all you’re right it is I think it is-

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Suzanne: -going to be similar to what you were thinking like
that cinnamon essential oil almost kind of just-

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Suzanne: -like a pure punch of flavor. Yeah, it’s good though. It’s not, it’s not like..but it is just like a-

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Suzanne: -mouthful of flavor. And it’s tough because I think when there’s higher proof and then there’s spice-

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Suzanne: -it exacerbates it a little bit and so it tricks
your brain into thinking it’s like you know…

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Evan: Yeah that’s very similar to what they use to keep kids from sucking your thumb

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Suzanne: Your story…with, you know, none of you
having background in this, starting a malt house.

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Suzanne: And then starting a distillery as well, like, that’s ambitious you know and to only be doing-

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Suzanne: -this for a year and a half, and have products that taste this good is really impressive.

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Tom: Thank you.

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Suzanne: And we’re actually going to bring you around outside-

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Suzanne: -because it’s really cool to see some of the molting operation so-

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Tom: So, basically what you’re looking at is the-

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Tom: -three, there’s three big bins C1 and then you
see number 3 but in the middle is number 2

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Suzanne: Sure.

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Tom: Those each can hold about a million pounds of barley.

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Suzanne: Million pounds?! Wow!

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Tom: Yeah. Right now though, we’re taking grain out you saw the part of the movie where grain is moving into-

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Suzanne: Oh yeah, I see it there!

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Tom: Uh so that’s going into the malt house, into the steep.

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Suzanne: Cool!

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Tom: For us to turn it into, malt.

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Suzanne: What’s in these? Here? it’s just kind of like-

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Tom: That’s copper!
You know, you gotta have copper in there to get rid of the sulfur in the spirits.

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Suzanne: Oh! Interesting…

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Tom: You know here’s
the thing you probably, you know, you see these big gorgeous-

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Tom: -copper stills well you don’t need all that copper
what you need is a lot of surface area and you see-

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Tom: -based on those springs the surface area
they’re pretty dramatic because the whole-

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Tom: -glass is filled with that, uh-

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Suzanne: And so those are
newer springs over there and these are old?

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Tom: No!

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Tom: One has been cleaned more
recently

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Suzanne: Okay.

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Tom: We clean them, constantly.

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Suzanne: So, you just clean them, and then you can reuse them?

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Tom: Absolutely. For, forever.

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Evan: Once you get whatever’s kind of attached itself to the copper you strip that off and you can just
keep using it?

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Suzanne: Interesting, learning something new!

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Suzanne: So, you know, if you’re in the local
Ohio area and you are looking to really-

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Suzanne: -make some amazing products with local, locally
made, malt now you know! Right? Come here so-

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Suzanne: -um, West Branch Malts you know they they’re
selling their malt they’re making amazing-

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Suzanne: -things they roast different malts um, to different
levels as well, they’re starting to do.

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Suzanne: So really fun we’re so grateful that Tom spent some time
with us today letting us taste through everything-

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Evan: Thanks Tom!

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Suzanne: Yeah, um and we just had a great time
and we look forward to sharing more about West

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Branch Malts and Distilling with you in the future
so until then, cheers everyone, from Ohio!

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Until next time… Drink craft and drink the world. Cheers!

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