The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias

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The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias is a weekly radio show and popular podcast heard in over 40 US States and 40 countries. Join us as we explore the world of drink, food, and culture in New Orleans and beyond! Each week, we present news and discussion on a variety of issues connected to the food and drink scene, the hospitality and music industries, and more. Recorded on-location, in and around the New Orleans area, we bring you exciting guests, events, and subjects. With our in-depth interviews and features on themes ranging from seasonal drinks to social issues, we cover a unique...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – De Nada Tequila – 2022Ep29
Last Friday at 7:08 PM

On this week’s installment of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we chat with the guys from De Nada Tequila – co-founders, Adam Millman and Danny Neeson, and master distiller, Cesar Vivanco. We discuss their partnership with Cesar and has family who own and operate Vivanco Family Distillery, a multi-generational operation that farms agave and produces Tequila. Their relationship is not only based on making great juice, but also centers on environmental responsibility and cultural sustainability. We also sample their blanco and resposado expressions.

Pictured above – (from left, upper left pane) Adam Millman and Danny Neeson and (l...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – The First Settlement – Filipinos in Louisiana – 2022Ep28
09/23/2022

On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we are at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum discussing their new exhibit, “The First Settlement: Filipinos in Louisiana.” It tells the story of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the US, located in St. Bernard Parish, called St. Malo. We also discuss another important area, Manila Village, located on an island in Barataria Bay. We speak extensively about the culinary and cultural history of the Filipino community in Southeast Louisiana. Our guests are Jessica Melendez-Bayuga, president of the Philippine-American Women’s Association of Louisiana, Chef Cristina Quackenbush of Milkf...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Old Fashioned Week and the Southern Smoke Foundation – 2022Ep27
09/15/2022

On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we’re talking about Old Fashioned Week, taking place from October 14-23. It’s a benefit for the Southern Smoke Foundation, which provides emergency relief assistance and mental health support for the hospitality industry. We chat with Lynn House, National Spirits Specialist and Portfolio Mixologist for Heaven Hill, which owns Elijah Craig Bourbon, sponsor of the event. Also joining us, is James Beard award-winning chef, Chris Shepherd, co-founder of the Southern Smoke Foundation. We discuss the issues that the foundation seeks to address as well as talking all about...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – St George Spirits – 2022Ep26
09/08/2022

On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we welcome Dave Smith and Lance Winters of St. George Spirits. It’s a fine craft spirits distillery located in Alameda, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. They make some amazingly unique products. We discuss their story, their approach to making spirits, and have a lot of laughs along the way. As they say, “Distilling is our form of self-expression” and there certainly is a story in every bottle!

Pictured above – Lance Winters (lower left) and Dave Smith (upper right) of St George Spirits, located in Alameda, C...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Understanding the US Wine and Spirits Market for Foreign Producers – 2022Ep25
08/26/2022

On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we bring you a fascinating conversation regarding the US wine and spirits market, particularly for foreign producers. It can be a difficult landscape to navigate, and it has transformed considerably in recent years due to the changing nature of information availability and how products are sold. These factors and other things we discuss certainly affect consumer choice. Our guest is US market expert, Steve Raye of Bevology, Inc. Steve is an author, podcast host, lecturer, and consultant in the drinks business.

Pictured above – Steve Raye of Bevo...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – The Sound of Hospitality with Pineapple Audio – 2022Ep24
08/18/2022

Here’s another show from Tales of the Cocktail 2022. This time around, a fascinating conversation where we chat with Matt Edgar and Cody Meltzer of Pineapple Audio. We talk about their Tales seminar, “The Sound of Hospitality.” It’s a conversation on how deeply sound affects our experience in hospitality spaces. We also discuss how establishments that get this concept and integrate it into their design can greatly enhance their guests’ experience and enjoyment.

Pictured above from left – Cody Meltzer, Chief Experience Officer, and Matt Edgar, CEO and Founder, of Pineapple Audio at Tales of the Cocktail 202...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Jeff Beachbum Berry and David Wondrich – 2022Ep23
08/11/2022

We’re back after enjoying and participating in the 20th anniversary edition of Tales of the Cocktail as it returned to New Orleans in its full, in-person format! We taped a couple shows at the event (with more to come later) starting with this one – and it starts with a bang! We chat with Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and David Wondrich, two of the foremost cocktail historians on the planet and two great guys. As usual with Dave and Jeff, we talk about a host of things including their seminars at Tales, bartending, drink making, and much more!

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The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Making Good Drinks with Abigail Gullo – 2022Ep22
07/21/2022

On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, the last before we take a couple weeks off for Tales of the Cocktail, we’re talking “making good drinks!” We’re joined by bartender extraordinaire, Abigail Gullo, over at the Loa Bar found in the International House Hotel in downtown New Orleans. Abigail shares with us three terrific original drinks she has created for their program that are each based on classics. We discuss these delicious concoctions, the classics they are built on, and why they work. We also talk about a host of other ideas and concepts that wil...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Whiskey and Invasive Green Crabs – 2022Ep21
07/14/2022

On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias we’re talking about whiskey and invasive green crabs! You may say, “what the?!?” But it’s a fascinating partnership between New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling and Mercantile and the University of New Hampshire’s Sea Grant program. The European green crab is a troubling invasive species in the region that is being exacerbated by climate change. In this innovative effort to raise awareness, Tamworth Distilling is producing a whiskey that utilizes culled green crabs (think: crab boil seasoning flavor) in a unique spirit, “Crab Trapper.” Our guests are Steven Grasse and...


The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Neal Bodenheimer of CureCo – 2022Ep20
06/30/2022

This time around on The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we’re over at the James Beard award-winning bar Cure in Uptown, New Orleans. Our guest is CureCo. co-founder, Neal Bodenheimer. We discuss their hospitality group and the growing number of spaces they operate. It’s a fun and interesting conversation that is a wide-ranging discussion on the industry. We also chat about Neal’s upcoming book, “Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em” due out in October!

Pictured above from left – Neal Bodenheimer of CureCo. and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show.

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