American Bourbon Podcasts By A Spirited Conversation / February 21, 2021 Hosts: Liz Rhoades, Lew Bryson, & Martin Duffy What You’ll Learn: Join a trio of drink industry veterans in weekly conversation on whiskey, spirits, distilling, marketing and the current state of the drink industry. This week, Michael Swanson, Owner and Head Distiller at Far North Spirits, joins the group. powered by Crowdcast About Michael Swanson: Michael Swanson is head distiller, farmer and, with his wife, Cheri Reese, owner of Far North Spirits, one of a handful of craft distilleries in the U.S. that also grows its own grain. In 2013, he built the distillery in the middle of what was a wheat field on the Swanson family farm near the Canadian border. He makes whiskey, gin and rum while also growing rye and corn to support the distilling operation. He has been earnestly studying 15 different rye grain varietals’ influence on flavor in whiskey since 2015, with a planned March 2021 release of a first-of-its-kind rye study. Prior to living out his dream of making award-winning craft spirits, he worked as a ski bum in Vail, a pharmaceutical sales rep in Idaho, a medical researcher in Denver, a food/wine writer in Minneapolis and a marketing manager for a Fortune 500 company in St. Paul – turns out, the ideal career path for an aspiring whiskey farmer. His intention of making the family farm sustainable for the next 100 years drew him home. He received his bio/chem degree from Concordia College and his MBA from St. Thomas University. About the Hosts: Liz Rhoades, founder of Spirit Safe Consulting, former research scientist for DIAGEO, distilling consultant, spirits writer for The Whiskey Wash & presenter. Lew Bryson, former managing editor for Whisky Advocate Magazine for 20 years, whiskey author, beer/whiskey writer and presenter. Martin Duffy, former DIAGEO Master of Whisky for the Midwest, DIAGEO Reserve Brand Ambassador for The Republic of Ireland, North American Brand Representative for Glencairn Crystal. Shop Blackened American Whiskey co-created by METALLICA at ReserveBar! Celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists with the spirits brand co-created by 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee: Metallica. Shop Now!