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Episode 120 Drink Tank with Brad Thomas Parsons

Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, talks with Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters, a Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All (Ten Speed, 2011).

Bitters recently won the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Cookbook of the Year award in the category of wine, beer or spirits and is a nominee for the 2012 James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook of the Year in the beverage category (winners to be announced on May 4). Brad Thomas Parsons is a writer, blogger and food and cocktail enthusiast with a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Columbia University – and his book shows it. Informative, interesting and utterly enjoyable, the book is a history lesson in the American cocktail, as well as the aromatic cocktail bitters that are an essential ingredient in so many of them. In their interview, Brad and Gibson discuss the history of bitters, how they almost magically enhance cocktails, how you can make your own bitters using seasonal, local ingredients and even how to use them in cooking. Chinese-style takeout ribs with lacquered bitters glaze anyone?

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Episode 119 Drink Tank with Dave McLean of Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, talks to Dave McLean, Master Brewer and owner of Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery in San Francisco.

Magnolia Brewery is an award-winning brewer of hand-crafted, historically inspired beers. Dave tells listeners how his own experimentation with home brewing inspired him to attend the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis and open Magnolia in San Francisco’s Haight district. Dave and Gibson also talk about conscious sourcing of ingredients, including the oysters for Magnolia’s famous Oysterhead Stout from local, sustainable shellfish farm, Hog Island Oysters. As Magnolia is acclaimed for its food, as well as its beer, Dave offers his food and beer pairing tips, as well.

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Episode 113 Drink Tank with Natalie MacLean

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Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, sommelier and wine writer, Natalie MacLean.

Natalie has spent the last several years traveling the world, visiting wineries, tasting LOTS of wine and talking to winemakers and other wine industry personalities, in search of the world’s best “bargain” wines. The delightful and informative result is her second book, Unquenchable, A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines (Perigree, 2011). In her Drink Tank interview, Natalie offers tips on what makes certain wines true bargains and how to find them. She also discusses the value of learning about the people behind the wines you drink. Knowing their stories can turn a good wine into a great wine.

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Tickets for Edible Institute 2012 are now available!

Edible Communities presents Edible Institute — a weekend of talks, presentations, and workshops, by some of the local food movement’s most influential thinkers and eaters.

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Episode 107 Drink Tank with Lance Winters

Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, talks to Lance Winters, owner and master distiller of St. George Spirits in Alameda, Ca.

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Lance and St. George Spirits are dedicated to producing high quality craft spirits. Their spirits are made with seasonal ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible. Our discussion ranged from how Lance became interested in distilling spirits (he started home brewing when he was an engineer in the Navy) to the process of making spirits to his latest creations. One of these, St. George Terroir Gin, was inspired by the smells Lance encountered while hiking on Marin County’s Mount Tamalpais. The intense woodsy nose and flavor of this place-driven gin are derived from Douglas fir, California bay laurel and California coastal sage. Lance is also working with the folks at Oliveto Restaurant and Cafe in Oakland, Ca, who are growing a variety of heirloom corn to ensure that their spirits will be GMO free.

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Episode 86 The Drink Tank with Nicholas Pollacchi

Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, talks to Nicholas Pollacchi, Western US Brand Ambassador for The Balvenie distillery.

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Nicholas is one of two US Brand Ambassadors for The Balvenie currently on a “Rare Craft Roadshow” through the United States. The Rare Craft Roadshow is a celebration of traditional crafts – things that are still made with skill, time and attention. Gibson and Nicholas met at a Scotch and cheese tasting at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company in Point Reyes, CA – a perfect fit for the Rare Craft Roadshow.

On this episode of the Drink Tank, Gibson and Nicholas talk about The Balvenie, single malt Scotch, the Rare Craft Roadshow and the importance of supporting traditionally-made products of all sorts.

The Balvenie is owned by William Grant & Sons, Ltd., an independent, family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1887. The company is currently run by the fifth generation of his family. The Balvenie hand-crafts its range of single malts using traditional floor malting methods. To learn more about The Balvenie and see a list of the artisan craftspeople included in the Rare Craft Roadshow – and suggest someone that you think deserves a visit – go to… Read the rest

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Episode 74: The Drink Tank with Janet Fletcher

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Drink Tank host Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor of Edible Marin & Wine Country, talks to Janet Fletcher.

Janet is the James Beard award-winning weekly cheese columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of over 20 cookbooks including Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing and Enjoying and The Cheese Course.

Janet first discovered farmers’ markets and the pleasures of the table while a student in France. After college, she attended the Culinary Institute of America and spent two years in the kitchen at Chez Panisse further honing her skills and a deep appreciation for extraordinary ingredients. Today, Janet lives in the Napa Valley with her winemaker husband.

Janet offers her general rules of thumb when pairing wine and cheese, and shares her opinions on the varietals of wines that pair best with different styles of cheeses. We also hear about some of her favorite cheese shops around the world.

Read more about Janet and sign up for her cheese and wine pairing classes in Napa, CA (beginning May of 2011) at

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