The intersection of food, beverage, business, sports, art, entertainment and life.

In today’s culture the intersection of spirits, cocktails, beer, wine and food are rapidly mixing with business, sports, art, entertainment and life.

Every week, co-hosts Justin Stiefel (CEO, Heritage Distilling Co.) and Lydia Cruz (KIRO Radio) will bring listeners an interesting mix of current events and trends in the world of adult beverages, insights on happenings in the market, interviews with key people in industry and a few surprises.

Cask Club Radio serves as an informative, educational and entertaining weekly show, all with an eye towards responsible enjoyment of spirits, cocktails, beer and wine. Focusing on trends across a broad spectrum of the market, Justin and Lydia will discuss how those trends are impacting other parts of our lives collectively from the perspective of a small producer.

We believe that ‘every spirit has a story™’ and stories, like good drinks, are always better when shared with friends.


Episode 1

October 14, 2017

In this inaugural episode of Cask Club Radio we get to know our sponsor and co-host Justin Stiefel and his wife Jennifer. They share how they built Heritage Distilling Company and answer our favorite question; What are we drinking? Then, Dick Stephens owner of Varsity Communications joins us to talk about the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Event that was held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Dick explains that Seattle being one of the ten cities selected reflects how important the Pacific Northwest is in the world of food and spirits. Plus, we bring you Life Tips from a Bartender. This week, Kevin Stump gives us advice on pick up lines, ordering etiquette, and what not to say to your bartender.



Episode 2

October 21, 2017

This week we discuss the impressive growth of Tito’s vodka and France getting embarrassed at the International blind wine tasting competition. We also finish last week’s conversation with Justin and Jennifer Stiefel of Heritage Distilling Company. Jennifer shares why she’s excited to go to work everyday. Then, Steven Severin of Neumos, Barboza and the Runaway stops by to talk about how he began his career booking musical talent and ended up owning several businesses. Plus we check in with Distiller Dain live from Nashville’s Honey Summit for his top 5 things this week!


Episode 3

October 28, 2017

In this episode of Cask Club Radio, Justin and Lydia discuss the impact the California wild fires are having on the wine industry, and a study that shows drinking a pint of beer or two may help you learn another language more readily. Then, we talk with Kara Newman, author of Road Soda about how you can make fantastic cocktails anywhere. She has ideas for camping, traveling, and even movie theaters! We also sit down with John Forsberg, who tells us how he turned a love for beer into his successful business Gig Harbor Brewing in just 2 years.


Episode 4

November, 4th 2017

Today, Lydia and Justin discuss a new Amazon Prime service they are not so sure about, good news for wineries that want to offer home delivery, and why Whiskey is actually a great investment. Then, Chef Ethan Stowell, owner of many Seattle restaurants including; How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies and Olives, Staple and Fancy, and Tavolata, just to name a few, tells us how he developed his love for food and grew it into the many successful and delicious business ventures he owns today. We wrap up with a recipe for a hot drink perfect for the sudden change in weather and Distiller Dain’s top 5 things this week.


Episode 5

November, 11th 2017

Today, Justin and Lydia start out by thanking all of the veterans. Happy Veteran’s Day! Then, we discuss beer bikes causing outrage in Amsterdam, a $10,000 glass of Scotch that turned out to be a fake, and fast food chains serving alcohol. Robert Spaulding of Elliott’s Oyster House tells us about their fun event called Oyster New year happening tonight. We also get to know Jennifer Stankus. Jennifer is a member of Heritage Distilling’s Cask Club and she is a woman of many talents, including participating in American Ninja Warrior. Then, we play cocktail word association with a bartender!


Episode 6

November, 17th 2017

This week, Lydia has the day off. Justin Stiefel and Maura Dooley discuss beer cocktails, Molson Coors adding nutrition labels to their beers for the first time, and a $350,000 bottle of wine. Then, Erin Tierney and Jen Muzai of the Ballard Food Bank join us to discuss the Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving. We also learn about ciders from Tim Larsen of Snowdrift Cider and Distiller Dain shares another installment of his Top 5 things this week!


Episode 7

November, 25th 2017

In today’s show, Lydia, Justin and Maura discuss some geographic wine regions on the rise that you wouldn’t expect, and a bill in the senate that could provide some tax relief to Washington, distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Then, we talk Apple Cup with Damon Huard and Drew Bledsoe. Both former quarterbacks also own fantastic Washington wineries. We talk with Damon about Passing Time and Drew about Doubleback. Plus, we wrap up the show with things your bartender wishes they could tell you!


Episode 8

December, 2nd 2017

In today’s show, Lydia, Maura and Justin discuss a study that correlates different types of alcohol with different emotions or moods, and 1800 gallons of vodka being stolen from an L.A. distillery. Then, Eric Radovich joins us to discuss this weekend’s Winter Beer Fest, and Kayla Black from the American Prohibition Museum gives us an education on prohibition and repeal day. Plus, our friend Patrick Spaulding joins us at the Crab Pot for Life Tips From A Bartender!


Episode 9

December, 16th 2017

In today’s show; Lydia, Justin and Maura discuss edible cocktails, new wine grape varietals, and a list of the countries that drink the most beer. Then, Kevin Masse and Ivo Peshev of join us to discuss the website and the 24 cocktails that Ivo created using the Heritage Distilling Advent Calendar. We also talk to Brad Thomas Parsons about the history behind distillery cats and get Distiller Dain’s top 5 things this week.


Episode 10

December, 23rd 2017

In today’s show Lydia, Justin and Maura discuss a fake restaurant getting rave Trip Advisor reviews, Pizza Hut delivering wine and beer and a hilarious cease and desist order from Bud Light. Then, we chat with Mike Griffith, co-owner of the Miner’s Landing on the waterfront about the Great Wheel, the Crab Pot and Wings over Washington. We also talk all things cider with author and editor in chief of Cidercraft and Sip Northwest Erin James. Plus, we play cocktail word association with our friend Patrick Spaulding.


Episode 11

December, 30th 2017

In today’s show, Lydia, Justin, and Maura discuss how much wine you need per guest for your holiday parties, New Jersey passing a law against drunk drone driving, and why you may want to order whiskey at the bar if you are a germophobe. Then, we talk New Year’s resolutions, and hear from Nate McLaughlin of Justice brewing on how he turned a love for home brewing into a business. Plus, Distiller Dain gives us his last top 5 of 2017.