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Join hosts Michael Allmandinger (Dinger), Mike Mainwold (Wo), and Micah Zahler as they seek to educate, inspire, and occasionally entertain their way through all things imbibed.

Latest Episodes

Ready To Drink Cocktails

Too tired to put together a proper cocktail but you could really use a drink? Canned cocktails got your back… and your front! In this episode we leave our strainers and shaker tins on the shelf and crack open some cans of ready to drink Caipirinhas. The good people over at Novo Fogo added two new flavors to their Sparkling Caipirinha line - and they sent us some to try… our first booze mail! So how does one pronounce Caipirinha? Great question. We’ll help you out with the correct pronunciation, explain the difference between cachaca and rum, describe what makes for a quality canned cocktail - PLUS - Wo, Dinger, and Micah disagree on a pivotal pop-culture reference.

45 MIN2 weeks ago
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Ready To Drink Cocktails

Mezcal Is Your New Favorite Spirit

The Always Parched hosts sample four wild agave varietals (and learn why mezcal is the wine of spirits), drink from handmade copitas, eat insects, pick favorites, and discuss the challenges of introducing a mostly misunderstood spirit into a new market. Allow yourself to be biased by story and community as we sit down with Abel Arriaga from Mezcal Carreño. This episode is jam-packed with everything you need to know to better approach, understand, and embrace the terroir driven spirit that is mezcal - PLUS - after hitting the cutting room floor 3 times, we present to you… Dinger’s cheese story.

91 MINJUL 25
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Mezcal Is Your New Favorite Spirit

Negroni Week!

It’s that special time of year again… so join us for a few drinks as we discuss the classic, the always delightful and never overrated… the negroni. What more can be said about such an iconic drink? Probably not that much - but we’re going to give it a go anyways! In this episode, we take a look at the brief history of Negroni Week, who started it, who benefits from it, and why you should go out and support your local participating bars - PLUS - when does a negroni riff become a negroni inspired cocktail?

51 MINJUN 26
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Negroni Week!

An Amateur Behind the Stick

He’s all growns up! Our home bartender co-host, Wo (Mike Mainwold), competed with local professionals in the Campari Loves Gin Competition. Listen in as we talk about what it’s like going behind the bar for the very first time, finding inspiration from the culinary world, avoiding amateur mistakes, and making your friends proud(ish) - PLUS - we let the bitterness shine with the real star of this episode… Bitter Island.

56 MINMAY 22
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An Amateur Behind the Stick

Don't Overthink It!

In this episode, the Always Parched hosts are joined by special guest barologist - and winner of the 2019 Last Slinger Standing competition - Chanel Godwin-McMaken from Little Rituals (Phoenix, AZ). We talk about humbling experiences, not overthinking situations, staying in the moment, green chartreuse, courageous cocktails, and how winning is done! - PLUS - what is the prefered nomenclature: bartender vs mixologist vs vodka-soda slinger vs barologist.

77 MINAPR 3
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Don't Overthink It!

Flavored Vodka

We try them all so you don’t have to! Okay - so we didn’t try every obnoxiously colored little bottle of flavored misadventure, but we did try WAY too many of them. In this semi-regrettable episode Wo, Dinger, and Micah start off with a mixed bag of questionable vodkas and then finish strong with some quality, well comprised examples of goodness. Find out if the Always Parched crew successfully traversed Micah’s gauntlet of disaster - PLUS - did you know your flavored vodka is probably just spirit and perfume… want to know more… take a listen!

63 MINMAR 17
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Flavored Vodka

Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 2

The results are in! And - more importantly - Dinger is back to impart valuable wisdom and insight to his home bartender co-hosts. Listen in on the conversation as Wo and Micah make their drinks, plead their cases, and assert a variety of excuses as to why they didn’t win the Four Roses cocktail competition - PLUS - our resident expert described one recipe as gross… so find out if friendships are lost in this episode of Always Parched.

44 MINFEB 15
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Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 2

Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 1

It’s amateur hour! Four Roses invited home bartenders (sorry, Dinger, no professionals allowed) from around the country to create the official 130th Anniversary Cocktail. In this episode, Always Parched hosts, Wo and Micah document the meticulous process of creating a signature recipe for their very first cocktail competition - PLUS - brown butter fat-washed bourbon is a thing and you need to try it right now!

39 MINFEB 14
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Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 1

Drinking Rum and Talking Tiki

Our first guest! In this episode Dinger, Wo, and Micah talk mai tai(s), rum, and tiki culture with local expert and bartender extraordinaire, Libby Lingua from UnderTow (Phoenix, AZ) - PLUS - we find out just how much effort, planning, and attention-to-detail goes into delivering a totally immersive tiki experience.

36 MINJAN 30
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Drinking Rum and Talking Tiki

Cocktail Cherries

Adult drinks call for adult cherries! The maraschino cherries (aka red abominations) you took down by the handful as a kid are no longer welcome at the bar and Always Parched is here to help you make the switch. In this episode Dinger, Wo, and Micah sample some of the best cocktails cherries this world has to offer - PLUS - we have homemade brandied cherries you may want to make for yourself.

36 MIN2018 DEC 20
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Cocktail Cherries

Latest Episodes

Ready To Drink Cocktails

Too tired to put together a proper cocktail but you could really use a drink? Canned cocktails got your back… and your front! In this episode we leave our strainers and shaker tins on the shelf and crack open some cans of ready to drink Caipirinhas. The good people over at Novo Fogo added two new flavors to their Sparkling Caipirinha line - and they sent us some to try… our first booze mail! So how does one pronounce Caipirinha? Great question. We’ll help you out with the correct pronunciation, explain the difference between cachaca and rum, describe what makes for a quality canned cocktail - PLUS - Wo, Dinger, and Micah disagree on a pivotal pop-culture reference.

45 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Ready To Drink Cocktails

Mezcal Is Your New Favorite Spirit

The Always Parched hosts sample four wild agave varietals (and learn why mezcal is the wine of spirits), drink from handmade copitas, eat insects, pick favorites, and discuss the challenges of introducing a mostly misunderstood spirit into a new market. Allow yourself to be biased by story and community as we sit down with Abel Arriaga from Mezcal Carreño. This episode is jam-packed with everything you need to know to better approach, understand, and embrace the terroir driven spirit that is mezcal - PLUS - after hitting the cutting room floor 3 times, we present to you… Dinger’s cheese story.

91 MINJUL 25
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Mezcal Is Your New Favorite Spirit

Negroni Week!

It’s that special time of year again… so join us for a few drinks as we discuss the classic, the always delightful and never overrated… the negroni. What more can be said about such an iconic drink? Probably not that much - but we’re going to give it a go anyways! In this episode, we take a look at the brief history of Negroni Week, who started it, who benefits from it, and why you should go out and support your local participating bars - PLUS - when does a negroni riff become a negroni inspired cocktail?

51 MINJUN 26
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Negroni Week!

An Amateur Behind the Stick

He’s all growns up! Our home bartender co-host, Wo (Mike Mainwold), competed with local professionals in the Campari Loves Gin Competition. Listen in as we talk about what it’s like going behind the bar for the very first time, finding inspiration from the culinary world, avoiding amateur mistakes, and making your friends proud(ish) - PLUS - we let the bitterness shine with the real star of this episode… Bitter Island.

56 MINMAY 22
Comments
An Amateur Behind the Stick

Don't Overthink It!

In this episode, the Always Parched hosts are joined by special guest barologist - and winner of the 2019 Last Slinger Standing competition - Chanel Godwin-McMaken from Little Rituals (Phoenix, AZ). We talk about humbling experiences, not overthinking situations, staying in the moment, green chartreuse, courageous cocktails, and how winning is done! - PLUS - what is the prefered nomenclature: bartender vs mixologist vs vodka-soda slinger vs barologist.

77 MINAPR 3
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Don't Overthink It!

Flavored Vodka

We try them all so you don’t have to! Okay - so we didn’t try every obnoxiously colored little bottle of flavored misadventure, but we did try WAY too many of them. In this semi-regrettable episode Wo, Dinger, and Micah start off with a mixed bag of questionable vodkas and then finish strong with some quality, well comprised examples of goodness. Find out if the Always Parched crew successfully traversed Micah’s gauntlet of disaster - PLUS - did you know your flavored vodka is probably just spirit and perfume… want to know more… take a listen!

63 MINMAR 17
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Flavored Vodka

Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 2

The results are in! And - more importantly - Dinger is back to impart valuable wisdom and insight to his home bartender co-hosts. Listen in on the conversation as Wo and Micah make their drinks, plead their cases, and assert a variety of excuses as to why they didn’t win the Four Roses cocktail competition - PLUS - our resident expert described one recipe as gross… so find out if friendships are lost in this episode of Always Parched.

44 MINFEB 15
Comments
Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 2

Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 1

It’s amateur hour! Four Roses invited home bartenders (sorry, Dinger, no professionals allowed) from around the country to create the official 130th Anniversary Cocktail. In this episode, Always Parched hosts, Wo and Micah document the meticulous process of creating a signature recipe for their very first cocktail competition - PLUS - brown butter fat-washed bourbon is a thing and you need to try it right now!

39 MINFEB 14
Comments
Four Roses Cocktail Competition Part 1

Drinking Rum and Talking Tiki

Our first guest! In this episode Dinger, Wo, and Micah talk mai tai(s), rum, and tiki culture with local expert and bartender extraordinaire, Libby Lingua from UnderTow (Phoenix, AZ) - PLUS - we find out just how much effort, planning, and attention-to-detail goes into delivering a totally immersive tiki experience.

36 MINJAN 30
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Drinking Rum and Talking Tiki

Cocktail Cherries

Adult drinks call for adult cherries! The maraschino cherries (aka red abominations) you took down by the handful as a kid are no longer welcome at the bar and Always Parched is here to help you make the switch. In this episode Dinger, Wo, and Micah sample some of the best cocktails cherries this world has to offer - PLUS - we have homemade brandied cherries you may want to make for yourself.

36 MIN2018 DEC 20
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Cocktail Cherries

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