About the Drinks Adventures Podcast

Founded in 2018, Drinks Adventures is a unique podcast covering the world of alcoholic beverages with a sense of adventure and discovery.

Drinks Adventures has to date has played host to some of the world’s biggest names in wine, beer, whisky, gin, sake, cider and more.

Memorable guests include actor and winemaker Sam Neill; musician and winemaker Maynard James Keenan; actor turned vodka entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd; as well as techno artist and sake aficionado Richie Hawtin.

We’ve been joined by wine critics Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes; cricketers turned winemakers Sir Ian Botham and Ricky Ponting; Formula 1 star and DR3 Wines founder Daniel Ricciardo and sake expert John Gauntner.

James Atkinson of Drinks Adventures at The Great Australian Red Masterclass
James Atkinson at The Great Australian Red Masterclass

From the spirits world, we’ve interviewed whisky experts Charles Maclean MBE and Dave Broom; cocktail historian Jared Brown; legendary mixologist Julio Bermejo and the first female bourbon master distiller since Prohibition, Marianne Eaves.

But most importantly, the podcast provides a platform for many small, artisan producers to tell their brand’s story to our highly engaged audience of predominately Australian listeners.

James Atkinson of Drinks Adventures at Suntory’s Hakushu Distillery in Japan

A finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards 2020, Drinks Adventures won the inaugural prize for Best Wine Blog or Podcast at the Wine Communicator Awards 2021.

The show is produced and hosted by renowned drinks journalist James Atkinson, the only dual winner of Best Media at the Australian International Beer Awards (2017 and 2021).

The Drinks Adventures podcast is produced on Gadigal Land. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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You can get in touch with James Atkinson here.

Praise for the Drinks Adventures podcast

“Mixing interviews with industry figures and Atkinson’s own commentary, each episode serves up a chance to discover new whisky and gain a better appreciation of how it’s made.”
Mark Gambino, Whisky Magazine

“The Drinks Adventures podcast is an entertaining deep dive into alcoholic beverages of all kinds.”
John Lethlean, The Australian

“A refreshingly genuine podcast, not afraid of going deep on important issues while still keeping it engaging. James offers a frank and inquisitive exploration of the drinks industry laced with a subtle and dry sense of humour.”
Dave Withers, master distiller Archie Rose Distilling Co

“Drinks Adventures is a fantastic podcast to listen to if you’re interested in Australian whisky and the Aussie whisky scene.
Andrew Derbidge, cellarmaster Scotch Malt Whisky Society Australia

“Rather than following the well- trodden path of keeping drinks categories isolated from each other, James zooms out and sees the bigger picture, showing the wider world of alcohol as an integrated industry.”
Mick Wust, The Crafty Pint

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