290 – Wild Growth at Wilderness Trail with Dr. Pat Heist


Dr. Pat Heist blew our minds back on episode 121 going deep on yeast. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, go listen to that one first before starting this, I promise it will be worth your time. Pat has one of the most unique backgrounds in bourbon and has even had the opportunity to do a TED Talk which is amazing for our industry. We discuss the crazy growth at Wilderness Trail.

Show Notes:

  • This week’s Above the Char with Fred Minnick talks about blind tastings.
  • What’s your title?
  • Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or the future to meet your descendants?
  • Any new products in the pipeline?
  • How do you forecast?
  • How much are you producing per day?
  • Who’s idea was it to invest so much in the business?
  • Tell us about your TedX talk.
  • What’s your next milestone?
  • Where can people buy Wilderness Trail?
  • How have you and your bourbon been received across the country?
  • How do you chose a yeast variety for your product?
  • How does your process compare to other distilleries?
  • What happens when people dip their finger in the fermentation tanks?
  • Can you recreate whiskey from the 70s?

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