Ep. 120: Lodestar Whiskey with Anna Axster

The Whiskey Ring Podcast

13-12-2023 • 1 hr 18 mins

Anna Axster and Wendelin von Schroder - cousins and veterans of the entertainment industry - have started a whiskey. Just a few weeks ago, that whiskey brand launched as Lodestar Whiskey, a blend of high-rye bourbon and American single malt whiskies aiming for a Southern California vibe.

This whiskey - and the women behind it - are worth a look. It's a whiskey aimed at multiple audiences with multiple purposes. It can stand up on its own, to a cube, and in a cocktail (and not in that "this is a great cocktail whiskey" kind of way). It's outright pro-women-leaders with an allusion to feminism on the label, but the whiskey is still the star.

I was a little skeptical at first - new people getting into the whiskey business with no background other than as consumers, a lower proof, and family connection? We've seen this go sideways many times. On this one, though, call me convinced.

Anna and I talk getting into the business, finding the right blend, connecting with all the audiences they want to, and owning your backyard in a trendy, millennial-centric way.

Thanks everyone for listening, and thank you to Anna for entering the Whiskey Ring!


Before we jump into the interview just a few quick notes:

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The first three WRP barrel picks are in! The Jack Daniel's Barrel Proof Ryes are SOLD OUT, and the Barrell Rye Finished in Armagnac Casks is now live!

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Our Spirits of French Lick barrel pick is done! I won't spoil the surprise, only saying it is one of only 9 or 10 barrels ever made of this whiskey (and ours will be the first to come out!)

$25 members get the chance to join me on picks: one of your fellow Patreon members joined me in Lynchburg, one was on the Spirits of French Lick team, and I'll be picking one or more for the KO pick once samples come in!

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