This time around, we’re in Columbia, South Carolina for The Great American Whiskey Fair. We’ll talk with local distillers creating unique whiskies with local grains, and we’ll also look at a global issue: the potential impact of climate change on the whisky industry. Researchers have been looking at the impact of global warming on barley production for beer, but they also see a serious problem for whisky distillers, too. In the news, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is planning another expansion at Midleton Distillery and the rest of its facilities in Ireland to meet projected demand, and we’ll have the latest on new whiskies and executive changes, along with a tribute to one of whisky’s quiet giants.

Links: Great American Whiskey Fair | Irish Distillers | Kilbeggan | Canadian Club | Michter’s | Johnnie Walker | Royal Salute | Kilchoman | The Tweedale Blend | Constellation Brands | Distilled Spirits Council | Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility | The Last Drop Distillers | Nature Plants | Six and Twenty Distillery | Crouch Distilling | Old Forester | Buffalo Trace | Bourbon Columbia