Minnick has assessed contestant drinks on Bravo's "Top Chef," and appeared on Discovery's "Moonshiners," CNBC, CBS This Morning, NPR and more. He is the host of PodcastOne’s Hermes Creative Awards Platinum winning podcast The Fred Minnick Show, as well as the Bourbon Pursuit Podcast and DASH Radio's "Minnick Minute.” Minnick is also the author of Wall Street Journal best-seller Bourbon Curious, ForeWord INDIES' Gold Medal winner Whiskey Women, which was options by Paramour Films, and Spirited Awards' World's Best Spirits Book winner Bourbon.
The categorical leader in American whiskey and spirits podcasting, Minnick is ready to bring his niche to the mainstream. On The Fred Minnick Show, Fred interviews celebrities over whiskey and talks about life; past guests have included Ludacris, Daryl Hall, Mick Fleetwood, Lee Brice, NFL star Ndamukong Suh (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), NFL Hall of Famer Charles Woodson, Chase Rice, Ashley McBryde, actor Harry Shearer, tennis legend Andy Roddick, Slipknot’s Clown, Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold and Lindsay Ell, among others.
As a leader on social media with over 100,000 social media followers, Minnick reaches more than 15 million monthly listeners on all platforms, including DASH Radio’s Minnick Minute, and is heard in 80 countries. The Fred Minnick Show is a top rated podcast with over 100 livestream productions that have earned placings including Top 20 Food, Top 15 Music Interviews, and Top Food Podcast-The Spirits Business. Minnick is founder and curator of the Repeal Day Expo, produced entirely in a virtual world.
Additionally, Fred has appeared in The Atlantic, CBS This Morning, Celebrity Access, Fox and Friends, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Today, as well as on BBC, NPR and The Travel Channel and many others. Over the past decade Minnick has appeared in the media more than 1,000 times. Minnick is recognized for his research credentials by Filson Historical Society, National Library of Ireland, and The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
More than just a well-polished presenter and personality in an ascot, Minnick is a storyteller with game-changing books Whiskey Women (Potomac Books, 2013), winner of the ForeWord INDIES’ Gold medal and optioned by Paramour Films, and Bourbon (Quarto, 2016), winner of the Spirited Awards’ World’s Best Spirits Book in 2017 and named top “food book” by Smithsonian Magazine. He’s also written Camera Boy (Hellgate Press, 2009), a Wall Street Journal-bestselling eBook, Bourbon Curious (Quarto, 1st Ed., 2015. 2nd ed., 2019), Rum Curious (Quarto, 2017), and MEAD (Running Press, 2018).
Minnick is senior contributor on spirits for Forbes, founding and former editor-in-chief of Bourbon+ Magazine, and frequently contributes to Whiskey Magazine, Whiskey Auctioneer, and Saveur Magazine. He has written for Parade Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and is the former lead American Whiskey critic for Whisky Advocate.
The cross section on bourbon as a lifestyle culture packages all Minnick has done before, giving him a platform to pour over spirits, toast, and make the world a better place one drink at a time.
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Want to taste bourbon like a pro? Since 2006, Fred Minnick has been analyzes wine and spirits, developing techniques that he's used to pick the world's best bourbons at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and score bourbons. These are not the end all, be all, but the techniques should help you on your bourbon journey.