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Vortex Radio

Congratulations! You’ve found the world’s premier bar and restaurant-themed podcast. "Vortex Radio" will bring you some of the most authentic discussions about the bar business and the hospitality industry that you're likely to find anywhere, and from every angle imaginable. Hosted by Michael Benoit (Co-owner of The Vortex) and Rebecca Taub (General Manager of our Midtown location), podcast guests will include working servers and bartenders, other bar and restaurant owners, chefs, customers, local celebrities and anyone else with a unique perspective on the hospitality industry. The Vortex Bar & Grill, Atlanta’s legendary burger and booze joint, has always rejected idiocy in an industry that frequently encourages it. So when problem customers slip through the cracks (and don’t follow the rules) -- hilarity often ensues. Join Michael and Rebecca as they tell the tales that no one’s ever heard -- until now! Be prepared to get sucked into Vortex Radio.
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Aug 22, 2016

Eddie Hernandez has been cooking in this city for over 20 years and is now involved in the highly successful restaurant, Taqueria del Sol. With five locations, four in Georgia and one in Nashville, he's providing some of the most unique and delicious tacos to the masses. Listen in to hear more about this culinary creative and some upcoming special Taqueria events. 

 

Aug 15, 2016

Ford Fry is an Atlanta based chef and restaurateur who is behind eleven restaurants, ten in Atlanta and one in Houston. He joins Vortex radio to enjoy a margarita and talk about this journey through the Atlanta food scene. If you haven't been to one of his restaurants, you'll definitely want to go after listening to this episode!

Aug 8, 2016

Jackie and Maria from Atlanta's own Urban Tree Cidery join the Vortex Radio crew this week. They're Atlanta's first craft cidery and are pumping out some delicious and unique takes on the beverage. Listen in to this episode to get the scoop on what it's like to run a cidery and brew this tasty elixir.  

Aug 1, 2016

Mac Thurston has been keeping Midtown Atlanta's thirst quenched since the early 80's. The founder of Mac's Beer and Wine has also been a loyal patron of The Vortex since the first days back in the early 90's. Listen in to this episode to get a glimpse into the old Midtown Atlanta and the early days of The Vortex. 

Jul 25, 2016

Have you ever had mead before? Do you know how it's made? Whether you're a mead beginner or expert, this is the episode for you! We've got Justin Schoendorf and Sriki Vourganti from Monks Mead on the podcast this week! The gang tries a wide selection of meads and, because mead has a high alcohol percentage, things get pretty weird! 

Jul 18, 2016

Eric Von Haessler has been a radio personality in the city of Atlanta for 20 years now. You probably heard him on The Regular Guys show on 96 Rock back in the day. Now he joins the Vortex Radio crew for an hour of ridiculousness. Tune into this special episode to learn more about Eric as well as a brand new original Vortex cocktail! 

Jul 11, 2016

Vortex co-owner Suzanne Benoit joins us again on Vortex Radio! She's brought some tasty surprises for the gang to try including some high percentage booze and candy shot glasses. Things get pretty ridiculous on this one! 

Jul 4, 2016

The local guys over at Second Self Beer Company have been pumping out unique beers for a couple years now. With a unique blend of ingredients and a thoughtful use of hop varieties, there's no doubt they are making some of the most interesting beer in the state. Crack open a beer and stuff your ears with this audio junk food! 

Jun 27, 2016

Did you listen to Z93 back in the day? How about Dave FM? Chances are, if you live in Atlanta, you've heard Mara Davis' voice on the radio. Now, she's eating at all of Atlanta's best restaurants for Atlanta Eats. She joins the Vortex Radio crew on this very special episode to talk about the restaurant scene in the city and all of the craziness that goes along with it.

Jun 20, 2016

Kristen Benoit, owner of Atlanta's own Bone Garden Cantina, joins the podcast once again but this time, she is here to teach the gang all about Mezcal. Have you always been confused about the difference between Tequila and Mezcal? Well it's about time you learn!

Jun 13, 2016

The city of Atlanta hasn't seen a distillery since 1906. In 2014, Old Fourth Distillery changed that. Craig Moore, O4D's Head Fermentor, is our special guest on Vortex Radio this week. He talks about the challenges of opening up a distillery in Atlanta, what it's like to work in a 1,300 square foot building and, of course, we try their delicious Vodka and Gin. He even brought us some young whiskey in for us to sample. Listen in!

Jun 3, 2016

Reformation has been pumping out quality craft beer for a long time now. What started as a home brewing project, quickly turned into a community event, which then evolved into a full-scale brewery. The CEO and Co-Founder, Spencer Nix, as well has one of his Accounts Relationship Managers, Hamilton Bolton, join this episode of Vortex Radio. They brought in all kinds of delicious brews for the crew to try so crack open a beer and listen in!

May 30, 2016

Reid Ramsay of the popular beer news website, Beer Street Journal, comes on the podcast to drink beer and talk about beer. He's joined by Wild Heaven Craft Beers' very own Apostle of Ales, Sarah Young, who has brought in some delicious beers for the crew to try. Listen in to expand your beer horizons on this beer-centric episode of Vortex Radio. Did we mention we drink a lot of beer on this one? 

May 23, 2016

Nightclub entrepreneur, Michael Krohngold, has been in the Atlanta bar and club scene for a long time. On this very special episode of Vortex Radio, Michael takes us into the crazy past of Atlanta nightlife. Listen in to hear what Atlanta was like when closing time didn't exist and you could party until the birds started chirping.

May 16, 2016

Atlanta based artist, R. Land, recently came over to the Vortex Little 5 Points and painted a mural on the side of our bar. Now he's back to hang out with Michael and the Vortex Radio crew. Want to know a little bit about the history of R. Land? Curious about what he thinks of the constantly changing city of Atlanta? Listen in! This is one juicy podcast. 

May 12, 2016

This week on Vortex Radio, the owner of the famous Porter Beer Bar, Molly Gunn, joins us. A neighbor of the Little 5 Points Vortex, The Porter has been pouring beer and pumping out delicious food for eight years now. Listen in for some insight on what it's like to curate a beer menu that has over 800 unique brews. Spoiler: it ain't easy! 

May 9, 2016

Remember Kelsey Daniels? She was on the podcast a few months ago and just couldn't get enough! She's a Sales Gal for local guys, Monday Night Brewery, and now she's back to show the gang what new, delicious boozy substances Monday Night has been brewing up in the past months. They try the new and improved Nerd Alert Pseudo Pilsner, Slap Fight West Coast IPA and the delicious Fu Manbrew Gose. Crack open a beer and listen to this one on a Monday night. Because weekends are overrated.

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Apr 25, 2016

On another craft beer focused episode of Vortex Radio, Rebecca Royster, Brand and Sales Manager for Orpheus Brewing, joins us. With a lineup featuring saisons, sours, hops, and barrels, Orpheus Brewing is offering beers unique to the Southeast and gaining a lot of attention from craft beer lovers all across the country. Listen in as the gang takes a journey through their delicious offerings and learns a little bit about Greek mythology along the way. Crack open a beer, press play and don't look back.

Apr 18, 2016

Snuggled in the city of Avondale Estates, Wild Heaven Craft Brewery pumps out some of the best beer Georgia has to offer. Their Apostle of Ales, Sarah Young, joins Vortex Radio this week to educate and enlighten the crew with some tasty brews. Listen in as the gang tries some delicious and strong beverages while, as usual, talking complete nonsense. 

Apr 11, 2016

Have you ever noticed the giant motorcycles hanging in The Vortex? Of course you have! But do you know who gave them to us? John Landstrom, owner of Blue Moon Cycle, is an aficionado of all things motorcycles and the person who generously donated the sweet cycles in The Vortex. Listen in to this podcast to get some unique history about them along with stories from the early Vortex days when Michael and Suzanne used to rip through the countryside with John on their bikes.

Mar 28, 2016

We have Red Brick Brewing Company's Brewmaster and President, Garett Lockhart, and Sales Manager, Jason Topping, on Vortex Radio this week. We've always been big fans of their beer. We serve their delicious Laughing Skull beer at both of our Vortex locations and have for some time. If you haven't cracked open a skull with one of our juicy burgers, you haven't lived! Pour yourself a cold brew and tune in to this tasty podcast. 

Mar 21, 2016

This week, we have Mike Jakob on Vortex Radio! Mike owns the Castleberry Hill bar, Elliot Street Pub, with his brother, Pete. Elliot Street Pub is a tiny bar with an interesting past and present; clashes with the city government, free-form jazz in the basement, and iron pours in the empty lot next door. They are coming up on their tenth year anniversary in April! The City Council is even declaring that date as official annual Elliot Street Pub day.

Mar 14, 2016

This week on Vortex Radio, we have Jeff Merback. He’s the owner of the sister bar of The Vortex, The Highlander. It opened up two weeks before The Vortex back in 1992 and was the go-to hang out for our servers after they got off of work. Listen in to hear what it's like to run a smoky punk rock dive bar for almost 24 years, which is half of Jeff's life! You don't want to miss this one. 

Mar 7, 2016

This week on Vortex Radio, we have former Vortex Server and Manager, Laura Merback! Want to hear some great stories from 20 years ago when The Vortex was just getting its start? Then tune in! From regulars fighting down the stairs, The interesting drink preference of the Nigerian track team, and even Hank hitting the town in extra small dolphin shorts; this podcast has it all! 

Feb 26, 2016

Looking to increase your tequila smarts? We've got just what your brain is craving in this episode of Vortex Radio. We are joined by the Sales Director for Atlanta's own Goza Tequila, Lauren Kaufman. She runs us through their delicious tequilas and tells us all about how they are made. If that's not enough expertise for you, Michael is a certified Mezcalier which means that, according to the Mexican government, he can teach you all you need to know about Mezcal. So take a shot and get ready for some junk food for your earholes! 

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