We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Greene and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matt, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Gus and I have been childhood best friends since we were in diapers and as you can imagine, many conversations have come and gone about starting a business together. With military parents, we both travelled around a lot in our early years but never lost touch. In 2016 I was getting out of the Army and needed to find a place to settle down. Gus had moved to Charleston, SC after he graduated college and a friend of his was hiring for a role I could fill so I made the move. It wasn’t long after being in Charleston that we had the conversation together about starting a business.

One night we were sitting around a fire after hunting and we came up with the idea to start a podcast about hunting. One of the segments of that podcast was called “Whiskey & Whitetails” where we would review a whiskey, and discuss the hunt. That segment got a lot of feedback and along came the company name, Whiskey & Whitetails.

We knew that growing a podcast would be hard, so to subsidize money to pay for our hobby we started making things out of used whiskey barrels and one particular product, our cocktail smoker block, took off. This is when we knew we had something and really started to turn it into a business rather than just a podcast. Today we offer several hand made products along with whiskey classes, YouTube videos and events we call “The Experience”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art comes in many forms. Gus and I are both tackling different creative mountain tops one step at a time. Whether we are learning about photography, videography, public speaking, wood working or just a new tool in the garage to make our process more efficient, we strive to be different. Our products speak for themselves on design and the time it takes to make them look as good as possible. As with any creative process, people will take the easy route and we try to take the route that is best for the end consumer. You can see this in simple things like how we design our cigar rests. It would be easy just to zip through them with a forstner bit, but Gus takes the time to route out the hole to leave a clean finish with no pilot hole. Being creative is all in the details, and the details are often the most challenging pieces.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I understand this is probably talking about Denver? Not sure if you want our answer for our town or not but here it is..

Charleston, SC is a beautiful town with a lot to take in. From fine dining, to Folly Beach, this place has a lot to offer. My favorite place to take people is to see the Morris Island Lighthouse from the edge of coffin island. The story behind it is fascinating and you get to enjoy the breeze from the ocean air as you learn from it. After that a short drive back to the main strip we can have a Guinness with a shot of Jameson and walk 2 blocks down to have a creative meal from Jack of Cups that you have never had before. The menu changes often and it is always art on a plate.
If time allows we like to take people downtown to view the unique architecture, have a burger at the oldest bar in Charleston, The Blind Tiger. Then shoot up King Street to Prohibition for some unique cocktails you wont find anywhere else on the Peninsula.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We wouldn’t be here without our Patrons. The group is small, but mighty and we love each of them for being with us for the ride. Their feedback on content, products, and just overall being there for us at the end of the day in our Discord chat means the world to us. Several of them are only Patrons to support us and rarely interact, but their support helps keep the lights on at the studio and gives us the encouragement to press on knowing that their are still some good people out there that are looking for what Whiskey & Whitetails can provide.

Website: https://whiskeyandwhitetails.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whiskeyandwhitetails/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/whskywhitetail

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyandwhitetails

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUX9-ft9bLcrNMUMREwj4Dw

Other: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/whiskeyandwhitetails Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/7fW2bZw2nboRA2aNO2P3pK?si=c0ef7b60fca6461f

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