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Tales 2010 Summary

Wow, what a week. This year was bigger and better than last year. In fact there were so many people I wanted to have a drink with that there just wasn’t enough time. But I did manage to drink my fair share and chat with a lot of people. This year I went as a presenter and not media. I presented 3 sessions, plus helped out on Andrew Nicholls Essential Oil session so I was busy. I tend to feel… [Continue]

G’Vine Gin Connoisseur Program (2010)

There are cocktail competitions and then there is the G’Vine Gin Connoisseur Program. Most cocktail / bartending competitions are relatively simple affairs that pit one cocktail against another with the winner having the best cocktail of the moment. Sometimes it’s as much luck as it is the whims of the judging panel. The G’Vine program is very different and the final… [Continue]

Balvenie Signature 12 Year Old

The recent upswing in popularity of spirits has had good and bad effects. The good part is that there are many more options for the consumer, with the healthy competition producing gads of new products. The bad part is that to fill the demand many companies have cut back on quality, and put it into marketing. At what point does the marketing overshadow the tradition of a product? To some it might… [Continue]

Sodatender or Barjerk

With Tales of the Cocktail 2011 a mere 90 days away (or less) it’s time to start getting your flight booked, hotel reserved and sessions picked. This year I am a co-presenter on two session, one of them being “Sodatender or Barjerk” with the esteemed David Wondrich. With my book on soda fountains (Fix the Pumps)… [Continue]

Tales of the Cocktail 2011

Anyone who knows anything about cocktails is aware that Tales of the Cocktail is just about upon us. For those that don’t know what “Tales” is, it is the largest annual migration of the worlds best bartenders and drink experts, who congregate in New Orleans for a week of learning, socializing, drinking and mild to moderate suffering. Yes, it’s almost impossible to escape… [Continue]

Tales 2011 Wrap-Up

Tales of the Cocktail may have finished up 10 or so days ago, but I need to summarize things and thank a few people.  Aside from the rough start with US Customs & Border Protection that turned my travel day into a 16 hour adrenaline rush, things went extremely well. This may have been the best Tales of the Cocktail yet. I shall explain why below.

With large events there is always… [Continue]

Announcing the “Jerk Off”

It is with great pleasure that I announce the first ever "Jerk Off" which will be held during San Francisco Cocktail Week (Sept. 17th to 23rd). If you've read my book, Fix the Pumps, you might understand why this competition is called the Jerk Off, and if not let me explain. A few months ago drinks genius Russell… [Continue]

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