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“The Cottonmouth Club Presents” features Master Bartender and Mixologist Michael J. Neff talking with professionals from around the globe about hospitality and humanity through the lens of bars, bartenders, spirits and cocktails. Interspersed with Neff’s unique viewpoint are conversations and sketches, all created and performed by the amazingly talented staff of The Cottonmouth Club itself.

“The Cottonmouth Club Presents” features Master Bartender and Mixologist Michael J. Neff talking with professionals from around the globe about hospitality and humanity through the lens of bars, bartenders, spirits and cocktails. Interspersed with Neff’s unique viewpoint are conversations and sketches, all created and performed by the amazingly talented staff of The Cottonmouth Club itself.

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United States

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“The Cottonmouth Club Presents” features Master Bartender and Mixologist Michael J. Neff talking with professionals from around the globe about hospitality and humanity through the lens of bars, bartenders, spirits and cocktails. Interspersed with Neff’s unique viewpoint are conversations and sketches, all created and performed by the amazingly talented staff of The Cottonmouth Club itself.

Language:

English

Contact:

2123658953


Episodes

Episode Twenty: “On Dive Bars” with Cocktail Historian & Author Dr. David Wondrich

12/26/2020
For those of you who listen to this podcast, you know that we talk a lot about the importance of bars, what they’re for, and what role they play in hosting communities. Few other types of bars show this more starkly than the good ol’ American Dive Bar. But what is a dive bar? What defines one, and how are they made? These questions aren’t well discussed, but are important as we stand on the brink of a post-pandemic world. Our host, Master Bartender Michael J. Neff brings on a very special...

Duration:01:13:51

Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery, featuring Modern Bartender ms. franky marshall (Part 2)

12/20/2020
Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. In our continuing Bartending Masterclass, host & Master Bartender Michael J. Neff, discusses the different phases of mastery with some of the finest bartenders from around the world. In this episode, we’re talking with Modern Bartender, ms. franky marshall. This is the second...

Duration:00:33:25

Episode Nineteen: “On Whiskey” with Nicole Austin, Distiller of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey (Part 2)

12/11/2020
In this episode, General Manager & Distiller of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Nicole Austin talks with us about the traditions in Tennessee Whiskey, the idea of imbibing a place, and why she doesn’t use the title “Master Distiller.” A wonderful primer into the nuances of whiskey-making in general, Nicole offers insights into the art of distilling, and how to make choices based on both tradition and the drive to succeed as a business. In the meantime, she dispels some myths about the...

Duration:00:37:13

Episode Eighteen: “On Whiskey” with Nicole Austin, Distiller of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey (Part 1)

11/22/2020
In this episode, General Manager & Distiller of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Nicole Austin talks with us about the traditions in Tennessee Whiskey, the idea of imbibing a place, and why she doesn’t use the title “Master Distiller.” A wonderful primer into the nuances of whiskey-making in general, Nicole offers insights into the art of distilling, and how to make choices based on both tradition and the drive to succeed as a business. In the meantime, she dispels some myths about the...

Duration:00:41:18

Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery, featuring Modern Bartender ms. franky marshall (Part 1)

11/4/2020
Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. In our continuing Bartending Masterclass, host & Master Bartender Michael J. Neff, discusses the different phases of mastery with some of the finest bartenders from around the world. In this episode, we’re talking with Modern Bartender, ms. franky marshall. Ms. marshall has...

Duration:00:28:46

Episode 17: Tequila, Tahonas & Terroir with Jesse Estes of Tequila Ocho (Part 2)

10/27/2020
In this episode, Tequila Ocho Global Brand Ambassador Jesse Estes joins us to talk all about agave spirits, diving specifically into Tequila! This isn’t your average tequila talk—our topics range from the two categories of Tequila and the process of making Tequila Ocho to “What is a diffuser and why is it controversial?” There is something for both experts and neophytes in this, the second of our two-part conversation with Jesse Estes. Stay tuned for Part Two. In the meantime, check out...

Duration:00:42:39

Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Yael Vengroff (Part 2)

10/22/2020
Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. In our continuing Bartending Masterclass, host & Master Bartender Michael J. Neff, discussed the different phases of mastery. This time, we’re focusing on Mastery of the Heart with special guest Ms. Yael Vengroff (aka Yael Stormborn). Yael is a long-time bartender who cut her...

Duration:00:44:52

Episode 16: Tequila, Tahonas & Terroir with Jesse Estes of Tequila Ocho (Part 1)

10/1/2020
In this episode, Tequila Ocho Global Brand Ambassador Jesse Estes joins us to talk all about agave spirits, diving specifically into Tequila! This isn’t your average tequila talk—our topics range from the changing definitions in agave spirits generally to how everything about tequila can be thought of in...reverse? There is something for both experts and neophytes in this, the first of our two-part conversation with Jesse Estes. Stay tuned for Part Two. In the meantime, check out our other...

Duration:00:44:59

Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Yael Vengroff (Part 1)

9/23/2020
Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. In our continuing Bartending Masterclass, host & Master Bartender Michael J. Neff, discussed the different phases of mastery. This time, we’re focusing on Mastery of the Heart with special guest Ms. Yael Vengroff (aka Yael Stormborn). Yael is a long-time bartender who cut her...

Duration:00:39:10

Episode 15: Bars in Crisis—The Case for a Bailout

7/14/2020
In this, the second wave of shutdowns across cities due to the shocking rise of Covid-19 cases, the bars in America are bearing an undue burden and forced to make a terrible choice: shut ourselves down and risk our lives, our livelihoods, and those of everyone who works for or around us; or find some way to skirt the rules, stay open, and contribute to the general health crisis that is crippling our country. If bars in a community fail, the economic and cultural impacts to that community...

Duration:00:41:53

Episode 14: Cognac, Crus & Cocktails with Modern Bartender & Cognac Educator ms. franky marshall

7/9/2020
Cognac is a category of spirit that is steeped in history, and has been associated with quality in so many different ways for hundreds of years. To many modern drinkers, it has also been steeped in mystery, with governing bodies and definitions that many people, both bartenders and consumers, don’t always have the experience to understand. To help us get to know the intricacies of Cognac, we reached out to ms. franky marshall. Not only a Modern Bartender (you’ll hear her in our Masterclass...

Duration:01:09:53

Episode 13: Bars Are Like Churches & What We’ve Been Asked to Sacrifice

7/3/2020
This is a live-stream podcast, taken from our nightly “Virtual Bar” on Instagram @thecottonmouthclub. The threat of Covid-19 is existential, which is pretty clear, but the risk to the rest of society isn’t always. Here, we have a conversation that breaks down why this time is different. For the second time, we’ve been closed down, but this time, it’s just us. This conversation was inspired by, of all people, Vice President Mike Pence after we followed him on a live news conference with Fox...

Duration:00:28:37

Episode 12: Reopening in a Pandemic (Spoiler Alert: It’s Not Great)

6/20/2020
To support what we’re doing, you can leave a contribution in our virtual tip jar on Venmo at theCottonmouthClub-staff, or at www.paypal.me/michaelneff. Thanks so much. The city of Houston is the first major city in the United States to reopen its bars and restaurants. Despite the best intentions of many operators and many patrons, there are enough bad actors on both sides of the bar to create an environment that, we believe, is actively unsafe, both for staff and clientele. This podcast...

Duration:01:00:24

Episode 11: On Tiki Culture with Sly Augustin of Trailer Happiness in London (Part 2)

6/15/2020
In Part Two of our conversation with Sly Augustin, we discuss the place his bar, Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill, has in the grand scheme of the Modern Tiki Revival. "Is the bar that sparked the Modern Tiki Revival in the UK allowed to be a tiki bar?” - Sly Augustin “What’s more important for tiki: the drink and the philosophy, or the flotsam?” - Sly Augustin In this episode, we talked about the history of Trailer Happiness, what it means to be tiki, finding hidden treasures, and...

Duration:00:31:34

Episode 10: Seeing the Future—The Current & Future State of the Bar Industry with Sly Augustin of Trailer Happiness in London (Part 1)

6/11/2020
The current Covid-19 pandemic has hit the bar industry particularly hard. Bars are gathering places, and people gathering is the threat that necessitated quarantine and sequester orders all across the United States and around the world. This crisis is international, and we wanted to find out if the challenges facing bars in America were similar to those faced in other countries. To do that, we spoke with Sly Augustin, owner of Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill in London. Trailer Happiness...

Duration:00:48:08

Episode Nine: Lessons For Bartenders That All Humans Should Remember In These Troubled Times

6/2/2020
This episode is one in a series of podcasts from our Live Stream Virtual Bar, in which we discuss how the bar industry is really the business of humanity, how that relates to the current social and economic unrest in America, and how bartenders should be trained to insist on the idea that we are all responsible for the lives of every person who comes into our bars. #blacklivesmatter Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/michaelneff)

Duration:00:57:15

Episode Eight: The First Night Back Open—An Audio Diary

5/27/2020
Friday, May 22nd was the day the Governor of Texas declared that bars in the state could re-open after the mandated COVID-19 shutdown up to 25% capacity. We at The Cottonmouth Club thought long and hard about whether or not to do that, and ultimately decided we would, though the safety protocols we instituted were above what was recommended. In this podcast, edited by our friend Blair Ault of Whiskey Women Podcast, you’ll hear the audio from our live stream Virtual Bar, which we hosted for...

Duration:00:40:18

Episode Seven: American Single Malt Whiskey with Westland Distillery’s Chris Riesbeck

5/24/2020
The Cottonmouth Club Presents promotes bars, bar culture, cocktails and spirits. In this episode, we do a deep dive into American Single Malt Whiskey with Westland Distillery’s Chris Riesbeck. Our discussion starts with Westland Whiskey, but we ended up talking about so many aspects of whiskey, how it’s produced, and the idea of provenance as it applies to distilled spirits. Some highlights include: - What is American Single Malt? - The specific science of distillation - How malting is...

Duration:00:55:37

Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Toby Maloney (Part 2)

5/12/2020
If you would like to leave a virtual tip for the bar staff who helped produce this podcast, you can go to Venmo and contribute to TheCottonmouthClub-Staff. All proceeds go to the staff for food & essentials until we all have some clarity as to how this will all play out. Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. In our...

Duration:00:45:55

Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Toby Maloney (Part 1)

5/10/2020
If you would like to leave a virtual tip for the bar staff who helped produce this podcast, you can go to Venmo and contribute to TheCottonmouthClub-Staff. All proceeds go to the staff for food & essentials until we all have some clarity as to how this will all play out. Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. In our...

Duration:00:49:54