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Creating a Neighborhood Cocktail Bar| Ep. 164

Opening a local bar that is a hit with the neighborhood is hard enough, but trying to do that while still executing award-winning cocktails is that much harder. This week, we go to the Bar Hommage, winner of the Best Cocktail Bar in Sweden award at the Bartenders’ Choice Awards 2017, and meet with the masterminds of the operation, Alex Skarlen & Ola Carlson. Together they shed some light on what it takes to keep guests coming back. Learn More: Bar...


Building a Bar While Building a Family w Lindsay Nader & Trevor Easter | Ep. 162

Making the transition from a boyfriend & girlfriend to full-blown business partners can be a tough task for many of us in the bar world, and once you throw a baby into the mix it can be ever harder. Which is why for this episode, we decided to link up with one of the industry's top power couples, Lindsay Nader & Trevor Easter (of the Snug in Sacramento) and got advice from them on how they manage to thrive via communication & the splitting of duties. But that is only the start, so tune in...


Part 2: Tiki Legend: Jeff "Beachbum" Berry | Ep. 161

We are back with another hour plus episode of the show and this time we went to New Orleans to meet with Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, acclaimed author of many seminal tiki books and owner of the award-winning Latitude 29. Berry is one of the pivotal figures in the modern tiki revival and is credited with personally unearthing many classic recipes of the craft cocktail renaissance. Learn More: Latitude 29 Beachbum...


Part 1: Tiki Legend: Jeff "Beachbum" Berry | Ep. 161

We are back with another hour plus episode of the show and this time we went to New Orleans to meet with Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, acclaimed author of many seminal tiki books and owner of the award-winning Latitude 29. Berry is one of the pivotal figures in the modern tiki revival and is credited with personally unearthing many classic recipes of the craft cocktail renaissance. Learn More: Latitude 29 Beachbum...


Tokyo Bartending w Rogerio Igarashi Vaz | Ep. 160

On a recent trip to Tokyo, we took the opportunity to sit down with one of the country's top bartenders, Rogerio Igarashi Vaz. Rogerio is the owner of Bar Trench, an innovative yet classic-leaning bar located in the hip neighborhood of Shibuya. His bar makes amazing cocktails and has achieved notoriety around world, so tune in to this episode to hear what he has to say. Learn More: Bar Trench ============================== Join us every Monday as...


Exploring Amaro w Stephanie Andrews | Ep. 159

To help us dig a little deeper into the world of amaro, we decided to sit down with Stephanie Andrews (of Billy Sunday in Chicago) since her bar has the largest amaro selection in the US. So tune in, as she shares her perspective on this mysterious category, while also discussing its history and production. Learn More: Billy Sunday ============================== Join us every Monday as acclaimed bartender, Erick Castro, interviews some of the bar...


Bonus: Q&A w Richie Boccato

Tune in for a bonus Q&A session that Richie Bocatto & Erick Castro did with a group of Sweden's top bartenders. Learn More: Bocatto Industries ============================== Join us every Monday as acclaimed bartender, Erick Castro, interviews some of the bar industry's top talents from around the globe, including bartenders, distillers & authors. If you would love to get an insider's look into the world of cocktails & spirits then this...


Ice & Technique w Richie Boccato | Ep. 158

Anytime the topic of ice comes up in the world of cocktails, Richie Bocatto's name is usually mentioned soon after, as he is world-renowned for his passion & dedication to ice harvesting & cultivation. On a recent trip to Sweden, we got him to sit down with us in front of an audience and share his views & philosophies on this often neglected ingredient. Learn More: Bocatto Industries ============================== Join us every Monday as acclaimed...


Dangerous & Poisonous Cocktails w Camper English | Ep. 157

In the race for innovation and creativity in the world of cocktails, many bartenders are reaching for ingredients that are potentially poisonous and could put themselves and their guests at risk. To help us navigate the world of dangerous ingredients, we are joined by cocktail writer Camper English, who has done years of research into this area of the cocktail world. Join us this week, as we learn about some surprisingly deadly ingredients that could leave you reeling from a lot more than a...


Tiki Master: Brian Miller of the Polynesian | Ep. 156

Join us this week as we talk with internationally acclaimed bartender, Brian Miller, Partner/Beverage Director/Bartender of The Polynesian in New York. Before falling in love with tiki, Miller was on the opening crews of seminal cocktail bars, Death & Company, and Pegu Club. It was during his early days making classic cocktails that he began his life-long love affair with tropical & exotic cocktails. So, tune in as we trace his career from his early days in craft bars to owning his own...


Carina Soto Velasquez of Candelaria in Paris | Ep. 155

Running a transatlantic consulting group, while still owning some of the world’s best bars is no easy task, which is why we decided to sit down with this week’s guest, Carina Soto Velasquez of Quixotic Projects (Candelaria, Le Marie Celeste, and many more.) Although, originally from Colombia, Carina has been a leader in the Paris cocktail scene for over 10 years where her award-winning bars are ranked some of the best in the world. Learn More: Quixotic...


Pippa Guy of the Savoy American Bar | Ep. 154

Bartending at one of the top-ranked cocktail bars in the world can be a lot of pressure, particularly when it is is one that has as rich a history as the American Bar at the Savoy. So, to help us get a better understanding of what is like, we met with senior bartender and acclaimed author, Pippa Guy, who while not traveling the world and making drinks took the time to sit down with us and share her love for all things fizzy. Learn More: American Bar at the...


Chat with w Gary Solomon Jr of Tales of the Cocktail | Ep. 153

Every July, bartenders & spirits professionals from all around the world come to New Orleans to celebrate cocktail & bar culture at Tales of the Cocktail, the industry's largest convention. Although, the event is approaching its 18th year, the event is still growing, especially now that it is under new & exciting leadership. Join us this week as we meet with Gary Solomon Jr., the event's co-chair, and listen in as he shares his insight into the event & what goes into making it...


Conversation w Sam Ross of Attaboy NYC | Ep. 152

Join us this week as we sit down with legendary bartender, Sam Ross, for a special one-hour episode. For those of you that don't know, Ross is the inventor many modern-day classics, such as the Paper Plane and the Penicillin, so tune in as he takes us on a tour of his creative process and his philosophic outlook on bars and cocktails. He is wealth of knowledge, so this is definitely not one to miss. Learn...


The 5 Star Dive Bar w/ Moe Aljaff of Two Schmucks | Ep. 151

How do you open an award-winning bar with almost no budget in a country where you don't speak the language, yet still manage to get it onto the World's Best Bar list? His bar, Two Schmucks in Barcelona, seemingly came out of nowhere & has disrupted the mechanics on what a world-class bar is supposed to be. So, tune in and listen as Moe Aljaff shares his secrets to success and lays out his DIY philosophy when it comes to bars. Learn More: Moe...


Chat w Tequila Legend Julio Bermejo | Ep. 150

What better way to celebrate episode 150, then with a special hour-long episode featuring tequila legend, Julio Bermejo, of Tommy’ s Mexican Restaurant. Bermejo and his father are credited throughout the spirits world for popularizing 100% agave tequila in not only the U.S., but around the globe. Decades ago, while everyone else was stuck on sour mix & artificial ingredients, they invented a modern classic:The Tommy's Margarita, which featured fresh lime juice & agave nectar. Tune in to hear...


A Look into the Spirited Awards w Charlotte Voisey | Ep. 149

Each & every year, bartenders and industry professionals from around the world meet up in New Orleans to attend the Spirited Awards during Tales of the Cocktail. The awards have even been nicknamed "the Oscars for the Bar World," which speaks volumes as to how they are viewed in the business. So, join us this week as we sit down with Charlotte Voisey, the head chairperson of the Spirited Awards, and hear the scoop on what goes into putting the awards together. Learn More: Charlotte...


Tiki in Paris w/ Scotty Schuder | Ep. 148

When most of us think of beverage in France, we think of Champagne & wine, yet it is home to one of the most respected tiki bars in the world. Indeed, no tiki bucket list would be complete without Dirty Dick in Paris, and when you experience the beverage, hospitality and atmosphere, you will quickly see why. So, tune in this week & hear the story of how the bar came to be, directly from bartender/proprietor: Scotty Schuder. Learn More: Dirty...


Bar Industry Self-Care w/ Ashtin Berry | Ep. 147

In competitive industry with so many opportunities, it can often be difficult to find time to slowdown and make time for yourself. If you don't, then career burnout can be a real thing & once you lose that passion, it can be hard to rekindle it. Which is why it is more important than ever to be certain you are looking out for your well-being. To help us navigate this issue, we are joined by Imbibe Magazine's Bartender of the Year 2019: Ashtin Berry. Learn More: Ashtin...


Channeling Inspiration w/ Kevin Diedrich of Pacific Cocktail Haven | Ep. 146

Writer’s block can be a real issue for today’s bartender when they are looking to create new recipes and menus, which is why being able to tap into avenues of creativity can be so important. Join us this week as we hang with award-winning bartender Kevin Diedrich, as he reveals where he finds inspiration & how he applies that behind the bar. Learn More: ============================== Join us every Monday as star bartender, Erick Castro, hangs out...