September 15, 2017

This Issue:
— Top Bourbon Cocktails Around the US: Bourbon creativity from Portland to Chicago.
— Low Proof Bars… That Aren’t About Cocktails: These four greats shine with sherry, vermouth, natural and rancio wines.
— What Is BevCon?: Your next cocktail-spirits-wine-beer industry conference should be this one in Charleston.
— Top Rum Cocktails Around the US: From OKC to SF, it’s rum time with these 11 creative beauties. Read more →

11 Top Bourbon Cocktails Around the US Now

It is Bourbon month at and here are 11 of my bourbon cocktails around the US now (click on each for the featured cocktail and bar/restaurant): Rusted Mule, San Francisco Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago Lola, Louisville Stacked Sandwich Shop, Portland, OR Duchess, Oakland, CA The Pritchard, Oklahoma Alexander’s Steakhouse, San Francisco Spilt Milk, Chicago Meta, Louisville Quaintrelle, Portland, OR… Read more →

What is BevCon? Your Next Beverage Industry Conference in Charleston

“What is BevCon?” The question came again and again, even from industry folk. After awhile, I felt like was a spokesperson for the event, proselytizing to the unconverted. So what is BevCon™? Held August 22-24, 2017, in the always delightful town of Charleston (in spite of the sweltering heat of August), BevCon is a beverage industry conference that just completed… Read more →

11 Top Rum Cocktails Around the US Now

It is Rum month at and here are 11 of my rum cocktails around the US now (click on each for the featured cocktail and bar/restaurant): Kin Khao, San Francisco Bit House Saloon, Portland, OR Archipelago, Washington, D.C. Ema, Chicago Barcino, San Francisco Root Down, Denver Barrios, Oklahoma City Rye of Baltimore, Baltimore Lazy Bear, San Francisco Uva Wine… Read more →

September 1, 2017

This Issue:
— Top Openings of July: These two standouts go from hip omakase to “real deal” Spanish Catalan cuisine.
— Top National Cocktails of the Month: From SF to Louisville, Oregon to Oklahoma, North Carolina to Chicago, here are 11 standout drinks/bars now.
— D.C.’s Top 10 Bars: Where to drink in D.C. + my interviews with Don Ciccio & Figli amaro distillery founder, Francesco Amodeo, and Jack Rose Rose Dining Saloon owner, Bill Thomas. Read more →

11 Top Cocktails Around the US Now — September Edition

Covering the 11 hottest cocktails of the month around the US at, you’ll find my bar and drink recommends this month at these bars/restaurants (click on each for the featured cocktail):   Mourad, San Francisco The Joy Luck, Louisville Kachka, Portland, OR Quiote, Chicago The Matrix, San Francisco Ruddick/Wood, Newberg, OR Goro Ramen, Oklahoma City Salt & Char, Saratoga… Read more →

Top SF Openings — July 2017

The notable restaurant openings of July were Shinmai, Mac’D, Robin, Barcino, Namu Stonepot and Ippudo in Berkeley. I am about to visit Shinmai but among the rest, here are my top two newcomers of the month… and why they stand out. Nigiri Cool — Robin, Hayes Valley I’ve written a lot on the hardcore wave of proper Edomae/Tokyo-style sushi restaurants… Read more →