Tag: Spirits

11 Top Bourbon Cocktails Around the US Now

It is Bourbon month at Liquor.com 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 →

10 Top Denver Bars + Interview with Leopold Bros. & Sean Kenyon

In the Winter 2016-2017 issue of Distiller Magazine on Denver, here are my three articles in a 12-page print spread, including my photos: My article on 10 of Denver’s best bars My interview with Todd Leopold of Leopold Bros. distillery in Denver My interview with Sean Kenyon of Williams & Graham and Occidental More of my Colorado (Denver, Boulder, Breckenridge,… Read more →

Your Secret Sherry Destination

San Francisco was a pioneering city on the current sherry scene. Though sherry is still a spirits’ geek and bartender favorite more than it is a mainstream imbibement, there are now SherryFests and sherry-centric cocktail menus around the US, in keeping with the growth in popularity of spirits and fortified wines everywhere. A decade ago as I dug deeper into… Read more →

5 New Spirits: Polugar, Pisco, Cachaca, Irish Whiskey, Rum

Winter in California is a gorgeous affair, much like the rest of the year, with sunny, crisp days and nights interspersed with warm, summery waves. There are always nearby mountains when one craves snow for the weekend but winter leads into spring seamlessly and we drink refreshing cocktails as easily as spirituous drinks, thus all spirits flow year-round, from whiskey… Read more →

10 Top Chicago Bars + Charles Joly & Paul Hletko Interviews

My first feature for Distiller Magazine was on Chicago with a 6-page print spread, my photos and three articles: My article on 10 of Chicago’s great bars An interview with Charles Joly, beverage director at The Aviary An interview with Few Spirits founder/distiller, Paul Hletko All three articles here. More of my Chicago food and drink recommends here. ______________________________________ Past… Read more →