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April 2010

Hello from Islay! I'm in Scotland on a trip with Bowmore. After a first night of bar exploration and jetlag adaptation in Glasgow, I was ready for the press trip to begin. I spent the morning blogging about the previous night, then had a day to explore Glasgow. I can't say I learned a ton about the city, except that I love the look of Glasgow University and had a great time exploring the Kelvingrove museum. By the next morning I'd met up with the rest of the group and we flew together to Islay. To get there by car/bus... Read more →

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The Blue Dog, as three different people told me, is "the place where everyone ends up," as it's open until three in the morning. I got there a little before 1AM on Saturday night and it was jammed. The long bar had five or six bartenders working at the same time. The cocktail menu didn't look terribly appealing to me with the exception of a couple drinks. After a short and understandable wait, I ordered a Spruce Moose, which calls for Rittenhouse rye, calvados, maple syrup, and orange bitters. Despite the crowd, the bartender took his time and made it... Read more →

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The Blind Pig is a speakeasy-themed bar in Glasgow that I visited on a recent Saturday night while in town for a Bowmore/Auchentoshan press trip. The venue is split into a restaurant and bar area. The bar was absolutely packed but I managed to squeeze my way up close to watch the action. The shakers were all metal (Alessi, I think) and they use those brushed aluminum jiggers to measure. The bartender had the old-time (white shirt and suspenders) look of American bars, but without the ironic mustache. The cocktail menu that doesn't appear to be online consists of mostly... Read more →

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On a trip to Glasgow on the way to the Bowmore distillery, I took a bar tour through Glasgow and stopped in to several places. Booly Mardy's was originally going to be named Bloody Mary's but someone else beat them to the punch. It's a small bar with plenty of table seating, though on the Saturday night I visited all of the tables were occupied and it was standing-room-only. Of the places I visited in Glasgow, this one had the least hip crowd of what looked to be after-work types (this makes no sense as it was a Saturday at... Read more →

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While every bar I visited in Glasgow was packed on Saturday night, The Ivy looked like the place to be. The DJ was playing some excellent abstract dance music, the crowd was a mix of casual and clubby 20- and 30-somethings, and all seemed to be having a great time. I came for the cocktails, of course. The menu lists a selection of mostly rum drinks, so I went right for the "Not Rum" section of the menu (nothing against rum, it's just sometimes you find interesting stuff in the margins.) And I did! They were out of the ingredients... Read more →

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Hi! I'm in Glasgow for a trip with Bowmore and Auchentoshan. I arrived a night early to see what this town was all about. My first stop was Lebowski's. You would expect a bar named for the movie The Big Lebowski to be tacky and over the top, but this just wasn't the case here beyond the cocktail menu. The small bar offers up a fair amount of seating, all of which was taken on the night I came in, and a little bit of room to stand at the bar. I didn't see any posters of The Dude or... Read more →

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Content and Social Media versus Traditional Media

Like most everybody, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the new role of social media and the decline of traditional media. But unlike a lot of people my livelihood depends on one or the other. I'm a freelance writer who blogs, hoping that if money stops flowing to one income stream it will flow into the other. On the journalism end, companies are spending less on advertising. Since advertising pays for the journalism that surrounds it, there are less newspapers and magazines around, and those still around have reduced their size. Thus there is generally less journalism... Read more →

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I wrote a piece on the new cocktail menu at Ozumo in San Francisco for Tasting Table. Bar manager Joshua Haney has one cocktail made with with candy cap mushrooms and another with Kobe beef and apple syrup. (Mushroom in the glass and salted almond garnish.) Read the story here. Read more →

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