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Bartenders, Mixologists and home bar enthusiasts alike have known BarProducts.com, on the internet since 1995, as a source of barware and bar tools. Over the years, the stale look of the old website had caused Barproducts.com to fall behind the needs of its customers, often missing key features that the internet savvy bartender looks for when buying online. The team at Barproducts has heard the call for change and recently launched a completely new website. Some key upgrades to this site includes more accurate shipping calculations (for better shipping rates to you), an advanced search and filter feature, wishlists, multiple... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

At the Tales of the Cocktail convention this year, I moderated a panel with three distillers who run column stills; one 5-column rum still, one continuous bourbon still, and one pot-column hybrid. Kevin Curtis is the Distillery Operations Manager for Michter's Whiskey. This company is building a new distillery with a continuous column still. He filled me (and the audience) in on how bourbon stills work. The below post is a combination of information gleaned from distillery visits, books, and Kevin's information at Tales. The Purpose of a Bourbon Still As opposed to some other types of stills, for bourbon... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Sorry about the alliteration. I couldn't help myself. If you haven't read enough about batch and partial-batch cocktails here on Alcademics, I'll refer you to a story I wrote for the industry magazine FSR Magazine, for which I am the Spirits Editor. It stars such bartenders as: Joy Richard of Citizen Public House in Boston Matt Seiter of Sanctuaria in St. Louis Ray Gil of Batch in New Orleans Pal Tanguay of Tavernita in Chicago They are all doing different sorts of batching: flasks, punches, tap, and even tableside barrels. Mixing Cocktails in Bulk By Camper English Cocktails on tap,... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Ziryab has long been one of those restaurants that stands out when you go past it on Divisadero Street in San Francisco, with a rock facade and front patio with hookah-topped tables. Well now they've given the place a renovation and have a full liquor license. They've brought on Zach Taylor (The Brixton, The Corner Store, Hog & Rocks) to do the drink menu and he's kept it in sync with the Middle Eastern theme of the food. We see: dates, arak, yogurt, coffee, and mint. I wonder if they'll start serving punch out of the hookas. The pipes would... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

This appears to be the summer of the Gin & Tonic, particularly with Spanish-style super-garnished tumblers of tonic making the rounds at several bars. In Washington, DC, Jon Harris the restuarant Firefly has combined Spanish-style G&Ts with Japanese-style drinking of spirits with tea to come up with a G&Tea program. Pretty nifty. Plymouth & Earl Grey strawberry, white chocolate, szechuan pepper Plymouth Navy Strength & Pu’er Tuo Cha lavender, dark chocolate, sesame, cinnamon Bombay Sapphire & Chai carrot, turmeric root, coriander, cumin Tanqueray 10 & Guranse banana, fennel pollen, green onion, parsley Beefeater 24 & Matcha vanilla, mint, grapefruit peel... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Though I often write for DiffordsGuide.com, this time editor Ian Cameron wrote about me, or rather, my talk on water at Tales of the Cocktail. Some of the information in the seminar you may have read here previously on Alcademics as part of the Water Project, and some information from the talk is definitely new. This write-up is a good summary of what happened at the talk, and stay tuned for more information in greater detail here on Alcademics. Related articles How Different Waters Affect The Flavor of Whisky Interview with a Water Sommelier A Whisky and Water Tasting How... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

During Tales of the Cocktail this July in New Orleans, I helped judge the Merlet Sidecar Competition, along with Audrey Saunders of the Pegu Club, Chad Solomon of Cuff & Buttons, and last year's winner Mike Yen of San Diego. I was excited for the competition, as the Sidecar has always been a problematic cocktail for me, tasting flat and flabby most of the time. In my opinion, it could use some freshening. And that's just what it had. The finalists were: Nicholas Bennet of Booker & Dax - New York Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch - New York Monroe... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Before I went gallavanting around the globe for the last few months, I wrote up a few of San Francisco's newest bars for WorldsBestBars.com. They were: Coqueta, the Spanish-influenced Gin & Tonic-heavy restaurant on the Embarcadero by Michael Chiarello. Novela, the high-volume cocktail bar featuring punch on tap and a disco-literary theme. Wingtip, the members-only bar atop a men's clothing store in Jackson Square. Of course, I only write about great bars on WorldsBestBars.com so spoiler: They're all good. Check out the write-ups here. Related articles Batching a Plan: SF's Speedy Craft Cocktails A Look at MKT Bar at the... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.