I decided to interview one of the owners, Ryan Fitzgerald, on what he feels they did right and wrong, and what changed from initial plans, when opening San Francisco bar ABV.
Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.
I wrote a piece for Liquor.com on armagnac - not so much on armagnac generally, but on how bartenders might quickly describe to customers armagnac and how it's different from cognac.
In my latest story for PopularScience.com, I wrote about the new Hangar 1 Fog Point Vodka, which was diluted with fog-harvested water from San Francisco; most of it from beneath Sutro Tower on Twin Peaks.
In a post for PopularScience.com I wrote about a technology being employed to toast wine and now whiskey barrels with infrared light.
I'll be giving two talks at the first Chicago Cocktail Summit on May 22 and 23, 2016. The summit is divided into two days: the first one for consumers and home enthusiasts, and the second for industry folk and bartenders.
For Departures.com I wrote a piece on new cocktail bars that have opened in the last 6 months. They named it "Best New Cocktail Bars" but I'd amend that to "Best New Cocktail Bars for the Readership of Departures," by which we mean fancy. Write-ups are for: Whitechapel, SF Americano, Portland Colombia Room, DC The Perennial, SF Himitsu, Atlanta Skyfall, Vegas The Sixth, Chicago Yvonne's, Boston Check 'em out. Related articles Winter's Weirdest Cocktail Flavor Trend Has Bartenders Going Bananas
I sat down for a video interview with Alan Kropf of Anchor Distilling. He denied me food and fed me lots of rum so that I'd spill all my secrets.
This year is the first (hopefully annual) Craft Bartender Summit, an online series of videos designed for (and free to) bartenders. There will be six videos, first streaming live on April 17th with the person in the video present in the chatroom alongside the showing. Then the videos will be available for viewing online for at least a couple of weeks.