One of my favorite bartender-visionaries Thad Vogler released a book about learning/purchasing spirits by going to where they're made. While Vogler owns Bar Agricole, Canada's Jen Agg owns Agrikol in Montreal, and also has a book out from a very different owner's perspective, called I Hear She's a Real Bitch. Like Vogler, Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown travelled to Cuba to write their latest book (I think it's their third on Cuba cocktails and bartenders), while Brad Thomas Parsons wrote no doubt his most fun book to date, starring cats that live at distilleries. New Orleans rum legend Brian Rhea finally wrote a book that should be full of tales from his many years in bars, while for newbie drinkers we have Drink Like a Bartender and for sci-fi fans there is a whole book of out-of-this-world cocktails awaiting. Beyond that there's an American history and booze book, a book that tells bartenders how to win international cocktail competitions, a book on cider (and shrubs and vinegars), one on bar cart styling, and finally a brand book from Fever Tree Tonic Water.
A new batch of booze-related reading for your summer pleasure. We've two Bloody Mary books, one on wildcrafting, rum, and a funky vintage reprint; plus gastrophysics, Bordeaux, and more.
A new batch of boozy books to peruse.
Millennial Marketing, High-tech Vodka, Hybrid Spirits were some of the product trends I observed at this industry conference for the distribution tier.
A look at the new spirits products hitting the market.
A drink-through of the new tasting menu at the rum pop-up inside a bar inside a bar.
New Booze for December 2016 features a range of new tequilas, a bunch of imported gins (and one experimental US one), a slew of scotch whiskies, one very old Irish whiskey, and more.
This year's batch of cocktail and spirits books - all put together in one big list to make your gift list (or your own wish list) easy to see.