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I recently had to fill out my occupation on a form and put "journalist," which is only accurate in that all my work comes from the idea that I'm a journalist, but inaccurate in that I don't really do all that much true journalism these days. Read more →

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I receive a lot of boxes of liquor in the mail, sometimes in the form of a launch kit rather than just a bottle wrapped in bubble wrap. These kits are usually complete with little gifts like tasting glasses, cocktail shakers, and nearly always a USB drive with a press kit on it. So here's a post just about that. Read more →

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Here are a few of my favorite (and your favorite juding by popularity) posts on Alcademics from 2013. Have a look, perhaps there's something good you missed... A Sampling of Sugars from Asia A Tribute to Harry Craddock on the 50th Anniversary of his Death Tasting the Regional Waters of Scotland How to Classify Bottled Waters How Different Waters Affect The Flavor of Whisky Interview with a Water Sommelier How Column Distillation Works: Multi-Column Rum and Vodka Edition Bottled Waters Most Resembling Waters of Scotland A Handy Chart for Categorizing Sherry A Visual Guide to Herbs Used to Make Vermouth... Read more →

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The new Alcademics Global World Headquarters is fully operational and is no longer just a desk in my bedroom. It's now a desk in an office building. If you're in the business of mailing me stuff, please drop me a line and I'll send you the new address. As for the internet location, that's still the same: Alcademics.com. Read more →

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I decided to add up all the trips I took in 2012 and compare it to last year's travel, and it appears this year I was a total slacker. I took a mere 17 trips this year (22 last year), and flew only 90,000 miles in the air, compared with 150,000 last year. I visited only 5 foreign countries this year (not counting repeats) as opposed to 12 last year. I feel so lazy. In 2012 I visited: New Orleans (twice), once for Tales of the Cocktail and once for vacation Vancouver for Tales of the Cocktail Seattle for 12... Read more →

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During Portland Cocktail Week, I was a panelist in a seminar called "PR and Writers: Can't We All Just Get Along?" We talked about things that PR folks do that aggravate cocktail bloggers and writers, and things that writers do to annoy PR people. In yesterday's post, we talked about what PR folks do that bugs writers. Today here's a list of: Top Things Drink Bloggers and Writers Do that Annoy PR Folks Not Showing Up to Events after RSVPing Some events are very small and very expensive to produce, and for writers to not show up makes PR people... Read more →

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During Portland Cocktail Week, I was a panelist in a seminar called "PR and Writers: Can't We All Just Get Along?" We talked about things that PR folks do that aggravate bloggers and writers, and things that writers do that annoy PR people. Tomorrow I'll post about what writers do. I should add that these are not all my top peeves, but a consensus based on the opinions of a number of booze writers. Top Things PR People Do that Annoy Bloggers and Writers (in no particular order) "When will the story run?" It sounds like an innocuous question, and... Read more →

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