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I'm helping with the programming of seminars geared toward cocktail and spirits writers and bloggers at Portland Cocktail Week October 21-25, 2012. I'd like your help. Even if you're not planning to attend PDXCW, I would love to know what you, as a writer or blogger, would like to learn about writing/blogging/social media, about the booze production, about cocktails, etc. Then we'll try to find some content to serve up attendees at PDXCW and blog about to share with others. We're open to ideas and I would love for you to leave them in the comments below. If you want... Read more →

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

This is turning into a pretty good month. Alcademics was just given a Best of the Bay Award in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. BEST LIQUOR LOWDOWN Why is it that we like to read about food and drink so much on the Web? In no other Internet area, except maybe porn, is the meeting of the weightlessly virtual and the essentially physical so addictively fruitful. And while crackerjack local liquor expert Camper English's Alcademics site doesn't tear off your panties with glossy cocktail shots, his entertainingly detailed descriptions of the latest drool-worthy liquors will have you practically licking your... Read more →

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

I'll post more when I can get to a computer (I lost my power cord) so long story short: Hooray for Me! I win the best non-book cocktail author award last night at Tales of the Cocktail. That is awesome. Read more →

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

I am delighted to be a finalist in Saveur Magazine's 2011 Best Food Blog Awards. I would love to have your vote to help me win. The voting form requires registration but takes about 30 seconds to do. Then you can skip right to the Best Cocktail Blog category to cast your vote. My other finalists are equally worthy. They are: Cask Strength Cocktailians Drink Dogma Jeffrey Morgenthaler Kaiser Penguin Still, I'd love it if you'd vote for Alcademics, the only one of the finalists that is updated daily. You can vote through May 12th. The form is here. Read more →

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

Working With Beverage Bloggers: DOs and DON'Ts

The other day I gave a talk on social media at the WSWA convention in Orlando. The audience was mostly distributors, brand owners, and PR professionals. We had five people on the panel and just an hour to to talk, so naturally I was the last one to speak and we were already over our allotted time in the room. I had to make it fast so I condensed a ten-minute talk into about three minutes, which is longer than it will take you to read the rough outline of my talk below. Working With Cocktail Bloggers: DOs and DON'Ts... Read more →

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

I'll be speaking on a social media panel at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America annual Convention on April 12. Last year I also attended the convention. I learned what the WSWA is and what goes on at the convention, with some notes about the strengths and weaknesses of the three-tier system. I also looked at how the convention is changing and plans for the future. Here's the tentative title and info: Social Media Marketing: It’s Not an Option, It's Mandatory Forget the theory and the lectures, this hard-hitting panel will give attendees the street smart perspective on social... Read more →

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

Alcademics is Influential

According to a recent study by eCairn, Alcademics.com is the most influential English-language spirits blog and the third most influential alcohol blog entirely. Cool! eCairn Conversation is a software tool for measuring influencers and conversations in social media. This allows brands to identify the separate online communities, look at what they're talking about, and see where they're located. This information/software can be purchased by marketing companies looking to reach bloggers and other blatherers on the web. I don't know what set of metrics they use to measure influence. It's certainly not pageviews alone as I don't win in that race,... Read more →

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

Usually in cocktail writing we think in terms of microtrends: the latest techniques (barrel aging cocktails, fat-washing), the latest categories (mezcal, pisco), popular flavors or ingredients (falernum, smoke), and the latest bar themes (high-volume cocktail bars, tiki). We don't talk too much about the macro-trends. In my latest post for FineCooking.com, I discuss one of the biggest macro-trends: that cocktails are getting better in general, with fresh ingredients, respect for the classics, and more knowledgeable bartenders. Also, there's a recipe for the Sage 75 from the Vesper Bar at the new Cosmopolitan in Vegas. Read more →

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