Decorative trash cans as ice buckets? Check. Bitters that hang from the ceiling rather than take up space on the bar shelf? Check.
Alan Kropf and Matthew Noel made a short film about Japanese bartending in which they interviewed knowledgeable US bartenders, filmed working Japanese bartenders, and also had me say a few things.
On June 13, Mission bar Asiento hosted the San Francisco regionals of the Disaronno Mixing Star challenge. Five bartenders from the day will have drinks go into the next round in consideration to be published in a print book by Simon Difford.
Here are a bunch of new drink books that have come out recently covering cocktail history, American drinking history, American beer history, essential drinks, drinking advice, and tropical cocktails from one of the world's best tiki bars.
The first page is background about the category, and the rest are some bars in the US that specialize in the spirit, and usually other brandies as well.
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.