The global finals for the Nikka Perfect Serve cocktail competition were in San Francisco, so the brand asked me to lead the bartenders on a short tour. It was a Sunday and the competition was the next morning, so that was a bit limiting and I decided to make it...
I wrote a short newsy story for the SF Standard about a local bartender, Suzu from Wildhawk, competing on the forthcoming Netflix series Drink Masters. Read it here.
I'm delighted to be visiting Shanghai for the first time this early September as a judge for Camus Cognac's Shanghai Shake global finals!
I judged a competition at the WSWA convention of recipes submitted by brand representatives. You gotta see some of these garnishes.
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.
This year's Disaronno Mixing Star contest is less of a contest than usual, though there is still a casual challenge resulting in increased visibility/promotion for the entering bartenders, and one person from each of the nine countries will be invited to a to special event to present their cocktail to...
The convention is a meeting of the second tier of the three tier system: the distributors who buy from the producers and sell to either bars or liquor stores as required by US law.