Scotch tasting with Simon Brookings

April 9th, 2015

Its a fun and educational tasting of  with Simon Brookings.  We learn exactly what makes a Scotch a “Single Malt”.  Plus some history and the process of making Scotch Whisky.  Why is some Scotch “peatier” than others?  What exactly is peat anyway?

Also, a report from Paul Pacult’s Rum Authority event at Keen’s Steakhouse in NYC.

In the news:  David Wondrich has released an update to his great book Imbibe.

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Wine Knowledge for Bartenders 2.0

April 2nd, 2015

Wine knowledge is an important part of Bartending.  This week on Bartender Journey its a "joint podcast" with the Wine For Normal People podcast!

We chat with Elizabeth Schneider - a professional speaker, wine industry consultant and trainer.

Elizabeth gives us a fresh, honest look at wine and great advice on how to serve our wine drinking guests.

Also a brief review of the book:  Death & Co – Modern Classic Cocktails.

As mentioned in this week’s podcast, we previously did a show called The Secret Language of Bartenders which you can find here.

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America Walks into A Bar

March 25th, 2015

In colonial America, Taverns were the de facto courtroom, post office, library, news center, town hall, community center and sometimes: church.  Sometimes even jail!  Taverns were the birthplace of the Revolution and Independence.

As the USA matured, bars and Taverns were still essential to our society.  Even prohibition couldn’t get rid of them as the Speakeasy came into existence. 

This week on the Bartender Journey Podcast, we speak with author Christine Sismondo about her book: America Walks Into a Bar - A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops.

We talk about a Rockstar Bartender who pre-dated Professor Jerry Thomas.  Plus, the evolution of “bar etiquette”.  It’s the history of bars from Colonial times all the way up to the modern “cocktail movement”.

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What to expect-first time at Tales of the Cocktail

March 17th, 2015

A review of Greg Sidders book: Alchemy in a Glass. 


Plus, what should first time visitors to the New Orleans festival Tales of the Cocktail expect?

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Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey

March 11th, 2015

Rye whiskey has a wonderful spiciness and depth.  Dad's Hat Rye Whiskey is doing great things with whiskey in Pensilvania.  We talk to one of the founders - John Cooper - about this great brand.  Also, a tasting of the Dad's Hat whiskeys. Plus we mix up some cocktails with friend of the show - Mr. Mike!  We'll drink some Manhattans and chat about spirits & cocktails!  Cheers!

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Wine Knowledge for Bartenders; Cocktail tour of New Orleans & an interview with Julie Reiner.

March 3rd, 2015

Its a jam-packed episode of Bartender Journey!

  • Wine Knowledge for Bartenders.  Its a very informal & simplified discussion about wine, but should be useful to many of our listeners.  For a podcast dedicated to wine, check out Wine for Normal People.
  • Listen in on a Cocktail Tour of New Orleans run by Joe Gendusa.
  • A great interview with Julie Reiner.
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Bartender Journey Podcast #100!

February 18th, 2015

Its a big milestone for the show!  100 episodes of Bartending, Cocktail & Spirits.
To celebrate, Bartenders Chris Tunsdale & Ozeal come on the show and talk about drinks, the bar business, management, and the great yearly Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans.
Join us in celebrating 100 episodes!
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Interview with Dale DeGroff!

February 5th, 2015

A chat over breakfast with King Cocktail himself - Dale DeGroff!

Dale gives advice for bartenders who are just starting out.  Also he shares some cocktail history, and gives us a wonderful description of the Neighborhood Bar and its place in society.
Don't miss this one!
Take a listen with the player below, or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.  You can find the Bartender Journey web site at:  bartenderjourney.net
Also, a brief review of the new cocktail book from Death & Co.
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Farm to Bottle Distilleries producing great Spirits!

January 27th, 2015

Small Craft Distilleries are producing great spirits all around the country!  New York State has some new regulations that encourage & help small business.  We talk to the founders of Orange County Distillery about the farm to bottle movement!  

It Bartender Journey Podcast # 98!  Listen with the player below or subscribe on iTunesStitcher Radio or the Bartender Journey web site.
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Your Guests Are Trying to Tell You Something - Ep 97

January 14th, 2015

What can Bartenders & Servers learn from their guests?  Learn and take cues from your guests' actions and behaviors.

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Also, some discussion of Hot Adult Beverages, including Warm Whiskey Cocktails from WineMag.com
The Bartender Journey Web Site is located at: bartenderjourney.net
Friends of the Bartender Journey Podcast:
For a great online bartending and cocktail course check out ABarAbove.

A fascinating selection of unusual and hard to find spirits plus Whiskey Tasting Packs are available at Flaviar!
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