Are Distilled Spirits Gluten Free?

June 29th, 2015

We talk about serving your guests who need to eat (& drink) gluten free. 

The Books of the Week:  Ray Foley's Bartending For Dummies and Running A Bar For Dummies.

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Great whiskey made in Brooklyn New York!

June 24th, 2015

This week we visit with Colin Spoelman, co-founder of The Kings County Distillery.  
Kings County Distillery is producing high quality whiskey in a beautiful old building the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  They have also written a book:  The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining - How to Make and Drink Whiskey.
Plus, time is getting short to enter the Shake The Vine Contest!  Enter to win a trip to Tales Of The Cocktail and a chance to win the $5000 grand prize!
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Bourbon Empire

June 16th, 2015

On Bartender Journey Podcast number 114 we talk with author Reid Mitenbuler.  Reid's book Bourbon Empire:  The Past and Future of America's Whiskey unravels the myths and misconceptions surrounding America’s most iconic spirit and traces the history of Bourbon – from  the frontier rebellion, to the Gilded Age corruption, and the magic of Madison Avenue. 
Plus, find out about the Shake The Vine Cocktail contest!  You could win $5000 and a trip to Tales of the Cocktail 2015!

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Jeffrey Morganthaler

June 9th, 2015

An interview with the great bartender and author Jeffrey Morgenthaler!  We talk about bartending myths, proper bar techniques, and bar management strategies.
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Enter the Shake The Vine Contest for a chance to win one of (8) $1000 prize and (1) grand prize of $5000!  Deadline for entries is 6/30/15.
Book of the Week: Jeffrey Morgenthaler's THE BAR BOOK.  Its a manual for Bartenders!
Check out Jeffrey Morgenthaler's web site.
I had a great time at #CocktailsInTheCountry event with Gaz Regan recently!  Pictures below!
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Camper English

June 2nd, 2015

On the Bartender Journey Podcast #112, it’s a talk with cocktail blogger, writer and cocktail competition jugdge, Camper English!  Its a great conversation about making great quality clear ice, the first time he tended bar and cocktail trends.

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See below for some of the tools used to make clear ice cubes, plus the Book of the Week: The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan.

Also mentioned on the podcast this week, Gary Regan's new book  The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes & Lore

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Tools Brian uses to make clear ice:  Small cooler, (fill about 1/3 with water and put in freezer with top open).  Jeweler's Hammer and Ice Picks - one Single Prong and one Six Prong.

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Genever - A Slightly Mysterious Spirit

May 26th, 2015

On the Bartender Journey Podcast #111 we talk about the somewhat mysterious sprit Genever.  Brand Ambassador Anthony Pullen gives us an education on the product that the Bols company has been making for hundreds of years!  Plus we mix up some Genever cocktails.

The Book of the Week is the classic from Dale DeGroff:  The Craft of the Cocktail.  Every Bartender have a copy of this book!

In industry news – a bourbon crime wave?  A bizarre real-life story.

Join us for great cocktail, spirit and Bartender talk on the Bartender Journey Podcast!

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Interview with Mr. David Wondrich

May 19th, 2015

Its an interview with Cocktail Historian, Author & Barman David Wondrich!

We talk about the history of the "American Bar", the value of GOOD ice and why OLD bars are so interesting.  Plus cocktail traditions and where the "new cocktail revolution" might be headed over the next few years.
Its a fascinating talk with a true gentleman.
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Drinking a Negroni with Gaz

May 12th, 2015

Gaz Regan produces an awesome Bartender education event called Cocktails In The Country.  10 students are treated to a two day intensive training with the legendary Gaz Regan.
The public is invited to be "guinea pigs" for the students.  This week, we visit Cocktails In The Country and enjoy some cocktails produced by the students AND a very special finger-stirred Negroni, made by the one and only Gaz!
Gaz's book The Joy of Mixology is required reading for Bartenders.

If you are looking for a fabulous online bartender training course, take a look at A Bar Above for an extremely in depth course from Chris Tunstall.
For high quality spirits, including exclusive Tasting Packs, try Flaviar.

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Interview with Jesse. Berkshires Bartender who shares some stories from behind the bar.

April 28th, 2015

Interview with Jesse - Bartender who works in the Berkshires who shares some great stories from behind the bar.

Plus, The Water of Life is a whisky tasting event to benefit charity which will be held in downtown Manhattan on May 6, 2015.  This is the first annual event and its for a great cause.  All the proceeds will be donated to the Life Raft Group which is dedicated finding a cure for a specific type of cancer - GIST.

The gentleman who founded this event - Dr. Mattew Lurin is a whiskey aficionado whose stepfather is a GIST patient.

The word whiskey comes from the Gaelic phrase for  'water of life' which became the word "whiskey".

This is going to be a great event and its for an awesome cause and we encourage you to attend!

The format of the tasting will be very unique. It's basically like speed dating with Whisky Ambassadors to find your whisky to love. Each whisky brand will have a table that seats up to 5 guests at a time. They will share drams and stories for 12 minutes. 

Then, the group will move on individually to their next of many 'whisky dates'...13 in total, with built in breaks for dinner and dessert.
Over the course of this event, guests will have the opportunity to try over 25 whiskies, accompanied by food pairings at each table, passed hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner and desserts.

All proceeds raised go to the charity, The Life Raft Group whose simple focus is to cure a form of cancer — Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST). – and to help those living with it.

Use the code RAFT1550 to get an additional $50 off the ticket price, which is a charitable donation, (legal disclaimer - double check that with your account please!)

You can buy tix at and get more info on the charity at
Remember to use the discount code RAFT1550.  

Next item of business -- a bit of industry news.  The Manhattan Cocktail Classic was canceled!  
The event was passed to new management this year, and apparently they just couldn't sort out the details in time, so they just canceled it.  What a was such an amazing event.  Well, TOTC is coming up!

Book of the week its: All About The Guest -- such a great title!  Author Steve Difillippo bought his first restaurant when he was just 23 years old and now owns lots of restaurants up and down the East Coast.  

Steve makes some great points in this book, here is a favorite -- Steve says every decision he makes he asks himself, "is this going to make things better for the guest?"  ... an awesome philosophy.

He also talks about how you can't let demanding guests distract you from the others --that is, the easy going guests, who are really who you want coming back anyway!  He says you need to make sure you give all your guests the attention they deserve.  This is good to keep in mind while you are behind the bar!

Toast of the Week:

I like beer. On occasion, I will even drink beer to
celebrate a major event such as the fall of communism
or the fact that the refrigerator is still working.
--Humorist Dave Barry
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Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails

April 23rd, 2015

On the Bartender Journey Podcast #107 its great conversation with Mr. Warren Bobrow, the author of several amazing cocktail books.  Warren's new book offers 75 traditional, yet newly-created cocktails.  The cocktails in this book are delicious, soothing and unique.
Shrubs require time and careful preparation.  This fascinating ingredient creates cocktails that are truly different, uncommon and delectable.

Show Notes.  Mentioned in the the podcast this week:
      Warren Bobrows books:
       Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails, and Elixirs
       Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks Using the World's Most Popular Spirit
       Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today

       Greg Seider book:  Alchemy in a Glass: The Essential Guide to Handcrafted Cocktails
       Bartender Journey Podcast #99 with Dale DeGroff
       Leave a comment and rating for Bartender Journey on iTunes
      Previous Bartender Journey interview with Warren Bobrow

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