The Bowery Collective with Water Easterbrook

May 10th, 2018

Listen to the Bartender Journey Podcast # 253 with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on Apple Podcasts,  Android or Stitcher Radio.

This week on the show we talk with Walter Easterbrook who runs the Bowery Collective and is NY Brand Ambassador for Woodford Reserve.

This show is also generously sponsored by The Bowery Collective.

The Bowery Collective's yearly Arte Agave festival is coming up on June 29, 2018 at the Bowery Hotel in Manhattan.

Arte Agave is a unique celebración of fine agave spirits + arts + entertainment inspired by the richness of Latino culture.
Click for tickets.

Walter has been also running the Beyond the Bar series which helps Bartenders to advance their careers and move on to other opportunities if they wish.  If you'd like to get involved with future Beyond the Bar events, contact the Bowery Collective.

Every year at Tales of the Cocktail there is a big awards ceremony called the Spirited Awards.  This year they have added a new category for Best Video, Broadcast or Podcast.  Please help out by nominating Bartender Journey for this category.  Everything you need to know about how to do this is on this page.

Cocktail of the Week:
Brown Derby

This drink is named for a Hat Shaped restaurant that was once in Los Angeles called the Brown Derby.

The classic recipe is:
2 oz Bourbon, I’ll use Woodford Reserve today.
1 oz Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Honey Syrup – 1:1 ratio Honey dissolved in hot water – its best to measure by weight, not volume.
Shake with ice.  Strain into a chilled coup glass.

Brian’s altered recipe:
2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
¾ oz Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
¼ oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Honey Syrup
¼ oz of an olo sacrum syrup made with the rinds of the Grapefruit, (recipe below)

Take the rinds of the Grapefruit before you squeeze it – peel it with a y-peeler or vegetable peeler.  Put in a zip lock bag and add some white sugar.  Mix.  Seal the bag, removing as much of the air as you can.  Let that sit for at least an hour at room temperature.  Add a little warm water to dissolve the sugar mixture and strain it.

Book of the Week:

Bourbon Curious by Fred Minnick.  The sub title is “A simple tasting guild for the savvy drinker”.

We want to thank the Bowery Collective again for sponsoring the show. 

If you are in the New York area, definitely check out their events, like Arte Agave on Friday, June 29th 2018 at the Bowery Hotel.  Go to and click on the Events tab to see all the events.

As it says on the on the Bowery Collective’s web site “we create meaningful experiences.  If need help organizing a cool event, get in touch with Walter.  There is a contact button on

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