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AGAVE LOVE

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People often ask me what my favorite spirit is. For someone that imbibes and studies them for a living, that’s a pretty tough question. That said, I’ve always had a soft spot for agave spirits and have researched both and More

THIRST BOSTON

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PRAGUE BARSHOW

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Just recently, I visited the beautiful city of Prague for the first time, hosted by my good friend, George Nemec, the Global Brand Ambassador for Becherovka, his country’s national spirit. The show is only in its third year and I More

BAR CONVENT BERLIN

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In October, I was invited for the first time by my old friend Bastian Heuser to speak on the mainstage at the most high profile Bar Show in Europe today: Berlin’s Bar Convent. The show has been running since 2007, More

TALES OF THE COCKTAIL

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This is the most exciting time of the year for the global bar community as thousands of us descend upon New Orleans for the annual Tales of the Cocktail extravaganza. I can’t even remember how many I’ve attended, though I More

OLIVES 7 WAYS

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This is a wonderful article written by Robert Simonson and published in the New York Times Dining section on my re-interpretation of the often maligned Dirty Martini, a drink I typically despise. This project has been a labor of love More

SUPERBAR – Milan

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I was very honored to be invited to speak at the first ever Italian bar show – Superbar – held in Milan from September 1st – October 2nd. I was first up on the first day, speaking about some of More

Saxon + Parole – Fall Preview

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It’s never easy compiling a world class cocktail menu, especially at the turn of every season and at a place like Saxon + Parole where there is an acute focus on savory cocktails, many of which might call on the More

METRO COOKING SHOW – D.C 2011

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Food shows are a funny business. And I do mean that literally. They’re a strange scene, to be sure. A mish mash of people in never ending lines, hoping to get a morsel of grilled sausage, a spoonful of BBQ More

Tales of the Cocktail 2011

BARREL AGED SEMINAR Every year in July a growing number of industry folk from across the globe descend on Crescent City for the Tales of the cocktail extravaganza (www.talesofthecocktail.com), a weeklong drinking fest – described by one veteran to me as “Spring break for bartenders” – which also incorporates spirited dinners, walking tours, the cocktail museum, live music, seminars and of course plenty of bar hopping and salacious hearty food for which the city is renowned. Read More

Outstanding Contribution Award


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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
In September 2010 I was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 10th annual Australian Bar Awards. It was a very humbling experience to say the least as this award is given to one person every year who has made a marked difference and contribution to the Australian bar industry. I tried not to waffle on and I made what I thought was a fairly concise, heartfelt and poignant speech on the night. I would like to sincerely thank everyone along the way who has helped shape the person and bartender I am today. Read More

ShakeStir

ShakeStir There’s a really new and exciting website out called Shakestir, an online network and outlet for bartenders to communicate and essentially promote themselves. Read More