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Wednesday 11 May, 2016

What Spirits Will Ascend? Inside the 73rd WSWA 2016

It always takes a few days to digest everything that happens at WSWA—not to mention, sober up—hence why it’s taken me some time to post this wrap up on the convention of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America in Las Vegas  April 18-21st. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Distinct […]

Saturday 08 August, 2015

What makes the best local bar? 5 Things

  It’s a question I hadn’t thought about much until recently. Is it a place “where everybody knows your name” as the old Cheers theme crooned? A spot that supports the local community with little league sponsorships, blood drives and the like? Or just a good old reliable? It seems unimportant, but maybe it isn’t. […]

Boss of the Bars 2014
Saturday 17 January, 2015

Judging You, Judging Me!

This past winter, I got a chance to participate in another couple of fun mixology contests, the “Boss of the Bars” competition on repeal day at Downtown Las Vegas’ Mob Museum, alongside Mixologist Ricardo Murcia, and fellow scribes Xania Woodman and Joy Robertson; then the BArocker regional bartender contest at the Hard Rock Cafe on […]

Friday 21 November, 2014

Where Is The Best Bar Supply Store? I Vote For Kegworks Buffalo!

The news out of Buffalo this week reminded me that I was overdue (surprise) to post about an amazing store I visited there a few months ago…back when the weather was milder, thank goodness! At the tail end of a trip to Western New York this summer,  I was flying home out of Buffalo airport […]

Friday 29 March, 2013

Penis Colada and Jackapple Shots: Nightclub & Bar Show 2013

The upper echelons of the mixology world may turn up their collective nose at Nightclub & Bar, the annual Las Vegas convention and trade show, but NCBS remains a barometer and almost unpredictable cross-section of the liquor service industry across the US–a solid reminder that ultra-premium ingredients, hand-crafted cocktails and original recipes are not necessarily […]

Sunday 24 March, 2013

Tony Abou-Ganim’s Ultimate Vegas Bar Crawl

Buried in the Spring 2013 issue of VEGAS magazine was an item in which “The Modern Mixologist,” Tony Abou-Ganim, picked (reluctantly) his five favorite Las Vegas bars. The influential bar consultant, who just released a new book on tasting vodkas, is not only a longtime Vegas resident, he’s also responsible for spearheading the cocktail revival […]

Sunday 15 April, 2012

Did you know I am Certified in Tequila?

It’s true. I had the rare opportunity to participate in the first US Certification class from the Consejo Regulador del Tequila of Mexico, at Dos Caminos Las Vegas. Read all about it in my blog for EscapeHatchDallas! ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2010

Sunday 15 April, 2012

What The Boozer Saw: Tony Abou-Ganim and the Nightclub & Bar Show

Here’s a Gonzo-ish take on one of my first full immersions into the world of spirits marketing: the annual Nightclub & Bar Show… click to enlarge: ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 2010

Sunday 15 April, 2012

Are You Drinking What I’m Drinking?

I can’t say covering the 2010 Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association convention is the toughest assignment I’ve ever had, but drinking almost non-stop for 48 hours is…well…click on the cocktail contest photo above for the full blog in EscapeHatchDallas. I can’t remember the details anymore. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 2010