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Every week Join Christopher Menning On The Back Bar as he interviews industry leaders and experts in the world of bartending, cocktails, wine, and spirits. Be part of the discussion as we cover a wide range of topics and trends on the subject of alcohol. From craft cocktails, bartending advice, and how to taste spirits. If you are a bartender, sommelier, brand ambassador, whiskey aficionado, or frankly just like a good beverage then welcome to your new home for drink news, storytelling, insi ...
 
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When it comes to premium bitters that you can find behind the bar at the world’s top venues, Scrappy’s Bitters is always found right next to the Angostura and other mainstays of the industry. But where did this small company come from and how did it gain its place in cocktail recipes around the globe? To learn the fascinating story behind this bran…
 
With so many opportunities for the modern craft bartender it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Aside from working behind the bar, the pathway to success presents everything from venue ownership to consulting to events to content creation. So to help us better navigate these opportunities, we are joined by Evelyn Chick, a bartender who is succeeding …
 
This week we discuss the amaro category with Daniel Warrilow, the Italian Portfolio ambassador for Campari America. If you would like to learn more about this bittersweet category, than this episode is just for you. _______________________________ Join us every Monday as acclaimed bartender, Erick Castro, interviews some of the bar industry's top t…
 
This week we are joined by the authors of "Pouring with Heart: The Essential Magic Behind the Bartenders We Love" by Cedd Moses and Erik Cardona. Moses is the man behind the scenes at a variety of iconic bars such as the Varnish and Seven Grand, while Cardona is an acclaimed bartender turned writer, so you can be assured that the two have a very un…
 
Join us as we are joined by Lisa Laird, COO of Laird & Company, and listen in as she shares the history of apple brandy in America. Her family has been distilling apple brandy since the 1700s, which makes her a 9th generation maker of this beautiful spirit. This gives her a unique perspective, so be sure to tune in and her her story. ______________…
 
Tune in this week for our first ever holiday special featuring special guests Paul McGee (Lost Lake, Root Cellar Spirits Bottled Cocktails,) and Chris Hannah (Jewel of the South, formerly of Arnaud's French 75 Bar.) Before we begin a conversation with our guests this week, first we share some listener mail, as well as cover some announcements that …
 
On The Back Bar. Entrepreneur Series #5 Welcome to a new series of On The Back Bar talking to entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry about business strategy and start ups. Nick Buzzell is a successful entrepreneur, producer and media executive with a passion to create innovative media experiences across multiple platforms. He leads a growing tea…
 
This week we are joined by Masahiro Urushido & Michael Anstendig, co-authors of the acclaimed book, The Japanese Art of the Cocktail. In this episode we discuss the impetus of the book & how it came about. In addition, Urushido discusses his creative process when creating drinks for his award-winning bar, Katana Kitten, many of which are featured i…
 
On this episode of the show we are joined by he National On Premise Manager for Diageo Non-Alcoholic, Laura Lashley, and we dive into your years of expertise creating cocktails. So listen in as discuss New Year's Eve cocktails, in their many incarnations ranging from full-proof to low proof to no proof. In addition, we also talk about how to sell o…
 
This week on the show, we are joined by legendary spirits writer, F. Paul Pacult, to discuss the two books that he just put out, “The New Kindred Spirits: Over 2,000 All-New Reviews of Whiskeys, Brandies, Liqueurs, Gins, Vodkas, Tequilas, Mezcal & Rums,” and “Buffalo, Barrels, & Bourbon: The Story of How Buffalo Trace Distillery Became The World's …
 
Here to discuss the beauty and nuance of Japanese cocktails is Julia Momosé, bartender and co-author of the recently released, The Way of the Cocktail: Japanese Traditions, Techniques and Recipes. As a native of Japan, her upbringing within the country and culture informed her perspective and approach to beverage and hospitality at her Chicago bar,…
 
After working nightclubs as a DJ for 11 years and as a bartender before that, this week’s guest decided to change gears and help industry folks find some more balance in their lives. As a veteran in the business, Amanda Malcom-Brown, has unique insight that has given her the ability to better understand the unique challenges that face those who are…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Paul Mathew founder of Everleaf. Paul, bartender and bar owner (The Hide, The Arbitrager, and Demon, Wise & Partners in London) founded Everleaf in January 2019. Everleaf is an award-winning non-alcoholic aperitif made with all the depth, aroma and flavour of the natural world. Paul researc…
 
Have you ever wanted to formulate your own vermouth? What would you do if someone paid you to do just that? Where would you even start? Tune in to this week’s episode to hear the story of what spirits experts, Stacey Swenson and Chris Patino, did when they were presented with the opportunity to create a new line of vermouth. Learn more about Diageo…
 
This week we are joined by, David Wondrich & Noah Rothbaum, the authors of the The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, which is released this week on November 4th. The book is important as it is the first major reference work to cover spirits and cocktails from a global perspective, and provides an authoritative overview that spans nearly 90…
 
Welcome to episode one of Table Talk, a new series for On The Back Bar where we invite industry professionals to join us on the show and to chat about their roles and other various topics. This episode we have Philip Augustin the Spirits Sales Director for Italasia, Gabriel Gliga the Beverage Manager for Soho Hospitality and Daniel Elphinstone the …
 
Technology can often help us provide a better experience for both our staff and our guests, but at what point does it detract from the overall experience? To argue the case for keeping things old-school, we are joined by Jill Cockson —entrepreneur & owner of Drastic Measures, Swordfish Toms, and Chartreuse Saloon. Cockson believes that bar owners s…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Hanna Lee & Michael Anstendig about their award winning PR agency and what beverage professionals can do to improve their media presence. Michael Anstendig is Partner, Editor in Chief and Media Trainer at Hanna Lee Communications. He is also a journalist who has covered the hospitality indu…
 
This week we are joined by spirits marketing guru Steven Grasse, Founder and CEO of Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire. Grasse is the creator of some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick’s Gin. Years later he runs a team of 75 people and still lists iconic brands such as Guinness Beer, E&J Gallo and Miller Hig…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #51 Ian Burrell on Rumfest 2021, Equiano Rum, and defining the role of the Rum Ambassador. In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Ian 'Rum' Burrell the global ambassador for the rum category and, THE man to speak to for all things rum. He also founded Rumfest, the world's…
 
Covering bars and travel for drinks media can be difficult in today's world, but it can still be done. PPE and constant COVID tests can begin to feel arduous at times, so to help us wrap our heads around what it is like to cover global cocktails today, we are joined by Holly Graham, managing editor of Drink Magazine Asia. So tune in to hear her per…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Alexandre Gabriel owner and master blender of Maison Ferrand. Alexandre discovered an old Cognac home and transformed it into what is now known as Maison Ferrand, in the heart of Cognac's Grande Champagne region. Along with a small team, Alexandre turned the Cognac House into one of the mos…
 
With many bars gearing up their fall & winter menus, we wanted to make sure that they don’t forget about boozy milkshakes and the role they play on cocktail menus around the world. To shed some light on these frosty treats, we are joined by Kim Haasarud (James Beard-honored bartender, author, president of the United States Bartender’s Guild,) so li…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to James Arthur Rackham of "Daddy Rack" Tennessee Straight Whisky. J.Arthur Rackham's lifetime spirit adventure began at an early age, when he was born above his father's liquor store on London's Portobello Road. In 1968 at the age of 15, he was an apprentice with the Camus family in Cognac, F…
 
For this week's episode we dive into the topic of pollinators and the role that they play in the food that we eat and the cocktails we drink. To help illuminate the topic, we are joined by Barr Hill Gin's Master Distiller, Ryan Christiansen, and their Head Bartender & Beverage Director, Sam Nelis. So tune in and learn about Bee’s Knees Week, sustai…
 
On The Back Bar. Entrepreneur Series #4 Welcome to a new series of On The Back Bar talking to entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry about business strategy and start ups. In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Tim Angelillo, Founder/CDO of Sourced Craft Cocktails. The largest craft cocktail delivery company in the United Sta…
 
Tasting and evaluating spirits can be an intimidating and daunting task. In fact, many bartenders and industry professionals who are well-versed at making cocktails, find themselves at a loss when approaching liquor on its own. To help us better understand and navigate the world of tasting spirits, we are joined by Samara Davis, founder of the Blac…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Symphony Loo about the much anticipated Negroni week and what Campari is doing throughout the region of South East Asia to support it. Symphony is the South East Asia Brand Ambassador for Campari Group and for the last three years has been developing bartenders throughout the region. Hospit…
 
For this episode of the show, we are joined by Simón Alberti, bartender and entrepreneur. Although he is Venezuelan by birth, he really made his mark in Mexico, first by bartending at the world-famous Licoreria Limantour, and now at La Rustica bars, which are located off of the Pacific coast in an idyllic seaside resort. So tune in as we trace his …
 
For this week’s episode of the show, we are joined by industry veteran, Kelly Merrell, lead bartender of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. During the chat we discuss how the bar came together, while also taking a peek behind the curtains of this world famous drinking destination. _______________________________ Joi…
 
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