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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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In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris welcomes back Holly Graham to talk about the release of her debut book, Cocktails of Asia: Regional Recipes and the Spirited Stories Behind Them. Enjoy! Links Enjoy! Contact info & Resources: Insta: HollyGrahamDrinks DRINK Magazine Buy Cocktails of Asia on Amazon ***** Join our community on Facebook…
 
For this week's episode, we are joined by bartender turned businessman, Randy Tarlow of Liquid Alchemist Syrups. So tune in and hear the story of how he turned a company that he started in his kitchen, into one that sells his products around the world. _______________________________ Join us every Monday as acclaimed bartender, Erick Castro, interv…
 
Welcome to episode #3 of Table Talk, a new series for On The Back Bar where we invite industry professionals to join us on the show to chat about their roles and other various topics. This episode we have Chris Thompson the Senior Editor of Food & Drink for Vietcetera and Chef Peter Franklin of award winning restaurant Anan in Saigon. Enjoy! Links …
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Vidur Gupta co-founder of Third Eye Distillery, producer of Stranger & Sons gin. Enjoy! Links https://strangerandsons.com/ https://www.instagram.com/strangerandsons/ ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our listeners to keep the show going! If you co…
 
In this episode of the show, we are joined by bar owner and entrepreneur, H. Joseph Ehrmann of Fresh Victor. He is a longtime veteran of the industry and has done a great job of diversifying his projects, while at the same time taking advantage of trends and staying dynamic. Tune in and listen in as he shares how he does it. Diageo Bar Academy: htt…
 
In the rush to always feature the latest and greatest, many bars are eager to start with a clean slate with every menu update. But are they genuinely generating excitement or perhaps missing an opportunity? To further complicate things, the issue gets a bit murkier than when a cocktail that is a clear fan favorite is 86'd for good. Our guest this w…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Arijit Bose co-founder of The Lovers Rum, Countertop India, Bar Back Collective and the recently listed #4 Best Bar in Asia, Bar Tesouro. Enjoy! Links Bar Tesouro Instagram @theloversrum @barbackcollective. @countertopindia Arijit Bose Instagram ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverag…
 
This week we are joined by a bartender who has done it all. From overseeing bar programs to running marketing for a premier distillery to traveling the country as a spirits educator, Shel Buhler is a bartender who wore many hats before finding herself as the Director of Brand for Aparium Hotel Group. 20 years ago this sort of career trajectory woul…
 
Welcome to episode #2 of Table Talk, a new series for On The Back Bar where we invite industry professionals to join us on the show to chat about their roles and other various topics. This episode we have William Pravda and Sean Halse from the newly opened Capella Hanoi. Enjoy! Links William Pravda Instagram Sean Halse Instagram Capella Hanoi *****…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris welcomes back Mark Sansom to talk about the exciting Asia's 50 Best Bars awards this week in Bangkok on Thursday 28th April 19:30 UTC+07. Asia's 50 Best Bars 51-100 list 2022 Asia's 50 Best Bars Asia's 50 Best Bars Live Stream event https://www.theworlds50best.com/stories/News/asia-bars-51-100-list-…
 
This week we chat with legendary bartender & entrepreneur, Tony Abou-Ganim, and discuss his latest project, The TAG Global Spirits Awards, which just entered it's second year. In this episode, we learn about the pitfalls and opportunities in starting your own spirits competition, as well as learn why glassware matters when tasting spirits. Cocktail…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Chris Tunstall the founder of A Bar Above. Chris Tunstall is the co-founder of A Bar Above and serves as Chief of Brand & Product Development. As the dedicated hospitality expert for the Southern California-based company, he brings more than 15 years of experience in bartending, managing, a…
 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bartend at your favorite theme park? If so, how does one even get their foot in the door? Do you haver regulars or is it all tourists? Also, what kind of drinks do guests even order when they stop by? If you have ever considered any of these questions, then this week's episode is just for you, as we a…
 
It is hard to find someone more knowledgeable and with a more impressive resume than the award-winning bartender, Natasha David. Luckily for us, David wrote a brand new book called, Drink Lightly, which in addition to covering low-ABV cocktails also details her philosophy and approach to creating drinks. Drink Lightly: https://www.penguinrandomhous…
 
This week we are joined by Mark Sansom, director of content for 50 Best Bars, and he is here to discuss the launch of the North America's 50 Best, which will be unveiled this June. Tune in to hear the details this week. Learn more: https://www.worlds50bestbars.com/northamerica/ _______________________________ Join us every Monday as acclaimed barte…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Tristan Stephenson the renowned bar operator and host of the Diageo Bar Academy podcast, Bar Chat. Tristan Stephenson is an award winning bar operator, bartender, chef, some-time journalist, and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books. He was the co-founder of Lon…
 
In some regions of the world, securing a liquor license can be so cost prohibitive that it is impossible for an aspiring bartender to realize their dream of opening their own spot. Unfortunately, this has prevented so many amazing venues from ever seeing the light of day. Fortunately for the community, bartender and entrepreneur, Kate Gerwin, has d…
 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to uproot yourself and move to the other side of the world to pursue your passion behind the bar? Well wonder no longer, because this week's guest did just that and is here to share her experience. Shannon Tebay has worked behind some of the best bars in the world and recently crossed the Atlantic to ply…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Cameron George the US National Ambassador for Ardbeg. Cameron George is a Whisky evangelist born and raised in Seattle Washington, known as both an impassioned spirits educator and community leader he has served as President of Washington’s Bartenders Guild, and Chair of the USBG National E…
 
With so many bartenders making a sizable portion of their income in the form of cash, keeping track of it and spending it responsibly can be a bit trickier than other fields. This is compounded by the fact that many of our job opportunities don't offer full-time benefits or a 401k. Due to this precarious situation, which was only made worse by the …
 
In this episode of the show, we examine the inner layers of cocktail ideation and creation with Chris Amirault of the Maybourne Hotel Beverly Hills. During his time behind the bar, Amirault has been no stranger to receiving accolades in regards to his cocktails. This is not only due to the delicious flavor of his drinks, but also because of the cre…
 
On this week's episode, we are joined by portfolio brand ambassador for Campari America, Anne-Louise Marquis. The reason she is joining us is because she is going to be sharing with us her deep expertise on Grand Marnier and the entire orange liqueur category. Learn more about Bartender's Weekend: https://www.bartendersweekend.com _________________…
 
Several years ago, Los Angeles bartender, Manny Nieves began to develop intense headaches, impaired motor skills & other problematic symptoms. Once he was finally able to get to the doctor's office, he was later diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer at just 22 years of age. As a bartender just living on tips, he didn't know what his options wer…
 
Even the most ardent cocktail lover is often shocked to find out just how much the world of cocktails and bars was influenced by the early soda fountains & soda jerks of yore. To help illustrate just how much of an intersect was at play early bartenders & their pharmaceutical counterparts, we are joined by Darcy O'Neil, author of Fix the Pumps, che…
 
This week we are joined by VinePair staff writer and host of the Cocktail College podcast, Tim McKirdy. On this episode we discuss his professional journey from chef to cocktail & spirits journalist. In addition, we discuss the catalyst and inspiration behind his podcast. Diageo Bar Academy: https://bit.ly/319a5AA _______________________________ Jo…
 
This week we are going to dive deep into the history of liqueurs. To help guide us down this path, we are joined by Earlecia Richelle, the North American Brand Ambassador of St Germain. So listen in as she discusses the origins, production and enjoyment of this beautiful category. Diageo Bar Academy: https://bit.ly/319a5AA _________________________…
 
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…
 
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