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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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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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Mark Sansom about the exciting return of a live ceremony for The World's 50 Best Bars, The new award 'Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu' and the relaunch of 50 Best Discovery. Mark is the Content Editor for 50 Best. He joined the brand in April 2019 after five years as Editor of Food and T…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Ryan Christiansen, a Vermont native, Head Distiller, Entrepreneur & President of Vermont’s Caledonia Spirits, famed for crafting Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin and Barr Hill Vodka. Ryan perfected working with raw honey in the production process and leads the team that crafts t…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #46 Jason Williams on the 20 pillars of successful beverage consultancy. In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Jason Williams, the Creative Director of Proof & Company, Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirits company. Under Jason’s leadership, Proof Creative has becom…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #45 Jean-Sebastian Robicquet. A masterclass in gin, brand building and celebrating 20 years of success. In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Jean-Sebastian Robicquet, master distiller and founder of Maison Villevert, the producer of iconic brand such as G'vine, La Quint…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #44 Ronnaporn Kannivichaporn on presentation best practises, balancing the five tastes and comedic value in competitions. In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Ronnaporn Kannivichaporn, Co-owner of Backstage cocktail bar and Find the Locker Room in Bangkok. Ronnaporn has…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to industry titan Richard Seale about his role in changing the landscape of rum, educating about production and the importance of Doorly's XO to his success. Enjoy! ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our listeners to keep the show going! If you could …
 
On The Back Bar. Entrepreneur Series #3 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 Josh Jacobs of Speakeasy Co. Speakeasy Co. is a technology company and e-commerce platform for the Wine & Spirits in…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #41 Diego Ferrari on the DNA of a great ambassador, lessons in low abv cocktails and the importance of respecting others. In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Diego Ferrari the global brand ambassador of Matusalem rum and author of “ Low Alcohol Cocktails - New Frontiers in Mixology “…
 
On The Back Bar. Entrepreneur Series #2 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 Zack Lister, founder of Bodega Brands. Bodega Brands is a family of brands owned and operated under one roof, workin…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #41 In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to industry veteran Philip Bischoff on his exciting new project in Bangkok at BKK Social Club, Four Seasons. Enjoy! BKK Social Club ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our listeners to keep …
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Bannie Kang, co-founder of Mu: in Taipei and the recent winner of the 50 Best Bartenders, Bartender award 2021. Enjoy! Mu: Banni Kang ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our listeners to keep the show going! If you could support us by joining our Pa…
 
Just a small update from Christopher Menning to say thank you to all the listeners out there tuning in to On The Back Bar podcast. This podcast relies on our listeners to keep the show going. And now I want to ask you to join the community and support us through Patreon. Patreon is a platform where you can support the podcast with a small monthly d…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Vivian Pei about her unique culinary journey that led her to Singapore and become a founding member of the Singapore Cocktail Bar Association and a Senior Academy Chair for the Worlds 50 Best Bars. Enjoy! ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our list…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #38 In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Jesse Vida, Head Bartender of the world renowned Atlas Bar in Singapore. We discuss what it takes to manage more than 1000 gins and his strategy for crafting one of the worlds best bar teams. Enjoy! ***** Join our community on Fa…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #37 In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Hamish Smith about his role as the editor of Class Magazine, Drinks International and his role in the creation of the Worlds 50 Best Bar Awards. Enjoy! Links: Drinks International Worlds 50 Best Bars ***** Join our community on F…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #36 In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Shawn Soole hospitality entrepreneur, founder of Soole hospitality concepts and host of The Post Shift Podcast. Enjoy! Links https://soolehospitality.com ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies …
 
On The Back Bar. Entrepreneur Series #1 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 Lawrence Cisneros and Brandon Schwartz the founders of DRNXMTH bottled cocktails. The first bottled cocktail company…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Jack Wareing. Ambassador of Porter's Gin and host of Youtube series One Thing Drinks. Enjoy! One Thing Drinks Youtube channel ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our listeners to keep the show going! If you could support us by joining our Patreon it…
 
On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #34 In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast Chris talks to Zdenek Kastanek, Managing Director of True Believers, International Sales Director of EcoSPIRITS and long time barkeep of Singapore's 28 Hong Kong Street. Enjoy! ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast …
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Taylor Foxman, Vice President of Communications at Parallel and Founder/ CEO of The Industry Collective. Taylor has been in the drinks industry much of her career using her communication talents to help big and small brands share their message. She currently is the Vice President of Communi…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Maxim Schulte, the new Bar Manager of Kol. A restaurant and Mezcaleria alongside Chef Santiago Lastra previously of Noma. Kol is the debut restaurant from chef Santiago Lastra. Kol Mezcaleria will be in the restaurant's lower ground floor and will celebrate all things mezcal. An extensive s…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Dean Callan about his long career as a brand ambassador and his latest project, The Dean Callan Show. Enjoy! Resources The Dean Callan Show The Craft of the cocktail The Joy of Mixology ***** Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our listeners to keep the s…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Jay Khan, the co-founder, and director of the agave mecca COA, a specialist basement bar that quickly became a hot topic and destination bar in Asia. COA opened in 2017 in Hong Kong’s Soho district and landed on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list last year at No.12, bagging the Highest New Entry Awar…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Holly Graham. A Hong Kong based editor, writer and bartender. She has made great strides in helping to support the bar industry through her work as the Managing Editor of DRiNK Magazine (www.drinkmagazine.asia), the region's leading bar industry platform, nominated for Best Cocktail & Spiri…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Lorenzo Antinori, a bartender who has been actively involved in some of the world's best bars from London, Korea, and now his home in Hong Kong. Lorenzo, started his career in the hospitality industry in Rome, at the Hotel De Russie, one of the “Leading Hotels of the World”. Before Long Lor…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Gabriele Manfredi, a powerhouse in the London drink scene. Originally from Milan, he started out joining the bar team at the renowned Artesian at The Langham, London in 2009. Before long he moved to the cocktail bar, Nightjar in 2011. Four years later he became Head Bartender at sister bar …
 
Today’s episode is a little update from me about this weeks guest and about a new project I have taken on. I'll be heading a new cocktail bar called Pin 31 in Bangkok and I'm looking forward to sharing all! Enjoy! Let me know what you think. ***** Before we get started I wanted to talk first about Patreon and how you can be a part of the podcast. P…
 
This weeks episode is a look into the life of one of the industry's most beloved bartenders. With a career that spans 40 years, Salvatore Calabrese has had a lifetime of achievements which we reminisce on today. Salvatore is an award-winning powerhouse in the trade being a consultant, bar operator and author of many best selling books. We discuss h…
 
Welcome everybody to another edition of On the Back Bar and today is a rather special episode as we are co-hosting alongside Shana Race who joins me from her show, TalkTales the Podcast. This episode is a story into both our lives in the world of bartending and podcasting and not only is it super fun but you also learn a lot more about me and what …
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Jerrold Khoo, the Bar Manager of Jigger and Pony in Singapore. Jerrold Khoo started his love of drink making at the age of 17 in Starbucks before rising through the ranks of the Singapore bar scene to his position as the Bar Manager of Jigger and Pony. The hotel bar Jigger and Pony this yea…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Alistair Reynolds the Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky Ambassador who joins us to talk to us about his new podcast, The Middle Cut. Co-hosting alongside Diageo Malt Whisky Ambassador Colin Dunn, the pair take a journey across Scotland stopping at a Single Malt distillery every episode to discus…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Camille Vidal, the founder of La Maison Wellness a mindful drinking brand and creative consultancy. Camille spent her career as a consultant and global brand ambassador for St-Germain and the Bacardi family of brands. She is internationally recognized as a leading voice in the drinks indust…
 
Kirk Estopinal is a Partner and Bartender of New Orleans' James Beard Foundation award-winning bar Cure and beloved Cuban inspired restaurant and bar, Cane and Table. Prior to that, he lived in Chicago where he was an opening bartender for renowned craft cocktail spot, The Violet Hour. Estopinal left Chicago to return to New Orleans and help Neal B…
 
In this episode we are honoured to have Caroline Rosen, President of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, join us as a guest. Caroline's role in the New Orleans culinary community has seen her providing scholarships to culinary schools for qualified minority applicants and by providing micro-loans to farmers in the New Orleans region. Her career has d…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Lauren Mote, the DIAGEO Reserve & World Class Global Cocktailian, co-creator of Bittered Sling Bitters, a sommelier, writer, and spirits’ judge. Today, Lauren spearheads the World Class Studios educational program globally and creates programming for bartenders, ambassadors, customers and c…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Ivy Mix, the head bartender and owner of Leyenda, a cocktail bar in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder of Speed Rack, a competition created by and for female bartenders that benefits breast cancer research and awareness, and she has won a number of awards including being named "Ameri…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris had a chat with Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox about life in isolation and how London Cocktail Week is thankfully still going ahead, into its 11th year. We take a look back at the decade of success they have had with the now world-renowned festival and about some of the home cocktails, they ar…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Cristie Norman a certified sommelier working at Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant, Spago, in Beverly Hills. She is an online creator, hosting a Youtube series named "Adulting with Alcohol" and has recently launched an Online Wine Course delving into the world of wine through 80 high-quali…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Sven Almenning, the managing director and owner of the influential Speakeasy Group of venues. The group includes iconic venues such as Eau de Vie Sydney and Melbourne, Boilermaker House, the Viking mythology-inspired Mjølner Sydney and Melbourne, and the Champagne and cocktail bar Nick and …
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Tom Surgey. The eloquent wine educator and the sales & business development director at Ridgeview Estate. He has been a tremendous force in promoting English sparkling wine worldwide and known for being a great communicator. Tom has been involved in a lot of media over recent years from rad…
 
In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Philip Duff is renowned for being the industry's much-loved cocktail and spirits expert and presenter. He served as the Director of Education at Tales of the Cocktail and through his consultancy brand 'Liquid Solutions', created trade engagements programs such as the Bols Around The World a…
 
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