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Hold On To Your Hats, I Found a Vodka I’ll Actually Drink

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I don’t drink vodka. Most of you know that by now. I don’t care for spirits that strive to taste more like nothing than their competitors. I don’t care for drinks made with vodka, which taste merely like alcoholic versions of whatever fruit juice has been added to the glass. It’s boring liquor for boring | Read More

Introducing… The Oregon Bartenders Guild

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Last month, I followed seven other bartenders into the Teardrop Lounge on a cold December afternoon in Portland, Oregon. The eight of us had previously spent a lot of time talking online about our common interest in craft bartending, advanced techniques, housemade ingredients and specialty spirits, but this was going to be a different sort | Read More

Mixology Monday: Brandy

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Well, here we are at Mixology Monday time again. Our host for this round is Marleigh over at Sloshed! and in my mind she’s picked a real winner of a theme: brandy. I love brandy. I love to consume it, I love to sell it, and I love to mix with it. A few months | Read More

Scottish Breakfast

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A couple of months ago, my friend Kevin from The Scotch Blog sent me a bottle of Pig’s Nose scotch in the mail. As an aside, I highly recommend making friends with people who do things like, say, run the world’s biggest blog on scotch whiskey. Really. Anyway, Pig’s Nose is a fun, easy-to-drink, everyday | Read More

New Year, New Digs

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It’s official! Starting on Monday, January 7th, my co-bartender Scott Butler and I will be officially heading up the bar at Bel Ami, located in the Midtown Marketplace at 1591 Willamette Street here in Eugene, right across the street from the bar where I learned to mix cocktails all those years ago. This is a | Read More

Seven Grand, Los Angeles

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to spend a lot of time in airports. Since I’m usually stuck safely behind a bar five nights a week, it’s nice for me to get right in there with a swarming throng of people and be corralled through a series of lines for an | Read More

“I know Jamie Boudreau. Jamie Boudreau is a friend of mine. And you, sir, are no Jamie Boudreau.”

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Yes, these are the words that I hear ringing in my ears as I find myself reading the news that Forbes Traveler has sympathetically chosen to include me in its very illustrious list of Cocktail Movers and Shakers this year. Another drink-slinger who’s putting the Pacific Northwest on the cocktail map is Jeffrey Mortgenthaler[sic], bartender | Read More

All Other Drink Bloggers Must Be Destroyed!

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While minding my own business yesterday, checking out free Dilbert cartoons and looking for sexy Pilates vlogs, I was rudely interrupted by Cate O’Malley of the Well Fed Network with the following announcement: Just a heads up that your site is officially in the running for the 2007 Food Blog Awards – head on over | Read More

Manhattan Bar Tour: Two Outta Four Ain’t Bad, Right?

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When I travel, I have a list of bars and bartenders that I want to see in whichever city I’ll be visiting. My recent trip to Manhattan was no exception, and after the Repeal Day party I made a point of heading out into the snowy night in eager anticipation of having some world-class cocktails. | Read More

Repeal Day in New York City

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My day started at 1PM today, at a lunch at Pete’s Tavern, one of the oldest the oldest continually-operating bars in New York City. I had a great meal and met some of the people at Dewar’s that have been working so hard to spread the same message that I’ve been touting for some time | Read More

My Trip To Manhattan, Part 1

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Thanks to the efforts of the good folks at Dewar’s scotch, I flew out this morning to New York City for Repeal Day. After a few late take-offs and missed flights, I finally arrived in Manhattan in time to check in to my hotel and scrub my travel-weary face before heading out on the town | Read More

Mixology Monday: Prohibition

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This being my first ever time hosting Mixology Monday, I’m a little nervous. So bear with me. Also, my schedule has taken a turn for the busier… I’m leaving tomorrow morning to celebrate Repeal Day with the folks from Dewar’s scotch in New York City! As Repeal Day is coming up on the 5th, I | Read More

Grey Goose Responds to Our Plaintive Cries

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Last month, I wrote about a recent nightmare involving Grey Goose vodka’s razor-sharp serrated metal foil… and my hand. Many of you shared your horror stories in the comments section. Last week, Sven-Olaf Hansen, Global Brand Director for Grey Goose, replied to the comments with a promise that changes were on the way at Grey | Read More

December 3rd is Mixology Monday, December 5th is Repeal Day

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I have been given the honor of hosting next month’s Mixology Monday here, and since it is in such close company with December 5th, which is Repeal Day, I’ve decided to try to combine the two and have a little fun with it. So, for this round of MxMo, you’re going to need to write | Read More

Mixology Monday: Gin

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Well, it’s Mixology Monday time yet again, and our pal Jay over at Oh Gosh! (I love that URL) has chosen one of my favorite spirits to work with, gin. I wrote to my friend Jimmy Patrick this morning and asked him what he was going to do for this month’s entry. He wrote back: | Read More