Category Archive: booze

DTLA: Friends with Benefits at the Ace Hotel

  The Ace in Downtown Los Angeles has been doing a fun series on Tuesday nights called, “Friends with Benefits.” Guest bartenders began invading the Rooftop in April and I’ve made it to… Continue reading

Las Vegas: All the Drinks at Bound by Salvatore Calabrese at The Cromwell Hotel

  With a list from the Maestro, Salvatore Calabrese, Bound is considered the star of the bars at the Cromwell. I visited and tried drinks from each section of the menu. They say… Continue reading

Las Vegas: 3535, The Lobby Bar at the Linq Hotel

Bar 3535, the lobby bar at the Linq Hotel in Las Vegas, is quite stunning. The back bar slowly turns various gem-hued shades. Like any good lobby bar, it attracts all sorts of moving… Continue reading

WSWA: Tasting Panel Magazine Judges Dinner at Highball and Harvest

The day before I judged spirits with Tasting Panel Magazine at Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, I got to meet the other judges at a special dinner. Hosted at Highball and Harvest… Continue reading

Art Beyond the Glass 2015 is Sunday, June 28 at General Lee’s in Chinatown

  The Fourth Annual Art Beyond the Glass heads to a new location Sunday, June 28. This year’s ABTG will be held at General Lee’s in Chinatown. Art Beyond the Glass showcases local… Continue reading

Checking Out Iceland’s Einstock Craft Beer

  I recently went to a pint night at Stout in Santa Monica to check out the beers from Einstok from Iceland. It is touted as Iceland’s number one craft beer brewery. I… Continue reading

Hollywood: Amaro Montenegro Competition at Sassafras on Tuesday, June 9

  Amaro Montenegro (affectionately known as Amaro Monte) is sponsoring a competition at Sassafras Saloon on Tuesday, June 9. Twelve bartenders are competing to win a trip to New Orleans for Tales of the… Continue reading

WSWA: What’s it like to Judge 100+ Spirits

When Tasting Panel Magazine asked me to judge spirits at this year’s Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, I of course agreed right away. I had wondered how spirits were awarded double gold,… Continue reading

WSWA: Understanding the Three-Tier System with St. Petersburg Distillery

  Recently I attended the annual Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America conference in Orlando. This was my third year in attendance and I’m always excited to see new products at WSWA. These wines… Continue reading

WSWA 2015 Cocktail Competition Winners

Two competitions were featured in this year’s Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America conference. First Chris Chamberlain, Portfolio Manager and Mixologist for Philadelphia Distilling won the Call for Cocktails competition with his Barrel Hidden… Continue reading