Going the extra mile as a bartender. World Class Extra Mile.

Going the extra mile as a bartender. World Class Extra Mile.

Imagine that you have made the national finals of the Canadian Wold Class Competition. You worked all year for it. Right at the moment of the finals, you have an epiphany that changes everything. You need to go the extra mile. I have always questioned myself on how I could be a better person, a better bartender, brother or son. I wanted to know how I could grow as a person. A year ago, when…

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LÛMé (LUME) Melbourne; A truly unique experience.

LÛMé (LUME) Melbourne; A truly unique experience.

Unique, this is the best word to start my story with, yes, uniqueness, and I am going tell you about LÛMé (LUME). The new culinary chapter of Shaun Quade is enclosed in a Terrace House at 226 Coventry Street, in South Melbourne. Just one step inside the door of LUME and I don’t know what was the first thing that most attracted my attention. Whether the fast and delicate steps of those who were working on the floor….

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Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

As far as any historians can tell – Edmonton, Alberta has never had a legal distillery. The space where Strathcona Spirits stands wasn’t ever meant to be a distillery, either. When owner Adam Smith secured it, he wasn’t a distiller. In fact, he had no idea that he would be involved in such a groundbreaking effort. The Baby Seal Club “We’ve had the space for well over 10 years”, relates Smith. “The original purpose for…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Cask, farm to glass drinks and fare in Ireland

MEDIA RELEASE: Cask, farm to glass drinks and fare in Ireland

Award-Winning Duo Front New Cutting-Edge Drinks, Food & Entertainment Venue Cask in Cork’s Victorian Quarter, Ireland Cask has a radical drinks program that features seasonal farm-to-glass cocktails devised by accomplished mixologist Andy Ferreira and an innovative small plates food menu created by award-winning chef Bryan McCarthy. ABOUT CASK Farm-to-glass cocktails chilled by Japanese ice machines are among the many things that make Cask a bar that defies most definitions of a standard cocktail bar. The…

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Canadian Cantineros Contest; Havana Club Canada

Canadian Cantineros Contest; Havana Club Canada

Havana Club Canada is searching for 20 Canadian bartenders to take a trip with them to Cuba. We got the opportunity to catch up with Donnie Wheeler by phone to chat about the upcoming contest and selection process. So tell me about this particular contest; So this is the Canadian Cantineros Contest of 2017′ by Havana Club. Cantineros being the Spanish word for bartender. I am basically taking a bunch of bartenders to Cuba, and I…

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Odd History: The Hindenburg Cocktail

Odd History: The Hindenburg Cocktail

The hydrogen powered Hindenburg was a notable accomplishment even in an era when humanities’ technological advances were on overdrive. It’s also a history that can feel weird to research from a cocktail archaeology perspective – given that the giant blimp flew from Nazi-controlled Germany. The Zeppelin Company Chairman Eckener didn’t want his flights politicized for Nazi propaganda. His stance got him very publicly chastised by the Nazi’s. Prior to the first Zeppelin transatlantic flight in 1936,…

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Courage and Conviction: A Celebration of Bold Women

Courage and Conviction: A Celebration of Bold Women

BRITISH COLUMBIA’S HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN ’S DAY WITH NETWORKING EVENT Networking event, titled “Courage and Conviction” brings together women in the hospitality industry. VANCOUVER, BC (Feb. 23, 2017) — The who’s who of Vancouver’s hospitality scene will gather at Chambar Restaurant on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day at a networking event titled “Courage and Conviction: A Celebration of Bold Women”. Women have a long, rich history in the hospitality industry, bringing both a…

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Erick Castro Talks About What’s Working vs. What’s Not

Erick Castro Talks About What’s Working vs. What’s Not

Bartender Erick Castro runs the award-winning and innovative Polite Provisions, in San Diego. The documentary series he shares with his wife; Bartender At Large is increasingly being seen and screened across North America. He’s known for his time working for global brands and bars in big markets on both coasts. Notable on his bar resume are the critical hits, Rickhouse in SF and Boilermaker NYC. Given that he spends a lot of his time interviewing bartenders to gain…

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The Coupe; a home bartenders curated guide

The Coupe; a home bartenders curated guide

The Coupe glass has been the favorite glass of professionals and home bartenders for a long time. The Coupe book, celebrates that history. The craft cocktails and vintage collectibles natural intersections. With cocktail guides and drinks manuals that seem to come out in greater number each year. While you can see a mixture of professional guides blended with curated recipes manuals are everywhere. How do you discern?  The Coupe by Brian Hart Hoffman is the later. A…

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Bees Knees and a thought on resistance

Bees Knees and a thought on resistance

Free House, Tavern Law, Speakeasy. It’s easy to forget where these terms for pubs came from. The history of the bar is fully intertwined with free-speech and the right to protest. When a government seeks to controls the rights of all, or some – conversations between assembled groups of drinkers is one of the hardest to stop. The surreal political climate in the United States has me heartened to see famous bartenders like Diageo World…

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