I’ll talk your ear off!

Hey, looking for a booze expert for a lecture, guided tasting/dinner or any related drink-related speaking opportunity? Hit me up! I’m for hire. I’m also a Certified Sake Sommelier and Certified Shochu Adviser, if those strike your fancy. But I my expertise extends to a wide spectrum of distilled spirits and fermented beverages (including beer!)…

Read my sake piece at The Takeout

I contributed the piece, “Ease Yourself Into the Singular Joy of Sake” to The Takeout, the food and beverage site owned by the folks behind The Onion, The A.V. Club and others. Give it a read here!  

Distilled Spirits Council rebrands with new logo and website

This just in from The Distilled Spirits Council  The Distilled Spirits Council today announced the launch of a rebranding initiative, featuring a new logo, website and annual report, as part of an ongoing modernization effort.  “The distilled spirits sector has achieved both record sales and exports, with eight consecutive years of market share growth,” says Distilled Spirits Council…

Diageo acquires Belsazar aperitif

A bit of news out of Diageo and the drinks brand incubator, Distill Ventures. German entrepreneurs Maximillian Wagner and Sebastian Brack are likely toasting with more than a few glasses of their aperitif from the Black Forest.  Diageo this week announced the acquisition of Belsazar GmbH, a premium aperitif from Germany’s Black Forest. Belsazar was…

Woodford Reserve unveils 2018 Kentucky Derby bourbon bottle

Woodford Reserve is honoring “the greatest two minutes in sports” with the release of its 2018 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The limited-edition Woodford Reserve bottle features the colorful artwork of Louisville artist Keith Anderson. Anderson has for 11 years worked in the Bourbon Street Café, the private dining room at Brown-Forman headquarters in Louisville. At…

Long Road Distillers to release straight bourbon whiskey in April

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Long Road Distillers will release its eagerly awaited Long Road Straight Bourbon Whisky on Tuesday, April 10 at the distillery on the city’s West Side. Statewide distribution of the Bourbon will follow later in April. Long Road Straight Bourbon Whisky is the oldest whisky released by the distillery to date. Straight whisky, by definition,…