My rye whiskey primer in The Takeout

Hey, kids—you like the whiskey? Then I’ve got something for you. It’s my latest piece in The Takeout, specifically on rye whiskey. Read it here!  

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!)…

Author Kevin R. Kosar releases Moonshine: A Global History

I was fortunate to attend a reception at the Distilled Spirits Council offices the other night for Kevin R. Kosar, vice president of policy at R Street Institute, and his new book Moonshine: A Global History. Despite its close association with Appalachia, the concept of moonshine really is a worldwide phenomenon. Kosar offers some details…

Tales of the Cocktail: A whisky toast to Canada’s 150th Birthday

Here’s the first of what i’m hoping is many quick video updates from Tales of the Cocktail 2017 in New Orleans. Crown Royal threw a birthday bash, complete with cocktails and cupcakes. Canadian whisky expert Davin de Kergommeaux, author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, drops in to offer a few words.