In January, Jamaican rum producer Appleton Estate officially opened the Joy Spence Rum Experience at its distillery in St. Elizabeth, on Jamaica’s south coast. The new visitor center is named for Appleton Estate’s legendary master blender (who makes a brief cameo in this video). I was fortunate enough to be able to escape the cold for a few days and immerse myself in Jamaica’s rum culture. Special thanks to Gruppo Campari, Appleton’s parent company, for making that possible.
New Orleans natives, Gary Solomon, Jr., founder of Solomon Group, with the support of the Solomon Family, and Neal Bodenheimer of Cure and Cane & Table, two of New Orleans’ most beloved bars and restaurants, have entered into a letter of intent to take over Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC), the beverage industry’s premier cocktail and spirits festival.
Last Friday, the guys at Speaking Easy Podcast (thanks co-hosts Alex Luboff and Jordan Wicker and producer Tyler Lloyd!) were kind enough to record a live episode before an audience at my book event at Cafe Kindred in Falls, Church, Virginia. The event was hosted in conjunction with One More Page Books & More, marking the third time the Falls Church independent bookstore sponsored an event for one of my books! Give it a listen!
Last month I attended Bar Convent Berlin 2017, one of the bar and beverage industry’s largest international trade shows. There was a lot to cram into two days, and even more to try to stuff into a four-and-a-half-minute video. Among the elements that made the cut: The Genever District, Japanese gin and some vodkas that get back to their moonshine-y roots. I also reacquaint myself with some old herbal and bitter favorites that appear in my new book, The Drinkable Globe (Now available! Buy here!)