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In this third installment of the "Breaking Bloody" series, we investigate the fifth flavor, umami by way of a hard-to-pronounce Bloody Mary ingredient: Worcestershire sauce. Guests include: Brinda Ayer, the editorial lead at Food52, a digital publication and community platform designed to bring cooks together from all over to exchange recipes and t…
 
In this audio essay, Modern Bar Cart CEO Eric Kozlik walks you through the recent outrage in the spirits industry regarding sexist language in whisky expert Jim Murray's spirit reviews. This is a serious problem for people in all segments of the spirits and cocktail world - from producers to consumers - and it's important to come together and ackno…
 
In this fascinating conversation and tasting with Melanie Asher of Macchu Pisco, some of the topics we discuss include: Melanie’s journey as an entrepreneur - from hustling flowers in Peru at the age of 6, to mergers and acquisitions for international spirits companies, to founding her own Pisco brand. How Pisco is unique from other un-aged fruit b…
 
In this wide-ranging and incredibly revelatory interview with Jarrett Dieterle, booze policy wonk and author of Give Me Liberty and Give me a Drink, some of the topics we discuss include: How Jarrett fused his career in alcohol policy with his passion for great drinks to generate a text that questions the inconsistencies of our fragmented nation’s …
 
In this bloody interesting conversation with author, bartender, and bar owner Brian Bartels, some of the topics we discuss include: A little briefing on the state of the industry from Brian’s viewpoint, having launched his bar and eatery, Settle Down Madison in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The history of the Bloody Mary Cocktail - including …
 
Some of the topics we discuss in this lively conversation with bartender-turned-entrepreneur Effie Panagopoulos include: How Effie’s career took her from being an east coast bartender to a west-coast spirits rep for some of the biggest brands in the world and what she learned by watching the cocktail renaissance unfold in San Francisco. The way a c…
 
In this flavorful conversation with Ivy Mix, author of Spirits of Latin America, some of the topics we discuss include: Ivy’s background in the bar world, including her philanthropic work as a co-founder of Speed Rack. How Spirits of Latin America is tied intimately to Leyenda - a pan-Latin bar that Ivy designed in partnership with Julie Reiner of …
 
In this timely conversation with Caroline Rosen, executive director of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, some of the topics we discuss include: The history of Tales of the Cocktail - from its humble origins as a walking tour soaked in history and booze, to its current status at the cutting edge of international spirits and cocktail conferences.…
 
Eric interviews Ricky Miller, founder of the House of Carbonadi (makers of Carbonadi Vodka). Some of the topics we discuss include: Ricky’s journey through the entrepreneurial landscape, beginning in the supplement space, and then evolving into a passion for beverages and the liquid medium. Why he chose the premium spirits space as his business are…
 
Eric chats with spirits expert and Copalli Rum Global Brand Ambassador Elayne Duff about a new Belizian cane spirit she's helping to bring to the US spirits and cocktail scene. Some of the topics we discuss include: The story of Copalli Rum as a philanthropic project by marine conservationist Todd Robinson - and how he teamed up with Chef Anya Fern…
 
Eric is joined by a pair of agave warriors - pyromaniac distilling engineer Salvador Peribán (aka Chava) and Lou Bank, founder of SACRED, a US-based agave non-profit organization. They’re the hosts of the hit podcast, Agave Road Trip, which debuted earlier this summer on Heritage Radio Network. In this interview, we put all our pinas on the table t…
 
In this enlightening conversation with Greg Benson of Bar None and The Speakeasy, some of the topics we discuss include: How Greg transitioned from a career in the brewing world to a life behind the stick, slinging cocktails, niche agave spirits, and happiness. A little about the two podcasts that Greg helps bring to the airwaves, including the dee…
 
In this lively, in-depth discussion with tomato expert Craig LeHoulier, some of the topics we discuss include: The history of the tomato - from its origins in the Americas, to its domination of the European culinary scene, to its current commodity status at the supermarket. How Craig left the pharma industry to pursue his keen interest in gardening…
 
In this conversation with Calsin Hoyle of Molecular Food and Cocktails, some of the topics we discuss include: Calsin’s journey from Nairobi, Kenya, to Neuroscience labs in the DC area, to a budding cocktail and dessert company. What molecular mixology actually IS and which techniques and ingredients normally fall under this umbrella category. The …
 
In this really informative chat with Jake Parrott, National Sales Representative for spirits importer Haus Alpenz, some of the topics we cover include: How Jake took a hobbyist interest in spirits and turned it into a profession - in essence, the sort of story that a lot of our listeners might find inspiring. How Haus Alpenz grew to become one of t…
 
In this eye opening conversation with Baijiu expert Derek Sandhaus, some of the topics we discuss include: What Baijiu is - which might seem like a simple definitions game, but it’s way more interesting than that. How Derek came to spend years in China studying the culture and learning as much as possible about Baijiu and the people who make and en…
 
In this conversation with designer and cocktail author Nick Barclay, some of the topics we discuss include: How Nick made his way to Australia by way of the UK, and how the Land Down Under’s flourishing cocktail culture inspired him to start designing for the liquid medium. What Nick means when he aims for “simplicity” of design, either in a print,…
 
Some of the things we discuss in this wide-ranging conversation with bartender, author, and podcaster Shawn Soole of Soole Hospitality Concepts include: How Shawn made his way to Victoria, British Columbia by way of Australia, and how he explains his city’s disproportionate influence on the cocktail world, relative to its size. Why he and his team …
 
In this conversation with Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO Chris Swonger, some of the topics we discuss include: What DISCUS does as a lobbying organization and why storytelling is so important when it comes to capturing the attention of policymakers. How seemingly unrelated forces like steel imports, fighter jets, and trade wars have a …
 
Some of the topics we discuss with Ben Turner, creator of Earth No Patio include: How Ben’s experiences in the art and culinary world led him to this structured, yet highly associative experiment of pairing recipes with soundscapes. Why some of the best (or most efficient) recipes can seem almost boring or banal, but tend to be extremely thoughtful…
 
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