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Interview with Marguerite Regan & Christian “Suzu” Suzuki of Wildhawk

The San Francisco Bay Area pioneered cocktails first in the 1800s as cocktail bars rose to prominence, then again the last 30 years as a global renaissance was revived starting in its original birth towns of SF and NYC....

The Flavors of Likarish

The Ironroot Republic craft distilling success formula: Mix equal parts risk-taking, geography, industrial manufacturing expertise, strong family bonds, a wise and sympathetic banker, hard work, strong appetite for ADI workshops, a French connection, YouTube influencers, and a corn silo...

Interview with Tim Obert of Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery

Since Tim Obert and Clint Potter founded Seven Stills in 2013 in San Francisco, they became the first and only brewery-distillery within the city’s small 7x7 miles. Seven Stills refers to the city’s seven signature hills (akin to Rome)...

San Francisco Top Bars & Pioneering Bar History

How does one summarize the drink history and current status of a city that has pioneered in every drink category from beer (Anchor Steam) to cocktails? It’s not easy. San Francisco — alongside New York and in some key...

New Release Roundup September 2021

My bottle review column (last month’s edition here) is about what is unique, standout, new or trending in spirits with my review ratings on a 1-5 rating scale. More than ever, small-batch distillers and drink producers need our aid....

New Release Roundup August 2021

My bottle review column (last month’s edition here) is about what is unique, standout, new or trending in spirits with my review ratings on a 1-5 rating scale. More than ever, small-batch distillers and drink producers need our aid....

New Release Roundup July 2021

My bottle review column (last month’s edition here) is about what is unique, standout, new or trending in spirits with my review ratings on a 1-5 rating scale. More than ever, small-batch distillers and drink producers need our aid....

New Release Roundup for June 2021

My bottle review column (last month’s edition here) is about what is unique, standout, new or trending in spirits with my review ratings on a 1–5 rating scale. More than ever, small-batch distillers and drink producers need our aid....

The Story of the Scientific Distiller

Michael Griffo, a distiller with a doctorate in physics, likens alcohol to — of all things — pancakes. A self-characterized “experimenter,” he walks the line between the romance of making spirits and the science to master it. In other...

Moonshine University

In the city of Louisville, KY — the epicenter of American distilling — resides the country’s premier distilling school, Moonshine University. There, students from all over the world come to learn the art of distilling from some of the...