Places & Faces

From Bark to Bourbon

Yeast is an amazing organism. It’s a fungus, one we encounter every day—not only through the fermented beverages we drink and the bread we eat, but also in the very air we breath. For millennia, humankind collaborated with wild...

Interview with Atelier Vie’s Founder Jedd Haas

Opened in 2011 by President Jedd Haas, Atelier Vie is a New Orleans-based distillery producing two kinds of absinthe, Toulouse Red and Toulouse Green, RIZ Louisiana Rice Whiskey, Buck 25 Vodka, and Euphrosine Gin #9. Their Euphrosine Gin earned...

Interview with Bartender Chris Hannah of Arnaud’s French 75 Bar

Chris Hannah is not only a beloved New Orleans bartender at the intimate, legendary Arnaud’s French 75 Bar (www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/french-75/chris-hannah), he’s known by informed drink industry folk everywhere who know to drink at his bar when in NOLA. Yes, Hannah...

New Orleans Cocktail Bars

In New Orleans — a city that reveres the past just as it celebrates like nowhere else — it’s not difficult to find a cocktail. After all, open drinking on the streets is 100% legal and the city’s cocktail...

Interview with Darek Bell of Corsair

Born a Nashville native, Darek Bell runs one of the most awarded and popular distilleries in the craft world: Corsair Distillery, recently awarded the Bubble Cap Award as 2014 Craft Distiller of the Year at ADI’s 11th annual Spirits...

Q&A with Bar Manager Andrew Friedman, LIBERTY BAR

Andrew Friedman runs one of the best bars in Seattle, Liberty, with a thoughtful selection of over 600 craft and global spirits. In addition to opening Liberty in 2006, Andrew is founder and president of the Washington State Bartender’s...

Q&A with Founder & distiller Kirby Kallas-Lewis, OOLA DISTILLERY

OOLA has fast grown to be one of Seattle’s most popular micro-distilleries since they began barreling whiskey in 2010. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, OOLA produces vodkas (citrus, chili pepper or rosemary), a grain-to-glass gin, Waitsburg bourbon...

Craft Cocktail Bars in Seattle

In the gray cool of the Seattle climate, the city’s cocktail bars are perpetual beacons of warmth, offering well-crafted drinks and convivial company. Seattle cocktail bars have been on the national, even international cocktail conscious. Canon won World’s Best...

If You Got ‘em, Smoke ‘em

Blazing New Trails The goal of Corsair Artisan is to make unique and innovative spirits. The motto is simple: If it has been done before, we don’t want to do it. Corsair also has a lofty vision: to expand the...

Interview with Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers

In the 1880’s mining town of Crested Butte, known as the “official wildflower capital” of Colorado, is one of the country’s most successful rum distilleries: Montanya Distillers, which opened in 2008. President and distiller Karen Hoskin has crafted awarded-winning...