June 28, 2016

G&T Evolution at Seattle’s Naka

Hello G&T lovers! It seems this summer stalwart is having yet another moment in the sun, as every bar and their bar’s mom are talking about how they have the finest types of gin mixed with the finest types of tonics and more variations than you could count. However! One of the actually finest G&T programs is at Seattle’s fresh Naka (the bar, not the restaurant, which is also fresh, and really, they’re connected, so who’s pulling hairs? Not me), where I recently went, had their newest G&T, talked to energetic and awesome bar star Nic Virrey, and then wrote about it in a Seattle magazine article you should read right now. Thank me later!

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May 17, 2016

Getting International at Artusi with The Carreras Cocktail

Seattle’s swell Italian spot Artusi is always worth a stop (especially if you’re missing Italy like I am), and recently I stopped in to chat with amiable bar manager Connor O’Brien and to taste up the Carreras Cocktail, which has a lovely taste and globe-trotting pedigree. And then I got to write about it for Seattle magazine. I’m lucky indeed – but you can read it and feel lucky, too.

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May 10, 2016

Lionhead, Baijiu, and the Jade Pagoda Cocktail

drink at LionheadI recently had a fun time learning about and drinking up Chinese spirit (and most consumed spirit in the world) Baijiu, at swell Seattle bar Lionhead – and got to write about it for Seattle magazine! I had it solo from a number of brands, and in a refreshingly layered drink called the Jade Pagoda, all courtesy of friendly bar manager Veronika Groth. Expand your baijiu knowledge by checking out the article.

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May 3, 2016

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

Hello young (and not-as-young) drinkers! I’ve had some fun writing about all kinds of drink-y things lately at Seattle magazine. What’s that you say? You’ve missed said pieces? Well, friend, step right up and catch up on all those things you’ve missed:

•    3 First Impressions of Bar Noroeste Taqueria
•    Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poems and Local Spirits
•    3 Impressions of the Beardslee Public House
•    Scratch GINiology in Edmonds and More Spirited News
•    Three New Irish Whiskies
•    3 First Impressions of Heartwood Provisions
•    Local Distillery Gifted at the Oscars
•    Three First Impressions of the Bar at Eden Hill

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April 12, 2016

Cocktail Talk: Miss Darkness, Part I

miss-darknessI recently received the book Miss Darkness: The Great Short Crime Fiction of Fredric Brown. I hadn’t had any experience with Mr. Brown before, which is a shame as he’s pretty darn good – smart, funny, able to write both super short stories and longer pieces, obsessed a bit with chess and Shakespeare and a few other choices things, like drinks. He also made a name for himself as a sci-fi writer (maybe even moreso) and I believe had a few movies made from his work. This collection is a monster of sorts, just in that it’s 726 pages, so hard to read on the bus (but not impossible!). A worthy monster to attack though, as it’s jam-packed with crime-noir-y goodness. And if you like circus sideshows, well, don’t miss it. I’m going to run a couple Cocktail Talk quotes from it, because Mr. Brown also enjoyed the tipples, as I’ve said. This one’s from the story “Good Night, Good Knight,” and has cocktail and bartending and acting and blackmail fun.

He got the haircut, which he needed, and the shave, which he didn’t really need — he’d shaved this morning. He bought a new white shirt and had his shoes shined and his suit pressed. He had his soul lifted with three Manhattans in a respectable bar — three, sipped slowly, and no more. And he ate — the three cherries from the Manhattans.
The back-bar mirror wasn’t smeary. It was blue glass, though, and it made him look sinister. He smiled a sinister smile at his reflection. He thought, Blackmailer. The role; play it to the hilt, throw yourself into it. And someday you’ll play Macbeth.
Should he try it on the bartender? No. He’d tried it on bartenders before.
The blue reflection in the back-bar mirror smiled at him.

–Fredric Brown, Miss Darkness

December 1, 2015

Interviews with Top Seattle Bartenders

Seattle magazineI was lucky enough recently to work on a big bar-and-cocktail-and-distillery issue of the mighty Seattle magazine, and in said issue (which if you missed, you’ll have to deal with the regret for the rest of your life. Sorry), we had some swell interviews with some of the top local shakers . . . wait, strike that. Top shakers anywhere! However, due to magazine restrictions, and such, the interviews had to be edited down somewhat, as interviews are. But they’re now available for reading in fuller fashion online! You are very lucky. So, don’t miss my recent interviews with these cocktail geniuses, including:

Amanda Reed

Bridget Maloney

Nik Virrey

Joshua Batway

Jesse Poole

Kathleen Manley

Bryn Lumsden

Jay Kuehner

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July 7, 2015

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

Hey hey party people! Guess what day it is? A great day! One of the days when I post right here, right now, a bunch of swell pieces I’ve recently done for the swell Seattle magazine, just in case you missed them when they came out. Which I know you probably wouldn’t do, but hey, just in case, I’m here for you. Check them out:

•        6 Seattle Bartenders Tell You What to Drink This Summer

•        Letterpress Distillery Releases Arancello

•        Herb & Bitter Public House set to Open in Early June

•        Seattle Cider Co. Releases Harvest Series & More Distillery News

•        3 Standouts at No. 6 Cider Taproom

•        Andrew Friedman on His New Bar Good Citizen

•        Poems + Drinks at 5 Seattle Bars

•        6 Washington Rums that Bring the Beach to You

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May 12, 2015

Seattle Magazine Bar-Hopping: Ändra, Barrel Thief, Brunswick & Hunt, Oliver’s Twist, Prime 809

Hello bar lovers! It’s that time again, when I round up my recent Seattle magazine Bar Hop columns, and array them in easily clickable format, making it easy for you to find out where you want to go this weekend! I take the first drinks, so you don’t have to.

•    Oliver’s Twist (Magnolia version)

•    The Barrel Thief

•    Brunswick & Hunt

•    Prime 809

•    Ändra

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