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June 12, 2014

Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Logo with New Orleans

Coming to you from a webcam in an apartment in NYC Simon Ford and Jacob Briars initiated the inaugural broadcast of the top four finalists in each category of the 2014 Spirited Awards. As Ford notes, “Millions tune in for the Oscars, and we are going the same route for bars. There are more bartenders than actors [out there].”

And speaking of more…Briars explains, “This was the biggest and most comprehensive Tales Awards nominations pool ever.” With over 2,000 individual nominations and over 50 countries being represented with at least one nominee, the 135 judges were hard pressed to whittle it down to a list of four per category. Let’s see who we’ll be cheering on Saturday night at Tales during the Black and White themed 8th Annual Spirited Awards® show (although you know you’re all winners).

American Bartender of the Year
• Jeff Bell (New York)
• Marcovaldo Dionysos (San Francisco)
• Bobby Heugel (Houston)
• Sean Kenyon (Denver)

Best American Brand Ambassador
• Brooke Arthur (House Spirits)
• Chris Patino (Pernod Ricard USA Portfolio)
• Neyah White (Suntory Japanese Whiskies)
• Angus Winchester (Tanqueray Gin)

Best American Cocktail Bar
• canon (Seattle)
• The Dead Rabbit (New York)
• Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)
• Williams & Graham (Denver)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
• Employees Only (New York)
• Honeycut (Los Angeles)
• Polite Provisions (San Diego)
• Trick Dog (San Francisco)

Best American Restaurant Bar
• Clyde Common (Portland)
• Gramercy Tavern (New York)
• The NoMad (New York)
• nopa (San Francisco)

Best American Hotel Bar
• Clyde Common (Portland)
• The Hawthorne (Boston)
• Sable Kitchen & Bar (Chicago)
• The Spare Room (Los Angeles) Continue Reading…



May 22, 2013

Rum-themed Programs And Seminars Headlined By The Biggest Names In Rum

Rum Renaissance 2012 banner with glasses in front

Hosts of the Miami Rum Fest Grand Tasting events, held April 20-21 at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel Convention Center presented a robust schedule of informative and entertaining rum-themed programs.
The annual gathering of experts and enthusiasts at the world’s largest rum festival featured a expanded roster of celebrity seminars presented by luminaries of the rum category from around the globe.

Among the presenters were UK Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell from London, noted tiki author Jeff “Beachbum” Berry from New Orleans, Smuggler’s Cove owner Martin Cate from San Francisco, Hemingway Cocktail Companion author Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail, Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel of Plantation Rum in France and noted spirits expert and international judge Bernhard Schåfer of Berlin.

Scheduled programs for Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 included:
• Ian Burrell – The Tale of Two Rum Islands, presented by Anchor Distilling
• Phil Prichard – Classification of Rum by Feedstock
• Paul McFadyen – Navy Rum
• Ram Udwin – Rum Drinkers Guide To Bitters
• Martin Cate – History of the Tiki Bar and the Rise and Fall of the Exotic Cocktail
• Phil Greene – “To Have and Have Another — A Hemingway Rum Cocktail Companion” presented by Papa’s Pilar rum
• Jeff “Beachbum” Berry – Battle of the Ambassadors
• Nicole Ciani and Trevor Alberts – Rum & Sherry
• Stephen Remsberg – London Dock Rum
• Bernhard Schåfer – How To Taste Rum Like A Judge
• Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel presented by Plantation Rum
• David Cid – Bacardi Rum presentation “What’s in the Bottle?!”

According to festival organizer Robin Burr, “the seminars at Miami Rum Fest feature a veritable Who’s Who of world-class talent in the rum category offering their most engaging and informative presentations.”