Monica Berg: Bars ‘black sheep’ of industry

The hospitality industry has been badly hit by the effects of Covid-19, as four leading bar owners attested in the second online World Whisky Talk. SB listened in to gauge the future of the sector. As one of the sectors hit hardest by Covid‐19, hospitality has suffered from lockdowns and strict operational restrictions. The year 2020 will go down as one of the toughest for any bar owner or bartender, as they navigate the twists…

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Leading bartenders on co-creating liqueurs and bitters

Bartenders are making their own bitters, liqueurs and other ingredients, fuelled by a desire to bring new flavours to old favourites. SB speaks to industry experts to find out why the trend has become so prevalent. *This feature was originally published in the November 2019 issue of The Spirits Business New menus call for new flavours and this drive to innovate has seen bartenders create their own products to use behind the bar. From in‐house‐produced…

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The bartenders embracing abstinence

Working with alcohol every day can have dangerous consequences for people in the industry. SB speaks to bartenders who are embracing the teetotal lifestyle, and the organisations facilitating it. “I think I would be dead if I hadn’t stopped drinking,” says Jack McGarry, co‐founder and managing partner of New York’s The Dead Rabbit and BlackTail. Having given up alcohol in March 2016, the Irish bartender is one of an increasing number of industry experts who…

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Back in fashion: The return of vodka in cocktails

For a while, bartenders looked down their noses at vodka, as the likes of gin and Tequila took off. But now the spirit has become a hit again. *This feature was originally published in the April 2019 issue of The Spirits Business In a bar filled with gin-­based cocktails, smoky whiskies, fruity rums and rich Cognacs it can be easy for drinkers to forget about vodka. In the past few years, the white spirit fell…

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