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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What’s on this weekend

Pulitzer’s Amsterdam reopening Luxury Amsterdam hotel bar Pulitzer’s is now open every day. The Dutch drinking den will be open every day from 5pm to midnight CEST, serving up its selection of literary-inspired cocktails. Drinkers at the hotel bar can sample it’s menu of Agatha Christie-inspired serves, including the “crisp, aromatic, bitter, dry” Conductor, which is made with Hendrick’s Orbium Gin, extra dry vermouth, Campari and Muyu Chinotto Nero; and the “refreshing, tropical, zesty, aromatic”…

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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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Kratena and Berg unveil drinks-inspired jumpers

Bartenders Alex Kratena and Monica Berg have partnered with Berlin-based artist Dennis Loesch to create a series of jumpers featuring “iconic” drinks brands. As part of the Evil Companionship series, Kratena, Berg and Loesch have created a range of jumpers adorned with slogans that blend together well known drinks brands, exclusively available from the duo’s London bar, Tayēr + Elementary. Tops in the series include combinations of Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray, Bomberay Tenphire; Havana Club…

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Kratena, Berg and Caporale ‘redefine’ liqueurs

Bartending luminaries Alex Kratena, Monica Berg and Simone Caporale have teamed up with Dutch drinks firm De Kuyper to launch a new liqueurs range inspired by the Amazon rainforest and made with natural ingredients. The brand, called Muyu, is inspired by a trip the trio took to the Amazon and will focus on responsible sourcing, with a share of the profits from each bottle donated to NGOs in the region. Kratena, Berg and Caporale each…

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