Is one 4-star rum always as good as another 4-star rum? How much better is a 5-star rum than a 4-star rum? Really, what’s the mathematical value of these stars or barrel or toenail clippings that we reviewers like to use for saying something is good or bad or average, anyway? This is a problem [...]
Murray Stenson is a legend among bartenders and lovers of craft cocktails. The long-time Seattle bartender has been elbow-deep in the craft for longer than most of today’s best bartenders have been drinking anything stronger than juiceboxes. He has won awards such as American Bartender of the Year, and is considered by many bartenders and [...]
It’s happening! After being asked for almost a full year about when we were going to have another Tiki Night at 320 Main, I can say ON AUGUST 20th at 7pm! What: Tiki Throwdown When: Monday, August 20th 2012 @ 7pm PDT Where: 320 Main, Seal Beach, CA Who: You, me, and the Tiki Gods [...]
I’ve now spent nearly a year on the working side of a bar every Sunday. I went into the adventure planning on maybe doing a few shifts as a barback for Jason at 320 Main and somehow managed to progress from Jason’s shadow to Sunday Lunch Bartender to Sunday Night Bartender in the process. In [...]
Metablogging is not normally something I really go in for. Still, it would be disingenuous if I denied that it was fairly obvious that things had slowed down here after Tales of the Cocktail in July. With that in mind, I figured I’d take the time to explain what’s been going on and where things [...]
People often ask me if I ever get a big head being “The Rum Dood.” At those times I find myself forced to sit back and reflect on exactly how self-important I’ve become. I have my own business cards. I have my name on cocktail menus of bars that use my falernum. I get invited to speak or judge at events. I even have a signature hat!
What I don’t have though, is something that any website with such a self-important author should have: a signature cocktail.
Last month I had a crazy idea. What if I held a contest to get people to write about their best rum experiences and then picked the best one and had someone send them a bunch of booze? That dream has become a reality. After a few weeks of collecting entries, we finally have a [...]