Shot #61 - Maggie Hoffman

If you have a moment, Maggie and I would greatly appreciate you leaving an Amazon review for her new book, "The One Bottle Cocktail". I’ve linked to the book below.

As for the interview itself, Maggie and I talked about her time growing up in Portland, why she choose to go to Princeton, which is probably not something that you’d guess, her first job out of college, and the process of writing a book, which for this one, only took her 12 weeks. I hope you all enjoy, cheers folks.

The One Bottle Cocktail link HERE

Maggie’s Instagram: @maggiejhoffman


Shot #60 - Tanner Johnson, @thebarologist

You might know Tanner from his Instagram account, @thebarologist. I first found out about Tanner when he was on Tipsy Bartender, which I’ve linked to in the description below. Tanner is currently the head bartender at Watertable in Huntington Beach, CA, and we started out talking about his original plan to be a chef, how he got started bartending, wine certifications and a whole bunch of other stuff. I hope that you folks enjoy, cheers.

Tipsy Bartender video 1: Snow White’s Poison Apple

Tipsy Bartender video 2: More Life

Tanner’s Instagram: @thebarologist

Shot #59 - April Wachtel

On this episode I’m speaking with April Wachtel, former bartender and brand ambassador, and currently the the owner of Swig and Swallow, and we get into that business and what she’s currently working on.

There’s a bit of a technical issue towards the end of the interview, just in the last couple minutes, but before you get to that, you’re going to hear about April’s 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry, starting with her very first job in the industry, working as a brand ambassador, bartending at Lahi Kia, attending Tales of the Cocktail, and more. One final note, if you’re familiar with apartment bartender, aka Elliot Clark’s story, he talked on this podcast about being in New York and attending a class on spirits and cocktails. That class, which is what first got him interested in cocktails, was taught by none other than April. It was great to see things come full circle.

April’s Instagram: @aprilwachtel

Movers and Shakers Instagram: @moverssshakers

Swig and Swallow Website:

Shot #57 - Erick Castro

On this episode I’m talking with a man who is a founding partner at Polite Provisions in San Diego, host of the YouTube series and podcast Bartender at Large, filmmaker of the Bartender at Large movie, and genuinely great person, Erick Castro.

We covered a ton, from growing up, to reading and book recommendations, which I have linked to below, being a brand ambassador, R&D of cocktails, hiring for a bar, how to help yourself become more ambidextrous, and more. This is a crash course on bartending, the art of hospitality, and how to work your ass off. Erick has a ton of great info to share, there’s something in this episode for everyone. Hope you all enjoy, cheers folks.


Creativity Inc. - Ed Catmull

The Bar Book - Jeffrey Morgenthaler

The E-Myth - Michael Gerber


Erick’s Instagram: @hungrybartender

Bartender at Large Instagram: @bartenderatlarge

Bartender at Large Movie:

Polite Provisions:

Shot #56 - Garnish Blog

On this episode I’m speaking with Katie from the Garnish blog. Fun fact, Katie is actually the first doctor that been on the show. She has a PhD in evolutionary biology and focused on ornithology, the study of birds, and she's conducted research in New Guinea. Super cool, I know! I also got her take on some of the top cocktail bars in Boston, enjoying mocktails, and how she ended up starting Garnish. Hope you all enjoy, cheers folks!

Garnish Blog:

Garnish Instagram: @garnish_girl

Mocktails Recipes:

Shot #55 - Kevin Diedrich

Kevin Diedrich is currently the General Manager and a Partner at Pacific Cocktail Haven, or PCH, in San Francisco. Prior to PCH he worked for hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton, as well as bars like PDT and Clover Club in Manhattan.

I could have gone on for a long time with Kevin, but in this round we talked about Kevin’s start in IT and how he got his first job as a bartender, his first time drinking, the different between working in a hotel and working at a restaurant or cocktail bar, opening up PCH, how PCH got its name, hiring and staffing a bar, and motivation. Enjoy folks, cheers!

PCH Website:

PCH Instagram: @pch580

Kevin Diedrich Instagram: @therealdiedrich

Shot #54 - How 'Bout Them Apples

On this episode I’m talking about Applejack, the first spirit that colonist in North America started distilling. Just one problem though, a lot of them didn’t have access to a still for distillation, and during the winter they were definitely having issues with heating anything up. This is the story of how these early colonists found a way to get something stronger then apple cider to sip on during the winter, and you shouldn’t try to recreate this technique at home. The Reddit feed that I refer to is linked below. Cheers folks, and happy holidays!

Shot #53 - Kaitlyn Stewart

On this episode I’m speaking with the winner of the 2017 Diageo World Class competition, Kaitlyn Stewart. Based out of Vancouver, Kaitlyn got her first bartending job at the age of nineteen and hasn’t looked back since. We talk about the impact her family had on her getting into bartending, how she handles high pressure situations, and a bit about what the next year of her life is going to look like after winning World Class. Currently she’s the Bar Manager at the Royal Dinette, which Vancouver Magazine named the best new restaurant in 2016 and the Best Pacific Northwest restaurant in 2017. Hope you all enjoy, cheers folks!

Kaitlyn’s Instagram: @k8os

Royal Dinette:

World Class:

Shot #52 - Beautiful Booze

On this episode I’m joined by Natalie Migliarini, the creator of Beautiful Booze. Natalie broke down how she got to where she is today, from hosting cocktail parties in Seattle to starting her blog and ultimately, to the past two years, where she’s been living a nomadic life and travelled around the world.

For a lot of people, that sounds like a dream life. Quit the job, travel the world, and work for yourself, all the while drinking cocktails. And it’s a great life, but Natalie was honest about some of the realities that come with her lifestyle. My biggest takeaway from her story was about the importance of flexibility. Natalie shared a recent experience where she had an international flight to catch out of Australia and a majority of her clothes were locked in a laundromat, meaning she was going to have to leave with almost no clothing. BIG contrast between that and the high points of her experience. We dove into working your way through those all these kinds of experiences, and how Natalie got to where she is. Hope you folks enjoy this one, cheers!

Beautiful Booze Instagram: @beautifulbooze

Beautiful Booze Website: