Shot #65 - Josue Romero @the_garnishguy

On this episode I’m talking about taking a break from high school class to grab a beer, calling your Mom to say that you’re leaving a 9 to 5 job, garnishes, glassware, and more with Josue Romero. You can find Josue @the_garnishguy, and he also works at Odd Birds down in St. Augustine, Florida. Hope you all enjoy, cheers folks.

Josue’s IG: @the_garnishguy

Odd Birds Website:

Shot #64 - Hannah Chamberlain @spiritedla

On this episode I’m speaking with Hannah Chamberlain, who runs a blog called Spirited LA. During our conversation we cover everything from her time at Buzzfeed, moving out to California, historical drinkers like Peter the Great, photography, film, and I show how big of a nerd I am. You can check out Hannah on Instagram @spiritedla. I hope you all enjoy, cheers.

Hannah’s IG: @spiritedla

Hannah’s Website:

Shot #63 - Jason Yu - @jasonfyu

On this episode I’m speaking with Jason Yu, who is a bartender in Southern California. I started seeing Jason pop up on Instagram, and he’s done a few projects with characters like Josh Suchan and Richard Allison, both of whom have been on the show, and I wanted to learn a bit more about his story. We discuss how he got started as a bartender and his first job at a restaurant, photography, archery, and surprisingly, I got a new outlook on golf. Hope you enjoy folks, cheers.

Jason’s Instagram: @jasonfyu

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: