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:

Shot #51 - Bourbon Pursuit co-host Kenny Coleman

On this episode I’m speaking with a fellow podcaster, Kenny Coleman, who is a co-host of the Bourbon Pursuit podcast. I really enjoyed having a chance to talk with another podcaster, and we definitely talk about how Kenny and his co-host, Ryan, met and ultimately started their show.

But from there we focused on Kenny, his experience from the University of Kentucky to today, and how his relationship with bourbon has changed over time.  Kenny has some really good stories that he shared, and great perspective on the bourbon industry and how it’s changing. I hope you guys enjoy this one, cheers!

Bourbon Pursuit Instagram: @bourbonpursuit

Bourbon Pursuit Website:

Shot #50 - Ivy Mix

If you’re not familiar with who Ivy is, here’s a few of her accomplishments:

-In 2015, Ivy was named the bartender of the year at Tales of the Cocktail, which is an annual conference for the spirits industry

-She’s currently the owner of Leyenda, which Travel Magazine named one of the top 10 cocktail bars in Brooklyn

-She’s the co-founder of Speed Rack, an all female speed bartending competition, that has raised over $700,000 for breast cancer research

In short, she’s a badass.

ALSO: Leyenda is having a winter pop-up called Slayenda, which Ivy described as half Christmas, half Beyonce, which is starting next week, November 29th through Christmas. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, cheers folks!

Lyeneada’s Website:

Ivy Mix Instagram: @ivymix

Shot #49 - Twoforthebar

On this episode I’m speaking with Talia Kleinplatz, who started the cocktail blog Twoforthebar. Like me, Talia had a transformative experience at a bar that changed her relationship with booze forever, and her story was a fascinating one to hear. Talia also had a really great perspective on how the combination of her blog and her day job are working together to challenge her in some different ways, I thought that was a really interesting insight and one that I don’t think I’ve heard before on the show.

We also talked about her first time drinking, drinking culture growing up, her prior writing experience, why she got started as a social worker, and more. Hope you all all enjoy, cheers folks!

Twoforthebar Website:

Twoforthebar Instagram: @twoforthebar