Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t make up your mind between a pint, a cocktail, or the straight hard stuff, and where to find them? Fear not, because NightOwl Influencer, It’s Just The Booze Dancing has got you covered. They’re the collaborative team passionately covering the best of the best in craft beer, whiskey, cocktails, and more. Check out their “Great Bars” taglists covering the West and East Coasts for their favorite spots.
We recently sat down with bartending royalty, Chris Lowder, the former Head Bartender at the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea. As Head Bartender, Chris was responsible for cocktail creation and beverage menu curation for the hotel’s six bars and restaurants. In its opening year (2016), his flagship bar Charles H. was named by Drinks International as the 8th Best Hotel Bar in the World, Best Bar in Korea, and took 52nd spot on 100 Best Bars in the World. In the same year, Chris was also nominated by Tales of the Cocktail as International Bartender of the Year, so, yeah, he’s kind of a big deal. Grab yourself a Singapore Sling while we rap with Chris….
You’re craving a good brew. And in the age of the craft beer, there is no shortage of pints to be found. But it is a jungle out there– how to tell one saison from the next. What separates the great craft beer halls from the rest is an expert steward manning taps, able to guide you through the many options.
For this week’s NightCap we chatted with Christian Blake, the US brand representative for Erdinger Weissbier. For over 130 years, Erdinger’s outstanding quality of wheat beers has been rooted in their passion for Bavarian brewing skills. Erdinger has been brewing exclusively in Erding since 1886 – every single bottle – and they’ve never brewed anything other than the Bavarian specialty “weissbier.”
This week we caught up with Nick Feris, rum educator, author and founder of The Rum Collective, the longest running rum society in the U.S. based in Seattle. An advocate for quality and a voice for lesser known, traditionally-made rums, Nick tirelessly promotes the beauty of his favorite spirit, loves overproof rums, and probably knows a sea shanty or two. So pour yourself a measure of grog as we chat with Nick.
If you’re looking to learn a little about whiskey, there’s no better place to start than at the knee of Todd Richman, National Whiskey Educator for the entire whiskey portfolio at Diageo, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Talisker, Lagavulin, and J&B, to name just a few. A renowned whiskey expert, Todd is the kind of guy you want to be stuck on a desert island with, provided he’s bringing the whiskey. If you’re like “less talky, more drinky,” then just jump ahead to Todd’s list of the best whiskey bars in your city.
Pull up a barstool and join us as we share a nightcap with International Woman of Mystery Teresa Rodriguez. Oh behaaave! Teresa is the author of many leather-bound books and writes two travel websites geared towards women traveling alone and women traveling with kids. With such an extensive travel history, Teresa is ready to share some of her favorites with us.
This week we share a nightcap with a whiskey educator who is responsible for the trade education and advocacy for the entire whiskey portfolio at Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Talisker, Lagavulin, J&B to name just a few!). Impressive? We’re drooling right now! A cocktail enthusiast and whiskey advocate – Todd is the kind of guy you want to be stuck on a desert island with, provided he’s bringing the whiskey. So pour yourself three fingers of your favorite brown spirit and belly up as we meet Todd Richman.
As if being 75 degrees and sunny 800 days a year wasn’t enough, San Diegans also enjoy the best fish tacos this side of the ocean’s surface and a thriving drink culture. Whether it’s a cerveza to wash down said tacos, a cocktail by the beach, or three fingers of Glenlivet with a little bit of pepper and some cheese that you’re craving, Sara Norris has got you covered. She writes nightlife, travel, adventure, and food stories for numerous outlets.Join us as we share a nightcap with Sara Norris.
For this week’s exclusive interview, we have a true night owl on our hands– John Henry, the co-owner of El Buho Mezcal. El Buho (Spanish for “The Owl”) is a small-batch spirit handcrafted in the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico. With fresh aromas of ripe pear and hints of pineapples grilled over a campfire, it’s a friendly and accessible mezcal meant for simply sipping or mixing.