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Men Wanted for Hazardous Journey.

This “help wanted” ad has long been attributed to Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer, and it has been claimed that he received over five thousand responses to it.  Though it’s a … Continue reading


Angels Among Devils

“Sometimes I have wondered whether life wouldn’t be much more amusing if we were all devils, no nonsense about angels and being good.”  – Dr. Petorois, The Bride of Frankenstein. Author’s … Continue reading


Shameful Bartending: How Hubris & Arrogance is Replacing Hospitality

The voices started a couple of years ago. The voices got louder and began to swell. Now, it’s a roar. The guest is angry. Pitchfork and torches angry. Bartenders have … Continue reading

September 13, 2012

Perspective: Is Modern Mixology Worth the Hype?

Is Modern Mixology Worth the Hype? This was the question posed by Forbes.com’s blog contributor Jerry Prendergast last Saturday. It got me thinking. Really hard. Then I reached for the … Continue reading

September 12, 2012

Of the Baltics, Bond, and Bubblegum – the Rise of Vodka

Like to start fights? I mean starting real knock down, blood-letting fights? Try this: 1. Obtain one Russian. 2. Obtain one Pole. 3. Feed both copious amounts of vodka for … Continue reading

September 6, 2012

My Foot is in Your Ass Because I Can’t Fix Stupid or Lazy.

I always warn clients of three things when we begin working together. 1. I can’t fix stupid. 2. I can’t fix lazy. 3. I can’t make walk-in coolers bigger. See … Continue reading

August 27, 2012

Our Bartender is Better than Your Bartender

  We are a fellowship of bartenders who are passionate about and dedicated to the history, craft, and enjoyment of spirits, wine, and beer. As a professional organization, we are … Continue reading

August 24, 2012

Sin & Gin

  I have a friend and colleague in Austin who has a few ‘truths’ he lives by when drinking. 1. You can drink them cute, but you will never drink … Continue reading

August 23, 2012

8 out of 10 Bar Managers Encourage Bartender Theft

  I love outrageous headlines. Last week’s headline 8 out of 10 Bartenders Steal was the most viewed post of the week. And as I said, I don’t think that 80% … Continue reading

August 22, 2012

What it really takes to be a Bartender

Gaz Reagan, cocktail writer, teacher, and mentor who wears eye liner a la Clockwork Orange and whose mouth would make Satan blush posted the following this morning saving me some … Continue reading

August 17, 2012

Whiskey Under Pressure

I had an interesting meeting yesterday with a marketing manager about a product I first heard about nearly two years ago. Whisk(e)y. Whisk(e)y being made in Cleveland. Whisk(e)y being made … Continue reading

August 16, 2012

8 out of 10 Bartenders will Steal

  The following article ran this past Sunday in my local paper about theft in bars and one owner’s, Mr. Yarbrough, solutions to the problem. Lack of attention to details … Continue reading

August 15, 2012

Fresh Pressed

Best of Cleveland

Best of Cleveland

Happy Hive Creative

Cocktail Art for the Home Bar

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