While at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, some of the BBG members were privileged to sit in a seminar lead by Steve Olson of aka Wine Geeks & Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Mezcals, along with other experts in this field hosted at the rooftop bar of Salvation Tacos in NYC.
Keeping it short, our eyes were opened to the fact that we need to be more careful with the agave spirits we select. There are big producers out there that are growing agave in villages in Jalisco where agave is not traditionally grown, stripping the land of it nutrients and leaving the local residents with land that is no longer good for farming.
But there is some light. Producers like Pueblo Viejo are growing their agave responsibly and go so far to have educational funding for its workers and their families along with feeding their employees.
Ron Cooper of Del Maguey has loads to say about the subject of agave and mezcal. Refer to this link for more info... http://mezcal.com/ron-cooper-interview/
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The celebration of the Repeal of Prohibition! Hosted by the D.C. Bartenders guild and a smashing good time celebrating the root of many livelihoods. We sent a Charm City contingent down to represent and we had the best time. So many wonderful spirits and libations, solid camaraderie, and plenty of great conversation. Will definitely be going again next year!
These are house made Amaretto (by Stephanie Griber), California brandy, brown sugar, Counter Culture Coffee, and topped with loose whipped cream. So delicious. Such a fun going away for Chris. Good luck out there.
The Baltimore Bartenders' Guild joined Woodberry Kitchen on the back lawn of the Charles Carroll House at JHU Homewood for the 16th Annual Evening of Traditional Beverages. Corey Polyoka of Woodberry gave an excellent presentation on this years traditional beverage... The Punch! A splendid moment was Corey talking about Charles Carroll enjoying an evening on the same patch of lawn with friends enjoying a summer punch. I love the community that surrounds a punch, standing around a bowl, talking about life, love and adventures. Many thanks to WK and JHU for having the BBG join this year's event.
I was up in NYC for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and had to take advantage of the selection of spirits and bitters available that you just can find and sample in Maryland/DC. This selection of bitters at The Meadow is amazing and just shows how awesome and quickly the industry is growing. Stop by next time you in NYC and ask for recommendations. http://www.atthemeadow.com/shop/Drink/Cocktail-Bitters