Crisis is the mother of creativity

Crisis is the mother of creativity

Watching the explosion of responses to the Coronavirus crisis within the bar and spirits world has been amazing. It reaffirms what all of us know, that this is an amazing community of people dedicated to their jobs and the people around them. Whether it’s Bobby...
Contramar at 20

Contramar at 20

Quietly, Contramar celebrated 20 years in business in 2019. As it surges into the third decade of life it’s time to take a second to admire what it is and how much the world has changed since it got here.  For those who haven’t had the experience,...

Now this is a mezcal menu

The recent swing through Southern California for last week’s Spirited Conversations meant bar visits and a review of lots of menus. This one from Madre Mezcaleria in Torrance really stood out because it breaks out mezcals by agave and it’s just so damn...
Agave Club at Junior

Agave Club at Junior

It’s so nice to find agave clubs evolving along with great bar talent as they open their own bars. The corner of 24th and Utah used to host one of the city’s numerous Jack’s bars which was one of the great shot-and-a-beer institutions and then evolved into a...