Today on the show we talk Ilias Mastrogiannis, owner and distiller of Mastogiannis Distillery that makes Ouzo, Grappa and Honey Grappa  in Washington State.
It's the Bartender Journey Podcast No. 247! Listen with the audio player above, or subscribe onApple Podcasts,  Android or  Stitcher Radio.
From our Interview
  • ​Ilias was born and raised in Greece and was introduced to hospitality by his father, a winemaker
  • Host of the Distillers' Podcast
  • Ouzo's history is began as grappa with anise seed added then evolved to wine and brandy

Beyond the Bar 
Sponsored by Woodford Reserve and hosted by our friend, Walter Easterbrook* 

Featured Speakers included
Tom Summers, Financial Life Coach
Natalie Freihon, and
​Lynnette Marrero, co-founder of Speed Rack
The series will continue as small sessions of about a dozen bartenders will get to interact with experts in Finance, Branding, PR, Wellness and more. 

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*Walter's company is the Bowery Collective that hosts different events such as Whiskey Washback and  Arte Agave.  Visit our Events Page to keep up to date on these and upcoming events!

Book of the Week
Road Soda - Recipes and Techniques for Making Great Drinks Anywhere by Kara Newman.
​This is a fun little book about making drinks in Planes, Trains and Hotel Rooms, or wherever you might be.

​Every year TOTC runs a competition to determine the official drink of the year for Tales. There is a cash price. They award the prize at the yearly Toast to Tales which is the official kick off of the event. This year the theme is the French 75. Enter here.
Cocktail of the Week
El Diablo
1½ oz. reposado tequila
½ oz. crème de cassis
½ oz. fresh lime juice
2–3 oz. ginger beer
Toast of the Week
Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Weep and the world laughs at you.
This weeks' show is sponsored by Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club.
Every month you'll get a box of ingredients to make 4 drinks each of  3 great craft cocktails.
Each box features  original recipes sourced from awesome bartenders all around the US like our friends Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash (the Cocktail Guru) Pam "Wiz, Wiznitzer (Seamstress) and Sother Teague, (Amor y Amargo)
The next box is the Rum Wild box. Order by March 31 and use the code “BARTENDERto SAVE $20! 
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