This week on the Bartender Journey Podcast we talk with Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference. It's the Bartender Journey Podcast #204! Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunes, Android or Stitcher Radio..
Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 whiskey follows all the requirements of Bourbon, with the addition of a charcoal filtering process.. Legally called the "Lincoln County Process,” by the state of Tennessee. also known as “charcoal mellowing" or locally "the extra blessing" , it occurs before Barrelling. And just to be sure, Jeff informed us that they have the official letter from 1941 from the Alcohol Bureau.
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As you may know Sasha left this world way too early in August 2015. But Sasha inspired a generation of Bartenders, not only those who were trained by him, but many, like myself that never had the opportunity to work with him. This Book, A Spot at the Bar is another wonderful offshoot of Sasha’s Legacy.
There are many great recipes and photos in here, but a lot of other useful stuff as well. There is an entire section on Bartender’s Choice. This can be challenging for a Bartender. In the book Michael talks about how to do it best. There is a series of questions to ask - in a certain sequence - to figure out what this guest would enjoy.
Michael said in the book that Sasha taught his students that “working hard behind the scenes allows you to look effortless in front of your guests”. Wise words from a wise man.
Cocktails in the Country is a great experience, which I was honored to attend in the Summer of 2016. It is run by the man I call the Yoda of Bartending Gary (gaz) Regan.
It normally costs $250, but we have a discount code so that you can study with gaz for only $100!
Cocktails in the Country (CITC) is 2 days of education, learning the gaz approach to “Mindful Bartending”. Plus, practical skills making original cocktails behind the bar. It takes place in the Hudson Valley, just over an hour north of Manhattan.
Included in the cost is transportation from Manhattan, lodging for the evening, most meals, classes with gaz and cocktail making with your 9 new best friends.
Here’s how to get your discount:
To participate in CITC you have to be a working Bartender and have worked in the Hospitality Industry for at least 3 years.
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Toast of the Week:
In Beer there is strength
In Wine there is wisdom
In Water there is bacteria