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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Mar 16, 2023

In this deep dive on the biochemistry and genetics of mint with Abby Bryson and Dr. Björn Hamberger of the Michigan State University Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Why mint and other members of the Lamiacea family have been able to evolve in such a diverse array...

Feb 23, 2023

In this lively chat with David T. Smith, spirits judge, consultant, and author of Gin Tonica, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • A history of the Gin & Tonic cocktail, which turns out to be a bit more punk and DIY than it’s often played up to be, as well as a bit more recent than we like to romanticize.

  • The...

Feb 9, 2023

In this fascinating conversation with food scientist, distiller, and tamer of yeast, Faye Johnson, some of the topics we cover include:

  • How Faye’s childhood exposure to fermented foods and her formal experience testing foods for harmful microorganisms led her to hop-scotch her way through the worlds of cake...

Feb 1, 2023

Eric and Ethan review 3 bottles that are each new and noteworthy in their own very unique ways. The bottles in question are:

This episode is brought to you by Near Country Provisions. If...

Jan 16, 2023

In this conversation with drinks entrepreneur and educator Ryan Chetiyawardana, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The origin story of the name “Mr. Lyan” and how Ryan’s family relationships with movers and shakers in the design and fashion world influenced the wide scope and inclusive lens of his bar...