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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Oct 28, 2021

In this wide ranging conversation with spirits expert and cocktail author Kurt Maitland, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Some notes from the early days of Kurt’s spirits adventures, including a Jameson drinking college friend from Hong Kong, a bar with a Dutch name in Brooklyn, and a conference room at an...

Sep 30, 2021

In this barrel-aged deep dive into Bourbon and American whiskey with distiller Lauren Patz, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • How Lauren’s roots in Napa Valley winemaking led her to fall in love with the craft of distillation and barrel maturation.
  • Why California in general (and Northern California, in...

Jun 24, 2021

In this fascinating deep dive on Japanese Whisky, past and present, some of the topics I discuss with Nicholas Pollacchi of Shibui Whisky include:

  • The complicated history of Japanese whisky making, including the sharp left turn that makes this tradition diverge (and reconnect) surprisingly with other world...

Jun 10, 2021

Eric gives you a few things to look out for during the second half of 2021, including Japanese spirits and cocktails, orchard-to-table drinks and garnishes, and a few surprises and teasers along the way.

May 13, 2021

In this eye-opening conversation and rum tasting with Kō Hana Rum General Manager Kyle Reutner, some of the topics we discuss include:


  • How Kō Hana Rum started as a passion project dedicated to Hawaiian heirloom cane varietals, spreading from a small lot to several hundred acres of cane farmed at several locations...