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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Nov 28, 2019

Some of the topics we discuss with Minimalist Tiki Author and rum ambassador Matt Pietrek Include:

  • How Matt tended a rum hobby while working as a software engineer, and then blew that spark of interest into a full-fledged career as a rum author, historian, and consultant.
  • Why intellectual honesty and a thirst for verification set great cocktail writing and scholarship apart from the merely good stuff.
  • What “minimalist tiki” means - because let’s face it, when you’re looking at a recipe that calls for 8 or more ingredients, there’s not a whole lot of minimalism going on.
  • Why the fates and fortunes of rum and tiki are so interconnected in the bar world.
  • How Matt used a quantitative approach to laying out the most important tiki ingredients to have at your home bar. (Total software engineer move, by the way…)
  • The four levels of improvisation in tiki
  • What it’s like to self-publish a book in the age of Amazon and big publisher dominance.
  • What to drink when discussing calculus with Sir Isaac Newton.
  • And much, much more.