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The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

Apr 1, 2021

In this barrel-aged deep dive with spirits writer Brent Joseph, some of the topics we discuss include:

  • How Brent came to love Bourbon and used his passion to propel himself into a senior contributor role at Bourbon & Banter.
  • The recent retail experiences that led him to pose the titular question of his four-part article series: “Is Bourbon Broken?”
  • The economic and market forces that have led to massive demand for particular brands and bottles (and the subsequent perverse incentive to flip them for outrageous prices on the secondary market).
  • What it means for a bottle to be “allocated”
  • The role that social media has played in the fetishization of certain bottles and purchasing habits
  • How to be a smarter Bourbon shopper and better citizen of the Bourbon community
  • And much, much more.
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