Stir Crazy: Days Three & Four of Tales of Cocktail 2019 In Photos

By Dr. Bill Copen |

The third and fourth days of Tales of the Cocktail 2019 involved lots of encounters with big names like Beachbum Berry, Dale DeGroff, Lynn House, and Dave Wondrich. The experiential events were appropriately over-the-top. Neat Pour‘s crack photog, Dr. Bill Copen caught all through his lens. Check out the highlights.

Alexandre Gabriel, master distiller at Maison Ferrand, shows off a still that he built specifically for this seminar, using a 500-year-old design. The wooden barrel in the background is part of a second still that Gabriel built, using a thousand-year-old Chinese design that was uncovered by historian David Wondrich in an ancient text. Seminar participants were able to taste delicious spirits that were produced using these and other unusual stills.

Julio Cabrera brings the cantinero life to Jewel of the South.

Masahiro Urushido of New York’s Katana Kitten, bartending at House of Suntory’s “Nonstop to Osaka” event.

It isn’t a real Tales party unless Brother Cleve is the DJ… At, House of Suntory’s “Nonstop to Osaka” event.

Alba Huerta, guest bartender at the Cane Spirits Takeover at Bar Marilou.

WhistlePig Rye Whiskey handed out mini-buckets of maple syrup ice cream with whiskey poured on top.

“Allergies, Diets, and Menu Warnings” This seminar was led by Camper English, best known to the cocktail world for his website. Over the past year, English utilized a Tales of the Cocktail Foundation grant to create, a free web site that provides bartenders with safety-related information about cocktail ingredients and techniques.

The Jimmy Brinkman duo entertains guests at Neat Pour’s Media Happy Hour.

At the popular “Letters to a Young Bartender” seminar, Dale DeGroff reads a letter full of advice that he wrote to his younger self.

Visitors to Hendrick’s Peculiar Palace were introduced to Orbium, a new, limited-run Hendrick’s bottling, by this delightfully peculiar gentleman, who could barely contain his excitement as he described Orbium’s quinine and wormwood flavors.

Talisker’s tasting room offered freshly shucked oysters, a natural pairing for a whisky that’s made by the sea.

Beam Suntory’s “ReCharge Lounge”

National Brand Ambassador Lynn House at Dubonnet’s “A Stroke of History” popup.

The most dynamic of duos. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Dave Wondrich take the stage.

Bitters make it better. At the annual Bitters Market.

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