The Spirituous Evolution of a Traveling Bartender

Musing of a Barfly by Tom Blake – Most people assume that living a life where you get to travel full time is reserved for the rich & famous, definitely not for ordinary people like you and me. There’s a good reason for this. Traveling can be expensive. Especially, if you’re the kind of person […]

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Space Matured Whisky – Now a Reality

In 2011, Scotch distillery Ardbeg collaborated with Texas-based space research company NanoRacks to examine the effects of maturation in a micro-gravity. To do so they blasted a vial of new spirit with oak chips up to the International Space Station to spend 1,045 days orbiting the Earth in zero gravity (aka micro-gravity). Naturally it’s at […]

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Insect Cocktails: The Future of Crusty Concoctions

No more is the calibre of a cocktail bartender defined by the number of recipes they can recite but rather the unique ingredients and theatre with which they deliver them. As a result terms like fat-washed, puree’d, foamed, dried, smoked, dehydrated and vacuum infused have allowed us to continually re invent our favourite recipes behind […]

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A Lego Guide to the Female Hipster Bartender

Musing of a Barfly by Din Mutha: No matter where your life make take you, to the farthest ends of the earth even, the hipster bartender has already been there. Whether you seek out a quaint British Isle pub or a steamy dive in New Orleans, the reach of the hipster is always further. Though […]

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A Lego Guide to the Hipster Bartender

In the world of Lego where ‘everything is awesome’ and everyone from Gandalf to Batman are represented, I can’t help but wonder, where’s the hipster? Sitting somewhere in between a bottle of craft beer and too much facial hair is arguably one of the biggest male statements since Magnum PI pulled off the mustache and […]

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Bitters or Bust – Part 2: Bartender’s Guide to Selling Your Own Bitters

One drunken night out four months ago, I decided I’d have a crack at producing and commercialising my own range of aromatic cocktail bitters. I should have awoken with that clarity of mind only experienced the morning after. A mind which reminds you with sober brutality that it was yet another foolish idea born of […]

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Will Italians Rule the Bar World?

Musing of a Barfly by Mihai Fetcu: Who knows? But if they continue in such a way, chances are that they will. These days, if you go into an international bar, the probability of encountering an Italian bartender is pretty high. It seems that everywhere you go, instead of hearing a “Hello”, you get a […]

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Brisbane’s Bartenders Go Buff For Good Cause

By Melanie Williams   The Brisbane bar community have come together in an unconventional way to raise money for Karuna a palliative care and support service. ‘Brewed Nude’ is the brain child of The Scratch Bar’s Benjamin Nichols, who said that like all good ideas, the idea for a nude calendar to raise money for […]

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