Living Proof: Conversations for Bartenders
The Message Pod
The podcast for bartenders and anyone who likes to drink well. Broadcaster Nicole Haack and accomplished bartender Marcus Motteram - 'The Admiral' - aim to keep you at the edge of the cocktail, bartending and spirit trends by connecting you with producers, drink historians and mixologists globally.
#9 | Young guns with Sam Ross and Maxim Schulte
Aussie Sam Ross has been climbing the ranks in the New York bar scene since his Dad bought him a one-way ticket there from Melbourne in 2004. He spent years learning from the late great Sasha Petraske at Milk & Honey before he and Michael McIlroy re-christened it as Attaboy in 2012. Since then, they've opened an Attaboy in Nashville and a new venue - Diamond Reef - that's making similarly outstanding drinks in Brooklyn. Then, we chat to the newest Head Bartender at The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London: Maxim Schulte. Maxim is only 28 years old, was born in Hamburg and has worked in bars all across the world - from Bangkok to Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. At such a young age, he's already won the Beefeater MIXLDN competition with his cocktail 'The Stack of Fortune' and is only the 11th person to head up the The American Bar in its 125-year history.
#8 | Tequila, Mezcal and Agave Love with Phil Bayly
Phil Bayly is the world’s foremost expert on all things Agave spirits, such as Tequila, Mezcal and Raicilla. He’s helped open 18 Tequila-themed bars and restaurants, founded a series of networking events promoting the category – Agave Love – and in 2017 he was recognised as the first official Mezcal Ambassador by the Mezcal Regulatory Council. For 16 years, he owned and ran Sydney institution Café Pacifico and he’s recently released his first book, also titled Agave Love. During Phil’s time at Café Pacifico he mentored many a young bartender. One of those was Natalie Ng, who is the Australian Liquor Industry Awards’ Bartender of the Year for 2018 and joins us for the Free Pour Five at the 1:01:50 minute mark. Natalie now owns Door Knock in Sydney after cutting her teeth at some of the best bars in the country.
#7 | Surviving the industry's pitfalls with Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan owns Please Don't Tell, a hidden high-end cocktail bar in New York that serves only hot dogs alongside its drinks. Philip Duff had so many nice words to say about it in Episode 3 that we simply had to get the man behind it on the podcast. Jim's also written the PDT Cocktail Book and, more recently, Meehan's Bartender Manual. In this chat, he was super open about how he sees the industry and doesn't shy away from any of the hurdles or potential pitfalls faced by career bartenders. After Jim, at around 55:30, we're joined by Japanese Master Bartender Hidetsugu Ueno from High Five in Tokyo. He's fascinating - a coffee loverwho doesn't drink alcohol, Ueno started his career in cafes and has made a name for himself as a bartender in a society that has historically looked down on the profession.
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