BBaF Podcast: St. George Spirits with Distillers Lance Winters and Dave Smith

Listen to Episode 96: St. George Spirits With Lance Winters and Dave Smith”

St. George Spirits, founded in 1982, is one of the OG craft distilleries in the country. Located in Alameda, California and founded by German born distilling pioneer Jörg Rupf, St. George Spirits helped to kick off the modern American distillation movement as we know it.

photo: Andria Lo

This week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast guests are the very entertaining distillers of St. George Spirits: Master Distiller Lance Winters and Head Distiller Dave Smith.

photo: Ben Krantz

President of St. George Spirits, Lance has been at the distillery for 24 years, and is the imaginative force behind St. George’s industry pushing spirits lineup. Since joining the distillery in 1996, Lance has led the craft distilling movement in America, and propelled the St. George portfolio to icon status. He has been recognized by the James Beard Awards for the last five years straight.

photo: Ben Krantz

Head Distiller Dave Smith came to St. George in 2005 after spending time in the wine world. Dave helps to lead the distillery’s innovative single malt whiskey program, and is the creator behind cult favorite, St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur.

photo: Andria Lo


This week’s featured cocktail is St. George Spirits’ take on Dick Bradsell’s classic Bramble.  

Raspberry Bramble
2 oz St. George Terroir Gin 
1/2 oz St. George Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup 

Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice, then strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle raspberry liqueur over the top and garnish with lemon.

BBaF Podcast: Adapting to Climate Change – Sustainability in Champagne with Thibaut Le Mailloux

Listen to Episode 95: Adapting to Climate Change: Sustainability in Champagne with Thibaut Le Mailloux”

Osmany Tavares/CIVC

There’s no question climate change is affecting so much of our world’s agriculture. The wine industry has been on the front lines of this for decades. Fighting climate change and adapting to our warming planet has been a priority for the growers and producers in Champagne, France for the last 20 years. Their high level of quality and distinct style depends on them staying ahead of the curve.

The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) – the organization that represents Champagne production – has been leading the way in sustainability efforts for much of the world.

Osmany Tavares/CIVC

For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast, Thibaut Le Mailloux, the CIVC’s Communications Director, sat down with my from his home in France, to discuss life during quarantine, how wine growers are adapting to climate change, and the aggressive sustainability plans in place for the Champagne region.

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BBaF Podcast: Setting Up Your Home Bar With Ramsey Musk

Listen to: Setting Up Your Home Bar with Ramsey Musk”

The Coronavirus continues to keep many of us quarantined, and without the luxury of going out to bars and restaurants, there’s a LOT of home bartending going on. We’re here to help.

For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast episode I sat down with Los Angeles bartender, Ramsey Musk – Bar Director of acclaimed Filipino restaurant, Ma’am Sir, and head camp counselor at CampOUT – a monthly jamboree and charity event for queer bar industry and friends.

We talk about the basics you need to set up your home bar, and Ramsey’s favorites and special go-tos during this time of quarantine. 

This week’s featured cocktail is Ramsey’s favorite new quarantine cocktail… 

Boy From Ipanema 
1 oz cachaca (Ramsey uses Avua Amburana Cachaca)
.5 oz pineapple liqueur (He uses Giffard)
.5 oz pineapple juice
.25 oz coconut liqueur (Mahina, but others will do)
1 oz ginger beer
Top with prosecco or the like! 

In a shaker tin add cachaca, pineapple juice and liqueurs with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Add Ginger beer and top with prosecco.

Join This Friday’s LIVE ChefsFeed Cocktail Class

Take Your Whiskey Cocktails to the Next Level”

Last week’s live ChefsFeed class – 3 Classic Whiskey Cocktails Everyone Should Know – was the virtual cocktail party I didn’t know I needed. I enjoyed it so much, I’ve decided to jump back in with another class. But this time I’m upping the game…

We’ll be exploring three more whiskey cocktails, building on the simple classics we discussed in the first class, and diving into a little more complex flavors and recipes.

The Boulevardier will be our boozy, stirred cocktail; The Penicillin, a variation on a whiskey sour, is a modern classic that calls for a blended and a single malt scotch; and like the Sazerac from last week, the Vieux Carre is an historic New Orleans original.

Join me as we dive into the history, classic recipes, and ingredients in all of these underrated classics!

BBaF Podcast Episode 93: USBG National Charity Foundation & Covid-19 Relief For Bartenders

Listen to Episode 93: USBG National Charity Foundation and Covid-19 Relief For Bartenders”

For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast, I sat down with  Kim Haasarud from the United States Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation. Since becoming the face of the foundation, Kim has been fielding questions from all over the country about the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program’s COVID-19 Relief campaign.

So many, especially in the hospitality industry, are out of work and struggling and trying to make ends meet. The USBG Foundation is trying to soften the blow but has been getting blow back from those having trouble actually getting the funds they apply for. Kim is here to answer all the questions, break down how the foundation works, and to give tips on how to successfully apply for grant money from the foundation. 

Join My LIVE Whiskey Cocktail Class on ChefsFeed This Friday!

3 Classic Whiskey Cocktails Everyone Should Know

I sent a note out to a close group of friends the other day, and I thought I’d post something similar here to my foxy friends. Some of you guys have been with me from the beginning and have seen the evolution of Bit by a Fox – from the blog to events to the podcast, New York City to Los Angeles, around the world, and everything in between….

First of all, I hope you are all well and your friends and family are healthy and you’re all hanging in there as best as you can right now. It’s a weird time, and a sad time, and a magical time, and a crazy-making time…and a particularly boozy time, amirite?

While alcohol consumption has been up, the wine & spirits industry is taking a huge hit, especially the little guys – the local craft spirits and family run wineries and breweries. And, of course the entire hospitality industry is suffering terribly. As a freelancer, and business owner working in this industry, I’ve been scrambling to figure out what this new world looks like for me and my business. For the time being, it looks like everything is going virtual – events, experiences, and classes. And so…here we are! 

This Friday, May 1st at 4:30pm PST I’ll be hosting an hour long class with ChefsFeed3 Whiskey Cocktails Everyone Should Know

This will be live experience on ChefsFeed YouTube, and when you get a ticket you’ll get the link to take you to watch at the scheduled time. As a ticket holder, you can access the video any time after that. So if you can’t make it at that exact time, you can still watch and save and get the recipes.

ChefsFeed has been enormously supportive of the hospitality community – 100% of the ticket sales go to the host. This is the first time I’m doing this with these guys, and I’d love for it to go well, and to pack the “house” with those that know me. If you are able, I’d love to see you there. And if you can spread the word, I’d be so grateful. xo pr

BBaF Podcast Episode 92: Kings County Distillery with Colin Spoelman

Listen to Episode 92: Kings County Distillery with Colin Spoelman

For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast I spoke with Colin Spoelman, the Co-Founder and Head Distiller of Kings County Distillery – New York City’s oldest, largest, and premier whiskey distillery, and a leader in America’s craft distilling movement.

Founded in 2010, Kings County was New York City’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition. They are just now celebrating their 10 year anniversary. This was a fun deep dive into the history of Kings County, and a look back on the seismic changes in craft distilling and American whiskey over the course of this last decade.

Kings County Distillery Founders: Colin Spoelman and David Haskell

BBaF Podcast Episode 91: Distilleries Race to Make Hand Sanitizer in Response to Covid-19

Listen to Episode 91: Distilleries Race to Make Hand Sanitizer”

Hundreds of distillers across the country are now producing hand sanitizer to help fight COVID-19 – creating and packaging a product most of them knew nothing about just a month ago. For this week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast, I interviewed a number of people to get an idea of the scope, and all of the moving parts that went into this quick turnaround. 

Eral Gokgol-Kline is the Founder + Managing Principal for The Vale Fox Distillery – a small batch distillery that is just under a year old, and located in the Hudson Valley in New York State. Eral spoke to the thought process and challenges behind this pivot to making hand sanitizer.

Becky Harris is the Founder and Chief Distiller of Catoctin Creek Distilling, out of Purcellville, Virgina. Becky, along with her husband Scott, has been making some of the best award-winning rye whiskey in the country for over a decade now. But her attention this past month has been directed at creating hand sanitizer and helping other distillers around the country to do so as well. As a member of the board of directors for the American Craft Spirit Association, she’s helped to write the handbook on how distilleries can make this shift. 

Chris Swonger, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States – DISCUS is also a guest for this week’s podcast. I wanted to speak to Chris about the distilling spirits industry as a whole, the quick changes our country is making to accommodate the distilling industry, and what this means for all of us going forward.

BBaF Podcast Episode 90: Camper English & Cocktail Safe

Listen to Episode 90: Camper English & Cocktail Safe

On this week’s Bit By a Fox Podcast we have return guest, Camper English – San Francisco-based cocktails and spirits writer, speaker and educator. You may know Camper as the pioneer of the “Directional Freezing” technique in order to make clear ice. Camper is THE ice guy. But that’s another episode. I had Camper on the podcast to talk about Cocktail Safe – his nearly year-old website dedicated to safety in cocktail ingredients and techniques. Both his blog, Alcademics and the Cocktail Safe site have been getting a LOT of attention lately due to the fact that there has been discussions around anti-malarial drugs being an effective treatment for Covid-19. Camper also happens to be an expert in quinine, tonic water and cinchona bark, and so I thought it would be good to have him on to set the record straight on all of this.

https://www.cocktailsafe.org

BBaF Podcast Episode 89: Eric “ET” Tecosky & Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice

Listen to Episode 89: Eric “ET” Tecosky & Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice

This week’s Bit by a Fox Podcast is a welcome distraction from the awfulness going on out there. It features the ever charming and inspiring Eric “ET” Tecosky – veteran LA bartender and founder of Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice. We talked about his early days in the LA bar scene, his home away from home – celebrity hotspot Jones Hollywood, and life as an entrepreneur for over a decade in a changeable cocktail landscape .

In these uncertain times for bartenders and service workers in general, it was inspiring to get an up close and personal take on what it’s like to start your own drinks industry brand, the hustle it takes to make it happen, and how to stay in the game when you have so much stacked against you.

This week’s featured cocktail is a spicy Paloma variation with touch of Dirty Sue olive juice, served up.

SLAP & TICKLE
1 ½ oz Herradura or other quality tequila
2 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz Agave Syrup (1:1)
2 slices cucumbers
5 drops salty Angels Tears* Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice
3-4 drops (or to taste) Spicy Stuff**

Muddle cucumber. Add all ingredients except soda to ice-filled shaker. Shake. Add 1 oz of Q soda water. Fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with cucumber slice. 

*Angle Tears – in a dropper bottle add ½ oz Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice and 3 ½ oz spring water.
** Spicy Stuff – in a dropper bottle add 2 small, chopped habanero peppers. Fill with 100 proof vodka. Let sit for a few hours before use

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