A look back at whisk(e)y season, Part I

Some people — okay, me — are of the mindset that brown booze is a year-round sort of thing, the kind of drink you keep in your glass on winter’s darkest evenings as well as summer’s brightest afternoons. But there are also people — okay, me again — who think that whiskey and other aged… Continue Reading

Blur Ball, December 2, to benefit Murray Stenson

In the month-ish since I last updated, I’ve had thousands of visitors coming to learn more about ways to help Murray Stenson (a Twitter shoutout from Rachel Maddow and a link from the New York Times didn’t hurt), and an exponentially greater number of dollars have been raised to help this beloved Seattle barman with… Continue Reading

Help Murray Stenson

It’s not an exaggeration to say that if it weren’t for Murray Stenson, my career, and my life, would be disappointingly different. A longtime Seattle bartender — most recently at Canon, and for much of the decade before that, at Zig Zag Cafe — Murray first got in touch with me in the summer of… Continue Reading

Awkward Pause

Some cocktails are like caresses — smooth and soothing, with delicate touches that deftly flick away all the assorted troubles of the day. But sometimes, tenderness isn’t what’s needed. Sometimes, a little savagery is entirely appropriate. Dark, bitter drinks have become almost a cliché in today’s cocktail world – and I say “almost,” because no… Continue Reading