The Blend is Serving Up Change with Refire, A Six-Week Long Speaker Series

Hospitality has been in search of meaningful structural change for a long time. Our community has worked too many hours for not enough money in environments that can be racist, patriarchal, and unsafe. We want to reset and talk about the systemic issues plaguing our workplaces. We need a Refire. As bars and restaurants reopen across the country, […]

A Conversation with Nigal Vann from Chicago’s The Berkshire Room

During these unprecedented times, the hospitality industry needs leaders like never before. Josh Davis is an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience and he is also the founder of Brown And Balanced which started as an event at Portland Cocktail Week and Camp Runamok and has since built into a stand-alone entity. The first […]

Brown and Balanced Returns with Clover Club’s Paige Walwyn

During these unprecedented times, the hospitality industry needs leaders like never before. Josh Davis is an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience and he is also the founder of Brown And Balanced which started as an event at Portland Cocktail Week and Camp Runamok and has since built into a stand-alone entity. The first […]

Stray Dog Gin Founder, Johnny Livanos, Talks About The Inspiration Of Greek Culture & Spirits

The spirits industry has increasingly become an attractive space for entrepreneurs from all walks of life with all types of motivations. Many have entered the space driven by success stories of celebrity brand selling to the big portfolios for zillions of dollars and others are attracted to the fun party perception of being in the […]

The 5 Bently Estate Heritage Cocktails to Enjoy Now

Opened in 2019, the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery campus just east of Lake Tahoe in Nevada is the very first estate distillery in the U.S. to complete the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification process. The distillery is ultimately planning to release a versatile whisky collection, but for now, their whisky is […]

The Essentials of Bently Heritage Estate Distillery

Many brands – both in the spirits industry and beyond – claim to be committed to sustainability but haven’t taken the actions to be truly eco-responsible. Bently Heritage Estate Distillery just east of Lake Tahoe in Nevada is the very first estate distillery in the U.S. to complete the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design […]

Stay Warm This Winter with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Cocktails at Changing Times

Long Island has been experiencing an exciting boom as many people have migrated to the suburbs to take advantage of more personal space in the days of social distancing. New and old school residents alike always need a great trusted local spot to make any place feel like home. Changing Times – an American Sports Bar […]

Cozy Up At Pig Beach With These Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Cocktails

When the temperatures begin to dip, you can count on hearty barbeque to comfort your soul and Pig Beach in Gowanus, Brooklyn has some of the very best in New York City. Pig Beach’s hospitality doesn’t stop at bbq and their cocktail offerings are the perfect complement their haven of meat offerings. Pig Beach offers […]

Brown + Balanced Signs Off For 2020 With Dallas Bar Owner Omar YeeFoon

When quarantine and lockdowns swept the nation, Brown and Balanced and founder Josh Davis hosted a series of Happy Hours over on Instagram featuring bartenders, servers, and cocktail enthusiasts from all over the U.S. to share their stories and backgrounds. After taking time to rest and restore, Brown and Balanced came back to continue conversations […]

Despite The Pandemic, The Industry Shares Reasons To Be Thankful In 2020

No one needs us to lament on how 2020 has been the year of all things unprecedented when it comes to hardship and loss. Amidst what seems to be continuous disappointments and tumultuous states of mental & physical health, it is hard to stay positive and find reasons to be thankful. So, as we often […]

Nonna Titulauri Wins The Mount Gay Rum More Taste, Less Waste Competition 2020

Cocktail competitions are one of our industry’s most compelling vehicles for bartenders to flex their creative muscles and showcase their talents in taste and innovation to their favorite brands.  Mount Gay Rum & Collectif 1806 teamed up with Thirsty for their second annual More Taste, Less Waste cocktail competition. With so many events and programs […]

Focus on Health Helps the Industry Find an Important Work/Life Balance

Hospitality is all about putting the guest first. We are constantly trying to figure out new and better ways to exceed our customer’s expectations while also juggling a hundred other tasks. Working in bars and restaurants takes stamina. And working in the service industry has become even more challenging of late, due to COVID-19 and […]

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