April 6, 2010

0 Jimmy Yeager

Jimmy Yeager, loading agave Jimmy in San Luis del Rio, a Zapotec village nestled along the Rio Hormiga Colorada, 8,000 feet up in the Oaxacan Sierra, where village elder and master mezcal distiller Paciano Cruz Nolasco makes the sacred same na...

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April 1, 2010

1 Experts: Ad Infinitum

Recently, a long-time friend and contentious collaborator stopped me mid-sentence—amid the fervor of one of my rants—and said: “Are you ever going to stop talking about ‘empowering experts’?” When I first started thinking about this wh...

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February 25, 2010

2 The Varnish Turns One

Last night the Varnish celebrated its first year—which is hard to believe considering the vital role it has played in establishing LA’s cocktail community.  People came from near and far, among them Mr. Petraske, Mr. Moses and, of course, ...

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December 5, 2009

0 Prohibition’s End — 75th Anniversary

Prohibition, one of the darkest hours in American history — which lasted from 1920-1933 — was repealed on this day, December 5th, with the 21st Amendment of the eighteenth article to the Constitution of the United States. This brainchild of ...

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