The Imbiber

Cocktail Competitions Suck. Here's Why.

The Imbiber offers some alternatives
Apr 19, 2012 4:01 pm

Before we begin, a quick apology. Last time out I told you about my surprise encounter with Paul Goldman, owner of Kansas Spirit Whiskey, who confronted me a few weeks back at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 69th annual convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Pebble Beach Is Decadent And Depraved

Dan Dunn: Out of his element and into the bag
Apr 9, 2012 2:01 pm

The 5th Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival begins on Thursday. To help kick off the prestigious event, we present this excerpt from our Imbiber columnist, and seasoned festival-goer, Dan Dunn’s most recent book, Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour. You can catch our coverage, which begins on Friday.

The Imbiber In Vegas

The Chuck Yeagers of debauchery unite. In Vegas.
Apr 5, 2012 3:31 pm

This dispatch is coming to you in pseudo-real-time from the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 69th annual convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

The Birth Of A Degenerate Booze Writer

Not making it to the bathroom is the first step.
Mar 22, 2012 4:01 pm
drunk stories

You never forget the first time you learned that the phrase “pissed drunk” is not just a colorful figure of speech. For me it came in the mid-nineties, in a small one-bedroom unit on the outskirts of Aspen, Colorado. I’d gone there intending to visit a college friend for a few days on my way to “finding myself” in California, but for a variety of reasons best left to my eventual biographer, I decided to stay a while.

How To Be A Cocktail Blogger

Write about drinks without embarrassing yourself
Mar 8, 2012 3:11 pm

Back in the mid-1990s there were but a handful of scribes dedicated to covering wine and spirits. I happened to be one of them, though admittedly, I was greener than the Chartreuse and Midori.

Trinidad: A Bitters Sweet Symphony

Inside the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge
Feb 23, 2012 4:49 pm
David Delaney Jr.

Piarco International Airport in Trinidad is a long way from the Imbiber’s West Coast headquarters, and by the time I arrived there, after nearly ten hours in Complimentary Booze Class, I was in prime form. I’m talking Rat Pack on New Years Eve-level blotto.

The Imbiber Vs. Non-Stick Skillets

The battle begins at Bed, Bath & Beyond
Feb 7, 2012 2:49 pm
Frying Pan

The universe doesn't eat your soul in one gulp. It savors every morsel. I know exactly where I was when it last took a bite out of me. It was last September, in the cookware section of the Bed, Bath & Beyond in Culver City, California.

Exploiting Babies To Sell Booze

A drink named after Jay-Z and Beyonce's baby? Yikes
Jan 24, 2012 3:01 pm

I received an email about a week or so ago from a publicist touting a drink named after Jay Z and Beyonce’s new baby. Fittingly, I happened to be taking a dump when it came through on my iPhone.


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