Podcasts: Bartender at Large

Hosted by the award-winning bartender, Erick Castro.

Spring 2019

Listen to the podcast using the links below:

Channeling Inspiration w/ Kevin Episode of Pacific Cocktail Haven | Ep. 146
“Writer’s block can be a real issue for today’s bartender when they are looking to create new recipes and menus, which is why being able to tap into avenues of creativity can be so important. Join us this week as we hang with award-winning bartender Kevin Diedrich, as he reveals where he finds inspiration & how he applies that behind the bar.”
May 19, 2019

Mastering the Highball w/ Masahiro Urushido | Ep. 145
“The classic highball is such a simple drink, traditionally only made with only two ingredients, yet so often the drink falls flat. This is because what seems so simple in approach, can often be deceptively difficult to master. To help us better understand the highball, we decided to sit down with Masahiro Urishido (of Katana Kitten,) who has spent a great deal of his career considering the many nuances of this incredible drink. So tune in this week, as he shares his insight into the highball.”
May 12, 2019

Developing Immersive Cocktail Menus w/ Jillian Vose of Dead Rabbit | Ep. 144
“Dead Rabbit is one of those bars that is constantly winning awards and receiving accolades on their menu, which is why we decided to sit down with their beverage director, Jillian Vose, for this episode, so that she could share her secrets. Join us as she breaks down the process that she uses to put together each of their expansive cocktail menus.”
May 6, 2019

American Brandy & Modern Classics w/ Jeff Bell & Thomas Pastuszak | Ep. 143
Erick Castro hangs “out with the team from BERTOUX Brandy, Jeff Bell (PDT) and sommelier Thomas Pastuszak (NoMad Hotel Group.) This week we talk about everything from blending brandy to making the perfect Sidecar, while also getting in depth with cocktail theory and what goes into creating a modern classic.”
April 28, 2019

A Conversation w/ Jeff Bell of PDT & Bertoux Brandy | Ep. 132
“Jeff Bell is a man that needs no introduction. He has been behind the bar at the award-winning PDT in NYC for almost a decade and during that time, he has taken first place in Diageo World Class and won American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail. As if that wasn’t enough, he is also the co-founder of Bertoux Brandy, a small-batch California Brandy specifically created with the craft bartender in mind. Tune in this week’s episode to hear more about how he balances his projects and all his accomplishments.”
February 10, 2019