DRINKER | On Flipping Pages & Sipping Well Made Drinks at the PDT Pop-Up in Gastown

DRINKER | On Flipping Pages & Sipping Well Made Drinks at the PDT Pop-Up in Gastown

by Shaun Layton | Two of the USA’s most respected barmen – Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell – just spent a few days in Vancouver to promote The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender’s Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy. If…

DRINKER | Coffee-Inspired Cocktails At “Lear Faye Espresso Kitchen” On The Drive

DRINKER | Coffee-Inspired Cocktails At “Lear Faye Espresso Kitchen” On The Drive

by Shaun Layton | Lear Faye Espresso Kitchen is an awesome little cafe that opened on The Drive around the start of this past summer. Owner Dolly Reno wanted the cocktails to compliment the vibe of the space in the evenings. I recently…

DRINKER | Where I’ll Be Talking Drinks (And Slinging ‘Em, Too) At Whistler’s Cornucopia

DRINKER | Where I’ll Be Talking Drinks (And Slinging ‘Em, Too) At Whistler’s Cornucopia

by Shaun Layton | Next weekend I’ll be hosting some seminars at the annual Cornucopia festival in Whistler – five, to be exact – split between Saturday Nov.16th and Sunday Nov. 17th. I’ll be covering a lot of ground, from…

DRINKER | How To Build An Excellent Home Bar, One Drink (And Five Bottles) At A Time

DRINKER | How To Build An Excellent Home Bar, One Drink (And Five Bottles) At A Time

by Shaun Layton | This is the fourth in a series of posts on building a home bar, five bottles and one drink at a time. I’ve listed bottles 15-20 below (see also 1-5, 6-10, 11-15). Depending on how much you drink at home, or how…

DRINKER | On Eating Fried Cheese Curds & Picking Juniper For Gin In Football Heaven

DRINKER | On Eating Fried Cheese Curds & Picking Juniper For Gin In Football Heaven

by Shaun Layton | I tend to ignore calls from unknown numbers, but I’m glad I picked up when I got the call from Death’s Door Spirits to represent Canadian bartenders at the distillery’s recent juniper harvest in Wisconsin. My journey started off with a…

DRINKER | On Scoring The Most Elusive Of Gins, Beefeater “Crown Jewel”, In Gastown

DRINKER | On Scoring The Most Elusive Of Gins, Beefeater “Crown Jewel”, In Gastown

by Shaun Layton | Most things that are made primarily for duty-free shoppers are marketed for the quick sale. It’s not really the realm of the collector, especially in terms of booze. Purchasers of duty-free liquor tend to be people who want to…

DIVE BARS | Sneaking Cheekies At “Gringo”, The Gastown Eatery That Can LOL At Itself

DIVE BARS | Sneaking Cheekies At “Gringo”, The Gastown Eatery That Can LOL At Itself

by Shaun Layton | “I’ll be back in fifteen, going for a cheeky…” is what you’ll hear in Gastown bars whenever there’s a lull in the action. In this job, we don’t get one hour lunch or coffee breaks. Because I don’t…

DRINKER | Easy, Uncomplicated Summer Drinks For Grass, Meadow, Deck, Or Shore

DRINKER | Easy, Uncomplicated Summer Drinks For Grass, Meadow, Deck, Or Shore

by Shaun Layton | The sun is shining, cruise ships are arriving, and hop-on hop-off buses are flooding our hoods. That means it’s time to get the hell away to a beach, lake, forest, meadow, or patch of grass. If you’re like me…

DRINKER | How To Build An Excellent Home Bar, One Drink (And Five Bottles) At A Time

DRINKER | How To Build An Excellent Home Bar, One Drink (And Five Bottles) At A Time

by Shaun Layton | This is the third in a series of posts on building a home bar, five bottles and one drink at a time. The brands I choose aren’t necessarily the best in their respective categories. I’m just…

FIELD TRIP #606 | On Drams Of Ardbeg And Drinking Songs On The Scottish Isle Of Islay

FIELD TRIP #606 | On Drams Of Ardbeg And Drinking Songs On The Scottish Isle Of Islay

by Shaun Layton | Islay is a dream trip for whisky fans. It’s a small island – the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides (population 3,000+) off the coast of Scotland – about a 30 minute puddle jump from Glasgow. Its…

DIVE BARS | Loving Cheezies And Pacificos After Work At “The Brickhouse” On Main St.

DIVE BARS | Loving Cheezies And Pacificos After Work At “The Brickhouse” On Main St.

by Shaun Layton | “The Brickhouse? Wait, where’s that?” That’s the reply you’d likely get if you mentioned one of my favourite dive bars in the city. Still, on occasion, you might just get an enthusiastic “I fucking love that place!” in response….

DRINKER | Welcoming Patio Season With The Civilised Sipping Of Proper Pimm’s Cups

DRINKER | Welcoming Patio Season With The Civilised Sipping Of Proper Pimm’s Cups

by Shaun Layton | Rejoice! Patio season is finally here, and though most of the better cocktail bars in the city don’t have patios, you can still order a Pimm’s Cup just about anywhere, or easily make one at home. I have fond…

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