Pinnacle is a fairly new brand of vodka, founded in 2002 and owned by the American manufacturer of spirits, Beam Suntory, which also owns other popular brands such as Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Knob Creek. During its genesis, Pinnacle is distilled five separate times in the legendary Cognac region of France, known as the “Spirit […]
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Nick Lappen is a bartender, writer, and occasionally a teacher from Watertown, Massachusetts. Nick has worked in the restaurant industry since age 13.
Beginning as a busser, runner, and crab steamer at Cantlers in Annapolis, Maryland he has gone on to work at bars and restaurants across the United States and abroad. At one time or another Nick has held almost every position in a restaurant, from dishwasher to cook, food runner to bar manager. He has traveled to over 50 nations and brought with him a passion for discovering local food, beer, wine, and spirits which has inspired his bartending.
Most recently Nick has worked as a cocktail bartender and bar consultant in the United States and China. When not caught in a global pandemic he lives in Shanghai and runs the cocktail instagram page @thenickromancer.
Hennessy Prices & Buyers’ Guide
Hennessy is indisputably the world’s leading name in cognac, producing over 40% of the global supply of cognac each year. The brand is jointly owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, and Diageo. An ubiquitous reference in hip hop music, Hennessy has established itself as a symbol of success in modern pop culture. In addition to […]
Bacardi Prices & Buyers’ Guide
Easily the most famous name in rum, the Bacardi family has been rum royalty for longer than any of us have been alive. Bacardi is currently the largest private, family-owned spirits company in the USA and has a portfolio of over 200 products. Despite diversifying into other spirits, they remain most famous for their rums, […]
Captain Morgan is a spiced rum made by Diageo, who purchased the brand in 2001. It was first introduced to the US market in 1984. Captain Morgans is a “Spiced Rum,” which means it has spices and flavorings added after distillation. Although the production location has moved around over its history, today’s Captains are made […]
Jagermeister Prices & Buyers’ Guide
Most people know Jägermeister as the frat fuel for bad decisions in college, but it’s so much more than that. Jägermeister is a German digestif that is actually quite similar to other eastern European liqueurs and many Italian Amari. Technically, it is referred to as a type of Kräuterlikör and is slightly thick and sweet, […]