Drinks At Work with Sam Bygrave

Boothby Media

The world of drinks is a big one. Drinks At Work talks to those who have built — or are building — rewarding and creative careers in the drinks industry, from bar owners to spirits marketers, brand ambassadors, distillers, writers and more. Hosted by Sam Bygrave and produced by Boothby Media. read less
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‘The drink is important; people will remember the experience more.’ Eduardo Conde & Kate McGraw share World Class advice
25-01-2024
‘The drink is important; people will remember the experience more.’ Eduardo Conde & Kate McGraw share World Class advice
It’s a new year, which means that the next instalment of World Class Australia is about to get underway. I think it’s fair to call it the most influential cocktail competition going around at the moment, and the experience of entering, and potentially make the Top 100, can help grow one’s career behind the bar and in hospitality. So I’m talking today to Diageo Trade Advocacy Manager and Australian World Class Ambassador Kate McGraw, along with Eduardo Conde who is last year’s World Class Australia winner and the guy running El Primo Sanchez in Sydney. We talk about the experience of going to the World Class global finals and what that’s like, get an idea of what is different about this year’s World Class Australia competition, and why attending the Diageo Bar Academy Roadshow with Kate, Eduardo, and former global winner Orlando Marzo, will be both beneficial for your career and essential to getting the most out of World Class this year. This is a sponsored episode of Drinks At Work, and that sponsor is Diageo Bar Academy and World Class Australia, but there’s a lot to be had from this conversation whether you’re wanting to enter the World Class Australia this year or wanting to broaden your skills and experience.But if you are wanting to enter World Class Australia this year — and I’d encourage you to do so — the Diageo Bar Academy Roadshow kicks off next week on Monday the 29th of January in Sydney, Tuesday 30th in Brisbane, in Melbourne on Monday 5th of February, on the 6th in Perth, and on the 6th there will be a live stream as well. But first you’ll want to enter your details here https://form.typeform.com/to/DhzroruT to register for the Diageo Bar Academy Newsletter, and give Kate a follow on Instagram at @katelikescocktails to be ready for when the first challenge is announced on February 12.
Ross Blainey on the power of real collaboration for creativity, 2024 predictions
19-01-2024
Ross Blainey on the power of real collaboration for creativity, 2024 predictions
If the new bar opening boom of late 2023 is anything to go by, 2024 is going to be a very interesting year for the bar and drinks world.And so for the first episode for Drinks At Work in 2024, I wanted to discuss some of the trends that came out of 2023 and what we might see in the year ahead, and to do that I spoke to the ever thoughtful and creative Ross Blainey.Ross is the brand ambassador and creative collaborations lead for Glenfiddich and The Balvenie in Australia, and a good friend not just of mine but of the Drinks At Work podcast as well — I first spoke to him for the show back in episode four. In that chat we spoke about how the whisky world works, but for this episode I wanted to explore how it is that Ross goes about collaborations and what that means for creativity in the drinks world.That’s because it’s in his role as the creative collaborations lead for his brands that I think Ross really opens up what it means to be a whisky brand ambassador. He is someone who enjoys getting to experience the creative process of others — whether that be award-winning and creative chefs like Lennox Hastie from Sydney restaurant, Firedoor, or in fields further away from the whisky world, like fashion, in which he has collaborated with designers and artists like Jordon Gogos and Akira Isogawa. And it’s that love for the creative process that has seen him do some very interesting work.We also talk a little about the great explosion of new bars in late 2023, and look ahead to what we can expect in 2024. Have we reached peak vinyl listening bar with the 10,000 vinyl records amassed on the shelves at the new Swillhouse venue, Caterpillar Club? What has driven the guest shift and takeover phenomenon, and is it on its last legs?
How Cara Devine built a YouTube cocktail channel to over 150,000 subscribers
27-09-2023
How Cara Devine built a YouTube cocktail channel to over 150,000 subscribers
Last weekend we held the first Boothby Best bars Victoria awards, and a good times party for 130 of the industry’s best and brightest bar owners and bartenders. It was at The Lincoln, and we handed out a few awards on the night as well as counting down the top 50 bars in Victoria. Caretaker’s Cottage were on hand to mix the drinks for the night with a takeover — it was incredible, an amazing turnout, and a lot of fun. One of the awards we did hand out on the night was the Person of the Year presented by Orlando. The winner was Cara Devine. Cara is a bartender and bar manager at Bomba in Melbourne, but you might know her as the host of Behind the Bar with Cara Devine, on YouTube, where she has over 150,000 subscribers, or as Bartender magazine’s Melbourne-based writer. I do believe however that Boothby haas the honour of publishing her first before she was picked up by Big Trade Media, so I’m pretty happy about that. She is one of my favourite writers to read when it comes to the Australian bar world, she’s an excellent communicator and demystifies the world of cocktails and spirits better than most, and you can read that in her book on cocktails, Strong, Sweet, & Bitter. She’s a great voice for the industry, and I guess that’s why a panel of more than 100 Victorian bartenders, bar owners, and bartendery types voted her to win the Person of the Year presented by Orlando wines. This episode is one I recorded with Cara back in July 2022 when the podcast was just a few months old — in it Cara talks about writing, how and why she got started on YouTube, what works on YouTube, and more. Congratulations again for the win, thank you to Orlando for sponsoring the award.