244 episodes

The Modern Bar Cart Podcast is a weekly discussion of the tools and techniques that make great drinks. Hosted by Modern Bar Cart CEO Eric Kozlik, this cocktail podcast gives great information for home bartenders and industry professionals alike. If you’re looking to take your cocktail game to the next level, this is the podcast for you.

The Modern Bar Cart Podcast Eric Kozlik

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    • 4.8 • 48 Ratings

The Modern Bar Cart Podcast is a weekly discussion of the tools and techniques that make great drinks. Hosted by Modern Bar Cart CEO Eric Kozlik, this cocktail podcast gives great information for home bartenders and industry professionals alike. If you’re looking to take your cocktail game to the next level, this is the podcast for you.

    Meated Whiskey with Matt Power of Tamworth Distilling

    Meated Whiskey with Matt Power of Tamworth Distilling

    In this flavorful conversation with distiller Matt Power of Tamworth Distilling, some of the topics we cover include:
    How the “House of Tamworth” series began as a research initiative designed to understand what the FDA considers “acceptable” flavoring ingredients, and snowballed into a passion project highlighting uncommon or underappreciated flavors and aromas. Why the “flavored whiskey” category has developed a slightly sub-par reputation, and what Matt and his team are doing to elevate this category. How Matt employs some serious technology - namely, a rotary evaporator - to isolate flavors and aromas from nature and infuse those compounds into their spirits in a very strategic way. We also sample the “Deerslayer” whiskey from the House of Tamworth collection, which was inspired partially by a german fermented sausage dish and partially by the aromas of hardwood smoke that you’ll smell wafting on the breeze during a New Hampshire winter. Along the way, we cover other important topics like maple syrup infused with dead people, the seductive stink of the Corpse Flower, strategies for combatting invasive green crabs, and much, much more. This episode is brought to you by Near Country Provisions. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and want to enjoy ethically raised (and delicious) meat from local farmers delivered to your door every month, then you need Near Country in your life.
    Head over to NearCountry.com and enter the code BARCART when you sign up for your subscription to receive 2 free pounds of bacon or ground beef in your first delivery.

    • 56 min
    Vanishing Spirits: The Art of Whisky with Ernie Button

    Vanishing Spirits: The Art of Whisky with Ernie Button

    In this stimulating conversation with photographer and whisky enthusiast Ernie Button, creator of The Art of Whisky, some of the topics we discuss include:
    How Ernie married his way into a love for Scotch, and how that fondness turned to wonder and curiosity one night when he was about to put his whisky glasses into the dishwasher. The collaborative approach that Ernie took to explore this subject, pulling in fluid dynamics physicists at Ivy League Universities, and even resulting in a published paper in an academic journal. What it takes to coax the “fingerprint” out of each spirit he photographs, and why these images appear molecular, or planetary, or nebular in shape and structure. By way of illustration, we look at a few images from The Art of Whisky, which help to showcase the ways in which whisky scatters and reflects light. We also dig into some of the chemical forces responsible for these phenomena, in Ernie’s experience, including the influence of charred oak barrels, cask finishes, and peat. Along the way, we discuss exciting developments in the rice whisky world, an encounter with barrel-aged Botanist Gin, why grape-based spirits are just the ABSOLUTE WORST for photography, and much, much more. This episode is brought to you by Near Country Provisions. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and want to enjoy ethically raised (and delicious) meat from local farmers delivered to your door every month, then you need Near Country in your life.
    Head over to NearCountry.com and enter the code BARCART when you sign up for your subscription to receive 2 free pounds of bacon or ground beef in your first delivery.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 231 - Picon Someone Your Own Size

    Episode 231 - Picon Someone Your Own Size

    In this audio essay, Eric examines mergers and acquisitions in the spirits world, using several case studies to explore how brands rise, fall, or become acquired. The case studies are:
    The recent acquisition of Picon Aperitif from Diageo by the Campari Group The sale of Blue Coat Gin to Heaven Hill, as part of their acquisition of Samson & Surrey. The acquisition of Faber Distilling (and its facilities) by Millstone Spirits Group At first blush, this might sound like just a bunch of corporate twaddle. But if you dig into the stories behind these headlines, a richer, crisper picture of today's spirits industry begins to emerge.
    This episode is brought to you by Near Country Provisions. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and want to enjoy ethically raised (and delicious) meat from local farmers delivered to your door every month, then you need Near Country in your life.
    Head over to NearCountry.com and enter the code BARCART when you sign up for your subscription to receive 2 free pounds of bacon or ground beef in your first delivery.

    • 34 min
    Coming to a Death & Co. Near You

    Coming to a Death & Co. Near You

    In this fusion update / mini-esssay episode, Eric covers some new developments at Modern Bar Cart, including:
    A website redesign New calendar and wholesale portal features The return of Embitterment Bitters variety packs A new polling initiative with benefits, and A free, private event taking place in New Orleans at this year's Tales of the Cocktail After that, he uses a case study to demonstrate the value of the new weekly polls. In particular, this poll covers the audience's feelings toward the "chainification" of successful New York cocktail bars like Death & Co. and The Dead Rabbit.
    This episode is brought to you by Near Country Provisions. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and want to enjoy ethically raised (and delicious) meat from local farmers delivered to your door every month, then you need Near Country in your life.
    Head over to NearCountry.com and enter the code BARCART when you sign up for your subscription to receive 2 free pounds of bacon or ground beef in your first delivery.

    • 25 min
    The Art of the Barrel Pick with OJ Lima

    The Art of the Barrel Pick with OJ Lima

    In this single-barrel conversation with entrepreneur and spirits educator OJ Lima, co-founder of Taste Select Repeat, some of the topics we cover include:
    How OJ and his business partner Pierre battled a pandemic and a notoriously thorny government bureaucracy to found and scale their modern liquor store concept. The historical and social forces that contribute to an unwelcoming culture for women and people of color within American Whiskey, and how Taste Select Repeat is working to open things up by emphasizing transparency and healthy discourse. Then we dig into OJ’s bread and butter: single barrel picks. Many of you have heard this term, and for some of you, it may be new territory. We give you the basic rundown and then talk about how OJ and his team partner with different distilleries to select these barrels from a warehouse full of options. Along the way, we cover some of the new spirits categories TSR is beginning to explore, how a single barrel whiskey is like a performance of a Shakespeare play, what to drink on a beach with Bob Marley, and much, much more. This episode is brought to you by Near Country Provisions. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and want to enjoy ethically raised (and delicious) meat from local farmers delivered to your door every month, then you need Near Country in your life.
    Head over to NearCountry.com and enter the code BARCART when you sign up for your subscription to receive 2 free pounds of bacon or ground beef in your first delivery.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    New Gin in Town

    New Gin in Town

    In this flavorful, botanically-robust interview and gin tasting with Duncan Coltharp and Jewel Murray, some of the topics we discuss include:
    The process of creating a gin from scratch - at least the way they did it at Mt. Defiance - which involved a boozy rendition of vision boarding, tinctures, eyedroppers, tasting panels, cocktail tests, and more. How Jewel thinks about gin when building cocktails for The Gibson’s renowned cocktail program, and why not all gins are a great fit for all cocktails. Then, of course, we taste the Gin Nouveau by Mt. Defiance and walk through some of the highlights of the botanical bill and distilling process to trace the flavors and aromas we encounter back to their sources. We also give you all the updates on a fantastic launch party for this spirit at The Gibson, which will be open to the public. So if you’re in DC or will be passing through on April 28th, 2022, please hit up the details on the show notes page to learn how you can be part of the action. Along the way, we cover international gin trends from the past decade, cocktails featuring genepy and cassis, potato vodka from Mars, and much, much more. This episode is brought to you by Near Country Provisions. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and want to enjoy ethically raised (and delicious) meat from local farmers delivered to your door every month, then you need Near Country in your life.
    Head over to NearCountry.com and enter the code BARCART when you sign up for your subscription to receive 2 free pounds of bacon or ground beef in your first delivery.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Luxwhip ,

Very Good Stuff

Love this podcast. Great info. Well organized. Always pertinent topics. Keep up the good work.

endofanarah ,

My very favorite podcast!

I started listening to Modern Bar Cart in August 2019 and I haven’t missed an episode since! It’s smart, witty, informative, and an utter joy to listen to. I love Eric’s smooth, easy voice and the lovely way he tells a story. As a cocktail enthusiast, Modern Bar Cart hits all the right notes— what bars to check out, great information from industry heavyweights, how to mix an excellent cocktail, and new and different spirits to try! A few of my favorite episodes are: 109: Saint Benevolence Rum with Chase Babcock, 138: The Carmen San Diego of Food and Drink with Virginia Miller, and 135: St George Spirits with Lance Winters. Thank you for making this amazing podcast!

maddiembc ,

Stellar!!!!

The most compelling food and beverage podcast I’ve listened to! Eric and interviewees always REALLY know their stuff. I’m obsessed with the featured cocktail bit— so fun and on the nose!!! As a recent 21-year-old, I can see myself listening to this podcast for tons of tips and tricks and I learn more about the art of craft cocktails!! Keep me coming!

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