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Episode 34-John Troia And Tempus Fugit Spirits

John Troia is the co-founder of Tempus Fugit Spirits, which began its mission in 2007 to bring historically produced absinthes to the US market after being banned for almost 90 years. As an absinthe historian, John has conducted numerous educational seminars on the authentic history and development of one of the most storied and misunderstood spirits of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Recognizing the absence of other historically produced cocktail modifiers such as crèmes, bitters, and liqueurs that were commonly used in the earliest days of the cocktail evolution of the 19th Century, John turned his research and focus towards uncovering authentic 19th Century recipes for some of the most important spirits used in many of the legendary cocktail recipes. These spirits were developed from extensive research for historical accuracy and crafted using the highest quality natural ingredients and produced using historic protocols.

Tempus Fugit Spirits is now widely regarded as the producer of some of the finest and most historically authentic spirits from the 19th Century, which can be found gracing the shelves of the best cocktail bars in the US and worldwide.

Widely regarded as an expert on historic spirits, John Troia has been cited in a variety of cocktail publications and has conducted seminars with numerous US Bartender Guild chapters, along with other industry venues and is in regular demand as a speaker on the history of 19th Century spirits.

Episode 34-John Troia And Tempus Fugit Spirits

Episode 20-The Gentlemen Wormwood

Josh Opatz and Shane Harlan are brothers and represent the XY chromosomes of Young & Yonder Spirits. Before they came together to work on this venture, Josh worked in San Francisco, holding down a corporate career in finance while slowing building the dream of starting a distillery back in his hometown of Healdsburg, California. Shane previously worked in winemaking in Sonoma County, and then became part of Y/Y at the end of 2017 to help with the ongoing distillation and fermentation programs at the distillery. The guys work daily with Sarah, Josh’s wife and co-founder of Y/Y, making the business a three person family powerhouse. Their distillery and tasting room is at 449 Allan Court, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Episode 20-The Gentlemen Wormwood

Episode 19-Spirits Of California

Herbie Benham IV is a man of many hats: long time bartender, brand ambassador of Graton Distilling Company, gourmand, embracer and peddler of vice, musician, and surfer. He is born and raised in California and considers every part of the golden state his home. He is committed to quality, whether in the craft spirits he helps develop or in the music that he creates. Keep an eye out for him in cocktail bars and stages all over California.

Episode 19-Spirits Of California

Episode 18-Marty Party/Bad Fish

Sebastian Knox is a Chef who has worked in restaurants throughout the Bay Area including Oliveto in Oakland, and Oenotri in downtown Napa. He later moved to Hopland, California, to help open Piazza de Campovida, where he met Marty Garcia. Marty is a transplant from southern California who has worked in the service industry for 20+ years with stints at Foreign Cinema and Zeitgeist in San Francisco.

Episode 18-Marty Party/Bad Fish

Episode 17-Double D Dimples

Tara Heffernon and Laura Sanfilippo — aka purveyors of the “Boner Bar” — are industry lifers who went from six to midnight life when they opened their own bar, Duke’s Spirited Cocktails in Healdsburg, CA, with two other fellow bartenders and friends. They love strong drinks and have strong opinions on just about everything.

Episode 17-Double D Dimples

Episode 16-Cocktails & Dreams

While Adam was in Ireland, Kasey Drady from the Geyserville Gun Club stepped in as co-host. Grab some popcorn and Junior Mints and sit back and listen as James and Kasey dissect an American cult classic, “Cocktail.”

Episode 16-Cocktails & Dreams

Episode 14-Left Right Goodnight


Josh Browning has worked in the restaurant buisness for eight years and for four years in viticulture. Outside of Napa, his culinary adventures have taken him to Healdsburg, New Zealand and south Australia. He currently works as a cellar specialist at Brasswood Cellars in St. Helena, CA.

Episode 14-Left Right Goodnight

Episode 13-Kill Bill

Mike Benz is the director of sales and distribution for Russian River Brewing Company. He has been in the beer industry for nearly 15 years. Benz doesn’t drink any more, he doesn’t drink any less either. He loves his wife and their dog, coffee and fennel, and grammar.

Episode 13-Kill Bill

Episode 12-Grapes Of Wrath

Jude Affronti grew up in San Francisco, where he explored the foods of many cultures. He began working in restaurants -- first as a dishwasher --eventually cooking in Italy & Manhattan before returning to the kitchens of his hometown. He moved to Sonoma County seeking menus with an emphasis on local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients. He currently works at Diavola in Geyserville, CA.

Episode 12-Grapes Of Wrath

Episode 11-Living The High Life

Danny Ojinaga and Michael Franco are...THE GOOD TIME BROS! Two small town bartenders working at Mario & John's Tavern in Petaluma, CA, Danny and Michael showcase their adventures within the hospitality industry through Instagram and a greatly anticipated podcast.

Episode 11-Living The High Life

Episode 10-The Pinnacle Of Service/Edible Nightmare

Chris Robinson has been in the service industry for over 16 yrs. He's worked anywhere from breweries, bistros, and fine dining where hes done literally every position in the front of the house. 

Episode 10-The Pinnacle Of Service/Edible Nightmare

Episode 9-Mind Blown

Michael Matijasic is a professional server living in Napa, CA. He has worked at many well-known establishments including two Michelin star-rated Cyrus and The Culinary Institute of America. He currently works at Torc in downtown Napa.
 

Episode 9-Mind Blown