A new international podcast is bringing listeners behind the bar with some of the world’s best mixologists.
Launched this week by drinks experts in Adelaide, South Australia, the Living Proof podcast offers insights from legendary bartenders and industry experts.
Hosted by former radio presenter Nicole Haack and boutique bar owner Marcus ‘The Admiral’ Motteram, episode one of the eight-part series features renowned bartender Dale DeGroff talking about everything from his favourite cocktail, the craft movement, how he lied his way into serving Rupert Murdoch as a young bartender and how years later Murdoch dubbed him the “hot shit cocktail guy”.
Haack said they aimed to produce leading podcast content for bartenders, of which there are in excess of 700,000 in the United States and Australia alone, by keeping them up-to-date with the rapidly-evolving world of spirit and cocktails.
“We’ve mixed a podcast that will appeal to both industry professionals and the growing number of consumers who want to know more about the origins of what ends up in their glass,” said Haack, who also holds a Masters of Gastronomy.
Each Monday the long-form interview format show will feature an international industry leader, mixologist or drink historian, as well as a lesser-known yet forward-thinking industry professional from around the globe.
“We want to reach out to all sides of the business and make sure we’re capturing what’s hot, what’s not and what we can expect next in the craft cocktail movement,” Haack said.
Besides DeGroff, the duo also quiz D Max Maxey from the Chestnut Club in Santa Monica in the first episode and have already recorded interviews with bartending mentor and visionary Gaz Regan, Irish spirit expert and Tales of the Cocktail Content Director Phillip Duff, New York Distilling Co’s Allen Katz, Managing Director of Australia’s Speakeasy Group Sven Almenning and Japanese bartending legend Hidetsugu Ueno.
“The response from the industry has been awesome — they’ve all been super keen to connect and come on the show as guests,” said Haack.
“We’re pretty proud of the product and can’t wait to get it out to the market because we’ve got plenty more stories to tell — there’s an endless supply of hugely talented people in this sector.”
The free flowing first episode ranged from DeGroff speaking about how bartenders must now be able to taste like chefs to Maxey on using an Old Fashioned to compare whiskeys.