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Introducing some heavyweights of the whiskey world who've offered expert bottle recommendations for this month!
Larry has been in the hospitality industry in Louisville, Kentucky, at all levels for over twenty years—bartending, consulting, and developing and executing bar programs, and also as a restaurateur, developing restaurant concepts with a heavy focus on their bar programs. He's co-owner of one of the most talked-about whiskey bars, The Silver Dollar, which features well over 100 Kentucky whiskeys and is listed as one of the Top Ten Bourbon Bars by GQ Magazine, and of El Camino, a Mexican tiki concept that celebrates surf culture and focuses on tequila, rum, and crafted tiki cocktails. He and his partners recently opened The Pearl, a neighborhood bar with cold beer, good cocktails, and comfortable stools.
Jordan is the Spirits Curator/Bar Manager of the Multnomah Whisk(e)y Library in Portland, Oregon. Its 1600+ bottle collection has been carefully assembled over the last three years; its bartenders and menus are able to speak to the production process and importance of each bottle. His passion for cocktails and spirits was rewarded by Food & Wine in 2015, when he was named one of their Best New Mixologists. Jordan has led seminars at Golden State of Cocktails, been on panels for FEAST Festival, become a Kentucky Colonel, and is currently on the Board of Advisors for the award-winning website, The Whiskey Wash.
A Houston native, Alba has spent more than a third of her life behind the bar, having served classic cocktails at spots like Branch Water Tavern and Grand Prize Bar. In 2009, she joined the staff of Anvil Bar & Refuge, and less than two years later, she teamed up with Anvil's co-owners to launch a mezcal-focused bar, the Pastry War. In August 2014, Alba opened the doors to her Southern-inspired cocktail bar, Julep, which focuses on bourbon drinks. As amazing as she is at her job, the act of giving, Alba believes, is more important than being the world's best mixologist.