Interview with Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

 

With its rigorous cocktail program, romantic environs, and dapper staff, Outstanding Bar Award nominee Maison Premiere is an oasis of Old World style in Brooklyn’s Pabst Blue Ribbon country. Below, beverage director Maxwell Britten tells us about his favorite drink on the current menu, the first recipe he mastered as a young barkeep, and how to make a great mint julep for your Kentucky Derby bash.   

 

--

 

JBF: How would you sum up the Maison Premiere philosophy?

 

MB: I think the overall goal is to have a transporting experience for our guests. We try to do this through both visuals and the menu. As you walk in the door, the first thing you see is the horseshoe bar. You see the absinthe fountain made of green marble, and the pristinely dressed bartenders with suspenders and slicked-back hair. And then there's the menu, which is like an archive... Read more >

Comments (0)

Daily Digest: March 13, 2014

five-second rule

 

 A British microbiologist gives credence to the five-second rule. [Grub Street]

 

Stonyfield introduces new edible frozen yogurt packaging. [LAT]

 

Twelve bartenders spill on the the best dive bars around the country. [First We Feast]

 

Toms shoes are tiptoeing into a new business: coffee. [Chicago Tribune]

 

What does it take to turn food waste into fuel? Trillions of industrious bacteria. [... Read more >

Comments (0)

Daily Digest: February 18, 2014

wine

 

Five wine clubs that are worth joining. [LAT]

 

Quadruple stirs and boomerangs: the secret vocabulary of New York City's best bars. [NYT]

 

There's a secret Starbucks at the Winter Olympics. [LAT]

 

An old air raid shelter in London has been transformed into a flourishing vegetable garden, with support from a two-star Michelin chef. [NPR]

 

It turns out that many cows have untapped milking potential. [... Read more >

Comments (0)

Outstanding Drinks Across America

A map of all James Beard Foundation Outstanding Bar Program award semifinalists

The next time you want to wet your whistle in one of these cities, check out the following restaurants and watering holes—all semifinalists for the new JBF Award for Outstanding Bar Program—for classic cocktails as well as innovative tipples (and beer, too!).

 

1. The Zig Zag Café Seattle
COME HERE FOR: The extensive selection of whiskies, rums, and cachaças, plus a rotating menu of more than 20 cocktails, such as the Sarah Law.

 

2. Clyde Common Portland, OR
COME HERE FOR: A Barrel-Aged Negroni (a traditional gin negroni aged for 2 months in used whiskey barrels) or a Kingston Club.

 

3. Beretta San Francisco
COME HERE FOR: Handcrafted cocktails like the Kentucky... Read more >

Comments (0)

Bar Wisdom: Beverage Classes Around the Country

James Beard Foundation senior editor Anna Mowry reports on beverage classes around the country

 

Bars have always been dependable places to unwind, enjoy a drink, and get some therapy (or even plot a revolution). But lately some watering holes, including the below semifinalists for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, are also offering their customers an education. Here's what you can learn at the following spots.

 

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston (anvilhouston.com)
Located in a remodeled, half-century-old tire store, this establishment is owned and operated by a trio of professed “cocktail freaks.” You can sense their enthusiasm through the generous offerings at the bar’s monthly classes: guests typically get to taste up to eight spirits and three cocktails per session.

 

Rivera, Los Angeles (riverarestaurant.com)... Read more >

Comments (0)

Pages