Issue 28

Posts From Dan Crowell

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Dan Crowell

Dan Crowell

Dan Crowell, cocktail enthusiast and self-avowed ‘spirits nerd’, is the Luxury Brands Specialist for Sterling Distributing Company in Omaha. He talks incessantly (even occasionally to other people) about the virtues of what he calls ‘investigative imbibement’. An eternally fascinated student of the distillers’ art, he encourages any like-minded individuals to engage him in spirited discussion at http://libationassociation.blogspot.com

Bar Chat: Bygone Days of Omaha’s Bar Scene

Those interested in dining or enjoying cocktails out in Omaha pursue these interests within a bar and restaurant environment that is in a state of constant evolution. Today’s bars and restaurants, and the customers that frequent them, bring fragments of

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Bar Chat: An Interview with Sam Bloomer at The Side Door

Bar Chat represents my ongoing efforts to shed some well-deserved light on the creative, innovative work being done by some of the area’s top bartenders & mixologists. The following is taken from an interview I conducted recently with The Side

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Libation Conversation – A Beer Cocktails Creation Session at Dario’s Brasserie

I’ve been intrigued (and maybe a little intimidated) for some time by the possibilities that are represented in the term ‘beer cocktails’. So in the spirit of creativity, I decided to explore some of those possibilities recently with the help

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Bar Chat: An Interview with Binoy Fernandez

The following is an interview I conducted recently with Binoy Fernandez, whose new bar concept, IO Speak, is now open in the lower level of the Indian Oven. FSM: Describe IO Speak and its relationship to the Indian Oven BF:

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Libation Conversation: The Scofflaw Cocktail

The Scofflaw Cocktail. It sounds so dangerous and subversive! In fact, it isn’t dangerous at all (in moderation), and since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, its subversive nature has long since dissipated. The Scofflaw is one of the few

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Libation Conversation: Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Observant devotees of Food & Spirits magazine may have stumbled across a column of mine a while back that took a closer look at what’s called the Old Fashioned cocktail. In that column I sang the praises of this simple

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Bar Chat: An Interview with Steve Jamrozy of Side Door Lounge

Steve Jamrozy, the creative force behind the Flatiron Café since its inception in 1995, has earned a reputation for doing things differently than pretty much everyone else out there. His unorthodox approach seems to me to be fueled by a

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Libation Conversation: Pimm’s No. 1

If you’ve been to enough bars, you’ve noticed them. They’re the bottles seemingly all bars have, but few seem to know what they are or what to do with them. On the surface this seems sort of steeped in tradition

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Bar Chat: The Intoxicologist

I first met Cheri Loughlin (a.k.a. The Intoxicologist) a few years ago at a cocktails class we both attended. At that time, she was just beginning to post on the web the results of some of her research into distilled

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Libation Conversation: Maurice Hennessy

Maurice Hennessy, eighth-generation descendent of Hennessy Cognac founder Richard Hennessy, paid a visit to Omaha recently. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Maurice learning more about his family and about Hennessy Cognac, and he was kind enough

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