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Podcast #15 - Cocktails With Erik Ellestad

Erik Ellestad's cocktail blog, The Underhill Lounge, has chronicled his attempt to make every single drink in the Savoy Cocktail Book.  His passion and enthusiasm for this educational adventure led him to opportunities behind the best bars in the Bay Area and features in both the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle.  His website has become THE place to find information on how to mix cocktails period.  His humble personality and easy-going manner make him both approachable and admirable.  Today we talk cocktails, bartending, recipes, and the Bay Area bar scene.

If you want to meet Erik and taste some of his amazing libations, head over to the Alembic on Haight St for Savoy Cocktail Night this Easter Sunday.  If you tell him you listened to our conversation on the podcast, he just might make you an extra special surprise.

This podcast episode can be downloaded here.  Previous episodes are archived here and on our iTunes site.  You can also listen via our embedded Flash player below:

-David Driscoll

Reader Comments (6)

Thanks for taking the time to talk, David!

If you ignore all my Uhs, I think it turned out pretty well.


April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererik.ellestad


I'm sure it's tough being put on the spot like that so I think you did fine! You've served me at Heaven's Dog before and you were so quiet, so it was nice to hear you open up a bit. Hope to see you there again sometime.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercocktailfan

Erik Ellestad is a stoic man. A man of few words, but the ones he speaks are always thoughtful. I'm glad I could sustain him for an hour! It's nice to talk with someone who thinks before they speak, rather than with someone like me who does the opposite!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

Great podcast! Thank you, Erik!

Not sure what to think about The Wilson either but a friend included us on a reservation so we'll be checking it out next week! Pretty sure it's actually within Bourbon and Branch, like you go to the B&B entrance and they take you through to it. David, you might be thinking of the more divey bar they also took the lease on recently, Club 441, I think? That one is across the street. Haven't been there either but I heard they upgraded the cocktails but not the prices!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa W.

Erik makes an excellent point here about the frustration of half-hearted establishments where only one-or-two aspects of the food/drink/wine/beer experience really shines. Generally I do not frequent restaurants with gaping voids in the quality of their menu or service, yet I oddly tend to give taverns or bars a pass. Typically I'm forgiving of bars with glaring weaknesses if I enjoy whatever they do well--especially if they're hospitable--but my standards for restaurants are more exact. I need to examine that.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

The choir say hallelujah, never skip bitters.

In a perfect world, my best makes sterling cocktails.
In fact, so many liquor purchases are misses, not hits, that I have a shelf set of pricey mongrels only fit for mixing.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermorlock

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