The Speakeasy Celebrates Inaugural Bar Convent Brooklyn


The Bar Convent started as a small industry meeting in Berlin, but has grown into a trade show attracting over 13,000 professionals to the German capital. The show expanded to Brooklyn, NY in June 2018. Bar Convent Brooklyn connects people in the bar and beverages industry across the globe.

As stalwarts of the New York bar scene (and hosts of The Speakeasy here on HRN), Damon Boelte and Sother Teague covered the lead-up to the first edition of Bar Convent Brooklyn. Take a listen to their latest three episodes, featuring ultra-talented bar professionals, supported by The Sexton:

Episode 285: Drinking Distilled
The Spirits Guide…

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is the bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. His newest book is Drinking Distilled: A User’s Manual, an opinionated, illustrated guide for cocktail beginners, covering the basics of spirits plus making and drinking cocktails. Listen here.


Episode 286: William Elliot
The Critical Darling…

Elliot has been an integral part of the critically-acclaimed Maison Premiere since its opening in 2011, serving as its Head Bartender for the three years it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Awards. He conceptualized the bar at Sauvage as a strong-headed sibling to Maison Premiere. Sauvage has been lauded with glowing reviews, including one by NY Times’ Pete Wells. Listen here.

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Episode 287: Angus Winchester
The Master Consultant…

Winchester is the Global Director of Education for the Bar Convent Berlin and Bar Convent Brooklyn and curates over 100 training slots at these two significant trade events helping to educate and inspire Hospitality staff from around the world. As a bar consultant, he provides on-premise consultancy, profit enhancement advice, and training to trend setting outlets across the globe. Listen here.


Episode 288: Boats, Bikes, and Bars with Thomas Spaeth
The Renegade Barman…

Thomas Spaeth is a bartender at Dear Irving in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. In the summer, you can also find him serving drinks at Grand Banks, a seasonal oyster bar on the deck of a historic fishing boat docked at Pier 25 on the Hudson River. He’s always on the go. When he’s not bartending, Thomas can be found salvaging bicycles by night and rebuilding them into urban speed machines. Listen here.


Thanks to The Sexton for supporting The Speakeasy!


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