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Gary Regan

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Gary Regan

After being raised in British pubs, and being put to work as a bartender by his parents when he was just 14 years old, Gary Regan fled to New York City in 1973. For over two decades he tended bar at a variety of dives in Manhattan, and in 1990 he started to write about his favorite subjects--drinks and drinking. It wasn't long before he noticed that his work encouraged liquor companies to send him free bottles of booze. He quit the bar business immediately, started to write on a full-time basis, and in 1991 his first book, The Bartender’s Bible, was published.

Gary, together with Mardee Haidin Regan, his wife since 1979, started to focus on bourbon--their whiskey of choice. After an exhaustive period of research that involved visiting every distillery in Kentucky as many times as possible, picking up free samples on every visit, the Regans wrote The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskey in 1995. Three years later, when their liquor cabinet started to run a little low, they wrote The Bourbon Companion.

Gary writes The Cocktailian, a bi-weekly column, for The San Francisco Chronicle. In the past he has written regular columns in The Malt Advocate, Nation's Restaurant News, Cheers Magazine, and The Wine Enthusiast, concentrating on cocktails, bartenders, and the cocktailian craft. His work is also published in magazines in the U.K., Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Gary also conducted Cocktails in the Country, a series of two-day bartender workshops in New York, for seven years, and now he takes the show on the road, holding workshops in France, the U.K., and in various states in the USA.

Gary and Mardee host www.ardentspirits.com, publish a free e-mail newsletter, Ardent Spirits, and maintain a Worldwide Bartender Database that serves to put spirits companies in touch with their most important ambassadors: The men and women who hold forth from behind slabs of mahogany all over the globe.


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The Path of the Bartender: Why are We Bartenders?   October 1, 2010
By: Gary Regan

When I posted a link on Facebook to an article about trade-marking cocktail recipes, the vast majority who chimed in thought recipes are for sharing, not for trade-marking.

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The Path of the Bartender: How Very Dare You?   June 15, 2010
By: Gary Regan

As bartenders, if we can do our best not to get upset, we'll be doing ourselves, our bosses, and our customers, a huge favor.

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How to substitute spirits, with style   April 7, 2010
By: Gary Regan

Creating new drinks using the pimping method is simple if you understand the formula.

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Path of the Bartender: How 'Ya Doin'?   February 8, 2010
By: Gary Regan

Hi there. Good evening. Hello, how ‘ya doin’? Howz tricks? There are many ways for us to greet our customers, and the moment when we first make contact is of vital importance.

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Path of the Bartender: Fear & Loathing via Email   January 1, 2010
By: Gary Regan

I got my head chewed off recently after we had our donation campaign in the ardent spirits newsletter. I responded with anger, when I should have responded otherwise.

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The Path of The Bartender: ichigo ichie   October 6, 2009
By: Gary Regan

Stan Vadrna is a bartender in every sense of the word. Stan Vadrna walks the path. If all of us bear this in mind when we're behind the stick, we can make this world of ours a far better place.

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The Path of the Bartender: What have you done for someone else lately?   September 8, 2009
By: Gary Regan

Our worldwide bartending community continues to grow at a spectacular rate, and we've come to share in a fabulous brotherhood that bonds us together.

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Path of the Bartender: Back in My Day   August 12, 2009
By: Gary Regan

Doncha just hate it when some old fart starts a conversation with, “Back in my day…?” Get ready to hate me, then, cos I've been hearing rumblings about something that would never have happened Back in My Day.

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Path of the Bartender: You Should Shut Up   August 2, 2009
By: Gary Regan

Did you notice how much that sentence annoyed you? Try this one: You should be nicer to people. Or you should get a new job. Those statements really piss people off, even when they offer good advice.

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The Path of the Bartender: I Need Your Help   June 23, 2009
By: Gary Regan

As a bartender you know nobody can teach you how to handle difficult situations with guests, simply because every time you're forced to confront someone, the dynamics are different.



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