“Beer-Clean” is Important

Well, not in the grand scheme of life but in its small way, to a select group of people who want “it” done right, it is important. Beer deserves to be treated with respect and that starts with proper serving temperature (another subject) and then a “beer-clean” glass (I am …

Back to the Future… Again: Aperitifs & Aromatized Wines

Back to the Future… Again Aperitifs & Aromatized Wines It was a perfect storm of sorts: as Americans were becoming increasingly interested and savvier about wine/food/restaurants/ingredients the craft spirits/craft cocktail boom was beginning… at first by all those Brooklyn hipsters and the San Francisco foodie crowd. But it was quickly …

Moaui Tai – Shane Bang: Guest Bartender

Our Featured Original cocktail is brought to you by guest bartender, Shane Bang. Inspired by the Mai Tai, the Moai Tai is named after the iconic statues of Easter Island. The cinnamon, lemon, and yellow Chartreuse highlight the botanicals found in the Bombay Sapphire. Moaui Tai 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire 1oz …

Saturn – Shane Bang: Guest Bartender

Our Featured Classic cocktail is brought to you by guest bartender, Shane Bang. Surprisingly, this delicious Tiki drink is gin-based instead of the usual rum. The Saturn won the 1967 International Bartender’s Association World Cocktail Championship for California Tiki bartender J. “Popo” Galsini. SATURN 1.25 Bombay Gin .5 Lemon Juice .5 Passion Fruit …

Detroit: Food & Wine City

Imagine this: in less than five years, Detroit has gone from ‘Will the last person to leave please turn out the lights?’ to ‘2014 Bar City of the Year’[1], ‘15 Hottest Cities in America’[2] and Zagat’s ‘#3 Hot Food City in America’. Really. The #3 Hot Food City in America—right …

Exploring Minerality

    Geek loves to use this page to inform, educate, chastise & pontificate to other geeks and wannabe geeks alike. We typically try to be ‘au courant’ and address the very latest hot button subjects, but today’s subject: ‘minerality’ in wine is not a new subject: it has been …

The Archangel – Featured Craft Cocktail

The Archangel was created in 2010 at Roast – Detroit and it remains one of my most successful cocktails. I wanted to introduce apricots into a crowd-friendly cocktail, keeping it simple yet innovative.  At the time both gin and apricots where scarce on any cocktail menu and I wanted to …

A Toast to Spring

There are some sure signs of Spring in this part of the country:  The snow melts, those first little signs of green start peeking through the bare earth, you can hear the soothing sound of Jim Nantz all weekend long and the anticipation of the Kentucky Derby does nothing to …