Location: Crosby Street Hotel, NYC
This is an affiliated hotel from the Firmdale Hotel Group in London, the art deco and the whole layout is very contemporary, very eclectic, breezy, simplified, but with a very classic style to it. Of course, I was one of the first people to arrive, with my camera in tote, shooting great shots, doing small interviews, and getting my book signed by Gary Regan, Simon Ford, and Dan Warner. Everyone was there to come out and support him. Beefeater 24 was endorsed, serving up beautiful cocktails from the basic Beef and Tonic to the warm and fuzzy fall editions. Gary's books will be reviewed later on, but at this point, I can definitely tell you that inside will give you everything you need to know about it, the history, recipes, and the breakdown of every question you'll ever have about gin.
To give a little history about Gary Regan, at the age of 14, he started bartending in British pubs, moved to NYC in 1973, and bartended in various bars in NYC for two decades. Then he started writing about drinking on a full-time basis, which he published "The Bartenders Bible," and thereafter, he continued his writing career, in creating the "Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskey," "The Bourbon Companion," "New Classic Cocktails," "The Martini Companion," and "The Joy of Mixology."
On a regular basis, Gary writes for "The Cocktalian," The Malt Advocate," "Nations Restaurant News," "Chairs Magazine," and "The Wine Enthusiast." He has also created works throughout Europe, Russia, and Australia, and he has also conducted a two-day workshop for bartending, which keeps him busy in his most successful career. Gary also publishes a free online newsletter from "Ardent Spirits"
Gary Regan is a living legend in the alcohol industry, and I am honored that I have met him more than once, and had the opportunity to speak to him, but not in a detailed conversation about whiskey and gin as I would love to. I look forward to one day having the privilege to speak with him more in depth.
Salute to Gary Regan!