The final episode of The Best Bar Podcast Ever has Justin and Milos reminiscing about past episodes, what they’ve learned, and a few special guests drop by. It’s a long one so strap in. Thank you all for listening over the past (almost) 4 years and for hanging out with us while we had a ridiculous amount of fun.
Milos and Justin kick things off by making a big announcement; after almost 4 years The Best Bar Podcast Ever is coming to an end. The grand finale episode will be recorded from noon to 2pm on June 16, 2019 at the Elephant and Castle at 185 N. Wabash in Chicago. The guys will be setup at the end of the bar with 3 microphones and some drinks and anyone who’d like to swing by and chat for a few minutes is welcome! After this announcement, in this episode the dorks proceed to make some predictions about where the bar industry will be headed.
The dynamic duo are back again as Milos takes Justin on a journey through his trip to Los Angeles for the Catan Pisco brand launch party. Milos had a wild time and even had the chance catch up with and do a guest shift for a Best Bar Podcast superstar, Dan Rook! It sounded like an awesome trip that we all wish we could have tagged along for. Alas, you’ll just have to live vicariously through Milos for now.
Joining Milos and Justin this week is one of the most badass bartenders from The Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel Chicago, Christian Chiqui! The guys talk with Chiqui about how he got into the industry, how important it is to bust your ass, and the difference between working at a steakhouse and a seafood restaurant. Oh...there’s a difference...believe that.
The trend of home bars have been on the rise for the past few years so Justin and Milos break down their thoughts on the topic and offer a few tips if you’re thinking about getting into the game. The guys also talk about what their home bars would be if they decided to get something going.
With baseball season heating up, Justin and Milos decided to talk about how outrageous the prices have gotten when going to the ballpark, especially when it comes to beers! The guys then discuss different methods and ideas for sneaking drinks into a stadium. Keep in mind, the guys ABSOLUTELY don’t suggest you do this...but if you did...they have a few good ideas.
Justin and Milos had an amazing conversation this week with the owners of Twisted Alchemy, Kim and Scott Holstein! Kim and Scott talked with the guys about how they came up with the idea for the company; their love of pretzels and margaritas; and their never-ending mission to bring the best tasting, all natural juice to the world.
Check out their website by visiting https://www.twistedalchemy.com/.
In a special bonus episode, Milos and Justin broadcast live from the Catan Pisco MixOff 2019 held at Monnie Burkes in Pilsen, Chicago. Milos had the opportunity to compete in the mixoff but before things got started the guys were able to snag a few minutes with some of the contestants to chat. Koji Daremo, Miranda Breedlove, and Lance Bowman grace the airwaves and then, along with Lisa Brown go head to head to head to head to head with Milos in a mixoff for the ages! A huge thank you and congrats to Catalina Gaete and Daniel Bentz for hosting a successful event and their LA brand launch later this year!
Oh my god, he’s back again! Zack Blazek makes his triumphant return to the show to talk with Justin and Milos about his sponsored trip to Mexico care of the fine people at Tequila Fortaleza. Seriously, this company sounds awesome so listen to Zack’s story and then go buy some of their tequila.
Chef and creator/host of GrubTub, Tony Balestreri, joins Milos and Justin this week to chat about finding his passion for concocting culinary creations, reviewing food on camera from the comfort of his hot tub, and, of course, plugs.
This week Justin tells Milos about a whiskey tasting he attended called Barrel Night 2019. The Serb and the Swede then walk you through the dos and don’ts of attending a tasting.
This week the dynamic duo are back and talking about a new bar that opened on the South Side called The Hyde Chi. Justin and Milos go through a recent Instagram post the bar made where they list the “house rules” and the guy try to figure out if this will end up being a positive or a negative for the spot in the long run. They also extend an invite to the owner to come on and chat about the intent behind the post so they can better understand the end game.
Justin and Milos are thrilled to welcome the always affable Davy Kusta, communications consultant to the food & beverage Industry. The guys talk to Davy about how he got started in the hospitality industry and his move into the world of consulting, eventually working with companies like Food Industry News and JETRO (Japanese External Trade Organization). Also, if you want to talk good sake and where to find it, Davy is your source.
Keeping things classy AF, Justin and Milos spend this week talking about Louis XIII Cognac and some of the interesting media projects they’ve cooked up in the last few years to market their product.
This week, Milos and Justin give some updates about all the stuff happening in 2019 and Milos recounts the trip he won to Louisville to taste some top notch bourbon. Also, a big shout out to Tanya Smolenski for trying the beer blind taste test we did on Ep. 100 and getting 50% right! To say we’re not jealous would be a lie; well done!
Milos and Justin welcome the voice of The Barbacks, Rob Ballmaier, to the show...technically for the second time (you’ll hear more about that in the episode). The guys talk about Rob’s brief stint in the industry as well as how he single handedly became the barbershop quartet we know as the The Barbacks and created the theme song you hear each week.
2018 has been one hell of a year and 2019 is shaping up to be even better. This week, Justin and Milos discuss some big changes in the year ahead and look back at some of the fun they’ve had in the last 365 days.
As December rolls on the Serb and the Swede are chatting about drinking within your means, the annual mess that is the TBOX Bar Crawl, and Christmas pop-up bars.
It’s Thanksgiving week again and Justin asks Milos to share a few cocktail recipes that’ll wow the guests at your holiday dinner party! The guys also delve into a little bit of cooking talk before wrapping things up with a discussion on keeping down the cost of cocktails.