Congratulations Josh!

On April 23, 2013 by Paul

Josh Pearson

The story has already been told about how my love for cocktails and even this blog wouldn’t have started if it weren’t for the insights and opportunity given to me from Josh Pearson.

This week it was announced that Josh is leaving Sepia after being the head bartender for four years to take part in a “new bar in the river north” area. There will be more announced on May 1.

I thought it would be fun to celebrate his time at Sepia and how great the guy is by taking a little walk down memory lane.

A year ago, Josh sent out a tweet asking if anyone would be able to film him making a drink for entry in the Campo de Encanto Pisco Distiller’s Apprenticeship. I had an old camera that I had used for filming the kids but never did any kind of editing, etc. Still, I offered my services. When I went to film Josh, he admitted that the night before had been a little rough but he was a trooper and plowed through the shoot. I really had no idea what I was doing (some would say I still don’t) but I made the video based on the parameters that they requested.

Big surprise, he didn’t get it. But, the experience got me interested in doing more of these videos. I invested in a better camera and editing software and the rest, as they say, was history.

This year, Josh and I agreed to do the video again and I felt we put together a hell of a better video to send in to Campo de Encanto.

Apparently, it worked. Josh just came back from Peru a few weeks ago and while I have not spoken to him about his time there, I am sure he learned a lot. He really was eager to explore the making of Pisco and learn more about its origins.

So, best of luck to Josh in his new role, I look forward to tasting some of his new cocktails. You can visit Josh through the end of this week at Sepia (I recommend getting the Country Life cocktail).

Also, I wanted to take a moment to mention an article on cocktail shrubs that I did for Chicagoist that I am pretty proud of. If you can take a few moments to read it and let me know what you think, I would appreciate it.

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