A New Sustainability-Focused Hong Kong Bar is Getting Plenty of Attention

A new bar in Hong Kong is getting a lot of attention for sustainability, and it hasn't even opened yet. Hong Kong’s first eco-conscious bar Two new bars Penicillin and Dead & to open in Central this autumn The ‘Noma of nightlife’? Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar, The Penicillin, is celebrity bartender Agung Prabowo’s new concept after quitting Asia’s 50 Best-winner The Old Man The Founders Of The Old Man To Open Two New Bars, Penicillin And Dead & Penicillin will have a fermentation lab: To that end, the bar will also feature The Penicillin Lab, a focal point that... Read more →


Sustainability Booze News: September 23, 2020 Edition

Here's a round-up of sustainability news catered to the cocktail audience. Not a single part of a fruit goes to waste in Bar Trigona's new cocktail menu “Sustainability has always been part of Bar Trigona. From the beginning, we’ve tried to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible, from only using ingredients produced locally, to reducing packaging and waste at the bar, ” says head bartender Ashish Sharma. The new menu, titled The Life Cycle Of Fruit, focuses on how you can reduce, reuse and think differently about fruit. The drinks revolve around four fruits – mango, jackfruit, mandarin... Read more →


You Can Recycle Brita Filters in the US

The last time I checked there was no recycling program (that I noticed) for Brita water filters in the US. Either I missed it or it wasn't in place yet. Long story short, now you can recycle the filters: This comes from a partnership with TerraCycle Once per year, you can get a label to use for free shipping of filters It must be a minimum of 5 pounds of filters - so ask your friend group, coworkers, neighborhood group, etc. to chip in and mail them all at once. Go here to sign up. Read more →


Sustainability Booze News: August 10, 2020 Edition

Here is a round-up of some news items of possible interest to sustainability stans. New York Times: Composting Has Been Scrapped. These New Yorkers Picked Up the Slack. The first few weeks of the program were hectic, as she filled friends’ cars with pungent buckets of rotting food. Eventually, she swapped the cars for U-Haul vans, but still could barely keep up with demand. Two months in, Ms. Lin, 25, quit her job at an architecture firm to pursue the project, called Groundcycle, full time. TimeOut London: Leading sustainable restaurant Cub won’t be reopening after lockdown The restaurant and its... Read more →


Rooftop Gardening, Beekeeping, Composting for the Bar at Charlie Parker's in Sydney

Charlie Parker's is a cocktail bar downstairs from restaurant Fred's in Sydney, Australia. Above both of them is a rooftop garden where they have a 20,000-resident beehive, lots of edible produce, and composting. Our compost bins take care of 90% of all bar waste and our top to tail plastic free approach has seen major success from exclusively using grain straws (or no straws), to all drink prep being stored in food safe mason jars that double as epic sous vide vessels. Our garnishes are made out of the by products from our preps and, our citrus soda is the... Read more →


Bar and Booze Sustainability News, July 2020

A few recent stories relevant to sustainability for bars and bartenders. Bar Trigona’s New Cocktail Menu Featuring Tropical Fruits Is Its Strongest Yet "After such a long hiatus, our menu marks a time for renewal. We’ve not kept a single drink from our previous menu," announces head bartender Ashish Sharma. "What I did was to pen down 11 different fruits that you get year-round in Malaysia. Bartenders Emirul, Joe, Marcus and Shawn then invented three cocktails using one fruit each. The point is to showcase the varying stages of a fruit's life cycle. One might encounter fresh juices or purées... Read more →


Keep Mint Fresh Longer on the Bartop and in Storage

In this post we'll examine preparing mint so that it lasts a longer time either on the bartop during service, and/or stored to last a long time. The basics of mint preparation were researched and published by consultant Peter Vestinos and has become known as the Vestinos Method. You can find the full account of mint preparation for the bar top on his website The Bar Medic. The basics of the technique are: Strip the mint of lower leaves. Cut the stems of bunches of mint to the desired length. Cut them at an angle as you do flowers. Plunge... Read more →


Sodium Metabisulfite and Ascorbic Acid to Prevent Browning and Oxidation

I recently attended an online talk by Luis Hernandez of Cocktail Illustrators. Hernandez is one of the leading bar experts in using various alternative acids to replace citrus in cocktails. Here's an older story on some ways that he does this. One new tip I picked up in the talk (I'd link to it if I could remember where it was) is another way to prevent browning in cocktail ingredients. When ingredients that turn brown after cutting, such as avocados, apples, celery, avocados, and other cut fruit, they can either be preserved to prevent discoloration and oxidation, or discarded. When... Read more →


HPP Cold-Pressed Citrus Juice: Process, Sustainability, Consistency at Twisted Alchemy

I've been curious about HPP juices for a few years now, and over the past year have had a chance to email with Kim and Scott Holstein, Co-Founders of Twisted Alchemy. They provide a range of juices and some mixers for corporate and individual bar accounts as an alternative to heat pasteurized or self-squeezed juice. HPP Background Foods preserved by HPP (High Pressure Processing) are pasteurized without heat but instead by using pressure to squish any bacteria or other forms of life on the food products into oblivion. Or, more accurately, according to the company that makes these machines, "High... Read more →


Tips from Books Street Smart Sustainability and Sustainability Made Simple

In this post I cherry pick a few tips out of two books that aren't really intended for the bartender audience. The book Street Smart Sustainability: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Profitably Greening Your Organization's DNA by David Mager and Joe Sibilia is not aimed at bars but more small to mid-sized businesses. I did find a few points useful in it though, so I'll put them together here. These are all directed toward management/ownership. Involving Employees in the Waste Audit. The book covers a lot on conducting a waste audit. It covers the case for all sorts of businesses but... Read more →