On this edition of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias we chat with Tyler Chauvin of Treo and T. Cole Newton of Twelve Mile Limit who are organizing the Bartender’s Handshake fundraiser, a benefit for members of the service industry affected by Hurricane Harvey. We also talk with head distiller of Seven Three Distilling, Eric Morningstar, and pay a visit to this new New Orleans distillery located in the Tremé.

Pictured above from left – T. Cole Newton of Twelve Mile Limit, Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks, and Tyler Chauvin of Treo.

NOLADrinks – 9-28-17 – Bartender’s Handshake Fundraiser and Seven Three Distilling

We start off the show talking about some upcoming events in and around town including a great paired saké dinner taking place next Thursday, October 5 at Cavan. We also touch on Jazz’n the Vines at Pontchartrain Vineyards this Saturday, September 30 featuring the Shannon Powell Quartet and Taste at the Lake in Lakeview, also this Saturday.

Next up, we pay a visit to the new New Orleans distiller, Seven Three Distilling, named after the 73 officially recognized neighborhoods of the city. We chat with head distiller, Eric Morningstar. After getting a tour and tasting in their terrific facility located in the Tremé, Eric and I sit down and chat.

We cover his background and how he ended up at Seven Three Distilling. We also discuss their program and production process. We circle back on the three currently available spirits that we tasted – two vodkas and a gin – as well as their upcoming blended whiskey. Lastly, we chat about some things to look for from them soon and how you can pay them a visit!

In the second half of the show, we head over to Treo, located on Tulane Avenue. We talk with Tyler Chauvin of Treo and T. Cole Newton of Twelve Mile Limit who are, with the help of a great many others, organizing an important fundraiser taking place at Treo this Sunday, October 1 from Noon to 7 pm. The Bartender’s Handshake fundraiser event will raise much needed funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana with an emphasis on members of the service industry.

This segment of the population can be particularly hard hit by natural disasters. We discuss why this can be the case. We also talk about the ongoing need to continue to aid victims well-after the event has taken place and the broader attention on it has waned. This is the phase when victims need help rebuilding their lives – something that can be a very long and costly process.

Of course, we talk about the event, how you can attend, and all the great food, drinks, and activities that will be there. We make sure to also recognize the many great bands, businesses, and organizations that are lending support. See more on the Bartender’s Handshake fundraiser here.

We close out the show talking about our visit to last weekend’s National Fried Chicken Festival that took place in New Orleans and how it was a much-improved happening from last year. We also offer a few thoughts (but, by no means, comprehensive!) on the recent shake-up at Tales of the Cocktail and what to look for, in some ways, moving forward from them.

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Cheers, You All!