About Bartender at Large

Bartender at Large is a love letter to the art of bartending and the world of craft cocktails. It provides an examination into the modern cocktail renaissance, and all through the ease of a weekly podcast. Each episode takes listeners behind the scenes with some of the industry's biggest names, whether they be bartenders, distillers, spirits experts or cocktail historians. Which is why Bartender at Large has quickly become the go-to podcast for the today’s industry professional.  

Awards & Accolades

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series 2018: Nominee

 Photo by Brogen Jessup

Photo by Brogen Jessup

About Our Host: Erick Castro

Erick Castro initially built his cocktail empire at San Francisco's Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch by searching for obscure recipes, methods and ingredients that originated prior to Prohibition. The bartending behemoth has created unique beverage programs that have earned a place on some of the nation’s most coveted lists, including Esquire's Best Bars in America, Food & Wine’s “World’s Top Bars” and countless nominations at the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans.  In 2013, Castro partnered up with Southern California's hospitality collective, CH Projects, to launch Polite Provisions –which quickly received accolades such asImbibe magazine’s Cocktail Bar of the Year 2014 and Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Bars. In 2014, he teamed up with the team behind Cocktail Kingdom to create Boilermaker in New York City, where it quickly earned a reputation as an East Village hangout with incredible cocktails. The bar has since been featured in periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal and Wine Enthusiast, and was recently chosen by New York magazine as Best Serious Cocktails in New York City.

Erick Castro: Awards & Accolades

Star Chefs: San Francisco Bay Area
Rising Star Mixologist: 2010

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best American Brand Ambassador 2012: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
American Bartender of the Year 2013: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
American Bartender of the Year 2014: Nominee

Imbibe Magazine
Creator of the Kentucky Buck: One of 10 Modern Classics May/June 2014 Issue

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
American Bartender of the Year 2014: Nominee

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Best Director of Documentary Feature 2017: Winner

His Projects: Awards & Accolades

 Photo by Zack Benson

Photo by Zack Benson

POLITE PROVISIONS
Proprietor

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
World’s Best New Bar 2013: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar 2013: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar 2014: Winner

Imbibe Magazine
Cocktail Bar of the Year 2014: Winner

James Beard Awards
Outstanding Bar Program 2016: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar 2017: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar 2018: Nominee


 Photo by Zack Benson

Photo by Zack Benson

RAISED BY WOLVES
Proprietor

San Diego City Beat
Best New Bar 2018: Winner

 Photo by Alexandro Loayza

Photo by Alexandro Loayza

BOILERMAKER
Proprietor

New York Magazine: Best of New York 2015
Best Serious Cocktails

New York City’s Best Burgers: The Definitive Guide
Thrillist 2018


 Photo via Rickhouse.com

Photo via Rickhouse.com

RICKHOUSE
Opening Bar Manager

GQ Magazine
Best Cocktail Bars in America 2009

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
World’s Best Cocktail Menu 2010: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
World’s Best New Cocktail Bar 2010: Nominee

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best American Cocktail Bar 2010: Nominee

Food & Wine Magazine
Best Bars in the World 2010

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar 2011: Winner

Clients He Has Worked With

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WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING...

Chris Patino, Director of Brand Education of Pernod Ricard
"Erick Castro is a true professional.  His is prompt, he is fair and he always over delivers... oh and he creates great drink recipes too! I would highly recommend him for anything related to the spirits industry."

Elizabeth Colton, Senior PR & Events Manager of Campari America
"It goes without saying that Erick’s work is first rate, he has been behind some of the most notable bar and spirit programs in the US, and also happens to be a total sweetheart to work with. But what really sets him apart is his never-ending quest and excitement for making the world of cocktails approachable."

Sharon Bronstein, Director of Marketing of Eighty-Six Company Spirits
"Anytime I work with Erick on a project, I know I can consistently count on him for creative cocktails that can be flawlessly executed and relatively simply at that - especially when it comes to large events. Erick is not only collaborative, he inspires the people around him to be creative and think differently. "

Amy Yakuboff, Account Executive of MBooth & Associates
"Erick is so wonderful to work with! He’s flexible, accommodating and super friendly. Plus, his cocktails are awesome – always well thought out and executed. They always garner questions and conversations, which Erick is more than happy to answer and discuss. Super easy going, but also super professional."

Kate Bradbury, Senior Director Experiential of BFG Communications
"Erick has a deep knowledge of spirits, cocktails and the industry overall. His passion for his work is obvious and he is great at collaborating on projects and events. Most importantly Erick is a true professional that can be counted on to deliver."

Kerrya Corcoran, Field Marketing Mangager of Suja Juice
"Erick Castro is a mastermind at mixology. Who knew cocktails could be crafted in such an intricate way with juice as the shining star! All of the cocktails Erick has created for Suja are beyond anything my tastebuds could imagine."

Christophe Hil, Owner of Northern Spy Food Co.
"Erick came to us on high recommendation from mutual friends and cocktail and bar business professionals in San Francisco, and he was essential in developing our unique cocktail program. Working with the restrictions that Northern Spy had only a beer and wine license, limited workspace, and a seasonal market-driven ethos, Erick gave us an opening cocktail menu that was as delicious as it was appropriate to our restaurant."