The Cottonmouth Club Presents

The Cottonmouth Club Presents

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“The Cottonmouth Club Presents” features Master Bartender and Mixologist Michael J. Neff talking with professionals from around the globe about hospitality and humanity through the lens of bars, bartenders, spirits and cocktails. Interspersed with Nef


Episode 15: Bars in Crisis—The Case for a Bailout
Jul 14 • 41 min
Bars in America are bearing an undue burden in this second round of shutdowns. It’s time to make an argument for a bailout.
Episode 14: Cognac, Crus & Cocktails with Modern Bartender & Cognac Educator ms. franky marshall
Jul 9 • 60 min
Cognac is a category of spirit that is steeped in history, and has been associated with quality in so many different ways for hundreds of years. To many modern drinkers, it has also been steeped in mystery, with governing bodies and definitions that…
Episode 13: Bars Are Like Churches & What We’ve Been Asked to Sacrifice
Jul 3 • 28 min
This is a live-stream podcast, taken from our nightly “Virtual Bar” on Instagram @thecottonmouthclub. The threat of Covid-19 is existential, which is pretty clear, but the risk to the rest of society isn’t always. Here, we have a conversation that…
Episode 12: Reopening in a Pandemic (Spoiler Alert: It’s Not Great)
Jun 20 • 60 min
To support what we’re doing, you can leave a contribution in our virtual tip jar on Venmo at theCottonmouthClub-staff, or at www.paypal.me/michaelneff. Thanks so much.The city of Houston is the first major city in the United States to reopen its bars…
Episode 11: On Tiki Culture with Sly Augustin of Trailer Happiness in London (Part 2)
Jun 15 • 31 min
In Part Two of our conversation with Sly Augustin, we discuss the place his bar, Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill, has in the grand scheme of the Modern Tiki Revival. ”Is the bar that sparked the Modern Tiki Revival in the UK allowed to be a tiki bar?”…
Episode 10: Seeing the Future—The Current & Future State of the Bar Industry with Sly Augustin of Trailer Happiness in London (Part 1)
Jun 11 • 47 min
The current Covid-19 pandemic has hit the bar industry particularly hard. Bars are gathering places, and people gathering is the threat that necessitated quarantine and sequester orders all across the United States and around the world. This crisis is…
Episode Nine: Lessons For Bartenders That All Humans Should Remember In These Troubled Times
Jun 2 • 57 min
This episode is one in a series of podcasts from our Live Stream Virtual Bar, in which we discuss how the bar industry is really the business of humanity, how that relates to the current social and economic unrest in America, and how bartenders should…
Episode Eight: The First Night Back Open—An Audio Diary
May 27 • 40 min
Friday, May 22nd was the day the Governor of Texas declared that bars in the state could re-open after the mandated COVID-19 shutdown up to 25% capacity. We at The Cottonmouth Club thought long and hard about whether or not to do that, and ultimately…
Episode Seven: American Single Malt Whiskey with Westland Distillery’s Chris Riesbeck
May 24 • 55 min
The Cottonmouth Club Presents promotes bars, bar culture, cocktails and spirits. In this episode, we do a deep dive into American Single Malt Whiskey with Westland Distillery’s Chris Riesbeck.Our discussion starts with Westland Whiskey, but we ended up…
Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Toby Maloney (Part 2)
May 12 • 45 min
If you would like to leave a virtual tip for the bar staff who helped produce this podcast, you can go to Venmo and contribute to TheCottonmouthClub-Staff. All proceeds go to the staff for food & essentials until we all have some clarity as to how…
Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Toby Maloney (Part 1)
May 10 • 49 min
If you would like to leave a virtual tip for the bar staff who helped produce this podcast, you can go to Venmo and contribute to TheCottonmouthClub-Staff. All proceeds go to the staff for food & essentials until we all have some clarity as to how…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 10
May 1 • 12 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part ten of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Episode Six: What Bars Are For, The Future of Bars, and How to Create a “Virtual Bar” That Scratches the Same Itch
Apr 24 • 56 min
What is a bar for? How about a bartender? And now, in the interstitial space between what was and what will be, how can a person be a bartender when we can’t have people in our bars?This episode does a few things: it gives a direct insight into our…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 9
Apr 24 • 11 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part nine of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Behind the Scenes: Soundscape #1
Apr 24 • 9 min
Here, for your listening pleasure, we’ve arranged all of our stings into one soundscape. Do not listen to this if you’re looking for anything that makes sense, but put it on while you’re doing the dishes, and remember what it feels like to be in a bar…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 8
Apr 23 • 9 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part eight of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Julian Cox (Part 2)
Apr 23 • 34 min
Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. Before we start, an ask for you. If…
Bartender Masterclass: On Mastery featuring Master Bartender Julian Cox (Part 1)
Apr 20 • 47 min
Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. If you would like to leave a virtual…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 7
Apr 18 • 13 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part seven of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Episode Five: On Vodka Sodas & First Dates (Redux)
Apr 16 • 69 min
In 2011, The Cottonmouth Club’s own Michael J. Neff wrote an article for Serious Eats in which he described a blind date through the lens of the Vodka Soda. The reaction to it was strong, which was most evidenced by the back-and-forth conversations and…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 6
Apr 14 • 7 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part six of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 5
Apr 13 • 7 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part five of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Bartender Masterclass: The Three Phases of Mastery
Apr 13 • 41 min
Training for Mastery takes years of work and dedication, and after a certain point there is no road map in any industry that helps the novice graduate to the journeyman, and the journeyman transform into the master. In our first Bartending Masterclass,…
Episode Four—Cocktail Menus & How They’re Made, With Special Guest, Designer Greg Swanson
Apr 7 • 61 min
In this episode, we dive into the ins and outs of not just creating cocktails, but the menus and programs on which they’re featured. We talk to the man who designed our own graphics and menus, Mr. Greg Swanson. You can flip through the actual menu he…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 4
Apr 3 • 11 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part four of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
The Cottonmouth Book Club — A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
Apr 3 • 26 min
In which Michael Neff and Adam Scott recommend a book they love, with context and some light reading. In this, our first book club, Neff and Scott discuss A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin. Ostensibly for a younger reader, this fantasy classic…
Episode Three—In Which We Podcast Live On Instagram & Facebook! Special guest: Nathan Whitehouse of Avuá Cachaça
Apr 2 • 58 min
Live podcasts are a different sort of thing. In this episode, we talk about many things, some of which come through questions from our live audience! We also have a very special guest: Nathan Whitehouse, Co-Founder of Avuá Cachaça comes on to talk sugar…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 3
Apr 1 • 9 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part three of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part 2
Mar 31 • 8 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part two of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…
Episode Two—In Which We Discuss The Future & Determine That It’s All Going To Be Okay
Mar 30 • 58 min
In this episode, we’ll give you an insight into what it’s actually like to train here at The Cottonmouth Club, which is much more conversational than you might think. At the same time, you’ll get a pretty in-depth conversation about what bars are for,…
Episode One—Bars, Community & What To Do When You Can’t Do Anything Else
Mar 27 • 14 min
Almost Live from The Cottonmouth Club in Houston, Texas! This, our first episode, provides a bit of context in these isolated times. Our contention is that bars are more than just bars—they are conduits through which society contextualizes how we deal…
Cowboy Story Time: Gunman’s Bluff Part One
Mar 25 • 12 min
Cowboy Story Time, in which The Cottonmouth Club’s own Danny Furness reads old western stories in his Texas twang and cowboy voice. Here you’ll find part one of Gunman’s Bluff, a short story by Max Brand about a gunman who loses the ability to use his…