Podcast Episode #52: Bar Convent Berlin 2018, Program Highlights, Angus Winchester

Podcast #52: Get the best out of BCB 2018! – Interview with Angus Winchester

Bar Convent Berlin 2018 – Program highlights and speeches you shouldn’t miss!

Bartender’s Christmas, family meeting, spirit’s stage and high-proof hub. – The Bar Convent Berlin has become one of the most important bar shows in Europe. Starting in 2007 as a comparatively small and intimate spirits & education event, the BCB grew as fast as fertile… and this year it will be bigger than ever. On three days bartenders, spirits experts and cocktail connoisseurs have the chance to discover more than 1,200 products, meet old friends, connect with new inspiring people and talk about and by some awesome drinks. BUT the BCB is – not to forget – a great opportunity to widen your knowledge and look over the edge of your cocktail glass by listening to the world’s best bartenders and highly regarded experts. As a matter of fact the list of great speakers, who share their worthy wisdom is extremely long and the chance of loosing the most important talks for your (bar) business very high.

To make sure, that you don’t get lost in the BCB jungle, ending at your friend’s stand with your favorite cocktail in hand, chatting about old gossip (you know, what I mean!), I invited a very special interview guest to the podcast: The world-traveling bartender, trainer and consultant Angus Winchester, who is BCB’s Director of Education this year and curated the whole educational program. So Angus is definitely the best person to give you some tips and insights concerning talks and speakers, you should not miss. As a truthful believer in education, he tells you more about the purpose behind the program and his idea of practical, relevant and interesting education. Besides giving you a little schedule for the best BCB experience, Angus and me also talk about future trends and the importance of an expanded idea of sustainability in the bar world.

Learn from Angus…

  • … why education is the key to your success as a bartender.
  • … which speeches are the most important concerning your interests.
  • … how the program is organized and on what days you should focus. 
  • … why sustainability doesn’t only mean „refuse the straw“.
  • … what are the most significant influences and topics for future bar life.
  • … why your mental and physical health is the base for your bar career. 

Besides that I’m talking with Angus about persistent Martini researches in Hong Kong, pilates and instagram for bartenders and why you should, first of all, look after your knees and feet.

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Your BCB schedule with Angus’ recommendations: 


Monday (focus on owners & managers)


13:45-14:30 Mixology Main Stage: David GluckmannCreating new brands since 1969



15:00-16:00 Mixology Main Stage: Sean Finter: What the best operators do differently



16:45-17:45 Mixology Main Stage: Bobby HeugelHow to train bartenders



18:00-19:00 Mixology Main Stage: Marcia PolasThe bartender body works 



Tuesday (focus on bartenders)


12:30-13:15 at Mixology Main Stage: Joe Schofield, Matt Whiley, Shervene ShabazkhaniCreativity 3 ways



13:45-14:30 at Mixology Main Stage: Frankie SolarikBarchef and the modern approach to cocktails 



14:15-14:45 Taste Forum A: Micah MeltonA taste of The Aviary New York



16:15-17:15 Mixology Main Stage: Micah MeltonThe Aviary: Pushing Creativity



17:30-18:00 Taste Forum A: Frankie Solarik A Taste of bar chef Toronto



Wednesday (focus on entrepreneurs & innovations)


12:30-13:15 at Mixology Main Stage: Claire Warner & Tim JudgeHow to be a better bartender 



16:15-17:15 Mixology Main Stage: Charles Rolls & Simon FordFrom gin to tonic


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