Video: Varnish bartender Eric Alperin on how hospitality defeated pretentiousness. [via LA Weekly

How to make a drink “enhanced with hickory smoke.” All you need is a twig and a standard kitchen torch. [via Esquire]

Tales of the bourbon business as told by Trey Zoeller, the founder of Jefferson’s Bourbon. [via The New York Times]

Goldman Sachs issues a loan to one of its ex-traders and accepts 15,000 bottles of wine as collateral. [via Bloomberg]

Booze-related gifts for dad, including añejo tequila aged in used Pappy Van Winkle barrels. [via]

Turn your shitty domestic beer into “craft beer” with this liquid flavor enhancer. [via Beer Street Journal]