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    Thursday 28/08/14

    The "Dean of drink" - in contrast to Jerry Thomas' "Professor" - Harry Johnson, one of thepioneers of bartending, was born on this day in 1845 in a city then called Königsberg, part of German Prussia.

    Like Thomas, he almost literally washed up in San Francisco, and landed up working at the Union Hotel, across the street from the Occidental where Thomas plied his trade. He would go on to run bars in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.

    A bartender of great style and innovation, Johnson also put a focus on procedures: his manual, published both in English and in German, devotes time to the practicalities and business of bars. We're celebrating his legacy with one of his own creations, a Trilby. Do join us!

Trilby #1

Today is Harry Johnson's birthday

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