Bacardi Brown-Forman have gathered a collection of the most knowledgable folk from the UK drinks industry to present on their own field of expertise with personalities including Greg Almeida, Chris Moore, Jake O’Brien Murphy, Remy Savage, Tristan Stephenson and the Super Lyan team.
Jake O’Brien Murphy
Jake O’Brien Murphy is a bartender from Liverpool. His career in hospitality started in his early teens, working weekends as a glass collector in his local pub, The Quiet Man, the same pub both his grandparents and parents met in.
During his studies at university, where he’d attend classes during the day and visit various cocktail bars on his nights off. Eventually the owner of Salt Dog Slims in Liverpool took notice of the fact Jake never seemed to go home. He offered him a job as a glass collector with the promise they would train him to bartend if he stuck around. Jake worked his way from barback to bar manager over the next 5 years.
Eventually moving to London’s Callooh Callay, joining the bar team that went on to win Best International High Volume Bar and regaining their spot in the top 50 Best Bars. Jake was nominated for 2018’s Class Bartender of the Year. Horatio Street Social Club, the first solo venture of Jake and his business partner Simon Thompson was nominated one of Europe’s top 10 best new bars for 2018 by Tales of the Cocktail. Currently a member of the team at Three Sheets, Jake is working with Simon on opening their first full venue, Present Company.
Remy Savage, Artesian at The Langham, London: Remy Savage is not your typical bartender. With a degree in Philosophy and a passionate interest in metaphysics and semantics, Remy’s path to his current role as Head Bartender at Artesian has been unconventional.
Recognised throughout his career for his incredible creativity and ingenious concepts, Remy was awarded The World’s Most Imaginative Bartender title in Bombay Sapphire’s coveted international cocktail competition in 2014.
Tristan Stephenson, Fluid Movement, London: One half of the famed Fluid Movement duo, Tristan Stephenson is a drinks industry professional, consultant, bar and restaurant operator, and author of The Curious Bartender series of drink books.
Passionate about flavour, history and science, Drinks International described him as "A global star of the bar [with] encyclopaedic tendencies".
Craig Harper, Fever Tree, London: Inspired by a childhood spent in his parent’s pub in Inverness, Craig joined the drinks industry after taking on shifts at his local during leave from the Marines. After leaving the Forces, he gradually rose through the ranks to become “Captain of Bars and Pubs” for Fever-Tree. Despite Craig’s passion for all things cocktail earning him a global reputation for innovation and education, he’s still probably best known for his love of blue cocktails.
Jane Ryan, London: Jane Ryan is a drinks journalist from Sydney, currently writing and working in London. After studying journalism she turned to a career in politics reporting before focusing on hospitality, starting out at CLASS magazine and Difford's Guide, eventually going on to launch DrinkUp.London.
As a freelancer she has written for the likes of PUNCH in America, The Cocktail Lovers and Barchick in the UK and is currently acting online editor at Imbibe. Jane has also worked in some of the top cocktail bars in London, from Mr Lyan's Cub to Callooh Callay, Satan's Whiskers and Coupette.
Super Lyan, London: Bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana or otherwise known as Mr Lyan, exercises sustainability through the establishment of his first bar, the White Lyan. Becoming the architect of a 'no perishables, no fruit, no ice' policy, the Super Lyan which now lies in the basement of the former White Lyan in Hoxton Street, continues to follow in it's predecessor's footsteps. Aiming to reduce waste through the use of creative ingredients, Super Lyan continues to investigate the ever-growing subject of sustainability.
Simon Difford, Difford's Guide, London: He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the drinks industry, from running his own off-license and wholesale company (which he established in 1989) to importing spirits and brand creation. Since 1997, when he established CLASS Magazine, he has been better known as a drinks writer and publisher, particularly through Difford’s Guide. He has been involved in the launch of numerous drinks brands, most notably St-Germain elderflower liqueur, and was also behind the creation of London Cocktail Week.
Chris Moore, Coupette, London: Former Head Bartender at The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, Chris opened his first bar, Coupette, to international renown in 2017. Inspired by France but proudly local, Coupette uses ingredients such as calvados, cidre and poire to create award-winning cocktails in an upbeat and relaxed environment.
Greg Almeida, Scarfes Bar, London: Head Bartender at Scarfes Bar at Rosewood, Greg is no stranger to the world’s top bars. Having studied cuisine in order to understand flavours, Greg travelled the world as a chef before getting behind the stick as a bartender and now boasts bars such as Papa Doble (Montpellier), Himkok (Oslo) and Pollen Street Social (London) on his CV. After being voted Imbibe’s Bar Personality of the Year 2018, Greg was chosen as one of the 30 Under 30 By Code App, the influential restaurant and bar guide in UK.