A leading trainer and sought after authority in the beverage industry, DeGroff is a founding partner of the award–winning Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR), a partnership of six of the world’s leading spirits and cocktails authorities who provide training and credentialing in distilled spirits and mixology. He is also the beverage consultant for Holland America Lines, creating new menus of innovative drinks for the MS Eurodam.
DeGroff is the author of two best–selling cocktail books: The Essential Cocktail (Random House), winner of the 2009 TOTC Spirit Awards, and his seminal classic: The Craft of the Cocktail (PenguinRandom House), winner of 2002 IACP Julia Child Award. His newly released twentieth anniversary edition, THE NEW CRAFT OF THE COCKTAIL: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist is now available at Amazon.
DeGroff is the founding President of The Museum of the American Cocktail, (now part of the National Food & Beverage Institute in New Orleans.) The museum provides education in mixology and boasts one of the most eclectic collections of cocktail artifacts, books, and memorabilia in the world.
A notorious raconteur, storyteller, and saloon singer, DeGroff’s entertaining presentations are featured on the cruise lines as well as at spirits festivals around the country. He has given performances in over 80 cities here in the US and overseas.
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