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Episode 24: LGBTQ Club Culture in the 70s & 80s with Emily Colucci

Bit by a Fox Podcast

Release Date: 06/22/2018

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This week, we’re continuing our Bartender Interview Series, The Master Blend - a collaboration with BERTOUX Brandy. This week’s guest is Nicolas Torres, owner and bar director at popular San Francisco bar True Laurel. We spoke about what it takes to create a sustainable cocktail bar, the California influence on True Laurel, and the lighter direction the drinks industry as a whole is taking.  

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Champagne House Laurent-Perrier, founded in 1812, is the largest family and female run Champagne House in the world. Francofile, New Jersey Native, and President of Laurent-Perrier, Michelle DeFeo has been at the helm since 2014, but her experience in the champagne business goes back to the very beginnings of her career. We discuss her journey to the champagne business, the feminist history of the brand, and what kind of responsibility comes with leading the largest female run Champagne House.

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Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur was created 5 years ago in Australia by distiller Philip Moore & coffee-enthusiast/designer, Tom Baker. A first of its kind, Mr Black is a coffee liqueur made with single origin cold brew coffee & Australian wheat vodka. It has half the sugar and 10 times the coffee of traditional coffee liqueurs - a cold brew spirit for coffee purists. At the official LA launch, I sat down with co-founder Tom Baker and Mr Black’s Global Coffee Ambassador, Martin Hudak.

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Päntsdrunk is the Finnish concept of drinking alone in your underwear. It is also the title of a popular book by Miska Rantanen detailing the intricacies of this Finnish practice. Podcast host, producer and all around superstar Kristen Meinzer knows a thing or two about getting Päntsdrunk after she and her co-host lived two weeks of it for her popular podcast By the Book. 

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Last week we kicked off a Gay Pride Month series on the podcast. We’re devoting the rest of the month to LGBTQ stories - the importance of gay bars and clubs through history, the cultural impact of the movements that came out of those important spaces, and the renegades, revolutionaries and icons behind it all. It’s such a big subject, we’ve created our first podcast series for #PrideMonth. In this second episode in this series, we touch on the gay club culture in the 70s and 80s - the music, dancing, drag, sex, and drugs involved in the queer club scene, and how it crossed over and influenced straight/mainstream culture through the years.

Our guest this week is Emily Colucci, a writer and arts curator based in New York City. Emily is co-founder of Filthy Dreams,a blog analyzing art and culture through a queer lens and a touch of camp.

This week's featured cocktail happens to be one of the most popular cocktails of the disco era: The Harvey Wallbanger. This drink was heavily advertised all throughout the 70s to promote sales of Galliano Liqueur which, in turn, became the most popular liqueur in America during the decade.

Harvey Wallbanger
2 oz Vodka
4 oz Fresh orange juice
3/4 oz Galliano

Add vodka and orange juice to a tall, ice-filled highball glass. Float the Galliano on top and stir. Garnish with orange wheel and enjoy.

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