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Derek Brown

Cocktail Expert & Author

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Derek Brown Biography

A native Washingtonian with deep ties to the city, Derek Brown is a leading spirits and cocktail expert best known for his work at Washington, D.C.’s 2017 Spirited Award-winning "Best American Cocktail Bar," Columbia Room. He is the author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World—which earned him "Author of the Year" at the 2020 Nightclub & Bar Show Awards—and a forthcoming book on no- and low- alcohol cocktails, Mindful Mixology: A Comprehensive Guide to No- And Low-Alcohol Cocktails with 60 Recipes, slated for release January 2022.

Brown’s passion for spirits and cocktails has taken him across the globe where he’s learned about the integral role food and drink play in culture, customs, and values of communities worldwide. He’s written about drinks and drinking for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Vox, among other publications.

Brown admits that Washington, D.C. provides a unique vantage point as the capital city, having mixed drinks for everyone from royalty, ambassadors, and senators to fellow Washingtonians, interns, and students. He concocted cocktails at The White House, clinked glasses with Martha Stewart, and was even appointed Chief Spirits Advisor at the National Archives Foundation. Brown’s philosophy for crafting memorable drinks goes beyond what’s shaken, stirred, and served in a glass. “When I think about cocktails, I think about how they connect to nature, I think about how they connect to history,” he explained to Imbibe magazine, which named him 2015’s Bartender of the Year. “I think about how they connect to the people who made them and the time they were living in.”

Equally recognized for his palatable non-alcoholic creations, Brown has become an advocate of non-alcoholic cocktails and the sober curious movement as a whole and, in 2020, joined Spiritless to serve as a brand champion and advisor for the budding distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand. Titled the Director of Brand Education, Brown is passionate about helping people understand Spiritless’ products and, more importantly, how to use them.

Brown is also a Distinguished Fellow at Catholic University’s Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship and, in 2020, Drinks International named him one of the Bar World 100, a list of the top beverage figures effecting positive change in the global bar industry.

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Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World

Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World

News
  • A Conversation With Derek Brown, Bartender and 'Booze Nerd'

    Derek Brown likes to call himself a "booze nerd"--an apt description, since it captures both his extreme detail-orientedness about the craft and history of cocktails and the irreverent sense of humor that enables him to refer to mixology as just booze. He is the James Beard Award-nominated drinks guru behind the Columbia Room, a Washington, D.C., cocktail lounge that is frequently listed as one...

  • How One of the Top Bar Stars Became a Champion For Not Drinking

    In 2016, Brown started therapy, and in 2018, he was admitted to an outpatient program at Inova Behavioral Health Services in Fairfax. While treatment helped him ...

  • So what's a cocktail, really? | Salon.com

    Merriam Webster defines a cocktail as "a usually iced drink of wine or distilled liquor ... "The first and most important thing to know," says Derek Brown, ...

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Derek Brown Biography

A native Washingtonian with deep ties to the city, Derek Brown is a leading spirits and cocktail expert best known for his work at Washington, D.C.’s 2017 Spirited Award-winning "Best American Cocktail Bar," Columbia Room. He is the author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World—which earned him "Author of the Year" at the 2020 Nightclub & Bar Show Awards—and a forthcoming book on no- and low- alcohol cocktails, Mindful Mixology: A Comprehensive Guide to No- And Low-Alcohol Cocktails with 60 Recipes, slated for release January 2022.

Brown’s passion for spirits and cocktails has taken him across the globe where he’s learned about the integral role food and drink play in culture, customs, and values of communities worldwide. He’s written about drinks and drinking for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Vox, among other publications.

Brown admits that Washington, D.C. provides a unique vantage point as the capital city, having mixed drinks for everyone from royalty, ambassadors, and senators to fellow Washingtonians, interns, and students. He concocted cocktails at The White House, clinked glasses with Martha Stewart, and was even appointed Chief Spirits Advisor at the National Archives Foundation. Brown’s philosophy for crafting memorable drinks goes beyond what’s shaken, stirred, and served in a glass. “When I think about cocktails, I think about how they connect to nature, I think about how they connect to history,” he explained to Imbibe magazine, which named him 2015’s Bartender of the Year. “I think about how they connect to the people who made them and the time they were living in.”

Equally recognized for his palatable non-alcoholic creations, Brown has become an advocate of non-alcoholic cocktails and the sober curious movement as a whole and, in 2020, joined Spiritless to serve as a brand champion and advisor for the budding distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand. Titled the Director of Brand Education, Brown is passionate about helping people understand Spiritless’ products and, more importantly, how to use them.

Brown is also a Distinguished Fellow at Catholic University’s Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship and, in 2020, Drinks International named him one of the Bar World 100, a list of the top beverage figures effecting positive change in the global bar industry.

Derek Brown Videos

  • Cocktail Conversations with Derek Brown
  • Derek Brown Talks T.H.I.R.S.T.
  • Bartender Derek Brown at Southern Efficiency
    Rising Star Derek Brown shows us how to make a Bourbon Milk Punch using the Vitamix The Quiet One.

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FAQs on booking Derek Brown

  • How to book Derek Brown?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Derek Brown for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Derek Brown, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Derek Brown or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Derek Brown?

    Booking fees for Derek Brown, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Derek Brown, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Derek Brown?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Derek Brown for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Derek Brown for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Derek Brown or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Derek Brown or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Derek Brown is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Derek Brown for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Derek Brown generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kimberly Hunter, Ian Burrell, Dale DeGroff, Lynnette Marrero and DLynn Proctor. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Derek Brown for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Derek Brown Speaker Videos

  • Cocktail Conversations with Derek Brown
    Derek Brown Talks T.H.I.R.S.T.
  • Bartender Derek Brown at Southern Efficiency
    Rising Star Derek Brown shows us how to make a Bourbon Milk Punch using the Vitamix The Quiet One.
    The History of the Cocktail with Derek Brown
    Derek Brown, Chief Spirits Adviser for the National Archives Foundation, discusses the role of spirits in U.S. history.

Derek Brown News

  • A Conversation With Derek Brown, Bartender and 'Booze Nerd'

    Derek Brown likes to call himself a "booze nerd"--an apt description, since it captures both his extreme detail-orientedness about the craft and history of cocktails and the irreverent sense of humor that enables him to refer to mixology as just booze. He is the James Beard Award-nominated drinks guru behind the Columbia Room, a Washington, D.C., cocktail lounge that is frequently listed as one...

  • How One of the Top Bar Stars Became a Champion For Not Drinking

    In 2016, Brown started therapy, and in 2018, he was admitted to an outpatient program at Inova Behavioral Health Services in Fairfax. While treatment helped him ...

  • So what's a cocktail, really? | Salon.com

    Merriam Webster defines a cocktail as "a usually iced drink of wine or distilled liquor ... "The first and most important thing to know," says Derek Brown, ...

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