Delegate Profile

Matt Pietrek


Matt Pietrek began his cocktail wonkery with a modest home bar that soon grew out of control, leading him to revive a long-dormant writing career – this time about cocktails and spirits rather than computers. In the decade since, he’s become one of the genre’s most respected writers. With three decades of experience crafting complex computer systems, Pietrek excels at making complex topics accessible and fun. From the chemistry of fermentation to spirit regulations, from cocktail recipes to rum history, he casts a wide net over little known and overlooked topics. Penning works for books, magazines, and his site, Pietrek was named a finalist for Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer at the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, as well as Saveur magazine's Best Drinks Blog. With his wife, Carrie, he recently published Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard, as well as a book about the history of British rum (title TBD). Now based in New Orleans, he can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as @cocktailwonk, or maybe on the barstool next to you.

Conference Sessions

  • Smile When You Say Jamaica: the Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the World’s Rummiest Rum.

    June 12, 2019, 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM, BCB Tasting Room – Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse

    From the middle of the eighteenth century to well into the twentieth, Jamaican rum was the king of its category, a watchword for its full, rich flavor and the h...

    • Language: English
  • Rum Silent, Rum Deep - Diving into Three Centuries of Navy Rums and Dynamic Ageing

    June 12, 2019, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM, Demonstration Stage 1 – Brooklyn Expo Center

    Journey back 300 years through a rich history of rum! Matt, Alexandre and Dave will provide detailed information about the famed "London Dock Rums," these great...

    • Language: English

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