Imbibe Magazine Feature: Standard Spoon

The current issue of Imbibe has a great feature on Standard Spoon! Editorial Assistant Penelope Bass asked us about how Shawn Michael and I began a bar tools company, the genesis of the Wingman concept, and about what's next for Standard Spoon.

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Imbibe has a reputation for being the foremost drink-centered publication in the US, hailed by The Sacramento Bee as "a leading magazine of cocktail culture."  It received a James Beard Foundation Award in 2012, and was named Best Special Interest Magazine (2007 & 2008) by the Maggie Awards, and Best Epicurean Magazine (2007) with Eddie Awards.

If you're interested in staying current with your cocktail, beer, and wine knowledge, we HIGHLY recommend a subscription to this magazine. It comes out 6 times a year, and is a gorgeous, extremely informative resource. You can also pick up single issues at the more culinarily inclined retail spots in your city.

Thanks Imbibe!

Repost: The Wingman Cocktail Spoon on The Robb Report

On November 20, 2015, the global luxury magazine Robb Report launched Robb Gear, the best place to find all the cool things the editors feature in the magazine.  Standard Spoon was one of the first selections for the new section, and the Wingman Cocktail Spoon received a great write-up.  Here it is reposted below; to read on Robb Gear, click here.

TOOLS: WINGMAN SPINNING COCKTAIL SPOON

What? Long overdue innovation for effortless, messless stirring

Why? As you stir a drink, the stem of the spoon spins inside a metal sleeve

A New Spin

If you occasionally eject an ice cube or three while stirring a Sazerac, the Wingman will save your ego and your drink. Inspired by the blossoming cocktail culture in their hometown of San Diego, designers Shawn Michael and Rachel Eva applied their artistry, craftsmanship, and insistence on enduring products to serve the community that serves them quality libations.

Proper cocktail stirring requires a coordinated hand and wrist motion that may befuddle newcomers, limit the pace of pros who aren’t ambidextrous, and even pain someone with an injury or arthritis. Standard Spoon’s Wingman takes care of all that in a delightful “why didn’t I think of that” fashion, spinning inside the handle rather than between your fingers. An absolute must for anyone who scoffs at James Bond’s gin-bruising demand for shaken, not stirred martinis (and has ever sloshed the Plymouth Dry out over the side while scoffing).

Tales of the Cocktail Launches New Website & Interviews Standard Spoon

Following close on the heels of this year's Tales of the Cocktail Conference in New Orleans, the founding organization re-launched its website as an online publication.  While the site has always been a great reference for cocktail industry events, education programs, and the list of annual Spirited Awards Winners, now it hosts a wealth of editorial features on everything from industry personalities to cocktail history to technique how-to's.

Product Features

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One of the feature sections focuses on products. If you made it to the Market at Tales this past year, you may recognize some of them, including the bar bag Jim Meehan collaborated on with Moore & Giles (leather to lust over), and Bull in China's beautiful handmade mixing glasses (we brought one home with us!).  The new Tales of the Cocktail site has very well written pieces about these products, as well as articles on small batch bitters companies, handmade bar knives, and, yours truly, Standard Spoon.

Rethinking Modern Barware with Standard Spoon

Sara Commet from Tales of the Cocktail asked some great questions when she interviewed us for the article, and it was fun to see what tidbits she drew out. From inspiration by airplanes and submarines, to a sneak mention of products in development, she covered a lot of ground in a short article (and Rachel's Mom even got a mention!).  Here's a bit of what she had to say about the spoons:

The first, the AERO Cocktail Spoon, is elegant and aerodynamic (hence the name), with a slim profile that makes it a cinch to slip into a glass of ice. The second is the spinning WINGMAN Cocktail Spoon. Spinning and swivel spoon designs were popular in the 1950s, but they haven’t seen much love since. A surprising fact, considering a spoon that essentially stirs a cocktail itself (no, really) decreases fatigue for bartenders and makes cocktail-crafting a whole lot more fun for dabblers and enthusiasts

She did an excellent job at capturing the essence of not only our tools, but of our brand and of us (yes, the real people behind the brand). Here's a link to the full article (go ahead, go for it!  There are pretty pictures too):

Article: Rethinking Modern Barware with Standard Spoon

So when you catch yourself browsing through your Facebook feed and watching inane videos of 3-year olds contemplating the impact of their diet of pickle chips and poutine on the plumbing, maybe pull yourself away for a few minutes and get to the new Tales of the Cocktail website.  We're finding it a great resource to read up on some beautiful new cocktail products, bar destinations, and in-depth articles on regional, national, and international happenings in the bar and spirits industries.

Good Work TOTC!