New site design and book giveaway

After more than three years of running Thesis, I’ve given the site a long overdue design update and switched to the Genesis framework. Aside from finally enabling threaded comments, most of the changes are just aesthetic for now. Stay tuned, however, for the likely addition of new sections and more frequent updates. (And if you’re reading this via RSS, click over to check out the new site.)

To kick off the new design, I’m giving away a few books. Publisher Scout Books from Portland, Oregon, recently invited me to contribute to a new series of pocket recipe guides called The Cocktail Hour, launching with a trio devoted to rum, gin, and vodka. The books include recipes from me and many other West Coast bartenders and bloggers, including Camper English, Sue Erickson, Jordan Felix, Lauren Fitzgerald, Brian Gilbert, Ricky Gomez, Tommy Klus, Tom Lindstedt, Junior Ryan, Mike Shea, Daniel Shoemaker, and David and Lesley Solmonson, among others.

The books retail for $12 a set and would make a great stocking stuffer. For this contest, I’ll randomly pick winners for the following prizes:

First prize (one winner) — A complete set of The Cocktail Hour: Rum, Gin, and Vodka, plus a copy of my out of print recipe guide from 2010, The Cocktail Collective.

Second prize (two winners) — A complete set of The Cocktail Hour: Rum, Gin, and Vodka.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post, one comment per person. I’ll randomly select winners from the list of comments around noon on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Update 11/12/2008: The contest is now closed. Winners announced here. Thanks to everyone who entered!


  1. Dan says:

    This is a comment.

    Currently drinking: Negroni w/ Haymans Old Tom gin

  2. Jordan Ryan Moore says:

    I love the blog, and would love the books. :)

  3. Eric says:

    I’d love to get a copy of those books.

  4. I would love a copy of those books…. please please oh please.

    PS: is the recipe for the bone luge in any of the books?
    PPS: magic is cool

  5. Amy says:


  6. Kai Großkreutz says:

    New site design looks great, and as a long-time reader, always a pleasure to read your posts. Keep up the great work! Currently drinking: Wisconsin-style Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet.

  7. Ron Diggity says:

    Looking good, Mr Grier

  8. Larry P says:

    Change is good, except when it’s bad… this looks good. Now I’m going to go mix myself a drink and see if it helps me forget I start using a bigger number in the “age” space as of today.

  9. Alex Negranza says:

    Rum, Gin….. and a Collective?!

    Oh my!

    Cheers from Seattle!

  10. Jim H says:

    Enjoying the new site from the business end of an Aviation (1916 variant).

  11. Jordan says:

    I’ll take you up on that.

  12. Charlie says:

    It’s worth a shot.

  13. 'becca says:

    Look great!

  14. Paul says:

    Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, fiscal cliff, AMT,

  15. Jac says:

    I’m not totally against change, but the favicon is just too much, man…

  16. Dawid says:

    I love the comment about cpt. Morgan in the aticle on Gosling’s TM! I’d love to grasp some fresh ideas from the books, though I doubt you would ship to PL

  17. Maria says:

    Comment comment comment.

    Maybe someday I’ll learn how to make proper vodka drinks.

  18. Thom says:

    I’ll enter…

  19. Jeremy H. says:

    Jacob, I always enjoy your cocktail and political commentary. Nice re-design, keep up the great work.

  20. Scott says:

    Consider this my entry. I read the blog regularly, thanks for writing it!

  21. Congrats on the new site! Hope to see you in Mexico City next year.

  22. Becca June says:

    Looking good Jacob

  23. Joel Gardner says:

    This is also a comment, drinking a Martinez with Few Barrel Aged Gin, Carpano Antica, and Marachino Luxardo.

  24. Paul says:

    Like the redesign.

  25. Joy says:

    I thought Lindsay Lohan was on the wagon.
    (Where I should probably be after the holidays excesses.)

  26. Gordon Cummings says:

    Had a great time in Portland. I”m thinking that I might have to do that again so that I get more of a chance to take in what the city has to offer.

  27. Brian Russ says:

    I like the redesign as well. Those books sound great!

  28. ellie says:

    Looks good, Jacob!

  29. Iliana R says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Would love to read them ; )

  30. James says:

    “Bitters are a lie.”


  31. Phil DeVasto says:

    It’s whisk(e)y season for me but would love to learn some new rum drinks!

  32. Ben says:

    If I don’t win ink likely but these, I like the concept!

  33. Jonathan says:

    Nice redesign. Keep up the good work!

  34. Chris says:

    I’m feeling lucky — if I don’t win this, I’ll win the powerball for sure! ; )

  35. Joel H says:

    I, too, like the redesign, and I’ll happily had a comment for a chance at a free book. :)

  36. Jakub says:

    Hope I’ll win ;)

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