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WSJ opens Sean Kenyon's "bartender in a box"

The Wall Street Journal covered Williams & Graham proprietor Sean Kenyon's travel essentials.


As sole proprietor of Blue Collar Cocktails, a consulting and events venture he launched in 2011 specializing in all things cocktail, Mr. Kenyon estimates he is on the road more than half the year. That might mean a quick trip to Aspen or Chicago for an industry event or a longer excursion to Sydney, Barcelona or Lima, Peru.

Mr. Kenyon's indispensable traveling companion is his rolling Husky Tool Bag. Mr. Kenyon refers to it as his "bartender in a box." He fills the bag with paring knives, an immersion blender, an ice saw, various bitters and whatever else he may need to set up bar just about anywhere. He has created makeshift bars on rooftops and on mountaintops.

He recently had a gig in a train cabin aboard Russia's Trans-Siberian Railway for the 19-hour ride between Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk. He routinely travels from city to city, demonstrating the craft of the classic American cocktail. Mr. Kenyon's favorite classic to make is the Vieux Carré, a 1930s-era cocktail of whiskey, cognac and other ingredients that traces its origins to the French Quarter of New Orleans.

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