Jake Emen is a freelance journalist who spends most of his time roving the world in search of the best things to eat, and of course, drink. To that end, he’s visited over 125 distilleries across six continents and 30 countries. When he’s home, he’s reviewing whiskeys by the dozens and serving as a spirits judge at several international competitions. He’s been published in AFAR, Barron’s, Eater, Food & Wine, GQ, Imbibe, Maxim, PUNCH, Roads & Kingdoms, USA Today, Vice, Whisky Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and a range of additional outlets. Follow his journeys @ManTalkFood.
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Brad Japhe is a freelance journalist specializing in food, beverage, and travel. He moonlights as a beer and spirits consultant, hosting monthly craft pairings/educational dinners in both Los Angeles and New York, and curating drink menus for festivals and restaurants. He prefers Scotch to bourbon, IPAs before lagers, and a pub burger over a prime ribeye. His favorite breed of dog is unequivocally the Siberian Husky and he suffers from an irrational, unrequited love for the New York Knicks.
Victor Sizemore is a dedicated artist—traveling the globe in pursuit of the finest imagery. Through the lifestyle images that he captures, you can see his immense love and passion for travel, food, art, and, of course, bourbon. His clients include Buffalo Trace Distillery, VisitLEX, Kentucky Owl Bourbon, and more. He maintains a diverse portfolio at VictorSizemore.com.
Sara Havens has covered the bourbon scene for more than 15 years as a Louisville-based writer and editor, and her work has appeared in local, regional, and national publications. She’s also an avid bottle collector who isn’t afraid to pop open a prized possession. Known as The Bar Belle, she maintains her own website, barbellelou.com, and leads bourbon tours for Mint Julep Experiences.