It’s all about the craft for Jim Meehan. Meehan has spent most of his career creating unforgettable cocktail experiences for lucky crowds and pouring his heart and soul into every step of the process and every single ingredient. One of the standout leaders of progressive cocktail culture today, Jim has spent time learning the ins and outs of the drink industry, mixing spirits, sharing innovative ideas and winning awards all the while.
Meehan began his bartending career during his years as a student at the University of Wisconsin where this young badass would make Long Island Iced Teas and Alabama slammers among some of the usual suspects of his cocktail mastery. In 2001, he would move out to the big city and further develop and establish himself in the New York bar scene. During his time on the east coast, Meehan showcased his talents, bartending at Five Points and Pace, Audrey Saunder’s Pegu Club, Gramercy Tavern and eventually one of New York’s best bars, PDT where he would win numerous awards including “Outstanding Bar Program Award” courtesy of the James Beard Foundation.
In 2011, Jim launched and authored his successful and reflective book, “The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender’s Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy.” In 2014, Jim and his family ventured out to Portland to mix his east coast finesse with the west where he spends time running a consulting company, Mixography, Inc.
His continued quest for industry innovation and the refinement of his skills led him to begin infusing wood-fired smoke into drinks. His Traegered cocktails create mind blowing flavor in liquid form. His humble and hardworking stature continues to propel him as a standout in the industry. Meehan has an undying passion for not just the craft itself, but for the experiences he creates for others around him. Cheers to that.
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