Drinking stories

By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 11, 2010

"I'm broken," she says. "I couldn't sleep at all last night, my arm hurts from shaking so much. Yesterday was a 20-hour day. I worked the Bartenders' Breakfast and we got there at, like, 11 am to set up and it started at midnight. Did I tell you I won the Pisco cocktail competition and I'm going to Peru?"

Done in by whiskey and brow-beaten by botanicals, everyone is talking about all that they missed out on — the seminars they couldn't get into, the restaurants they didn't have time to visit, the people from the other side of the continent they didn't have the chance to talk shop with.

But that's just the nature of this beast that lives for five days on ice.

"There was so much — it was just a mile a minute. Everything was just super-surreal. All the time," says Gold. "Bars close at 2 am in Boston, and that's okay, because I want to go home."

Liza Weisstuch can be reached at liza.weisstuch@gmail.com.

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