PODCAST: Mini-history of booze and why Portuguese Bend is so Long Beach w/ distiller Simon Haxton

While alcohol may seem part of our everyday culture, the history of booze has been one that is rife with controversy—and its connection to Long Beach is a rich one. Portuguese Bend, Long Beach’s first distillery, is a unique example of what the world of spirits has had to go through in order to make something like this specific distillery a reality. In this episode, Sarah and Brian sat down with Master Distiller Simon Haxton to talk about the history of booze, Long Beach’s love affair with booze, and, well, booze. Explore more coverage of Portuguese Bend:

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.