One of Imbibe magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of seven books on vintage tropical drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine dubbed “the keys to the tropical kingdom.” Esquire calls Jeff “one of the instigators of the cocktail revolution” and Food & Wine “one of the world’s leading rum experts,” while while the New York Times cites him as “the Indiana Jones of Tiki drinks” and the Los Angeles Times as “A hybrid of street-smart gumshoe, anthropologist and mixologist.”
Jeff’s been profiled in TheWashington Post,USA Today, TheNew York Times and Wine Enthusiastmagazine; he’s also been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” TV series, PBS Television, National Public Radio and Martha Stewart Living Radio.
Jeff’s original cocktail recipes have been printed in publications around the world, from Bon Appetitand The Huffington Postto over 20 international recipe books, including the venerable Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide.
And now Jeff’s drinks are being served at his restaurant in New Orleans, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, which has won critical acclaim in Esquire,Playboy,The New York Times, TheWall Street Journal, TheBoston Globe, The Houston Chronicle,GQ, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country, Southern Living, New Orleans magazine, and the Food Network.
With Martin Doudoroff, Jeff co-created Total Tiki for iPad and iPhone, a drink recipe app which Macworldmagazine calls “beautifully rendered and, thanks to Berry’s tireless reporting, impeccably sourced.”
Jeff’s also co-created a line of Tiki barware with Cocktail Kingdom, which Imbibehails as “especially notable because it revives old styles of essential glassware that were previously almost impossible to find.”
While this is all way too much work for a bum, Jeff is also currently writing 29 entries for The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktailsand lecturing about tropical drinks across the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.