About

Hello! Welcome to The Right Spirit, a blog about the water of life.

Having grown up in a small California wine country, north of the more famous Napa Valley, and having then spent a good deal of time living in Germany where beer flows supreme, it was to my great surprise that I eventually became a full-fledged whiskey enthusiast and certified bourbon steward.

By day (and night!) I am a theater maker. Theater and other live performing arts have always been central to my life. When I’m not in a rehearsal studio, performance venue, or teaching, I can often be found somewhere along my whiskey journey—meeting new people, gaining new insights, making new memories, enjoying a ray of sunlight in a glass!

I’ve noticed a few things theater and whiskey share. They are handmade. They are a craft and an art. They can only be experienced live, in person. They are for everyone who wishes to partake in them. Some people find them intimidating, others frivolous. Theater and whiskey aren’t always easy, sometimes even dangerous. But at their best, they encourage a spirit of community, curiosity, and contemplation.

This blog explores whiskey, and where whiskey and culture sometimes meet. Posts include notes on whiskeys poured at my kitchen’s red table, informational reports, and various points of view. There is also an eclectic Resources page, and a To Do list featuring upcoming whiskey related events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I hope you’ll enjoy following The Right Spirit.

Mark J

And what is the right spirit?

Here’s one idea…

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