By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is back! For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Follow along with the #DrinkOnMke hashtag too. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Best known for his work for The New York Times, Wisconsin native Robert Simonson has established himself among the nation’s best beverage writers. In addition to his work for numerous prominent publications, he is also the author of four books: "The Martini Cocktail" (2019), the 2018 James Beard Foundation nominee "3-Ingredient Cocktails" (2017), "A Proper Drink" (2016) and "The Old-Fashioned" (2014). 

On this week’s podcast, we chat with Simonson about a host of topics from his experience growing up in Wisconsin and his career as a theater critic to his transition to writing about cocktails, spirits, bars and bartenders. Along the way, Simonson shares spirited stories, insights into the craft cocktail movement and his thoughts on trends in the beverage world. We also discuss his newest book, "The Martini Cocktail." During the podcast, we also have a bit of fun, even convincing Simonson to take his very first taste of White Claw and offer his expert opinion on the wildly popular beverage.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.