Derek Brown & Angie Salame

Derek enjoying a cigar in Cognac. Yes, it's a Cuban.


Derek Brown has one of those dream jobs that your high school counselor never tells you about. He drinks for a living. He’s a cocktail and spirits writer, spirits judge and owner of acclaimed bars Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, The Passenger and Columbia Room, as well as the upcoming Eat The Rich. In between, he travels around the world learning and teaching about how drinking is an integral part of our culture and values.

While he’s made drinks at the White House, been featured in the Wall Street Journal and drank with Martha Stewart, he’ll tell you that his simple greatest pleasure is introducing others to that great Manzanilla Pasada he had while sitting by the ocean in San Lúcar de Barrameda eating seafood, or the small production XO Cognac he drank while taking a barge down the Charente with friends.

You can read his articles, visit his bars in Washington, D.C. or just join him in his quest for better drinking by enjoying his favorite dram, a good Bourbon.

Angie in Paris sampling a drink with family connections. Hot chocolate sourced from Guayaquil, Ecuador.


In November of 2008, Angie was introduced to Derek Brown while tagging along on a news story covering the D.C. cocktail scene. 18 months later, having fully drank the Derek Brown Kool-Aid, she joined him on his mission to teach the world that drinking matters.

Before forming their partnership, and after a crazy ride in an award-winning tech startup, Angie was a TV Executive at Washington D.C.’s CBS affiliate where she created, planned and executed innovative multimedia campaigns that included television, web, mobile and event components, most notably for the DC Lottery, IKEA, and McDonald’s.

Angie oversees development for Laughing Cocktail.