Montana Master Chefs: New York City

Noah Rothbaum

Spirits Expert and Author

New York, NY

Noah Rothbaum is the editor of The Daily Beast’s Half Full section. Under his leadership, the site won the 2018 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award for Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication. He also hosts the podcast Life Behind Bars with legendary cocktail historian David Wondrich. In 2018 it won Best Podcast Series from the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. 

Rothbaum is the author of the book The Art of American Whiskey and the associate editor of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. Rothbaum’s first book, The Business of Spirits, was published in 2007. According to Chicago magazine’s Chief Dining Critic Jeff Ruby, “Rothbaum knows drinking like Newton knew gravity, but he’s not all high and mighty about it, creating laws and whatnot.” The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog called him “one of the smartest tipplers (and writers on spirits) we know.”