Whiskey Guardians

New York, NY

Amanda Birchmier

Not one to waste time, Amanda got an early start in hospitality. “I began working in the service industry at the young, spry age of 15 as a bus girl and hostess at a small fine dining restaurant. Fifteen years later I have worked almost every position front of house, and I also studied Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Oklahoma…Read More
Amanda Birchmier

Josh DeMarco

Some people are immediately drawn to the industry; Josh had a long and interesting road before finding himself behind a bar. “I’m a native New Yorker. I went to an arts based high school to study music and was lucky enough to join a band with a record deal right out of school. I spent a few years on and…Read More
Josh DeMarco

Becca Pesce

Originally from Rochester, Becca graduated from The Boston Conservatory in Musical Theatre. Initially, she began working in hospitality to help her pay for school, starting as a hostess and eventually bartending. After school, she moved to New York City, and the longer she spent in the hospitality industry, the more she fell in love with it. She decided to start…Read More
Becca Pesce

Brooke Toscano

Brooke grew up in Indianapolis, where she lived until just recently, when she and her husband moved to New York. While she studied design and journalism, she eventually discovered a love for bartending. “I began running a sports bar and the program behind it. It showed me a deeper involvement and what I was truly great at. I was lucky…Read More
Brooke Toscano

Chris Corbin

  Originally from San Diego, Chris got his first bartending job in Dublin, Ireland in 2000 where he learned the traditions of the job from some of the best. He’s bartended across three continents (Ireland, Australia and North America), and he’s been in New York for 11 years. Chris describes his favorite aspect of the industry, “It’s about establishing relationships…Read More
Chris Corbin

Christina Scaglione

Christina graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. She’s continued to pursue her craft and theatre for the past seven years in NYC. She explains, “As an actress, I need to keep my days free, so working in hospitality seemed like the most natural thing to do. I always like to taste and try something…Read More
Christina Scaglione

Grace Bennett

While Grace moved to NYC from the Midwest to pursue musical theater, she found herself drawn into spirits, and whiskey in particular, when one of her friends founded the group Whersky. It’s a group dedicated to educating people about whiskey, and Grace soon found herself helping out with events. “There’s nothing I love more than an eager, new whiskey drinker…Read More
Grace Bennett

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