During November, Sam Kuan, one of China’s leading bartenders and the co-founder of Reply Tapei, worked with drink brand Lyre's plus five alcohol brands – Select, Montenegro, Vecchia Tomagna and Buffalo Trace – to share these unique spirits with nine cities across China.
Spanning Shenzhen, Xiamen, Changsha, Beijing, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Wuhan and ending Shanghai, Sam shook up delicious drinks while educating guests about these spirits and their non-alcoholic counterpart offerings.
The event culminated at Café Gray Deluxe in The Middle Houseon December 7, combining Sam’s artistic creativity with Lyre’s emphasis on health and wellness.
Founded in 2019 by Mark Livings and Carl Hartman, Lyre's is a non-alcoholic spirit brands dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles.
Lyre's has worked to create a non-alcoholic version of 14 of the world’s most popular spirits, without compromise, maintaining the same look and feel of the originals while offering drinkers non-alcoholic options. Lyre’s products are currently distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.
About Sam Kuan
In 2014, Sam founded his first bar in Shanghai – Barules Cocktail Club – sharing his love for cocktail mixing with all of his guests while also participating in industry events to promote the development of China’s cocktail industry.
He quickly became a leading pioneer of the modern cocktail scene in China, influencing many other bartenders and winning numerous awards. In 2020, he returned to Taipei where he founded Taiwan’s first environmentally sustainable bars, Reply Taipei.
[All images courtesy of The Middle House]
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