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John Henry Binder Day at James’ Beach

October 18th, 2017 -



2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Article by Venice Paparazzi’s Alex Stowell.
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It was an spectacular evening of revelry at James’ Beach.  The locals came out en masse to toast one of their own, as John Henry Binder was crowned The Best Bartender in Los Angeles.   Folks took turns on the mic sharing warm memories of John,  Daniel Samakow  presented John with the coveted L.A. Weekly hardware, Venice Paparazzi set up a fun photo party, and people ate, drank, laughed, and cheered their way through the night in what was one of the best events ever.
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Cheers to you, John Binder, the King of The Pour!
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If you have not had the good fortune of chilling at James Beach and getting to know John, here is a bit of John’s story.
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A 20 year veteran bartender at James’ Beach, Binder says his love for good beer started with drinking Sierra Nevada while getting a history degree at UCSB.
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The actual plan to launch a beer making operation hatched in 2003 at Hal’s bar where John met his business partner Christian Warren. Ten years later Venice Duck Brewery  kicked out its first batches in 2013.   Starting with a modest 20 bar account, Venice Duck Brewery was quickly picked up by So. Cal liquor distribution giant Southern Spirits.
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Now widely recognized as one of the areas best microbreweries, Venice Duck rewery offers three brews:   Dog Town Duck is their IPA, Stoner Duck is their brown ale, and Lucky Duck is their wheat beer.
When John is not slanging drinks in one fashion or another, he likes snowboarding, listening to Pearl Jam, hanging with his daughters ( Sophia, 13 and Gioanna, 9) and taking tandem bike rides through Venice.
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If you have not tried any of VDB offerings, you should.  Roll by James Beach and have the man himself pour you a cold draft of Dog Town Duck!  60 N Venice Blvd.  Venice, California 90291.  www.JamesBeach.com
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Top photo:  John Henry Binder and Sasha Alicia Gary

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2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

The man himself, John Binder addresses the crowd!

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Daniel Samakow presents John with a handsome plaque, for Best Bartender, to be housed in the James Beach Hall of Fame

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

GM Christine Moffet, Sean London, Daniel Samakow and John Binder

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Photo: Cory Concoff and John

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Jason Moore telling stories about John

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Shawn London on the mic

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

A John Henry Binder cake.  Very cool!

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Hso Hkam with James’ Beach and Canal Club’s Daniel Samakow and Jenifer

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Right:  Murph and Bruce Irons

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Howard Balaban, Cory Concoff, Kelly Hunt, and Peter Coleman

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Kile, Jim Robb and Dennis

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Happy birthday

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Binder in the Venice Paparazzi photo booth.  Need a photographer or a fun photo party for your next event?  Hire Venice Paparazzi! HireVP.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Peter Coleman, John Henry Binder and Howard Balaban

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Miguel Guykey, Anthony Williams,  John Binder, Jason Moore, Shawn London, Alex Stowell, and Sammy

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Matt and Ashley Kline with friends.

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

Surprise birthday sing-a-long for Venice Paparazzi’s awesome Team leader Alexander Stowell

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

VP Team member Lina Cedmer, Alex Stowell, Edizen Stowell, Joe Zdaa, Brett and Daniel Samakow

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

2017 L.A.'s Best Bartender John Henry Binder. www.JamesBeach.com. Photo by VenicePaparazzi.com

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Photos courtesy of James’ Beach.

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Support John Binder,  and drink the duck!   You can find the duck at James’ Beach, Canal Club, Barlo Kitchen and Cocktails, High Rooftop Lounge,  and Tony P’s Dockside Grill!    Click here to find additional duck locations!  Check out John’s trailer! 
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