Before managing the bar at Portland’s beloved Clyde Common, Jeffrey Morgenthaler tended bar at neighborhood taverns, college nightclubs, fine dining restaurants, and upscale lounges, including Marché and Red Agave in Eugene, Oregon. Those experiences inspired the cyber-savvy bartender to build a digital front, www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com, a consistent digital platform from which he could wax eloquent on bartending and mixology, featuring cocktail recipes, product reviews, and bartending techniques.
It was on this website that Morgenthaler first posted his work in barrel-aged cocktails, a technique he helped revive, making him a mixology leader not only in Portland, but across the country. And that’s fitting. Morgenthaler might be a Portland champion, but his reach extends well beyond the city. Apart from pleasing patrons at Clyde Common with his cocktails and even a creative beverage pairing menu with Chef Chris DiMinno, Morgenthaler finds ways to share his mixo-savvy with the entire nation.
Case in point, in addition to StarChefs.com, Morgenthaler’s recipes have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as Wine Enthusiast, Playboy, Wired, and Imbibe magazines. Forbes Traveler called Morgenthaler one of the “Cocktail Movers and Shakers” of 2007, and Tasting Panel Magazine named him a "New Leader" in 2009. His 2011 StarChefs.com Portland Rising Star Mixologist win is yet another cherry on top of Morgenthaler’s career: industry acknowledgment that whether he’s tending bar at a nightclub, developing carbonated bottled cocktails that somehow buck the trend, or keeping the faith at Clyde Common, Morgenthaler is a leader in mixology.