dipsographer /dɪpˈsɒɡrəfə(r)/ noun a person who writes about the thirst for alcoholic beverages. From Ancient Greek δίψα (dípsa, “thirst”) + γραφή (graphḗ, “writing”).
Alex Mennie is a freelance food and drink writer, whisky judge and tasting event host.
A former bartender and the founder of Fox & Beagle, a Scottish cocktail events company, he now writes about bars and restaurants, wine, whisky and cocktails.
His interest in beer and wine began at the age of seven when he worked regular Sunday shifts in the family off-licence. An interest in craft spirits and cocktails followed when he began competing with his colleagues to create the best post-shift Bloody Mary at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008. Since then his horizons have broadened to home distilling and infusing, and developing pre-bottled cocktails for events and parties.
A native South Londoner, Alex spent ten years discovering whisky in glorious exile in Edinburgh and now splits his time between London and Scotland. Since 2010 he has written extensively about his experiments in dipsological study and exploration of the world's booming craft cocktail scene for Drink Me and Winerist magazines and Scotchwhisky.com; provided written content to support The Three Drinkers Amazon Prime series, and covered a variety of food and drink topics for luxury magazine Luxuriate.Life.
In 2021, he was invited to join the judging panel for the World Whiskies Awards.
- Cocktail: the Sazerac
- Whisky: Talisker 10
- Bar: Attaboy, New York