JP is the Head Bartender at Columbia Room and oversees all of Drink Company’s training and educational programs. He was recently named in Food & Wine Magazine's "2016 Best New Mixologists in America" and included in Thrillist’s list of “America’s 21 Greatest Bartenders of 2015.” Previously, he was the Bar Manager at Southern Efficiency and won Eater D.C.'s 2014 "Bartender of the Year." Under his leadership, Southern Efficiency garnered such accolades as Food & Wine Magazine's 2014 "People's Best Bar in the Northeast" and Bon Appetit Magazine's 2014 "Top 50 Best New Restaurants in America."
JP has master’s degrees in history from both the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has also cycled throughout Scotland, visiting 27 different distilleries before apprenticing at Bruichladdich under Master Distiller Jim McEwan and his team.