The thirst for knowledge

P(OUR) is devoted to exploring new ideas, sharing information, and exchanging inspiration. In doing so, we help address our shared responsibilities and grow our entire industry.

P(OUR) was established in 2016 by Alex Kratena, Ryan Chetiyawardana, Jim Meehan, Simone Caporale, Monica Berg, Joerg Meyer and Xavier Padovani.

P(OUR) represents what we all have in common: as bartenders, baristas, sommeliers, brewers, distillers and winemakers, we all pour. The name is a union between the words ‘our’ and ‘pure’, and its purpose is to identify who we are and clearly define our goals.


We think it is important to look for something new as bartenders. We define our work as a chance to discover new ideas, and learn about all aspects of our industry.

Our aim is to organise an annual symposium bringing together bartenders, baristas, sommeliers, brewers, winemakers, distillers and drinks manufacturers, as well as people of other disciplines, to discuss the past, present and future of drink.

Alongside the annual symposium we will create a platform and resource for learning. Around the globe, P(OUR) will host discussions and presentations that address issues critical to our profession. Most importantly, we will record all events and share them here for free.

P(OUR) is committed to sharing knowledge and taking promising ideas from theory to action.

We believe great drinks are driven by purpose, not profit. We hope to connect the industry through our dedication for education. We want to improve the future of our industry.

Commitment. Focus. Innovation. Sharing.


The name P(OUR) is the union between OUR and PURE. Its purpose is to draw positive associations from the words of origin and identify who we are, and our goals.

Uncorrupted, both in terms of the quality of the information and commitment we are seeking, and how we define our passion and dedication.

Across the industry, P(OUR)ing is what we all have in common. Bartenders, baristas, sommeliers, brewers, distillers, winemakers: at some point, we all P(OUR).

OUR community
OUR industry
OUR responsibility
PURE honest
PURE reliable
PURE uncorrupted

The Team

Alex Kratena

Alex is the founder of P(OUR) and former Head Bartender of Artesian, at The Langham, London, where Alex led the bar and his team to win multiple UK and international awards. In November 2015, Alex left Artesian to pursue a new joint project with Simone Caporale and Monica Berg. Alex travels the globe developing new products, cocktails and marketing strategies, presents at various cocktail conventions and trains bartenders around the world.

Jim Meehan

Bar operator, educator, and author of The PDT Cocktail Book, Jim worked at some of New York City’s most popular restaurants and bars, before opening the James Beard Award winning bar PDT in 2007. Meehan currently serves as the drinks editor for Tasting Table, as the global ambassador for Banks Rums, and as the curator of the cocktail programs for American Express Centurion lounges in the US.

Joerg Meyer

Joerg Meyer is a bartender and entrepreneur who operates two award-winning bars in Hamburg; Le Lion and The Boilerman. Joerg is the creator of Gin Basil Smash and apart from consulting, he travels around the world as a keynote speaker presenting on entrepreneurship, bartending, classic cocktails and drinks history.

Monica Berg

Award-winning bartender and author who has quickly established herself on the international bar scene. Monica achieved critical acclaim for her seasonal aquavit and was awarded the Linie Honorary Award in 2015, a recognition given to individuals for their ambassadorship for Norwegian food and drink culture.

Ryan Chetiyawardana

Ryan Chetiyawardana is a multi-award winning bartender, author and owner of White Lyan, the first cocktail bar in the world to feature no perishables. His second venue 'Dandelyan' launched on Southbank, London within the Mondrian Hotel in October 2014, and - like its sister bar - was awarded 'Best New Bar in the World’ at the 2015 Spirited Awards.

Simone Caporale

Internationally renowned bartender with a distinctive personal style, who is credited during his years at Artesian at The Langham, London, with turning the bar into the best in the world, as recognized in World’s 50 Best Bars by Drinks International.

Xavier Padovani

Xavier Padovani is the founder and director of Orfeus Ltd; a brand-building agency that focuses on using alternative marketing methods in the on- and off-trade with a specialization in launching new brands and consolidating existing ones. He is also a director and partner of Experimental Group, the global hospitality collective of cocktail and wine bars, including Experimental Cocktail Club, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Experimental Beach Ibiza and Joyeux Bordel.