Director - Vandal Europe
Paul is a co-founder of Vandal and manages the European office. He has over 20 years’ marketing and research experience and spent valuable years at MTV in the interactive team where he headed up digital marketing and the MTV websites. He is passionate about food and drink and is a keen amateur mixologist and cook.
Beverage innovations, bars and restaurants and digital marketing.
London Meantime Lager, No.3 Gin and tonic with a twist of grapefruit, Hawksmoor Marmalade Martini and an ice cold Fino.
Hawksmoor in Spitalfields in London, PDT in New York, Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris.
Director - Vandal USA
Claudine is co-founder of Vandal and manages the company’s US operations. She boasts over 15 years’ marketing and research experience and joined Vandal after 4 years as MTV’s Trend Advisor.
Beverage innovation, creative ideation, consumer trend insights.
I enjoy Lindemans Framboise beer and Rekorderlig elderflower cider in the summer. I tend to lean towards fruity drinks like Art in the Age’s Rhubarb Tea and Pama Pomegranate liqueur.
The Rose Bar at the Delano in Miami, Death & Co and Schillers in NYC and The Experimental Cocktail Club in London.
London-based freelance journalist Claire, cut her teeth as the deputy features editor of weekly UK pub-trade bible The Publican before going solo in 2011. She has since written extensively on food, drink and travel for national, trade and online publications including The Independent, The Guardian, Zest, The Good Food Channel, Channel 4 Food, TNT, Inapub, The On-Trade Preview, Imbibe and TTG.
All areas of the on-trade, from product range to consumer trends and rituals, beer and craft brewing, cocktails and spirits, especially gin, whiskey and rum.
Highly-hopped ales, or a smoked rum or whisky cocktail – anything with some depth and a bit of bite.
The backstreet bars of Barcelona, 69 Colebrooke Row (London), BrewDog Shoreditch (London), the Oyster Box (Durban), the Nightjar (London), the Schooner Wharf Bar (Key West, Florida), Curio Parlour (Paris), The Rugglestone Inn (Dartmoor, Devon, UK) and Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel (London).
Vandal Beer Consultant
New York, NY
Joshua M. Bernstein is a beer journalist and critic who, over the last decade, has written for New York, Saveur, Details, The New York Times, Time Out New York, Bonappetit.com and Gourmet.com, where he was the beer columnist. He is a contributing editor to the drinks magazine Imbibe, where he writes feature articles on craft beer. He is also the author of Brewed Awakening, his deeply reported take on the craft beer revolution. As a beer expert, he’s been featured on NPR’s Marketplace and Beer Sessions Radio. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
I’m a sucker for a brisk pilsner or a hoppy IPA. Currently, I’m digging on Victory Prima Pils, Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA and Green Flash West Coast IPA.
If I’m in Brooklyn, I’m drinking a growler with friends at Bierkraft. In Manhattan, I make my way to Drop Off Service for a 20-ounce pint during happy hour, before hitting Proletariat for the newest, rarest beers in town.
Vandal Wine & Cocktails Writer / Researcher
Pameladevi Govinda lives in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park neighbourhood. She is a wine, spirits, food and travel writer with a taste for Muscadet, and a penchant for curry. Her work has appeared in Imbibe, Vibe, CITY, IN New York, Serious Eats, Diner Journal, Brooklyn Based and more. Her previously published pieces and food and wine musings can be viewed at www.gajakattack.com
Wine and Cocktail Trends.
Pet-nat wines, Muscadet, Manzanilla/Fino sherries and some of the lesser-known grape varieties from the Loire Valley and the Jura. When I can afford it, a good Burgundy (red or white) is a treat. Most nights, I’m drinking a Gin & Tonic before dinner.
Ten Bells in the Lower East Side for exciting wine choices, Little Branch or Death & Co. for cocktails, and my local is The Farm on Adderley on Cortelyou Road — they carry really interesting wines and offer them at an affordable price.
Dan is an award-winning, London-based graphic designer with over six years’ industry experience, specialising in creative, concept-driven design. Whilst freelancing he has been lucky enough to work with some of the UK’s most highly creative and respected design consultancies – along with a mix of creative clients, personal projects and collaborations. Working in the creative/arts sector is a passion; some previous and current clients include: BBC, Hugo Boss, D&AD, Arts Council England and Lacoste.
Graphic design, art direction, branding, typography.
Kernel Pale Ale, Sazerac Rye, a proper Old Fashioned.
The Earl of Essex (Angel, London), Crate Brewery (Hackney Wick, London), The Jolly Butcher (Stoke Newington, London).
Carla has been immersed in consumer insights and trends for 10 years, advising clients such as PepsiCo, ESPN, Bacardi, Bath & Body Works, Starcom MediaVest and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Her love of travel, culture and people has brought her all over the world, most recently to Colombia. When she’s not on the road, Carla’s home base is Bushwick, Brooklyn – a thriving directional, community on the cutting-edge of art, music, food/beverage, lifestyle and fashion trends.
Consumer insights, trend forecasting, consumer profiles, qualitative market research, ethnographic research.
Bulleit Rye Manhattan on the rocks (two cherries), Woodbury Campfire (Miles), Sixpoint beers.
Miles (Brooklyn), Hotel Delmano (Brooklyn), The Narrows (Brooklyn), Pearls (Brooklyn).