Debbie, founder and principal of DRink PR, specializes in public relations, Mixology Relations™, event planning, brand development and bar/sales development for beverage clients.
A native New Yorker, Debbie spent ten years in Boston working on Samuel Adams Boston Lager, where she managed the launch of Sam Adams Light and the national launch of two of the brewery's "extreme beers" – Utopias and Millennium.
More recently, she has managed the stateside launches of The Bitter Truth Bitters, Uber Bar Tools, Bols Genever, and the redesigned bottle launch of Plymouth Gin, the New England launch of Peet's Coffee & Tea, and has worked with numerous other clients, including: Martin Millers Gin, Bluecoat Gin, and Damrak Gins, Trumer Pils beer, Vieux Carre Absinthe, Gosling's Black Seal Rum, Square One Organic Vodka, Chartreuse, La Fee Absinthe, Dale DeGroff and BAR SMARTS (Pernod Ricard), and Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. Events have included Tales of the Cocktail, San Francisco Cocktail Week, Whiskeyfest and The San Francisco Ski and Snowboard Festival. On the restaurant and lifestyle side, she has worked with The Bar Method, CardGirl custom designed invitations, The Yogurt Bar, Jasper White's Summer Shack restaurants, and Goorin Brothers Hats.
Debbie has garnered significant print and broadcast media coverage in the nation's premier food and beverage outlets, including Simply Ming, Iron Chef America, Martha Stewart Radio, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Imbibe, Wine Enthusiast, and more as well as trade journals like Sommelier Journal, Malt Advocate, and Tasting Panel, among others. She has placed clients in the nation's largest regional publications, including The New York Times, The New York Post, New York Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and more. Through strong relationships and creative pitching, Debbie has garnered significant placements in consumer general interest magazines such as Oprah Magazine, Robb Report, Playboy, MarieClaire, and Paper Magazine.
Debbie has spent the past 14 years cultivating strong relationships with key beverage media and the mixologists they look to for inspiration – this is the key ingredient to her success. She is an active member of the U.S. Bartender's Guild and worked as a media and event organizer at industry taste making event, Tales of the Cocktail in 2008 and 2009. Whether behind the stick, the copy desk, or the Twitter feed, Debbie is plugged in to a wide and loyal network of beverage enthusiasts that are always open to new ideas and spirited discussion about the brands she represents.
Rena Ramirez is a reputable public relations professional with both "start-up" and full-service agency experience, and is known for her avid relationship marketing, razor-sharp intellect of what drives consumer trends, and the natural ability to land a story.
As the founder of Provocateur Media, a San Francisco-based public relations consulting agency, Rena consults for Debbie Rizzo at DrinkPR, and has previously worked for some of San Francisco's leading public relations agencies including lifestyle boutique agency, Arieff Communications, representing fashion, beauty + consumer products, and also for Wagstaff Worldwide, a hospitality PR firm representing award-winning chefs, wine + spirits brands and also travel destinations.
In 2009 Rena founded Pro Media and pulled all of her love and expertise in the lifestyle arenas to represent San Francisco-based business including wine brands + entire wine associations, spirit brands, and beyond. She has publicized and managed countless launch events, San Francisco annual festivals as well as spearheaded long-lead media campaigns. Some of her current work in wine + spirits include working with Rock Wall Wine Company, the East Bay Vintners' Alliance, Dogpatch WineWorks, Blackbird Bar and also the Family Winemakers of California, among others. She also consults behalf of Sunset magazine, premiere guide to "Life in the West" and also for celebrity chef Michael Chiarello's NapaStyle. She thrives on the challenge of turning an undiscovered product, person or idea into a household name.
Rena is a proud graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Communication Studies. She has experience in working for some of the entertainment industry's most recognized studio names such as Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures in both development and interactive marketing.
Colin Baugh brings more than ten years of experience both as a public relations professional in travel, hospitality, food and beverage, and consumer products spaces and as a radio personality in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. This experience has led to the development of relationships with top-level national print and broadcast media including Food & Wine, GQ, Esquire, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, Details and more.
Having been a member of the media and a public relations professional, he offers a unique perspective on how to build relationships with media members as well as an understanding of what is and is not news and exactly what it takes to get stories placed.
Baugh led national media outreach on behalf of the Louisiana Office of Tourism's response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which yielded coverage from MSNBC, the Today Show, The Atlantic, Saveur, Huffington Post, CNN.com, Los Angeles Times, Fodor's and more. He also contributed significantly to the launch of fledgling flash-sale travel site, Spire.com, securing coverage numerous outlets including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sun Sentinel and SmarterTravel.com.
Baugh's firm, Emblem PR, is based in San Diego, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Arizona.
With more than 10 years' experience as a communications professional in the wine & spirits industry, Kylie has created and directed full-scale public relations campaigns for beverage alcohol brands on the agency side as well as in-house as Director of Public Relations at one of the country's fastest growing top ten wineries. Based in the Bay Area, she combines her passion for writing and developing big ideas together to craft compelling pitch initiatives that translate into powerful results. As owner of Raising the Bar Communications based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kylie consults for Debbie Rizzo and DrinkPR where her expertise in navigating the digital communications landscape provides clients with cutting edge communications campaigns that traverse traditional and nontraditional trade, consumer lifestyle, social influencers and beyond.
known to friends and clients as Kitty, Kirsten Amann has over 15 years of
experience in the beverage industry as a brand ambassador, publicist,
bartender, writer, and cocktail book author. She champions Egan’s Irish Whiskey
and Mad March Hare Poitin in New England as a Brand Ambassador. She previously
spent four years as Boston’s first Brand Ambassador for Fernet-Branca. Past
clients include Plymouth, Beefeater, Bols Genever, The Bitter Truth, No. 3 Gin,
and more. Kitty works with clients to develop dynamic events, create delicious
cocktails and design unique brand educational experiences.
Kitty is a founding member of Toast Clubs Boston, the Boston chapters of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC Boston) and the United States Bartenders Guild. She writes a monthly cocktail column for the MA Beverage Business under the byline "Pink Lady" and her cocktail writing has appeared in Daily Candy, The Weekly Dig, and Chilled Magazine among others. Her latest cocktail book, Drinking Like Ladies will be published in September 2018.
Business in the twenty-first century is a virtual world. No where is this more true than in the hospitality business. Alcohol brands, hotels, restaurants, bars and industry professionals gain reputation in the blink of an eye. The worlds of branding and product publicity move like lightning. The path to success is intangible and success can be fleeting. Marketers who are stuck working in an obsolete paradigm do so at their peril.
DRink PR is a virtual marketing, public relations and branding capability that co-exists on both coasts and works on behalf of companies, individuals, and brand primarily in the hospitality area--beer, wine, spirits, bars, mixologists, hotels and lifestyle brands. Its Social Influence Engineers operate at the cutting edge of the ever-changing, fast paced world of communication.
A good publicist’s work boils down to the quality of their relationships. We’ve spent a combined 20 years honing ours with key tastemakers in the beverage world. From mixology stars at the forefront of the Cocktail Revival to the journalists who cover their innovation, we can make your brand the focus of spirited discussion through creative pitches targeting the right journalists at just the right time.
Simply put: You are your brand, and shaping your identity and image in the marketplace is paramount. What makes your brand special, unique, and desirable, a “call” brand above all others in the modern bar? We work closely with clients to identify these intangible qualities and craft a compelling narrative that highlights all that you offer to your target market. Through careful message planning we work to align expectations about your brand and ensure that your brand — and you — are consistently represented across all channels of communication.
We feel lucky to work in an industry where so much business boils down to a really good party. We offer extensive experience in planning a wide range of events, from consumer product launches to industry insider events to gala affairs. We’ve managed sponsorship of major influencer events such as Aspen Food & Wine Festival, South Beach Food & Wine Festival, and Tales of the Cocktail and planned and executed launch events for major brands in important markets, such as Plymouth Gin in San Francisco, Campari in Los Angeles, Krispy Kreme in New England, and more.
On-line experts claim that to successfully make an impression on someone, you need to “touch” them at least 32 times a year. Social networking is an effective way to do that, increasing your brand’s exposure and enhancing individual visibility by utilizing top social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn. Through the interconnected web of social media, savvy brands can interface directly with consumers, micromanaging their identity and presence with consistent messages delivered multiple times a day.
Any marketer worth their salt will devote time and energy to learning all that they can about your brand and category. At DRink PR, we bring a different kind of insider knowledge to the table. In addition to having close ties to the world’s most sought-after mixologists, our key team members are mixologists themselves with extensive experience as spirits journalists, brand ambassadors, and behind the stick. We bring in-depth knowledge of spirits, wine and the history of cocktails to every project and every pitch and can develop drinks that will give your product entrée with a broad range of modern drinkers.
We believe that an aspiring journalist lives inside every good publicist, and bring our knack for crafting a compelling narrative about your brand to every aspect of your campaign. We can assist with all of your marketing communications needs, from developing a press kit to drafting company newsletters to crafting copy for print collateral like advertisements and brochures.