Darcy S. O'Neil
It all started with a decision to study chemistry, and that has turned out to be a good choice. I spent the first 7 years working at Imperial Oil Research (Esso) developing automotive lubricants and then moved on to the University of Western Ontario (UWO) to work in molecular pathology.
Concurrent to working at UWO I branched out and began writing about drinks at Art of Drink, working part-time as a bartender, published a book on the history of the soda fountain, as well as doing presentations around the world talking about science and history.
Currently, I produce historical drink ingredients (Acid Phosphate and Lactart) and have recently branched out into farming, beekeeping grape growing, possibly opening a winery and I can still be found writing on Art of Drink.
What I Do
Exploring the world one drink at a time since 2005. Covering a wide range of drink topics from soda fountain to cocktail to industry issues.
Producing lost or forgotten soda fountain and cocktail ingredients for a new generation of bartender. Currently producing Acid Phosphate and Lactart, since 2010.
Changing the world of wine is difficult, but currently vinifera grapes require an excessive amount of pesticide so this project is looking at alternatives.