Brahm Callahan, Wine Director
Brahm Callahan, 31, serves as Wine Director of Grill 23 & Bar in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Brahm is a Master Sommelier, one of only 147 professionals in North America who hold the title Master Sommelier—the highest distinction available in the beverage service industry.
Raised in Western Massachusetts, Brahm had an early introduction to the wine world at the age of 17 when he learned the business side of the industry at The Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant, in (Shelburne Falls, MA) under the direction of mentor Paul-Thiery de la Blotier. A short year later, Brahm was put in charge of running wine tastings, managing the cellar and working on dinners with winemakers and local restaurants.
While attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brahm continued to work at the Wine Merchant, in addition to working part time as a Wine Steward in many of the top restaurants of Western Massachusetts. After moving to Boston to attend graduate school at Boston College, Brahm embraced Boston’s wine community and began working as a sommelier while finishing his graduate work. Through his time at top Boston restaurants, including Excelsior and Rialto, Brahm developed an interest for small producers who make terroir-driven wines.
In 2009, Brahm joined Himmel Hospitality Group as part of the opening team of Post 390, an urban tavern in Boston featuring seasonally-inspired menus. There, Brahm created a beverage program that included an expansive list of approachable and accessible wines, 40+ selection craft beer and competitive cocktail program.
In 2010, Brahm joined the team at Grill 23 & Bar as Wine Director, where he developed an award-winning list of over 1,700 selections, focusing specifically on new cult producers as well as maintaining a balanced list that offers selections for both wine connoisseurs and novices alike.
Brahm lives in Beacon Hill with his wife, Sally.