Tends Bar AtThe Bitter Bar, Black Belly Catering, Denver FIVE
THL: What are your other gigs and interests?
Restaurant consulting (RoseLee LLC), Restaurant partner (The Bitter Bar in Boulder, CO) and coming soon BlackBelly Restaurant in Denver.
Moved to Boulder in '98 to ski/bartend and never left. I love finding antique glassware in small interstate towns.
THL: What is something that best represents your personality?
Passionate about all things bar liquid.
THL: What is your bartending style?
Attention to DETAIL.
Passionate about my trade/skill/history/awareness.
THL: How do you find inspiration for new cocktails and recipes?
Other badass bartenders in the country.
In my dreams.
THL: Besides bartending, what things do you do well?
Inspire and teach/lead young bartenders. Close second...skiing!
THL: Ever had any strange customer requests while bartending?
A "perfect manhattan" with "man" on the side and leave the "perfect" out
THL: What is your favorite after-shift drink?
I don't usually drink after my shift...but if I do, I sip Chartreuse VEP or whiskey.
THL: What is the one thing you can’t live without from your home liquor cabinet?
THL: What is the most underrated cocktail?
Negroni. People don't understand the flavors of good vermouth and Campari!
THL: What is the test of a great bartender?
It's not how fast, how loud or how funny the bartender is...it's all about the passion and how committed you are to your profession. It's making your guest feel good about learning new spirits/cocktails without being snobby from the barkeep. It's the ART OF BARTENDING.
Lastly, he or she better know how to make a proper Manhattan or a Negroni!:)