Though the bar as an institution is often associated with talks of politics, opinions, and off-color humor, there is one question that never fails to grab my attention. “…So what’s your favorite kind of drink?” Whether it’s asked by the bartender trying to guide a guest to a selection or just a couple of patrons striking up a conversation over one concoction or another, that simple query has led to some of the most interesting conversations I have ever participated in or eavesdropped upon. It doesn’t matter what kind of place it is, or what kind of drinks the people are talking about, the qualities that make something a favorite for someone can say a lot about our taste. Continue reading
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When I was in my early teens, I was trying to figure out my personal tastes and interests. I made it as far as: “I don’t like beans in my chili, and I REALLY like boobies.” But I was beginning to form an understanding of what I liked culturally as well. It was around that time, that late one night, as I laid in bed listening to 94.5, something…weird came through my speakers. It wasn’t the music of another Seattle Sounder, or the death rattle of an 80’s band trying desperately to remain relevant. It was angst, and passion, blues, and punk rock. It was like the love child of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Ramones made sweet, sweet love to Reverend Horton Heat. It hit all notes, musically, and emotionally. A wild man piped out sounds I didn’t know a person could make. He mispronounced things, he twanged and howled through choruses, the bass and drum being omnipresent, hypnotic, and relentless. The guitar riffs, piercing and visceral. That was the first time I heard “Possum Kingdom” by The Toadies. I was hooked. Continue reading
As a bartender in this ever expanding and exciting craft beer industry I have had the privilege, and sometimes daunting, task to get to figure out just what the customer wants. I want to talk about how “we” (you and I) as a “team” come up with this decision and some helpful tips to try and avoid when making a selection.
I personally have no problem with you tasting a couple different beers before you dive into your next pint. That being said, it is not okay to try every beer and take 20 plus minutes in deciding. Sure, if you’re the only one at the bar and you want to take your time that’s one thing but we’re in a craft beer explosion right now, and I’m rarely standing behind an empty bar so expect some neighbors when you saddle up to mine. Drinking beer is meant to be fun not a stress filled evening of second guessing yourself and me on what you want to drink. Continue reading
by Jeff Dietzman
Some like it sour, others do not.
I’m the former, I love sour beer. Gose (“Gose-uh”), American Wild Ale, Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red Ale, and Lambic, just to name a few.
I’m not quite certain why I’ve fallen in love with these funky tart varieties. Perhaps, it’s a bit of a burnout from years of drinking big bold stouts, floral and bitter IPA’s, and spicy Belgians ales. There’s something about them that’s not a familiar “beer” flavor that we’ve all become accustomed to, and so it’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual drinking regimen. Continue reading
Listen to your lady (insert wife, husband, significant other, life companion, etc.). Listen and listen well. He/She has your best interests in mind. I have been fortunate to be part of an amazing team with equally amazing partners in a little place called LUCK for the last couple of years and I owe it all to my lady, Chris.
People often come into the restaurant and ask how we got started in all of this, and while I’m always happy to share, we’ve stopped short of enshrining the menu backs with our story. Not saying we won’t at some point, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to get it down in print. And also, I have more freedom here to ramble where I often feel like speeding up the story when people are trying to dine. Continue reading
First rule in craft beer bars: trust your bartender. And at the risk of hearing loud guffaws and endless mockery when I walk into work, don’t be afraid to trust your servers, either. Most of us know what we’re doing. Most of us also have opinions on how to and how not to behave in bars devoted to delicious craft beers, specifically local ones. The list I’ve compiled is mostly negative, and quite possibly about you, so be forewarned.
Most importantly, other than trusting your service staff, obviously, don’t be a snob. Let’s be honest, no one likes a snob. Snobs in the craft beer community tend to be categorized into two groups: those who know very little about a lot and those who know a lot about very little. Both tend to be the ones who swirl, sniff, and slurp. Every single time. Every single taste. The former may have dabbled in home-brewing. And, of course, by “dabbled in”, I mean they’ve tried it once, most likely a failed interpretation of a Bock. These are the ones who ask me for stout blondes. They’re the ones who learned just enough about beer terminology to not know how to use it correctly. The latter of the category tends to be the self-important type, which we have all too much of in our little community, and these are the ones I feel, most often, the need to address. Continue reading