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Ask Your Bartender: Gin Blindness

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Hey Bartender I was wondering if you know anything about the myth (or not) that if you drink too much gin, you could go blind? Thanks! Ashley Hey Ashley It’s – kinda – a myth. But not entirely. Let’s start at the very beginning. There are basically two types of alcohol: ethanol and methanol (ethyl | Read More

How Alcohol is Made

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Here’s a great video showing how they make shitty low-grade alcohol in a giant factory. The methods may be suspect – making rum out of corn, for instance – but the general idea is the same in smaller batches. Watch the video and then try to forget about having seen tonight’s pork fed offal from | Read More

Repeal Day Videos!

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Jill and Dale DeGroff over at the Museum of the American Cocktail are celebrating Repeal Day with us… Is December 5th marked on your calendars? No? Well it should be. It was on this day in 1933 that the 21st Amendment was ratified, thus ending Prohibition. …and they’ve found some great videos online. Hop on | Read More

Repeal Day Hits the Internet

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Well, the response to Repeal Day hasn’t been this good since the first Repeal Day. I’ve talked to bartenders, bloggers, mixologists, and ordinary drink-minded people all over the country who are getting excited about celebrating December Fifth with me. Paul over at Drink This Blog is behind us all the way, and is spreading the | Read More

Repeal Day is December 5th

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Those who know me well are aware that I’ve been going on about this for years, but for some reason I’ve only just now remembered that I have my own website and can carry on the effort here. Folks, there are a few drinking holidays here in the United States, but I’m here to tell you | Read More

We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two!

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Okay, it doesn’t sound so great when you scream it like that, but… The Eugene Weekly’s Best of Eugene poll came out, and I’ve tied with my good friend Jeremy Shank for the second-best bartender in Eugene. You can read the full story here. Scroll down about halfway to see my little name in there. | Read More

Ask Your Bartender: Martini Advice

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Hey Bartender As a novice bartender I find that martini etiquette can be quite confusing, perhaps because the traditional martini and the present-day fad are different. I understand not shaking clear martinis, and I also do not add vermouth to vodka. I suppose I would like to hear your take on what to shake, and | Read More

Wine Presentation Class

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Art of the Drink (no relation to the previous post) has a great little class on how to present wine in a bar or restaurant setting. This is a great video to watch for service industry people and restaurant-goers alike, as he covers some key points – my favorite being this: it is not okay | Read More

Brilliant Take on the Vodka Martini

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You all know how I feel about vodka martinis, if you’ve read this blog for any length of time. Well, Darcy over at The Art of Drink put it better than I ever could: People seem to fear the vermouth, when in reality vermouth is your friend. It is the vermouth that adds the flavour | Read More

Bartender Receives $10,000 Tip

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The luck of some people. I suppose congratulations are in order, but wow! “I’ve been waiting on him for about three years,” Kienow said. “We’d just talk across the bar he’s a really nice guy. I hope he comes back in so I can tell him thank you, because the other day I was kind | Read More

Creepy Juicers for Sale

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The Mr. and Mrs. Jones Juicer Set by Polly George would be a fine addition to your Adamms Family-inspired bar. Simply cut your fruit in half, and ream on the lifelike small head and torso that protrudes from the bowl. The copy doesn’t mention how to get the juice from the bowl, or how easily | Read More

How To Land A Bartending Job With No Experience

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Fun bar blog Make Money Bartending has this post giving advice to people looking to get started in the bar biz. And I quote: It’s much easier to get a job as a busser than it is as a bartender, this is obvious. A busser’s job is an entry level position where a bartender’s job | Read More

New RSS Feed Location

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I’m moving to Feedburner! Starting this weekend, the new address for my RSS feed will be: Update your RSS readers accordingly! Thanks.

Ask Your Bartender: New to Bartending

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Hey Bartender I’m a waitress who was thrown into bartending by chance. Our bartender quit on a Friday night, so the manager came up to me and said, “Guess what …you’re it.” This has been about 5 weeks ago. I’m learning rapidly and am doing okay. Fortunately, its a small bar and not heavily populated. | Read More

How to Write a Bartending Resume/CV

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I put my first resume on this website back in the late Nineties, and eventually I started noticing that bartenders were finding my website because they were searching for examples of how to write their own bartending resume. So I wrote this original post back in 2006, hoping I could help other bartenders who might | Read More