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An interview show about how bartenders handle problems

An interview show about how bartenders handle problems


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An interview show about how bartenders handle problems






Tips for COVID-era hospitality – Ep38.5

Hello again! I wanted to do another short recap with some tips for COVID-era hospitality. I hope you are all faring well through these challenging and weird times. It has been around three months since this all started to directly affect our industry, and things just keep getting weirder. Extended quarantine orders, protests and violence, murder hornets—It's all just a lot to deal with right now and I don't think anyone is really thriving. That's ok though, just remember to take a few...


Using our bartender skills online – Ep38 With Shana Race

(Post contains affiliate links) Hello again! The COVID-19 crisis has shown us how fragile and unsustainable our career and industry can be, and has many of us questioning what to do next. Let’s face it, things are not going to go back to the way they were. We've learned how easy it can be for our source of income to evaporate over night. Unlike people who work in offices, we can't work from home, but perhaps using our bartender skills online can open up new opportunities and sources of...


Staying positive and creative in quarantine – Ep37 With Phillip Kim

Hello again! Are you going stir crazy yet? With shelter in place orders being extended across the country and around the world, it’s hard to say when we’ll be out of this. The uncertainty of this crisis is what makes it so difficult to deal with. If we knew the end date, it would be much easier to plan for. Staying positive and creative in quarantine in whatever way works best for you is very important. With so many of us out of work and stuck at home, I wanted to chat with another bartender...


Quarantine health and wellness for bartenders – Ep36 With Amie Ward

There’s a pretty good chance you’re also stuck in your house and not working behind the bar right now. Without our normal structure, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits, but it’s also an opportunity to form new ones. It's easy to start small and practice new health and wellness habits during quarantine. Preparing one healthy snack a day or doing five minutes of breathing exercise when you wake up can vastly improve your wellbeing, especially during this challenging time. These are things...


Running a bar in a pandemic – Ep35 With Mary Palac

We are living in uncertain times. Running a bar in a pandemic is one of the biggest challenges we've ever faced as an industry. As restaurants and bars across the world are being forced to close or pivot to pickup and delivery sales only, many are struggling to survive. One of those bars is Paper Plane in San Jose, Calif. in a county that has seen both the earliest and highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state. My guest today is Mary Palac, bartender at paper plane. She’s been in the...


Some internal work we can all do – Ep34

So this is a pretty weird time to be a human in society. I’ve been struggling with it, as I’m sure you are as well. First of all, apologies for the radio silence. It’s been a bit of an adjustment for me too. I typically do in person interviews, but as you can imagine, that’s not possible right now, not to mention everyone in our industry is a little preoccupied. I'm working on a system for remote interviews, and hopefully we’ll have some conversations in the coming weeks about how people are...


Cultural consideration in bar programs – Ep33 With Samuel Jimenez

Things can get dicey when we borrow elements from other cultures for our bar programs. Is it ok to use ceremonial fabric as a tablecloth or put tropical drinks in cups shaped like religious icons? Cultural consideration in bar programs is very important, but it is challenging when we don't have an understanding or even exposure to those cultures. It's easy to misrepresent someone else's culture when you don't have any knowledge about it, even if you are well intentioned. My guest today is...


Becoming a wine importer – Ep 32 With Ian Adams

Many of us, myself especially, wonder where to go next with our careers. One exciting option is to start an import business. It seems like an exciting career of traveling to far away places and shaking hands with bearded men in exotic marketplaces. While there is some measure of that, becoming a wine importer is not without its challenges, particularly when international trade disputes happen. My guest today is Ian Adams, Director of Spirits and Fortified Wines at Merchants of Thirst, an...


Useful tips for bartenders – Episode 31.5

Light Spanish wines are perfect for recording recap episodes Welcome back! Thanks so much tuning in to another recap of what we've learned in the past few episodes. We had four amazing guests this month who shared many useful tips for bartenders and industry professionals. Listen to the episode in the player or wherever you get your podcasts for some of the most important things we learned. In Episode 28, we learned all about how competitive bartending can make you a better bartender, with...


Staying positive during service – Ep31 With Hubert Tang

Hospitality is our number one job. It is literally the name of our industry, but it’s often hard to be hospitable when you have other challenges going on in your life. Difficult customers, trouble with family or partners or simply being exhausted from work all make staying positive during service a big challenge. With a few good mental tools, however, we can learn to stay positive with our customers no matter what is going on in our lives. My guest today is Hubert Tang. He has been in the...


The challenges of high-end restaurants – Ep 30 With Mike Miranti

Fine dining and high-end casual restaurants can be very exciting and lucrative places to work. You get the chance to work with well respected chefs and staff, the pay is usually higher and the media attention is exciting too. But the unique challenges of high-end restaurants can make working in that environment exhausting if you're not prepared for it. High-end restaurants are often more complicated and more stressful. Solid teamwork is a must in that kind of environment. If the operation...


Starting a craft spirits company – Ep29 With Absinthia Vermut

Have you ever thought about starting a craft spirits company? Many of us working behind the bar wonder where our careers will lead us next. Although I do believe one can have a long career in service, many people just don't want to. Starting your own spirits brand is an alluring career move, especially since we're so familiar with the market and the products that are available. Many bartenders have started brands or consulted with producers to create products that work better in cocktails or...


All about competitive bartending – Ep 28 with Jessi Lorraine

Welcome back! I Hope 2020 is treating you well so far. Have you ever thought about competitive bartending? It can be an amazing way to learn new skills and move forward in your career, but it’s not without its challenges, everything from balancing training time with your daily schedule to finding support for your cause, and some you may not even expect. Competitive bartending is definitely one of the more exciting directions you can go in this industry. My guest today is Jessi Lorraine. She...


2019 Top 10 tips for bartenders – Episode 27

Wow! it's been a long and crazy year. So much has happened here at You're 86, and here we are almost into the 20s again! Fortunately we don't have prohibition this time around. We've covered a lot on the show this year and I wanted to give you my 2019 top 10 tips for bartenders. These are my favorite bits of knowledge from all of the interviews this past year. They are things that have definitely helped me, and I hope they help you too. Listen to the episode in the player or wherever...


Surviving holiday stress – Ep 26: With Rebecca Hopkins

This is probably the craziest time of year for all sides of our industry, and surviving that holiday stress isn't easy. Our jobs are extra busy with company buyouts, we have to manage expectations of family and friends, we have holiday parties to host and attend, and that's on top of all the usual end of year stress. Despite all of the bright and cheerful decorations, this can be an incredibly dark and hopeless time of year. My guest today is Rebecca Hopkins. She's been in the wine industry...


Handling drunken holiday crowds – Episode 25: With Eddie Chann

Handling drunken holiday crowds is a challenging inevitability in our industry. Days like St. Patricks Day, Cinco de Mayo and New Year's Eve can bring massive crowds of imbibers to your bar. Often, these are groups of people who have already been drinking elsewhere, and it can be hard to tell how much they've had already. This can be a dangerous challenge when you are extra busy with the high volume of customers and your awareness is lower. So how do we survive these crazy drinking holidays?...


Quick tips for bartenders – Episode 24.5

Some perfectly serviceable Crémant d'Alsace from my corner store. We've learned a ton of great stuff this month, and it's a lot to remember. Which is why I like to do these quick tips for bartenders episodes. It's sort of a recap of the past four episodes. And as has become tradition, I drink a bottle of wine from my corner store. This month it's a perfectly serviceable Crémant d'Alsace. This month, we had financial expert Sarah Brady talk about personal finance for bartenders in Episode 21....


It’s important to take breaks – Episode 24

It's important to take breaks, especially when it's busy. It's important to take breaks while working at the bar. Our jobs can be very stressful and fast paced, especially during the busy holiday season. Marathon weeks of holiday buyouts coupled with the general holiday frenzy and our own personal end of year woes create an unpleasant cocktail of stress, exhaustion and anxiety. And because we're so busy with work and everything else, it's easy to let other healthy habits of eating, drinking...


Becoming a brand ambassador – Episode 23: With Keli Rivers

Where do you go next in your career? It’s a scary question to ask. With so many directions to go in, it's hard to know where to begin. It's a question I’m also trying to figure out myself. One of the many options is to become a brand ambassador. It’s a dream that a lot of us have, and it can seem like a pretty magical career. Have you ever been to a brand sponsored event for bartenders? The brand ambassador is like a rockstar sometimes. But the job isn't all parties and company credit cards,...


Mental health in the bar industry – Episode 22: With Brenna McHugh

We've talked quite a bit about mental health in the bar industry on this show recently, and I don't think it's a subject we'll put to rest anytime soon. Bartending can be an incredibly taxing job. The sheer number of interactions we have with people every shift is mentally exhausting enough, not to mention all of the other challenges we face on top of that. Long, odd hours, low pay, physical labor and alcohol abuse can lead to mental health problems if we don't take care of ourselves. But...