They say great minds think alike, well in this case, I guess its great bartenders who are a slightly concerned with the direction the cocktail culture is headed. I found this post through my facebook and thought it would be the perfect follow up to last weeks “Celebrity Culture vs B.O.H. Work Ethic.” Cheers!
The voices started a couple of years ago. The voices got louder and began to swell. Now, it’s a roar. The guest is angry. Pitchfork and torches angry. Bartenders have become self involved, mean-spirited, talk too much, snobby snob, fancy panted mixologists… or bar chefs… or cocktail artists. Polite conversation and warm welcome has been replaced with diatribes on ice dilution and the hauteness of hollywood princesses. Hubris and arrogance have replaced hospitality. What have we created in the blind pursuit of our craft and at the expense of the guest? Excuse me Dr. Frankenstein, but your monster is loose.
The following was posted recently by Sean Kenyon, a Rasputin bearded, third generation bartender out of Denver:
“I was recently enjoying a drink at a cocktail bar. The guest next to me, who was probably in his early 50’s, asked the bartender if they had Jello shots. To which the bartender…
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