I was at a beer bar last night and overheard the bartender in her 20s blessing patrons with all sorts of knowledge…
“I worked at Cafe Hollander for three years, so I know a lot of things that most people don’t know. I am a beer nerd.”
“I like REAL sours” “No, not like a Lambic, REAL sours” " A real sour needs to be dark" “Duchess De Bourgogne, that is my favorite beer, that is a real sour”
“Did you know that the only reason beers are different colors is because some are top fermented and some are bottom fermented?. Most people don’t know that, but I know a lot about beer, do you see my shirt? It says I drink Belgian. I worked at Hollander for three years so I really know a lot…”
It seemed like her coworkers played an elaborate 3 year joke on her. I can’t imagine how many people she has taught beer lessons to, as she was quite eager and intense about her sharing her expertise. I am hoping for explanations of what makes a beer a New England, Porter vs Stout, and other theories next time she is working.
Anyone else have a cool bartender like that?