What spirit defined 2016 for you?
Oh, tough question. For me I would say mezcal, specifically Ilegal mezcal, helped to define 2016. Agave spirits have been on the rise for the past few years and Ilegal mezcal has become a leader in the category. Between the people who help to run and spread gospel about the brand, to their political commentary and involvement with the presidential race, I think this brand has done so much for the bartending community and to advocate for people who work with the brand outside of the United States. Plus, mezcal is a ritualistic and communally shared spirit by groups of people. Plus, it never leaves me with a hangover...
What’s the craziest thing that happened in your bar this year?
One of my bartenders had a baby and she worked until the day before she gave birth. She is one of the strongest and most incredible people I've ever worked with in this industry. You might think that "crazy" only relates to guest behavior or incidents that happen in the work space, but for me, I think crazy is a positive term and she really challenged societal norms by standing on her two feet and shaking cocktails night after night for months.