The manager offered him a few nights a week bartending. Brandenburg asked for a week to “think it over.” He spent it at the library, reading every book about cocktails he could find.
“I didn’t know a thing about it,” he says. “I realized quickly, there’s a big difference between reading a recipe in a book and actually creating a drink.”
So why bartend? Being behind the bar has given him the chance to observe "a case study in human nature" according to the multi-talented young man. “Take the most bizarre, strange, terrible, funny, horrific, tragic, wonderful things,” he says. “And I have seen every single one of them behind the bar.”