• Credit Card Voucher  Love Notes – August Edition

    Credit Card Voucher Love Notes – August Edition

    Bar Tips & Tricks

    Umm… hey, well… at least it wasn't me. I came in to close last night (as usual) and was elated that new chick was slammed with customers on a Sunday afternoon. Simultaneously, I was mentally perishing any thought of taking over the bar from her lest I inherit an evil throng of angry patrons and a pigsty of a bar. As I suspected, both inconvenient suspicions came to bear their weight on my shoulders with monumental force. One such victim signs new chick's voucher and presents it to me for review. Once again that sucky turd after sucky turd of ratchet-ass patrons have no idea what it is to bartend.

  • Head to Bavaria with PBS on a Fall Beer Tour Spotlighting Women Brewers and Craft Beer Makers

    Head to Bavaria with PBS on a Fall Beer Tour Spotlighting Women Brewers and Craft Beer Makers

    Craft Beer

    Portland, OR ▪ July 31, 2015 – This fall the Pink Boots Society is heading to Bavaria for a beer and brewing study tour and you're invited. The insider's tour is designed specifically to benefit the craft brewing industry and beer enthusiasts and to forge ties between independent brewing activists in Germany and North America

    “We believe in Beer Without Borders. That's why PBS is inviting serious beer lovers and members of the trade to join us on the road for the Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond study tour this fall,” says Emily Engdahl, Executive Director of the Pink Boots Society. The beer tour starts and ends in Frankfurt. The dates are October 5-13, 2015. Space is limited. Info and reservations are available online at Treasures of Europe Tours, www.treasuresofeuropetours.com.

    PBS is the world's largest association of women in the beer and brewing trade, with over 2,100 members across the U.S. and around the world.

    “When brewers, beer professionals, taste-makers and beer enthusiasts reach across borders to tell their stories, compare notes, trade ideas and hang together, the craft beer trade stands to benefit. This kind of cross-fertilization is critical to our industry,” added Engdahl.

    The beer tour includes industry briefings, educational tours of under-the-radar regional breweries, tastings, meetings with up-and-coming women brewers, sessions with old-school artisanal beer makers and trailblazing craft brewers, visits to the abbey breweries and local food events.

    Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond™ brings a new twist to beer travel. The beer tour will skip the Oktoberfest and Big Beer destinations, concentrating instead on hidden brewing hot-spots in Munich, Central Bavaria, the Upper Palatinate and Franconia.

    PBS announced that two prominent German trade organizations representing independent breweries have signed on as local partners: the Association of Private Breweries in Bavaria and the Association of Breweries of Upper Franconia.

    The beer and brewing paradigm is shifting in Germany. “Upstart craft brewers are challenging old orthodoxies with inventive, edgy new beer styles. Women brewers in Germany are at the top of their game and are slowly getting the recognition they deserve,” says Tom Conrad, of Treasures of Europe Tours, the Philadelphia-based operator that is offering the trip with PBS.

    “New-vibe craft brewing is flourishing alongside the old-school artisanal beer culture that has defined German brewing for centuries. The new-old mix makes today's German beer scene enormously exciting,” added Conrad.

    Highlights of the beer tour include:

    • Kick-off event and private tasting hosted by the Association of Private Breweries in Bavaria
    • Session with Sister Doris, Germany's last beer-brewing nun
    • Series of site visits and dialogues with pioneering women beer-makers in Franconia and the Upper Palatinate, including the Meinel sisters, master brewers in Hof
    • Private tour of a 1000-year-old abbey brewery, meeting with brewmaster and tasting
    • Survey and tasting led by a top German sommelier
    • Series of site visits, private sessions and tastings with Oswald Kundmueller, Andreas Gaenstaller and other craft beer brewers
    • Sausage seminar led by a master butcher who was chosen as Bavaria's “Bratwurst King”
    • Visit to the home of Zoigl brewing in the remote Upper Palatinate region, including briefing and tasting
    • Site visit and behind-the-scenes look at local cheese-making and small-scale trout-farming
    • Fall Kirchweih festival in a Franconian village

    and many other activities.

    Samuel Adams, Stone Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas Brewing Company have joined hands to sponsor the tour and a PBS members-only sweepstakes, which was launched to raise funds for the organization's educational programming. Four lucky winners will travel free, courtesy of the tour sponsors.

    The tour is currently open, but the group size is limited and space is going fast. Reserve online. Additional information is available at Treasures of Europe Tours. Related photos are available here. Learn about our generous sponsors here.

    Contact: Tom Conrad, 215 964 4380, info@treasuresofeuropetours.com

    Emily Engdahl, 503 502 1689, emily@pinkbootssociety.org

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    About the Pink Boots Society

    Founded to support women involved in the beer and brewing trade, the Pink Boots Society just celebrated its eighth birthday, and has grown to be the leading professional association for women in the industry. PBS is a nonprofit organization with over 2,100 members across the United States and around the world, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America and other regions. The association provides a range of educational services, scholarships, dialogue, professional development and networking opportunities for women in the trade. Follow us on Twitter @pinkbootsbeer.

    About Treasures of Europe Tours

    Based in Philadelphia, PA, Treasures of Europe Tours offers small-group, immersive tours and custom travel for people who want to delve deeper and experience more. Our offerings include beer, wine and food, history, culture and music, art, antiques, design and vintage. Join us and travel under the radar! Featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, CNN, Country Living, Australian House and Garden and the trade press. Follow us on Twitter @TreasEurTours and stay up to date with us on Facebook.

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  • Hiring the Right Employees for Your Restaurant

    Industry Updates

    In order to excel at restaurant management, consistently deliver top quality customer service by giving each party that walks through the door a reason to come back. A customer's only point of contact is typically their waiter or waitress, but in order to provide an excellent experience, you need dependable and exemplary employees at the front and back of the house. From servers to line chefs, hiring the right people is top priority. Here's how to guarantee an all-star lineup at your restaurant.

    First turn to your standout employees to serve both as an example and point of reference for future employees. To boil down your ideal employee into tangible, concrete characteristics, make a list of qualities that your favorite or most dependable employee exudes. Focus on those qualities when hiring new employees. Furthermore, those star performers will most likely surround themselves with equally motivated people in their personal life. If you're scrounging for reliable staff, ask them if they have any references or friends looking for work.

    Speaking of references, use the personality and professional references a candidate gives you. Don't shirk off those phone calls simply because an interview went well. Effective restaurant management comes in following through and paying attention to details. Talking with a previous employer can immediately illuminate how well of a match a candidate is for your restaurant.

    In order to hold all of your potential employees to the same standard, it's paramount to follow a fairly standard structure in all of your interviews. If you are not part of a franchise and have no framework provided, look one up. Cater it to your needs and the reality of working at your restaurant. Don't shy away from complicated or tricky questions – you're looking for the best of the best.

    And once you've structured your interviews, don't be afraid to be selective in your processing of applicants. You can't afford to hire someone who muttered through an answer or provided a vague response to hard-hitting questions. Taking time to properly hire the correct employees leads to fewer turnovers, fewer complaints, and more success for your restaurant.

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  • Seasonal Drinks to Stock for Spring and Summer

    Industry Updates

    On the coattails of spring, it's not too late to switch up the drink menu and give your restaurant or bar some seasonal flavor. Bar trends for spring revolve around lighter beers and skipping the punch and oaky richness for something smooth and refreshing. Going with light beers also makes economic sense: lighter beers have less alcohol content, so customers will need to purchase more for the same effect of richer drinks. Ring in spring effectively with these beers and chasers to offer variety for your patrons.

    Oculto – A recent addition to the Budweiser line, this beer is finely brewed with a helping dose of blue agave to help fabricate a distinct taste of tequila (though none can be found). It's light and goes down without any fuss, and the lower alcohol content is another positive for spring drinks. It has a distinct pop that reminds one of Mexican soda without being overwhelming. Stock this beer in your bar for a great mix-up to your regular offering. The sweetness will stand out and serve at least as a conversation piece even if it's not a particular customer's preferred brew.

    Red Bull Yellow – Not an alcoholic beverage, clearly, but the tang and zest brought with the mango flavoring of this newly minted variation of Red Bull works flawlessly as a chaser for countless tropical-themed drinks that sell easily in the spring months. A plethora of cocktails can be made cheaply with Red Bull Yellow, saving you money on more “refined” cocktail mix that goes unnoticed by most bar-goers. Just be sure to keep the mixing to a minimum – Red Bull Yellow has a hearty helping of caffeine, so don't splash an overwhelming amount into any cocktail.

    Lucky Girl India Pale Ale – This malty beer comes with a quite distinct marketing strategy – the flirtatious, eponymous “Lucky Girl” on the logo feeds the notion that any male patron could get lucky tonight. The ale itself is refreshing, on the sweet side, and has a punchy aftertaste that will leave drinkers wanting more. It also plays well into the “happy-go-lucky” atmosphere of dating at the end of spring and beginning of summer.

    Pitagora Red Wine – This truly delectable concoction was named after Pythagoras, the classical mathematician, but its perks and draws are much more accessible than the mathematical concept. With a myriad of flavors – including plum, blackberry, and even a dash of currant – this red wine is memorable, authentic, and a perfect match for the season. Stocking wines that have seasonal flair is just as vital as stocking seasonal beers – true wine connoisseurs and just as picky as craft beer enthusiasts.

    Angry Orchard Hop'n Mad Apple – Angry Orchard is as dependable a cider as any, and is adored in specialty bars and general sports pubs all across America. This recent release is brewed with an ample amount of American apples for a fruity flavor, ensuring the dry-hopped cider is tangy and sweet. The aftertaste that lingers is floral and evocative of spring, making this cider an obvious choice for the season.
    Owl's Brew – This choice is actually an artisanal tea, but the manufacturers market it as the clear choice for a cocktail mixer (and understandably so). To continue the niche of spring drinks, pick up the Coco-lada flavor. The black tea is brewed with rich tropical fruits and scintillating chai spices to up the sweet factor on any tired cocktail. Mix Owl's Brew with mezcal or spiced rum for the best effect. Staying in season keeps your drink menu relevant with current bar trends.
    Bailey's Salted Caramel – The last mixer to make the list is the latest edition to the Bailey's line of Irish Cream drinks. Indelibly sweet, this cream soda mixes with strong, oaky ales in a natural way, complimenting what's already there. Whiskey and vodka mixes are also excellent choices, as the strength and vitality of Bailey's helps wash down stronger cocktails.

    While there are some clear bar trends with spring drinks – focus on sweetness and lightness of ales, and include fruity cocktails to suit the season – another aspect of spring is creativity and a sense of freedom. These drinks are a great start, but feel free to make educated experiments with your drink offerings. The key is variety, so mix it up to please customers and keep building interest in your bar throughout the year.

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  • How to Handle a Hotshot Celebrity Appearance at Your Bar

    Industry Updates

    It's not exactly an industry secret that properly handled bar promotions featuring a local or national celebrity appearance are incredibly lucrative. Simply put, typical patrons will show up if they have an opportunity to mingle with a well-known entity. The experience becomes secondary to the story. That said, as a restaurant or bar manager, it's imperative to know how to pull off a celebrity appearance and come out ahead. Follow these tips to ensure profits without any blunders.

    First of all, your budget is of primary importance. You can book a local celebrity or personality for a fairly nominal fee, but a name universally recognized is sure to come at a high price. Crunch the numbers and calculate what you could stand to make on a packed night and compare that to a fee. If it seems like you'll have a net loss, weigh the costs and benefits. If it's a relatively small loss and could generate free marketing and buzz for your location, it may still be worth booking the celebrity.

    In order to capitalize on bar promotions featuring celebrities, it's of upmost importance that you choose and book the right celebrity. Having a big name is a wasted opportunity if the celebrity doesn't align with your demographic. If you skew young and are a college bar, don't book a pro-wrestler from the 80s. Knowing your typical crowd is instrumental in executing successful bar promotions. Who would they come out for? What kind of entertainer interests them?
    When you book a celebrity for a promotion, you want to gain as much marketing and traction as possible from the event. Therefore, ensure that you have social media and video clauses in the contract. Celebrities and local personalities will have decent to formidable followings on social media. Stipulate that they must advertise the event, and make sure they're prepared to do ample video and photo shoots for further marketing and promotion later.

    Furthermore, don't bank on a celebrity booking to do the work for you. Even if you have a big name coming to your bar or restaurant, you still need to fill seats. Market the promotion as you would any other, with a keen eye and shrewd business sense. Make the event visible on social media, and still send email blasts and post up flyers at your standard locations. Hiring a celebrity is no excuse to slack off in the marketing department.

    Follow these tips and your celebrity appearance will work wonders as a promotion and as advertising for your bar or restaurant.

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  • How to Perfect Your Own Craft Beer

    Industry Updates

    If your bar or pub is known as the go-to spot for craft connoisseurs around town, it's obvious that your beer selection must be top notch. Restaurant trends are veering toward bars both big and small brewing their own “homemade” concoctions now – many beer purists won't even visit if you don't have a homebrew of your own. Don't fall behind the times – here's how to brew your own beer on site without spending a fortune.

    You won't find a specific recipe here (that would defeat the purpose of brewing your own), but we do have some general guidelines to adhere to: you'll have several pounds of malt extract, a few ounces of crushed malt and hops, yeast, priming sugar, caps, and a grain steeping bag. These can all be procured online or at a beer supply store.

    First, pour two gallons of water into a large pot for steeping and heat the water to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour your grains into the grain steeping bag and tie the bag, and then let the bag steep in the water for approximately 20 minutes.

    Once that's done, bring the water to a low boil and add bittering hops and the malt extract you've chosen. Boil for an hour (while stirring occasionally), then add the finishing hops to your concoction. Cool to 70 degrees before transferring into a carboy and adding three gallons of drinking water. Add yeast, stir, and then put a bubbler atop your carboy. Now your homebrew is fermenting.

    Wait about two weeks, and then check the bubbler for a full minute every day until you notice no bubbles coming out for 60 seconds. At that point, you only need to wait three days for the process to complete.

    Once it's ready, boil two cups of water then add the priming sugar. Add this mixture to your beer and then you're ready to bottle. Trying this process out a few times is recommended for consistent results, and it does take a significant amount of time. Not all bars have the manpower to brew their own beer, so don't resign yourself to defeat if it's not plausible for you to try it.

    However, if you're in the business of selling premium craft beers, brewing in location may save you a great deal of money in the long haul. Restaurant trends come and go, but saving money by brewing in-house is just good business.

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  • How to Create a Winning Wine List

    How to Create a Winning Wine List

    Industry Updates

    You don't have to be an expert in viticulture or winemaking to build a terrific wine list for your bar or restaurant. Wine lists are becoming a staple even in more casual restaurants with traditional American “grub” menus. Whether or not you cater to a more upscale clientele, if you have a bar in your location, seriously consider creating your own wine list. It illuminates the forethought and follow-through in your restaurant management, and is great for enticing older and more affluent crowds. Follow these tips to create a wine list that sells repeatedly and scores with regulars and first-time visitors alike.

    First, secure a reliable and relatively affordable wine purveyor whose inventory includes the regions and types of wines you wish to incorporate. Not sure exactly what you're hoping to accomplish with your wine menu? Bring in your chef and sommelier to discuss what your wine menu should look like. Wine selections should match and accentuate your pre-existing menu and restaurant themes and strengths. Once you've secured a general feel, shopping around for suppliers is top priority to keep costs down. Consult with trusted peers in the business to see whom they use.

    The selection process for the brands and specific wines you select should be guided by versatility and pairability. Ultimately, you should offer at least a few varieties of each major type of wine relative to your wine menu size. You'll need dry whites, earthy reds, fruity opulent wines, and more. In addition, the purpose of a wine list is to increase sales and the overall dining experience for your customers. Work with your chef to choose wines that compliment your signature dishes with the greatest margin of profit.

    Your restaurant management strategy should be to facilitate choices for your patrons without overwhelming them. If you're running a sports bar or local pub, don't needlessly bog down your wine list with too many options. This will eat at your sales by increasing inventory costs, and will frustrate indecisive customers. Keep your wine list meticulous and breezily straightforward. Simple descriptions are all that's needed. A customer shouldn't spend more than a minute or two selecting wine. Keep these tips in mind to increase revenue with a knockout wine menu.

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  • Roscoe’s All Oregon Craft Beer Summit

    Craft Beer
    Oregon Craft Beer Month will come to a close on Friday, July 31. But don't fret as Roscoe's is set to host its All Oregon Craft Beer Summit on Friday to help close out this beer-centric month on a high note. There's no better way to celebrate the past 30 days of all things Oregon […]
  • Hiring the Right Employees for Your Restaurant

    Industry Updates

    In order to excel at restaurant management, consistently deliver top quality customer service by giving each party that walks through the door a reason to come back. A customer's only point of contact is typically their waiter or waitress, but in order to provide an excellent experience, you need dependable and exemplary employees at the front and back of the house. From servers to line chefs, hiring the right people is top priority. Here's how to guarantee an all-star lineup at your restaurant.

    First turn to your standout employees to serve both as an example and point of reference for future employees. To boil down your ideal employee into tangible, concrete characteristics, make a list of qualities that your favorite or most dependable employee exudes. Focus on those qualities when hiring new employees. Furthermore, those star performers will most likely surround themselves with equally motivated people in their personal life. If you're scrounging for reliable staff, ask them if they have any references or friends looking for work.

    Speaking of references, use the personality and professional references a candidate gives you. Don't shirk off those phone calls simply because an interview went well. Effective restaurant management comes in following through and paying attention to details. Talking with a previous employer can immediately illuminate how well of a match a candidate is for your restaurant.

    In order to hold all of your potential employees to the same standard, it's paramount to follow a fairly standard structure in all of your interviews. If you are not part of a franchise and have no framework provided, look one up. Cater it to your needs and the reality of working at your restaurant. Don't shy away from complicated or tricky questions – you're looking for the best of the best.

    And once you've structured your interviews, don't be afraid to be selective in your processing of applicants. You can't afford to hire someone who muttered through an answer or provided a vague response to hard-hitting questions. Taking time to properly hire the correct employees leads to fewer turnovers, fewer complaints, and more success for your restaurant.

    The post Hiring the Right Employees for Your Restaurant appeared first on Bar Entertainment System | Bar Trivia Games | Buzztime.

  • Seasonal Drinks to Stock for Spring and Summer

    Industry Updates

    On the coattails of spring, it's not too late to switch up the drink menu and give your restaurant or bar some seasonal flavor. Bar trends for spring revolve around lighter beers and skipping the punch and oaky richness for something smooth and refreshing. Going with light beers also makes economic sense: lighter beers have less alcohol content, so customers will need to purchase more for the same effect of richer drinks. Ring in spring effectively with these beers and chasers to offer variety for your patrons.

    Oculto – A recent addition to the Budweiser line, this beer is finely brewed with a helping dose of blue agave to help fabricate a distinct taste of tequila (though none can be found). It's light and goes down without any fuss, and the lower alcohol content is another positive for spring drinks. It has a distinct pop that reminds one of Mexican soda without being overwhelming. Stock this beer in your bar for a great mix-up to your regular offering. The sweetness will stand out and serve at least as a conversation piece even if it's not a particular customer's preferred brew.

    Red Bull Yellow – Not an alcoholic beverage, clearly, but the tang and zest brought with the mango flavoring of this newly minted variation of Red Bull works flawlessly as a chaser for countless tropical-themed drinks that sell easily in the spring months. A plethora of cocktails can be made cheaply with Red Bull Yellow, saving you money on more “refined” cocktail mix that goes unnoticed by most bar-goers. Just be sure to keep the mixing to a minimum – Red Bull Yellow has a hearty helping of caffeine, so don't splash an overwhelming amount into any cocktail.

    Lucky Girl India Pale Ale – This malty beer comes with a quite distinct marketing strategy – the flirtatious, eponymous “Lucky Girl” on the logo feeds the notion that any male patron could get lucky tonight. The ale itself is refreshing, on the sweet side, and has a punchy aftertaste that will leave drinkers wanting more. It also plays well into the “happy-go-lucky” atmosphere of dating at the end of spring and beginning of summer.

    Pitagora Red Wine – This truly delectable concoction was named after Pythagoras, the classical mathematician, but its perks and draws are much more accessible than the mathematical concept. With a myriad of flavors – including plum, blackberry, and even a dash of currant – this red wine is memorable, authentic, and a perfect match for the season. Stocking wines that have seasonal flair is just as vital as stocking seasonal beers – true wine connoisseurs and just as picky as craft beer enthusiasts.

    Angry Orchard Hop'n Mad Apple – Angry Orchard is as dependable a cider as any, and is adored in specialty bars and general sports pubs all across America. This recent release is brewed with an ample amount of American apples for a fruity flavor, ensuring the dry-hopped cider is tangy and sweet. The aftertaste that lingers is floral and evocative of spring, making this cider an obvious choice for the season.
    Owl's Brew – This choice is actually an artisanal tea, but the manufacturers market it as the clear choice for a cocktail mixer (and understandably so). To continue the niche of spring drinks, pick up the Coco-lada flavor. The black tea is brewed with rich tropical fruits and scintillating chai spices to up the sweet factor on any tired cocktail. Mix Owl's Brew with mezcal or spiced rum for the best effect. Staying in season keeps your drink menu relevant with current bar trends.
    Bailey's Salted Caramel – The last mixer to make the list is the latest edition to the Bailey's line of Irish Cream drinks. Indelibly sweet, this cream soda mixes with strong, oaky ales in a natural way, complimenting what's already there. Whiskey and vodka mixes are also excellent choices, as the strength and vitality of Bailey's helps wash down stronger cocktails.

    While there are some clear bar trends with spring drinks – focus on sweetness and lightness of ales, and include fruity cocktails to suit the season – another aspect of spring is creativity and a sense of freedom. These drinks are a great start, but feel free to make educated experiments with your drink offerings. The key is variety, so mix it up to please customers and keep building interest in your bar throughout the year.

    The post Seasonal Drinks to Stock for Spring and Summer appeared first on Bar Entertainment System | Bar Trivia Games | Buzztime.

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