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    Hey, Barkeep!

    Grace Pierson

    Grace Pierson/The Daily Wildcat

    What is your favorite drink to make?

    At Tap & Bottle we just do pretty much beer and wine for our craft beer bar, so pouring beer is my favorite drink to make.

    What is your least favorite drink to make?

    We’re more of a beer and wine room than your typical bar, and so it makes it pretty simple. There’s nothing that is a pain in the butt to pour, nothing hard to make. Just tap beer.

    Personally, what is your favorite type of beer?

    The biggest, baddest IPA I can find — big and hoppy.

    On the other side of the spectrum, what is something you don’t care for?

    Anything made by Anheuser-Busch — American white lager, you know, Miller, Coors, Budweiser — has no redeeming flavors whatsoever.

    You said this is your first bartending gig?

    Yeah, pretty much everyone here. None of us come from any backgrounds. We’re all just beer lovers. Most of us are home brewers.

    There’s got to be a special kind of feeling over there — where everyone’s new, everyone’s passionate, and the restaurant is brand new and unique.

    Oh, absolutely. We’re a hundred different personalities, but we’ve been open three months, and it seems like we’re old friends. We’re a family, for sure. Everyone shares the same passion.

    How has business been, in those three months?

    It has been, almost every night, packed. It is standing room only.

    Is there a drinking trend that you’d like to see disappear?

    I think, in the type of ground and the regulars that we attract, no. I actually think the drinking trend as a whole, in this city, and state and even nationwide, is great. People are really starting to gravitate toward craft beers. The craft beer industry is booming; every year it takes market share from the big breweries … I think it’s an exciting time for beer and liquor right now in this country. It’s a renaissance right now.

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