As part of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, I’ll be guest bartending from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Bado’s on Beverly Road.
This is part of a small string of Craft Beer Week events organized by my friend and Mt. Lebanon neighbor Erin Hart, who runs the Farm to Table Pittsburgh conference. She arranged these as a way to raise some money for the Mt. Lebanon Uptown Farmers Market, which opens, from 9 a.m. to noon, on May 11 (can’t wait).
I’ll be donating my tips to the cause, but because I’m not even sure I’m going to get any tips, I’m bringing backup: a bottle of 2012 Samuel Adams Utopias, which is worth around $200, to give away. Stop in, try some other Sam Adams beers that will be served that night, and tip your bartender.
I asked Bado’s general manager Brian Gilboy for some tips, since he knows his way around that side of the bar (you’ll see him there on Wednesday Irish nights and other times).
He told me how he always has a few tricks up his sleeve, from bits of trivia to actual tricks with cards to the way he rims the glass for one of his patented Cosmos with lime juice so “no matter where [the customers] turn glass, that little first taste of fresh lime juice … that extra step makes it a pleasant surprise.”
For pouring draft beer, he advised me, “Hold the glass at 45-degree angle. You never want to touch the tap to the glass — you want to have that little bit of air — because that can mess up the pour.”
But his No. 1 tip?
“First and foremost, smile and say, ‘Thank you.’ That gets you a long way.”