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Director–writer Douglas Tirola is here to elevate bartenders to their rightful place. Bartending in the big leagues is not about rum and Coke but about mixing and developing drinks using the freshest ingredients and the best of flavors. The art, science, history, and career of bartending are the subjects of Tirola's Hey Bartender, an award-winning 2013 documentary film.
This fascinating look at the life behind the bar focuses primarily on two men: A middle-aged man who owns a local bar in Westport, Connecticut, and a young ex-Marine who works at one of the most popular bars in New York. Their very different experiences and places in life offer a nice counterpoint, but we also meet influential men and women who are at the top of the heap in the cocktail universe.
If you've ever wondered about the rise and fall and rise again of the mixed drink in America and/or the art, wisdom, science, and showmanship of the men and women who stand behind the bar, this film is for you. Whether you drink or not, have a favorite bar or not, you'll discover something new in Hey Bartender. This film is not about how to make a cocktail; it's about the individuals who are striving for recognition and respect in the food world. And guess what? They are finally getting their place in sun, exemplified by newly developed James Beard awards, a week-long annual conference in New Orleans, and the ever-growing attention of the media.
This is a don't-miss film that will have you staking out your own spot at the corner pub and asking the bartender for his or her recommendation.