26 July 2014

Weekend Cooking: Hey Bartender (Film)

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Hey Bartender (documentary)The cocktail is back! Actually, it's been back for a number of years, but some of us are still hooked on wine and craft beers and think of cocktails as either the businessman's martini or those sweet, unimaginative "ladies' drinks" from the 1950s and 1960s.

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.


Couscous & Consciousness 7/26/14, 6:55 AM  

It blows my mind the kind of imaginative cocktails that good bartenders and "mixologists" are coming up with today - it's a far cry from the the Grasshoppers and Fallen Angels I grew up with. This film sounds like a must see.

Tina 7/26/14, 7:11 AM  

I didn't know about the James Beard awards for cocktails, I like it. Certainly will check out the movie. We are stuck in the "old man" style drinks of Manhattans, martinis and Old Fashions. Love 'em!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 7/26/14, 7:38 AM  

I'm strictly a wine girl, but my husband loves making special mixed drinks at home...I'll tell him about this!

Jackie McGuinness 7/26/14, 7:54 AM  

Great now I have Lady Antebellum's
latest song "Bartender" stuck in my head LOL!!

Laurie C 7/26/14, 8:41 AM  

You find the best movies to recommend! I will look out for this. I am into cocktails a bit, but need to form a cocktail club, because most of them don't fit too well with the low-carb diet my husband is on!

(Diane) bookchickdi 7/26/14, 8:44 AM  

This looks good, and now I have the Blues Brothers version of Hey Bartender rolling around in my head.

Unknown 7/26/14, 9:00 AM  

How interesting. I've watched some TV shows on bartending and the way they come up with drinks sounds fascinating.

Esme 7/26/14, 9:20 AM  

You always find the most interesting movies. I have read two books recently that talked about James Beard.

Karen 7/26/14, 9:36 AM  

That movie looks like fun! I'll add it to the list. (It makes me feel both old and young at the same time....)

Cecelia 7/26/14, 11:44 AM  

I don't have much interest in cocktails (like you, I'm a wine/craft beer person), but I have wondered about the rise of interest in them recently - especially among my generation. Sounds like an interesting film!

TP 7/26/14, 1:11 PM  

Ooh I have to watch this. I'm always blown away by the imagination and showmanship of really good bartenders.

Tanya Patrice

Amanda 7/26/14, 3:08 PM  

This book sounds cool! I'm a big fan mixed drinks because beer and wine aren't my favorite.

Rhiannon 7/26/14, 5:47 PM  

Yay! It's on Netflix. I'm going to watch it soon. Maybe I'll be inspired to mix up some fancy cocktails of my own.

Peaceful Reader 7/26/14, 7:49 PM  

This looks like fun. I love being a mixologist especially in the summer with all the fresh herbs and veggies you can use. I will put this on my watch list.

bermudaonion 7/26/14, 8:12 PM  

I don't know how bartenders keep all those recipes straight. We love films like this!

rhapsodyinbooks 7/27/14, 7:44 AM  

I took a bartending course once in my youth, even though at that point I didn't even drink wine! But it was fun. Of course I forgot everything almost immediately....

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