Bartender of the week- Dan Morgan
Name: Dan Morgan
Bar: Leveneleven Brewing
Where are you from? Asheboro, N.C.
How long have you been bartending? Nine months
How did you become a bartender? Business necessity, as we’re a two-employee operation.
What do you enjoy about bartending? Helping people discover different beer styles, evangelizing about beer, and getting to see our customers love our beers as much as we do.
What’s your favorite beer to make? Kölsch. It’s such a precise, challenging style that, if you miss the mark on anything, it’s no longer Kölsch.
What’s your favorite beer to drink? There’s such a broad spectrum of styles that there truly is a beer for any occasion. But, if I can only have one, it’s gotta be a well made Kölsch. Strong emphasis on well made.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? Dark, rich, and high ABV is the obvious answer so, Imperial anything: barleywine, quads, stouts/porters. However, the bold choice, since you’re done using your taste buds for a while, is old school, palate wrecking IPA. They’ll sit lighter on your stomach, and all those hops act as a digestif.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? A well dressed older guy comes in, obviously in a rush. He scans the tap list and asks for a sample. Then, a sample of another beer. I ask if he’d like a pint of either. He says “no” but asks for a sample of two other beers. While he tastes those, I mention that we have Crowlers to go of anything on tap. He says no, says all the beers were great, and I’ll be back soon, then hustles out of the bar. I haven’t seen him since…
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? Biggest: $20. Best: “Don’t open a brewery.” We’ll see which one was worth more.