Bartender of the Week – Douglas Beeson
Bartender: Douglas Beeson
Where are you from? Walnut Cove, N.C.
How long have you been bartending? 5 years
How did you become a bartender? I was looking for part-time work while DJing and doing event planning for weddings, then moved into it full time about a year later, and haven’t looked back since then.
What do you enjoy about bartending? My favorite thing would be the people I get to interact with on a daily basis, or when you make a wine selection for someone and they truly enjoy it and keep coming back for more. I also enjoy meeting new people from all different walks of life and that’s something you don’t get from other jobs.
What’s your favorite wine and why? My Favorite wine at the moment would be a red Burgundy (Pinot Noir). It’s a light red wine with a lot of complexity, starting off sometimes with an earthy driven nose, and can open up to different red fruits on the back end. It’s a great red for summer!
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? Honestly, I would prefer a glass of Angel’s Envy bourbon. It’s finished off in port sherry barrels and it’s just kind of refreshing to me after a meal.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? One Mother’s Day we had a family affair outside of the bar. It was pretty early in the day, but the results that ensued were pretty funny. The family got into an argument with each other and their significant others, and started throwing wine glasses at each other and then decided to throw things across the parking lot which included a cell phone which shattered into about a million pieces, and a purse. They then decided to work things out in our single-serving bathroom and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just talking. I mean hair was everywhere!
What’s the best tip you’ve ever gotten? I was tipped a $300 bottle of wine once and it was delicious.