Bartender of the week- Jarl Rasmussen
Name: Jarl Rasmussen
Bar: Pig Pounder Brewery
Where are you from? Santa Cruz, California
How long have you been bartending? A year and a half
How did you become a bartender? After arriving in Greensboro to buy a house with my fiance, I was unable to find work in my previous field as a zookeeper and wildlife rehabilitation specialist. I was out driving in desperate need of a great stout and a job. I found both in Pig Pounder. (It was the Truffle Hunter… a glorious rich stout, and I said ya I can support this beer.)
What do you enjoy about bartending? I very much enjoy sharing my love of craft brew. I also love seeing people really enjoy themselves. I love creating parties like weddings and rehearsals… so much love goes into them.
What’s your favorite drink to make? We had a Berliner we called the Pig Royal: A strong sour with a shot of raspberry syrup poured on top. It always got a smile and a fun reaction.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? The darkest of stouts.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? The Swine Wine: Epic raspberry Belgian strong.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? When a drunk man attempted to get access to throwing axes by asking me to change the mind of the host of the company, The Flying Hatchet. He was overwhelmed with the quality of the water I gave him, claiming it to be some of the best beer he ever had. He kept harassing the hatchet guys, even challenging them to a fight ….cause that would certainly sway their judgment and allow him to throw axes lol.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? $50 cash on one beer. A sweet gentleman with a thick Eastern European accent said talking to him brightened his whole week.