Bartenders

Stephen Foster

May 30, 2014

On April 19th, Brewery Corner in Kilkenny, Ireland celebrated its first birthday. Their first year was an eventful one, capped off by winning the illustrious title of Craft Beer Bar of the Year at the 2013 Bar of the Year Awards.

Managing Brewery Corner and overseeing the bar’s large selection of Irish craft brews on draught and bottled beers from around the world is Stephen Foster, a veteran bartender with a true passion for beer.

What is the atmosphere like on an average night at Brewery Corner?

The atmosphere here is very relaxed most of the week. Kilkenny is a small town with a lot of pubs (something like 85). So no single bar will be overly packed on a school night. We’ve got lots of different groups in on different nights, however. Sunday is board game night, Tuesday is Drink & Draw, Thursday is ArtSocial night. It’s all about people with common interests hanging out. Friday and Saturday nights can get a bit hectic and there’s always a cheerful buzz about the place. READ MORE

Authors

Jon Herbert

February 18, 2015

Author Jon Herbert was born in Salt Lake City and raised in a Mormon household on the outskirts of town, the youngest of six children. From his father, Herbert learned how to write, penning his first book in fifth grade. As a teenager, Herbert acquired a love of the urban lifestyle and, after graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature, he settled in the downtown area of Salt Lake City, where he manages a business and writes fiction.

Herbert’s first book, Life on the Dingleball Fringe, is a collection of short stories about a side of Salt Lake City that most may not realize exists. Set mostly in bars and taverns, the book chronicles the misadventures of a ragtag group of individuals who drink heavily, do drugs and hook up with the wrong people. With compassion and wit, Herbert acutely observes the good, bad and downright ugly aspects of living life on the fringe. READ MORE

Bartenders

Bryan Tamayo

April 30, 2014

Until recently, bartender Bryan Tamayo worked at Ox Restaurant —  the Oregonian’s 2013 “Restaurant of the Year” — and Whey Bar — Playboy Magazine’s 2013 “Best Waiting Room” — in Portland, Oregon. But Tamayo decided that it was time for a change, and starting in May of 2014, visitors to Comme Ça Restaurant in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas will be able to experience Tamayo’s remarkably creative cocktails for themselves.

Tamayo has a passion for spirits and consistently strives to learn more and push himself to the next level. Check out Bryan’s Facebook page for more information.

What inspired your move to Las Vegas?

I was looking to learn more about the industry. I know that Las Vegas has a budding cocktail culture and I would really like to be apart of that. It’s interesting how Las Vegas is surrounded by liquor but only recently has it had a focus on the craft of bartending. READ MORE

Authors

Jada Ryker

September 23, 2016
Jada Ryker

She was raised in rural Kentucky, many of her younger years spent without electricity or running water. But the deprivation never broke Jada Ryker… it made her stronger. It built her character. And as an adult and an author with seven published books to her name, Jada has frequently tapped into the experiences of her younger years for inspiration.

Beginning in early 2014, with the publication of her first work, Murder Takes a Dare, Jada has quickly made a name for herself in the mystery adventure genre. Her newest novel, Take the Body and Run, was released on September 20th by Kindle Press after Jada earned a publishing contract through Amazon’s Kindle Scout program, a platform that allows readers to determine which books should be published and promoted by Amazon. Take the Body and Run is an eclectic tale of a hunted woman who hides under a dead friend’s identity, a handsome lawman, a death doctor with a fat machine, and a cranky cat with a nose for crime. READ MORE

Authors

Willow Scarlett

April 10, 2014

Willow Scarlett writes from beautiful New Zealand, surrounded by water and trees and the occasional stingray. She writes queer romance with an emphasis on unique characters and a strong love story.

Willow doesn’t have pets or children, but she does have enough kooky friends to stock a sitcom. She also has a mysterious clicking sound in the wall which gets louder every night.

Willow is active in the local hardcore punk scene and the queer craft scene, which have less overlap than one might hope. When she’s not writing, working her day job or crafting she devotes most of her time to procrastinating blog updates.

She is the author of Wrong Side of the Bridge and Knockout Andrew, which was released in November of 2012. Readers can learn more about Willow on her website.

Which authors have had the strongest influence on your life and your writing? READ MORE