Originally hailing from the small town of Milford, Massachusetts, about 35 miles southwest of Boston, Mia Mastroianni now resides in Los Angeles, where she holds down the bar at one of the city’s most exclusive clubs, the Soho House West Hollywood. With her confident and charismatic presence, she has been crafting unique cocktails for several years. Known in the L.A. bar scene as Tall Mia, she appeared in 2012’s “Sh*t People Say to Bartenders” video, which has garnered nearly three million views on YouTube, and beginning in 2012, Mastroianni competed against other female bartenders in Speed Rack, a competition that raises money for the fight against breast cancer. She placed in the top eight in both 2012 and 2013, and in 2014, won for all of Southern California and went on to compete at Nationals.
Founded in Decatur, Illinois in 2009 with the premise of serving world class food at reasonable prices and creating a refuge for original art and music, Donnie’s Homespun Pizza combines a menu featuring a fresh fusion of wordly flavors with an extensive collection of craft beers and wines. In 2010, Donnie’s outgrew their original location and moved to the larger building next door, which featured a dining room, bar and stage and enabled Donnie’s to become the hot spot for local music and touring acts that it is today. Donnie’s later opened a second store in Springfield, Illinois, featuring an expanded food, beer and wine menu.
Serving drinks at Donnie’s Decatur location is bartender and beer aficinado Steven Horton, who began his serving career at Olive Garden but, like so many others, found a home at Donnie’s Homespun Pizza.
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.
San Francisco-based mixologist and bartender Chris Tunstall has worn many hats over the course of the ten-plus years he’s spent in the hospitality industry, and along the way has consistently worked to create fantastic cocktails that help to make bars, restaurants and private events successful. Tunstall specializes in building cocktail programs that are profitable, executable and original, all while enhancing the customer’s experience.
Tunstall is a contributor to Liquor.com’s Drinkwire and he and his cocktails have been featured in several publications, including the San Francisco Examiner and The Tasting Panel Magazine. He currently owns and operates a bartending training website called ABarAbove.com, where he helps to train bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts on advanced cocktail and mixology techniques.
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.