GUEST BARTENDER PROGRAM
The devastating combination of a tornado and a pandemic has the Nashville Hospitality Community reeling. There are many incredibly talented people without a place to work, so we’ve invited them to create special drinks for you to enjoy at home! These kits are priced at $59.99, which includes a $10 gratuity paid directly to the bartender who created it. Do some good, help these lovely people out in a difficult time, and throw back some delicious craft cocktails.
Kala taught for six years but has been in the industry for over 15 years. She sees mentorship and camaraderie as fundamental to any bar team. Between shifts and delivering your cocktail kits, she co-hosts two podcast series with Spirit of Rock called Pretty Good for a Girl and Love on the Rocks. In addition, she runs Gospel of Cocktail in which she offers a variety of educational and fun services for amateurs, professionals, bars, and events. Her cocktail menu curation has landed her on the Today in Nashville segment for each of the bars she’s represented over the past six years. Kala’s certifications include mixology, gin, brandy, whiskey and bourbon stewardship, sherry, and soon to add sake. Other than those obsessions, she loves her little siblings and Beyoncé a little more than anyone really should.
Miracle Man – Lemon, Grapefruit, Mint, Molasses
Add Bourbon or your favorite Whiskey
Benjamin, the Head Bartender of Henley in Midtown Nashville, was born and raised here in town. He is a true Renaissance man of exceptional talents. Benjamin graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College in 2007 and is a Diesel Mechanic by trade. He’s been in the Food & Beverage game for ten years and earned his stripes in the service industry at a local Red Lobster. You can guarantee he can still make a killer Bahama Mama. Over the past five plus years, his bartending career has catapulted him into wonderful challenges that he has met with charm and tenacity. In 2018, he became a Woodford Reserve Regional Finalist as the People’s Choice Winner. In 2019, he fought in the Fernet Branca Games as a Finalist. This year, he will again compete as a Woodford Reserve Regional Finalist in Nashville. He is a leader in the bartending community as USBG Nashville Chapter Board of Directors and Nashville Bartenders Foundation Board of Directors. If that weren’t enough, Benjamin is one of the most genuine people you could have the pleasure of meeting. He is a loving husband to his dear wife, Kalia and the ultimate Dog Father to four wonderful bulldogs: Xena, Reuben, Athena, and Ariya.
Sip Awhile – Charred Blackberry, Pineapple, Black Tea
Add Scotch, Spiced Rum, or Tequila
Brandon has been in the industry for over 15 years and has worked as a bartender and bar manger. Working in conjunction with chefs he has kept an eye to flavor and style that fits any occasion. Brandon’s wife is a gifted visual artist. The couple lives in Murfreesboro with their spoiled dogs, Hank and Winnie. As a small family, they spend much of their time in the kitchen exploring fun flavors or in the studio painting. Professionally, Brandon was the bar manager at Grays on Main, a restaurant and craft cocktail bar. More recently he has worked at Vandyke Bed and Beverage in East Nashville and is eager to start back at the upcoming Le Loup cocktail bar near Germantown.
The Horse Doctor – Basil, Lemongrass, Ginger, Soda
Add Vodka or Whiskey