|David Alan (left) and partner Joe Eifler|
Alan was recently nominated for a CultureMap TasteMaker Award, and he’s on this month’s cover of L Style G Style. Plus he just released a book, Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails From the Lone Star State. The man even has a sandwich named after him at Franklin Barbecue (chopped brisket, sausage and coleslaw piled high on a buttered bun). Here’s what one of his days from earlier this week looked like.
8:30 – 9:30 I woke up in Houston after having worked the Anvil bar at Free Press Summer Fest the last couple days.
9:30 – 10:00 Stopped off at Blacksmith, my favorite coffee shop, to get some caffeine in my body and a little information in my brain from David Buehrer, a wizard with coffee. I traded him a copy of my book for some of his beans.
10:00 – 12:30 I got in the car and headed for Austin. I don’t mind driving because it means I can concentrate and actually get some meetings done. Had several calls about upcoming events we’re working at: Aspen Food & Wine, Tales of the Cocktail, Viva Big Bend Music Festival.
The United States Bartenders Guild chapter has a couple of very big events coming up - Texas Tiki Week in June, National Leadership Conference in August - so there is never a shortage of work that has to be done for the organization. I also work as a brand ambassador for Cooper Spirits (the creators of St. Germain), and we have a big new product launching this month, so I spend a lot of time on the phone.
Called my partner, Joe, to check on preparations for the evening’s event at Springdale Farm.
12:30 – 4:00 When I got back to Austin, the USBG council joined me at the house and we headed out to Krause Springs to do a facility inspection for our upcoming “Luau at the Lagoon” event. It can be stressful running around so much and being on duty while other people recreate at a beautiful place like Krause Springs. But I have to remind myself that at least I get to “office” from fabulous locations and not in a cubicle. And the people in this industry are almost universally a fun bunch of folks.
4:00 – 5:30 Back in Austin we finished prepping for the drink service for the tomato dinner, a beautiful affair at Springdale Farm benefitting Austin Food For Life.
5:30 – 11:00 Loaded up the car and went to the dinner. The food was amazing: six tomato-inspired courses from Swift’s Attic’s Mat Clouser, Zack Northcutt and Callie Speer as well as Glass-2-Plate’s Matt Taylor and Café Josie’s Brandon Fuller. I was busy making cocktails and chatting, but I got to taste the oysters, quail, ravioli and more.
11:00 – 12:30 When my team finally got cleaned up and back home, we had a quick strategy meeting about the next day’s events and the rest of the week.
12:30 I nodded off almost immediately when I hit the sack and caught up on a week of sleep deprivation. It all started again this morning, and now I need to rush off to judge the Viva Sangrita! competition. Never a dull moment in the Texas beverage scene!
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