Hotel Bartenders Get Super Specialized, Whiskey Anyone?
It's not all about wine and sommeliers anymore, as hotel bars are employing experts in everything from whiskey to beer. Fabio Ingrosso / flickr.com
If you can’t tell your Dewars from your Macallan 1946, and even if you can, having a bartender schooled in your favorite beverage’s finer points would be neat and a treat. This is a way to make hotel bars a destination in their own right, even more than they already are.
Excerpt from New York Times
Bartenders are a mainstay at most upscale hotels, but some properties today have staff members who are specialists in just one type of alcohol.
The Mixing Room at JW Marriott L.A. Live has a new whiskey director who oversees the aging of the spirit done in house in French oak barrels and creates flight tastings of different whiskeys. The Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport has a director of brewer relations who helps guests navigate the 100 choices on the beer menu at its beer-centric bar. The director also holds beer tastings with different themes.