SideBar - It's Gettin' Personal With Nathaniel Johnson

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USBG Des Moines; 13 years in hospitality, 3 years in bar, 1 year in beverage retail management

 

Nicknames: Dale

 

Professional Stats & Vitals: Certified beverage geek

 

First job: Dishwasher, busser

 

Why this business: Flavor is everything, and hospitality is the most important

 

Childhood ambition: Live somewhere abroad and absorb the language and culture.

 

Best part of job: Seeing happy and entertained guests

 

Stress relievers: Playing/watching darts, cycling, making homemade amari

 

Favorite quote: "Treat it like your own, and someday it will be."

 

If you won the lottery tomorrow: Wouldn't change much. But I would only travel first class, drink grower champagne daily, and new socks each day.

 

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Pet peeve: Chefs and bartenders who use their jobs as an accessory for social media. It's the hospitality that's most important.

 

Advice you could offer to others: When you're told you can't do something, try even harder. Also: failure is the pathway to success. Learn from mistakes, and don't try to repeat them.

 

Best advice you ever got: The only things that can't be taken from you are your experiences, education, and work ethic.

 

Best compliment anyone could give you: "Marron, that's delicious."

 

Riskiest thing you've ever done: Spent all my money on an apartment in a new city without a job in place.

 

Personal heroes: Fred Dame, the Meehan Brothers, Dan Barber

 

Is there something about you that would surprise people?

I have an undying love for Elisir Novasalus. So much that my "Make Novasalus Great Again" hat apparently has me marked by a lot of Haus Alpenz people.

 

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How do you turn around a lousy day?

2 tacos lengua, 2 arrachera, 2 al pastor con todo, and a brown michelada

 

Most interesting place traveled & why:

Minneapolis. Small city with a lot of passionate people. Get them talking and the time can go anywhere.

 

What's the simplest thing you've never mastered?

Parallel parking. I ride my bike more than I drive.

 

Favorite part of usbg.org?

Interacting with other like-minded career beverage people.

 

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Sports team: Live and bleed Minnesota.

 

Joke: How can you tell if someone is (chef/mixologist/sommelier)? Don't worry, they'll tell you.

 

Word: Marron

 

If you could change jobs with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Michelin Guide reviewer.

 

What other profession would you never try?

Anything banking or insurance-related.

 

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

"Awww f*ck. They said you'd be coming."

 

Anything we missed?

My obsession with Italian sandwiches. If the gabagool isn't good, it's already over.

 

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February 23, 2018 01:15 PM by Frederic Yarm

Novasalus is definitely one of the weirdest amaro out there. Cheers!

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