SideBar--It's Gettin' Personal With Shelby Goelz

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Shelby Goelz; USBG Tampa; 15 years in the industry

 

Professional Stats & Vitals: Single, Employed, Alive.

 

First job: Preparing mass mail outs for my moms real estate company.

 

Childhood ambition: To be the best singer my shower had ever seen!

 

Best part of job: Introducing people to things that they never thought they would like or have never heard of.

 

Stress relievers: Kayaking, Drawing, Bourbon

 

Favorite quote: "Nothing grows under the shade of great trees." -Constantin Brancusi

 

If you won the lottery tomorrow: I would open my own boutique wine and spirits shop that also offered small cafe bites.

 

Pet peeve: When a guest asks if 'he' (the person that created MY cocktail list) is here.

 

Advice you could offer to others: Know your shit or be incredibly confident as you deliver the bullshit.

 

Best compliment anyone could give you: "That's delicious. That's beautiful" Both of these in reference to a perfect cocktail.

 

Riskiest thing you've ever done: Moving to Chicago when I was 20, knowing not a single person there. I lasted a decade!

 

Personal heroes: My mom is pretty freaking great.

 

Is there something about you that would surprise people?

I am incredibly shy.

 

How do you turn around a lousy day?

With a dance break.

 

Most interesting place traveled & why: The Darien Gap in Panama. It took driving through multiple military checkpoints and then down 'non-roads' to find where we were staying and on our first trip to the market we bought a machete. It currently hangs over our mantle.

 

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

An Old Fashioned

 

Favorite part of usbg.org?

The challenge of participating in contests. Even if I don't submit, I try to come up with a meaningful cocktail for the theme.

 

Sports team: Cubs and Juventus

 

Joke: A guest walks into a bar: 'What kind of flavored vodka do you have?' Me: 'Juniper. We have Juniper flavored vodka.' And then I convince them to drink gin.

 

Word: Moxie

 

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

Someone that works with tigers, sloths or otters.

 

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The shyness part

January 22, 2018 11:17 AM by Frederic Yarm

It seems that the extrovert bartenders find making drinks difficult, whereas the introvert bartenders find making drinks fun but coming alive (in an outward sense) each shift is the work. It used to surprise me when I discovered that some of the most boisterous bartenders behind the stick (including one who danced on top of the bar) were quiet, soft-spoken, and intellectual people outside of work.

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