Bartenders' Sweet Sixteen
Brian Van Flandern
Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Education for
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
The Bartenders' Sweet Sixteen is a questionnaire comprised of questions asked by Marcel Proust, Bernard Pivot, and James Lipton, with a few curve-balls thrown in by gaz regan
Jigger or Free-Pour?
Professionally- Jigger; Home- Free Pour
What's your favorite swear word?
What's the one thing a guest can say or do at your bar that will really piss you off?
Nothing. Literally nothing... it's a philosophy that has served me well and seriously reduced my stress.
What other profession would you like to attempt?
Host of a high-end Mixology TV show
What profession would you not like to do?
What is your most distinguishing characteristic?
My gregariously charming nature... that or my awesome liver
Where would you like to live?
In a country where truth is the truth and all citizens are treated with respect.
Dry Shake or Reverse Dry Shake?
Double Secret Reverse Shake with a Hawthorne Coil and a Brillo Pad
Who are your favorite fictional heroes and/or heroines?
Jean Luc Picard, Andy Dufresne, and Cookie Monster
Who are your real-life heroes and/or heroines (living or dead)?
My mother, My father, and Cookie Monster
Who is your favorite painter?
M.C. Escher or Bob Ross
Who is your favorite singer or group?
Myself... in the shower with a soap microphone
What quality do you most admire in a man?
What quality do you most admire in a woman?
Patience... with me as I struggle to become a better feminist
If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
...care for a God finger stirred Negroni?