Flipping Bartender Mixes Fire with Booze for Cuba Trip
Author: Mary Frances Hill
Who: Scott Young, 29; ten year veteran bartender. Entrepreneur and founder of www.extremebartending.com, a bartender-training course for freestyle, flair and “extreme” bartending performance skills.
Claim to fame: Chosen from among country’s top bartenders to represent
Odd jobs: Tended a bar at Fogg’n’ Sudds, worked as a model for Levi’s jeans; in childhood, ran Kool-aid stands. “When I was a kid, I went out and collected mail and re-distributed it, but then my mom told me that was illegal.”
Corporate mogul: Just released the three-video set of Extreme Bartending Video Training series, and has finished writing a Bar Smart guide to bartending, publication pending.
Family ties: One son, 4; remains close to mom. “I’ve got a great mom. We grew up together. She’s the communications manager for Bar Smart. And I have a cool cat, Jazzy. We hang out.”
Look, ma-no hands!: “I’m preparing a routine for the competition. I have to mix four drinks, blindfolded, while breathing fire and throwing bottles that are on fire…I work blindfolded only for competitions, it’s very show-off. It’s not like someone says, I’d like a drink, and I say, “just a minute, I’ll go get my blindfold.”
Brush with fame: “If you want to meet someone famous, you to The Roxy. The Canucks come here, Messier and Gretzky come here. We don’t make a big deal of it, though.”
Jerk alert: “One thing I like about bartending is you can control the atmosphere. If there’s a ‘challenging’ person, you can be confrontational, or you can bring them into your confidence, and say ‘you know what, you have to mellow out.’ You gotta give people a break, and the problems go away.”
D’oh!: “One time Pavel Bure came in with a bunch of guys in suits. He ordered a Coors light. It was a packed night, and the song ended…just as I accidentally smashed (the bottle) and it soaked him through in his suit. There was this long silence, so I said, “four seventy-five please.”
And for my first trick: “We make up moves. There’s one we call the Wraparound – you balance (the drink) on your shoulder, it slides down your arm, and then you catch it in your hand.”
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Date: April 8th, 2005