gaz regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011

on 31/05/11 at 11:01 am

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gaz’s latest book is the first of what will become an annual manual (the hints in the title) which he will update and expand each year.

The book is split up into four sections – A Serialized Autobiography focusing on gaz’s first 17 years of life (but not as yet explaining when he stopped being able to spell serialised properly), The Mindful Bartender, The Nuts & Bolts of the Bartender’s Craft and finally Other People’s Stuff.

We kick off with gaz’s autobiography, with some people this could come across as self indulgent, dull and worst of all irrelevant. Not in this case, the look back to the early years of gaz’s life, his upbringing and more importantly how his parents dealt with the locals in their pub is all relevant and in many cases related to the coming chapters making all of the ‘lessons’ this book teaches have a human feel to them.

The next section of the book deals with what gaz calls the ‘Mindful Bartender’ now I have to warn you that when you start reading this you may think that the boy from Lancashire has spent too long in a country that is powered by therapists and holistic medicine.

When he starts encouraging meditation your inner Englishness might want to run away (in the same way that it does if someone asks you to explain ‘your feelings’) but don’t, be strong and you might just learn something.

The Mindful Bartender section of the book could come across very easily as patronising, I can see hundreds of bartenders across the country getting the hump with someone telling them how to deal with customers. Strangely these are likely the same people who will travel miles to see someone like gaz show them how to make a drink they have made thousands of times before or listen to their 12th seminar on rum that month.

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