Friday, January 05, 2007

Alberta Straub redux

Hey, all. A couple posts back I wrote about the mixological wonder that is Alberta Straub. I just heard from Alberta and it seems that she is more anxious than ever to move to Chicago. She doesn't have any solid plans but she's asked me to spread the word. I'm just a cocktail geek with a little-read blog so it's unlikely that my doing so will be of any use to her but I would be thrilled if she started doing her thing someplace that I could visit without having to buy a plane ticket. So, here goes. If you own a bar or know someone who owns a bar, or even if you just know someone who tends bar at a joint where a charming, talented, supremely inventive bartender would be welcome and appreciated please let me know. Leave contact info, questions or comments in my comment section and I'll make sure that it gets to Alberta.

In the meantime, to learn more about the woman the San Francisco Chronicle called "The Alice Waters of Booze" just plug her name into your favorite search engine. She is not your average, every day beer-slinger. Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favor of beer slingers and I'm a big fan of dive bars and beer joints but if you want your bar or cocktail lounge to stand out from the crowd you need to hire someone like her. There are places in Chicago to get a well made cocktail but I can't think of one place that has anyone remotely like Alberta. Read a little about her to see just how creative mixing drinks can be.