Who | Jared Schmidt
Where | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Current Bar | Free Agent
Past Bar(s) | Orchard Room, Raudz Regional Table, Baijiu (Edmonton), The Almanac (Edmonton)
Favourite Spirit | Tequila
Favourite Juice | Pineapple all the way.
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Vieux Carre. It’s classy, it’s complex, it’s New Orleans, and it splits the difference between a good Sazerac, an Old Fashioned, and a Manhattan. Beautiful.
Favourite Part of the Job | Memorable guest interactions, and the lasting friendships and bonds you make with fellow members of the industry.
Favourite After Work Drink | A cold IPA or some brown spirit, neat.
Favourite at Home Drink | Craft Beers or Negronis.
Favourite bar in the world | Amor y Amargo (NYC)
Best known for | Painfully awful pun cocktail names, and dad jokes.
Favourite “at work” memory | When I won my first cocktail comp in Vancouver this past year, the entire staff team I worked with sent me a selfie of them celebrating that win. That particular staff group and company really felt like a family to me in that moment, and I look back quite fondly on that.
What do you collect? I collect microphones, recording gear, and guitar amps. I own far too many of each, and not nearly as many as I’d like.
Favourite thing about your city? Vancouver has to be one of the most gorgeous cities in the world, if you love being surrounded by mountains. And there’s a ton of green space here.
What was the last photo that you took? People enjoying their first dine-in restaurant experience in months (a few restaurants in Vancouver have slowly begun to re-open, with a plethora of social distancing measures in place). May 25, 2020 for future reference.
Where was last place you traveled? New York City
Any claims to fame? 2019 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Top 6 Finalist,2019 Patron Perfectionists Canadian winner.
Lager or IPA? IPA
Sparkling or Flat? Sparkling
Miami or Mexico City? Mexico City
Olive or Twist? Twist
Are you available for freelance gigs? Yes, please.
Find them: Instagram
Media: LIQUOR.COM – THE MANHATTAN EXPERIENCE SEMIFINALISTS WON THE ULTIMATE WHISKEY LOVER’S TRIP TO KENTUCKY
WOODFORD RESERVE – THE MANHATTAN EXPERIENCE