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Jul132010

I May Have Drowned My Sorrows In Too Much Ketel One

With all the perks of bartending - beautiful women, cash tips, being able to sleep late - you'd think it couldn't get any better. And then along come distributors, brand reps, and sales managers to sweeten the deal. Occasionally these people like to throw goodies our way to say thanks for selling their products. Which I have no problem accepting.

A couple weeks ago, however, our Nolet Spirits sales manager Mike pulled out all the stops and invited a handful of my co-workers and I to watch the Minnesota Twins beat up the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Aside from just picking up the cost of the tickets, he actually rented a suite at the TGIFridays in left field complete with an open bar and food. Oh, to be wined and dined. We got to mingle with other bar owners and employees from other Madison and Milwaukee bars. And we definitely put more than a dent in their liquor supply while we watched the Brewers win their first game in what would ultimately be a three game sweep of my hometown Twins. The tickets, the drinks, and the food all seemed generous enough - I felt like asking him to rig the game might've been too much.

So, I want to say thanks to Mike and the folks at Ketel One for a great night out on the town. I don't know why it got so fuzzy towards the end, especially when I found out the next day that my friends had been buying me non-alcoholic beer. Must've been the two Harlem bombs we started the first inning with or possibly the handful of Ketel One Oranje and 7's that kept me company during the Twins loss. If you haven't had the new Ketel One Oranje yet, go get a bottle. It's easily the best orange vodka I've had - light and sweet, without being syrupy or candy-like. And if you haven't heard of their newest liqueur Harlem, check it out. It's an herbal liqueur that draws a most-likely comparison to Jagermeister. Now, I'm not a fan of Jagermeister at all, but I can comfortably say that a shot of Harlem dropped into Red Bull with a squeeze of orange was a tasty way to start that night's drinking rampage. Adding a hint of orange really helps perk up the Harlem shot. So much better than the Jagerbombs I pour every night for the dude-bro with the popped collar and cheesy pickup lines. And I haven't tried their Hup Holland Hup shot they suggest on the Harlem blog, but I'm sure I will tonight.

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Reader Comments (5)

Chris,

The pleasure was mine! A great time and Thanks for posting!!! We'll see about a Twins win the next time......

Mike

You make me want to be a bartender - a private suite at the ballpark sounds pretty sweet!

I'll have to try a squeeze of orange in my next Harlem Bomb, sounds delicious. Thanks for the suggestion.

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

any plans in updating about flair?...

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbot

Thanks again, Handsome Guy with Brewers' Hat.
Ambot: I'm glad you asked! I've spent many many hours this summer working on new tutorials, and if you're friends with me on facebook (Chris Myers) you might have heard about my number of "technical difficulties." I decided 6 weeks ago that I the sound quality of my videos was shit so I invested in a wireless lavalier microphone, only to find out that the camcorder I was using didn't have a microphone input. So a month ago, I bought a new HD camcorder and the following week actually recorded 5 hours of new video only to find out the batteries on the wireless mic ran out. Five hours of instructional videos with no audio. So, sparing the more egregious details, it's been a trying summer. Maybe this is a lesson for me in the concept of "it's better to have a bunch of low-budget videos available than to have no new high-quality videos available," but rest assured I am in the process of making a TON of new flair videos that will be up by the end of August. Stick with me - I promise good things to come.

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

thanks for the heads up
hope ill see it in august then...

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbot

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