Pouring the proper Pint -Fall 2019

by: Kevin Stanton

photography by: Nicole Harnishfeger

You can call it a pub, a tavern, a watering hole or your local dive. Pub culture is very important to a sense of place. It’s not just somewhere to have a drink, it’s a community, a bit of respite to share with your neighbors at the end of a long day.

“My best quality as a bartender is to make people happy and laugh. I’m a storyteller, not a mixologist. If you come in here angry or sad, then you come in here to be uplifted. I want to make people feel welcome, tell them a joke, lighten things up a bit. You come to The Chicken Box for a good time. It’s a dive bar, but it’s a five-star dive bar,” Chicken Box bartender Tue Nielsen said.

I sat down with Tue for a pint and chat at the Box as August worked its way toward September. We talked about the proper way to pour a pint of Guinness and what it’s like to actually know the people on the other side of the bar.

Nantucket Today:

Right now i feel like you know about 90 percent of the people in here.

Nielsen:

“During the day i know every single person in here. during the nighttime in the summer i don’t know anyone. We have our restaurant friends come and see us, but for the most part the clientele are tourists.”

Nantucket Today:

Is pub culture big where you’re from?

Nielsen:

“In denmark most people start drinking between 14 and 18. We don’t have a drinking age. i grew up around pub culture at an early age. it sounds bad but it is very normal when you have dinner to have a beer, and if the kids want a drink they can have a small glass with dinner.”


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