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.
Right now i feel like you know about 90 percent of the people in here.
“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.”
Is pub culture big where you’re from?
“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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