This week, Tyler and Jordan talk to their friend Jared, an MIT alumni who left a lucrative job in banking to find a better life as a bartender.
Tyler T Hamer: Welcome to the Path of Passion Podcast where we hear from people who are pursuing lives they're passionate about. I'm your host Tyler, and this is my fantastic co-host.
Jordan Ugalde: Hi I'm Jordan.
Tyler T Hamer: And today we're hearing from our friend Jared about his journey from behind a desk on Wall Street to behind a bar slinging drinks. So without further ado, Jared if you want to tell us how you pivoted to the world of alcohol.
Jared Sadoian: Well, that, that is,
Jared Sadoian: that's that's a bit of a journey for sure, thank you for having me, it means a lot to
Jared Sadoian: you know, be seated in the same virtual room is as as both of you know as we've certainly enjoyed many
Jared Sadoian: many occasions of,
Jared Sadoian: you know, sharing space in our bars in the past.
Jared Sadoian: I don't know where where where do you want me to start.
Jordan Ugalde: Well, so what led you from throwing away a cushy job on Wall Street to becoming a bartender. How did you even find out about in the first place.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah you know the the running joke, I always have is, you know that they asked me how I became a bartender, right, and it's I say it's because I drank too much in college right? Which is...
Jared Sadoian: true...
Jared Sadoian: but probably not the reason why
Jared Sadoian: I really made that shift. But, like any good,
Jared Sadoian: studious MIT student, where I was doing my undergraduate studies,
Jared Sadoian: you know, when you get interested in something,
Jared Sadoian: you need to find out everything. You need to know it all, you need to go down the rabbit hole right hole, right? Tyler, you know what I'm talking about, actually no both of you know what I'm talking about.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah I was gonna say, I think one of, have I taken six years of bartending classes from you?
Jared Sadoian: Something like that right?
Tyler T Hamer: And that's with skipping a year because of the pandemic.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah well you guys are advanced enough that I think you would have skipped a grade anyhow so. But
Jared Sadoian: uou know that's that's where I that's how I got interested in all this. And you know, how do you learn, right? You learn by reading, you learn by watching and listening.
Jared Sadoian: But you know you also you also learn by by doing right? So my roommate and I, at the time, who were very much interested in all things cocktails and liquor and all that jazz,
Jared Sadoian: started building a small collection of things and making, you know, very rudimentary cocktails and trying to follow the recipes out of some of the books that we had purchased.
Jared Sadoian: And, you know, wondering why some drinks tasted really good and other drinks tasted really bad and why our shaker tin kept leaking and our were hands were so cold.
Jordan Ugalde: And so you made stuff like a rum and coke?
Jared Sadoian: Right yeah well right, you know.
Jared Sadoian: We started funnily enough with gin and tonics.
Jared Sadoian: Right? My roommate and I, we were also assholes right, so we were like,
Jared Sadoian: I guess the sort of quintessential like hipster mentality right of like "Oh if we're going to get into this, we need to like we need to pick the thing that no one else likes and we'll like do that, it will force ourselves to like that" right? And that was gin.
Tyler T Hamer: I was gonna say didn't you at one point have like a entire handle of gin with like a splash a tonic in the freezer.
Jared Sadoian: Yo well right, so we we we went down this,
Jared Sadoian: this gen rabbit hole right? Because everyone was like "Oh like let's like take whiskey shots and let's drink tequila" right? But no one was like "Oh, give me the gin" right? So we were like okay gin is it! If no one likes gin we're gonna like gin so we bought some gin
Jared Sadoian: and we thought it was really tough to consider.
Tyler T Hamer: (laughs) So good.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah right? But then also like that hipster mentality right? We're also super stubborn right? So we were like all right we're gonna figure this out, so we started drinking a lot of gin and tonics.
Jared Sadoian: Right gin and tonics have the added benefit in college of the tonic glows under black light right? So you're like it's an instant conversation piece in college right? So you want to have...
Tyler T Hamer: Rightt so you, you know, replace the lighting in all of your in your apartment with only black lights.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah and thankfully the fraternity, that I was in when I was an undergrad had a big black light party every year right? So it was just it was it was such a natural thing for us and you're like "Oh, this is great."
Jared Sadoian: And we started, you know it's interesting you, you have your first sip of gin and you're like "wow that is really like aggressive and terrible and tastes like pine trees and whatnot" but, then you have your second.
Jared Sadoian: You have some with tonic, there's like the sweetness and the bitterness and all this stuff starts to come into focus, and all of a sudden.
Jared Sadoian: It's remarkably pleasant and frankly, pretty interesting right? Yeah you know we made, we made a lot of silly cocktails.
Jared Sadoian: We, yes, we made martinis.
Jared Sadoian: And you know, we were told by the folks that I guess we looked up to at the time or whatnot you know martinis is like,
Jared Sadoian: the right proportion of gin to vermouth right? But you don't want to use too much vermouth.
Jared Sadoian: And like you could actually use a really tiny bit and it'll make it even better, and you want your martini to be like really cold. So we, not considering dilution or anything, you know we took like a shot of gin out of a bottle and we refilled it with vermouth.
Jared Sadoian: We put a freezer put in the freezer right? So this is like straight like essentially it's 80 proof frozen liquor.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah and, if you like, oh it's like martini night! So we're going to pour and fill like a big ol martini glass with this frozen liquor. And it's so cold right? You can't really like you can taste it it's harsh, but you know you can't really appreciating flavors.
Jared Sadoian: Except for the fact that you, you'd have like one of them and you'd be trashed.
Jared Sadoian: Right? Because it's essentially like you're pouring like six or seven ounces of just 80 proof spirit into a glass and like being all fancy with your martini right? Because we have no idea what we're doing.
Jared Sadoian: So,
Jared Sadoian: you know, we we we did that to start. Right? And we had
Jared Sadoian: gin, we had tonic, and we had you know a little bit of vermouth to make martinis. We didn't know anything about vermouth is weird it tasted funny on its own.
Jared Sadoian: And we slowly like accumulated lots of different gins, and this is where it all sort of started. Right? Eventually you get to the point where,
Jared Sadoian: you know, after a year of drinking gin and tonics or martinis or whatnot you're like there's gotta be something else, right? Like you know we gotta we gotta figure this out, and so we learned about
Jared Sadoian: a cocktail called an aviation.
Jared Sadoian: Which, which is a gin cocktail, right? But it had a couple ingredients that we didn't know about right there's maraschino liqueur and there was creme de violette and we said,
Jared Sadoian: "Well, we should go find that stuff" right? This is 2009, 2010.
Jared Sadoian: And creme de violette had just come back into market, I think, and maraschino liqueur was not something that you could like readily find in most places. So we ended up going to a wine shop, I think it's still downtown, called Bricks.
Jared Sadoian: At the time, it was very new, very fun and exciting. They had a lot of like weird wines and like esoteric spirits and liqueurs and stuff. They were like the, off the beaten path place, like the one place in town, you could get like...
Tyler T Hamer: So it was like the hipster liquor store for the hipsters right?
Jared Sadoian: Oh totally it was great, and it was it was fantastically expensive and
Jared Sadoian: my roommate and I split we each bought a bottle, of we bought one bottle of maraschino liqueur, one bottle of creme de violette, and we split the cost. It was $80. so $40 each, which was like...
Jordan Ugalde: Damn, for an undergrad...
Jared Sadoian: Yeah for college students, we were like all right that's it for the month, right? It's just ramen here on out.
Jared Sadoian: But we got home and we made
Jared Sadoian: an aviation
Jared Sadoian: and it was like revalatory. It was like so,
Jared Sadoian: interesting and different, but it was still, like it was gin, right? But it was, it totally turned this whole world upside down for us and
Jared Sadoian: then, like the assholes we were, every bar we went to from there on out, and we did not go to like nice bars, right?
Tyler T Hamer: So that's great because the Hawthorne, was the Hawthorne even around then?
Jared Sadoian: No, no, no, not at all, it was it was a nightclub called the
Jared Sadoian: Foundation Lounge. If you were looking to like get in trouble and do probably some illicit stuff, then you would go there, but no one really went there.
Jared Sadoian: But yeah we go to like the you know just like college bars, right? And we go to the, you know all my friends are drinking beers, or like, yeah, rum and cokes or you know
Jared Sadoian: kike whiskey ginger, this and that. And we'd ask the bartender like, "Can you make us an aviation?" And they look at us like we have like three heads.
Jared Sadoian: And we were just like oh man like no one knows this drink but it's this thing we saw in a book and it's really cool. And it wasn't until we my roommate and I actually had dinner at Craigie on Main,
Jared Sadoian: at the restaurant I, I eventually worked at and.
Tyler T Hamer: And now you work at again.
Jared Sadoian: I do yeah. We sat down and I remember as clear as day we were sitting at this bank in the corner and the server approaches us and you know super kind her name is Inez.
Jared Sadoian: And you know she asked if there was something you know anything we could bring us to drinkm right? We're like, like I was, I just turned 21, right? So I was like, definitely not, I mean I looked like a kid I still look like a kid.
Jared Sadoian: And I said, you know, can I have an aviation, right? At this point I've done this like,
Jared Sadoian: probably 30 times right and I'm already prepared for the response, but I want to ask anyways and, instead, what I get is she just goes just goes "oh yeah sure an aviation great and and for you?" And I was like dumbfounded I was like you know what it is, this is incredible.
Jared Sadoian: The drink
Jared Sadoian: shows up and it's so much better than whatever it is that we were making back home, and it was just, I was just like blown away. And so I started going to Craigie
Jared Sadoian: probably once a week, maybe once every couple weeks or so, in much the same way that I saw a lot of myself in you guys when you guys would come by the Hawthorne. And just trying like.
Jared Sadoian: all of the different things and starting to branch out and understanding there's more to this world than just, you know, just gin so gin became gin, maraschino liqueur, and creme de violette. When you had maraschino liqueur, then you could like you make other cocktails with that, so we bought,
Jared Sadoian: we bought a little bit of whiskey and we bought some tequila and we started like you know you start drinking different things. And Craigie, bartenders there were really I kind, and were willing to like have these conversations with us, right?
Tyler T Hamer: No that's fair, I mean that's kind of why I think, I myself, you know started going to the Craigie back when you were you were originally there, the first time, And then to the Hawthorne when you were there was you, and then
Tyler T Hamer: Rob and the rest of the staff were always like super kind, willing to teach us new things and take us on fun adventures
Tyler T Hamer: like ice carving.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah I mean I think those things, things that kind of stuck with me for sure. But,
Jared Sadoian: you know, one thing leads to another, and we have you know we've done a lot we've learned a lot, we've consumed a lot of different things. We
Jared Sadoian: read a lot of things we had like made a lot of drinks, we thought we knew a thing or two about it right, but what was the like the was the last piece of the puzzle?
Jared Sadoian: Right, I never actually worked behind a bar or at a restaurant, for that matter, and seeing it from the guests perspective, you know I thought it looked very cool. It was just a very,
Jared Sadoian: it just seems so effortless and like just fun and you were like talking to people all night and you were being social. And
Jared Sadoian: it just seemed like it seemed like a cool thing to do. And it was the last piece of the puzzle, a thing that I didn't know about yet right? So MIT right? I want to know, all I wanted all of it.
Jared Sadoian: Like, I want everything, so yeah the last last piece of the puzzle was let's work behind the bar right? So I applied to a few places and, obviously, nobody called me back because I had no business working as a bartender right? Except Eastern standard
Jared Sadoian: took my bartender application and I don't know what they saw in my resume or cover letter or whatnot but their bar manager Jackson, who I worked with for many years,
Jared Sadoian: called me back and said, "You know hey we're looking for a bar back for baseball season coming up right, would you be interested?" And I said "Well,
Jared Sadoian: sure, I don't know what that is but yeah." Like it's interview I'm going to come talk to you. And we had an interview, and he asked me like how to make some cocktails and I didn't know how to make anything he was talking about, and it was...
Tyler T Hamer: Except an aviation right?
Jared Sadoian: Well yeah he didn't ask me about that. He was,
Jared Sadoian: he was like he was talking to me, you know about like drinks and stuff and he was like see you know how to make a negroni? And I was like "I don't know it's in that" and he's like
Jared Sadoian: "Okay...", and I was like "I am doing so poorly right now."
Jared Sadoian: But they gave me a shot.
Jared Sadoian: They gave me a shot, and this is even though I had no experience, even though I had already you know known that I'm going to work at this bank in in July, because this is the beginning of my second semester of my senior year right? It's like February.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah like I got like six months, like I can't stay longer than that and most places would never hire someone especially a place like that, for that short of a
Jared Sadoian: term but, for whatever reason, they said yes.
Jared Sadoian: And I,
Jared Sadoian: and I bar back there like two to three nights a week for the rest of that semester, and it absolutely kicked my ass.
Jared Sadoian: But I learned more in those four or five months than I did in the entire like couple two or three years leading up to that point.
Jared Sadoian: And that was just watching, listening, hearing the conversations, watching the bottles get pulled actually touching that product at the end of the night when you're you know restocking things or refilling syrup's or making some of the stuff like it was very,
Jared Sadoian: it was really cool and an experience that I'll never forget. It was also really hard, it was really hard.
Jordan Ugalde: What was so hard about it?
Jared Sadoian: I mean you're talking about a bar that seats 22 people.
Jared Sadoian: Right? That completely fills up five people deep during baseball games. That are making nice right nice cocktails at a very high volume, but also serving like a bunch of beer and a bunch of food, and a bunch of this and then so there's a lot to do. And so my shifts at the time were
Jared Sadoian: somewhere in the range of like 12 to 13 hours long. You're on your feet the entire time and probably like 75% of that time you're like almost running.
Jared Sadoian: Where whatever it is you're doing in the moment you already know, the next three or four things that you need to do.
Jared Sadoian: Like your to-do list like just keeps getting like longer and you're just trying to like check things off as you go. And it just, you never actually catch up until the end of the night.
Tyler T Hamer: Right so you're, it's basically the as the list gets deeper the bar's getting deeper and you're trying to race.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah exactly you're like yeah you're like you're trying to be just a little bit in front of the crowd right? And just a little bit in front of the bartenders because you need to make sure they have what they need then.
Jared Sadoian: to serve our guests right? But it was, it was so much fun and there was a camaraderie and you felt like you're part of a team, and it was, it was just. it was really fun and I did not, I did not want to stop doing it when the time came for me to move. But
Jared Sadoian: accepted this job at a bank
Jared Sadoian: right? It was a place that I did an intern for before. Like a good computer science student I sold out to high finance.
Jared Sadoian: Right? It's what you're supposed to do.
Jared Sadoian: And like a lot of my friends before me,
Jared Sadoian: you major in computer science, you sell out to finance, you make a boatload of money in a very short amount of time, and then you retire early.
Jared Sadoian: It seems so easy you know?
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah, yeah.
Jared Sadoian: So, but you know I had you know I'd signed on the dotted line you know, there was a nice signing bonus, there's relocation, there's all that stuff, there was a life in New York City, which is exciting.
Jared Sadoian: And so, as much as I didn't want to say goodbye to the bar world, I said okay I gotta like put this to bed, for now, and I went to go work at the bank right?
Tyler T Hamer: So, then, I mean New York City right is like the Mecca of cocktails and stuff like that so while you're at the bank in New York, I assume you're, were you moonlighting again or just going out and getting drinks or...
Jared Sadoian: I was just going out and getting drinks right? I mean it is really funny how,
Jared Sadoian: uou know, I was making like like investment bank salary, which I guess now is a little different, but back then was like it was pretty good, especially for someone who's like just out of college. It was like kind of stupid.
Jared Sadoian: And
Jared Sadoian: I came out of that first year, with nothing to show for it because we went out like all the time right? It's New York City you're like 22 right, what are you going to do? We went to bars constantly.
Jared Sadoian: We went to we went to dive bars, we went to nice bars, we went to clubs, we went to all these different places and we got to see a lot of different things. But because I had worked in
Jared Sadoian: that restaurant Eastern standard, it was a totally different experience now going out.
Jared Sadoian: Because the curtain had been pulled back I could see things happening that I didn't notice before I understood the dynamics of how some of these places worked.
Jordan Ugalde: Can you give some examples?
Jared Sadoian: Yeah I mean like right, I was talking about how like the bar just seems so effortless and just so fun and like kind of straightforward, but I could I could see where the stress points where I could, I'd saw the expression on other staff members faces I could see.
Jared Sadoian: Then, how the number of people in a space would affect how
Jared Sadoian: the bar staff would operate and, and it led me to to frequent some places that, much like Craigie, would like humor my constant questions and conversations and whatnot. So a bar that was very important to my time in New York City was a bar called The Pegu Club.
Jordan Ugalde: The Pegu Club that the Pegu Club drink was named after?
Jared Sadoian: Well, no that club was in, in what was then Burma but is now modern day Myanmar, was a British officers club.
Jared Sadoian: In the early 1900s and this bar was an early cocktail bar in the New York City scene, that was named after that sort of era, as it's sort evoked that. Now,
Jared Sadoian: they served a great Pegu Club there for sure, but they served a lot of great drinks and had a really just tender bar staff that,
Jared Sadoian: that that humored me and I went there every Monday.
Jared Sadoian: I got out of work, maybe half an hour earlier than I probably should have, and I took the train down to Houghston street, and I walked three blocks, and I sat at that bar for probably three hours, had one too many drinks, and then made my way home.
Jared Sadoian: And again, as the sort of thing, where I learned a lot there right but
Jared Sadoian: I got about six months in, and I was starting to get a little itchy right?
Jared Sadoian: My roommate and I, he was at Brown Medical School he came down we threw cocktail parties at our tiny little apartment in New York City. We got to make drinks, we loved making drinks, I was constantly experimenting and home making whatever we could and we come to
Jared Sadoian: finally, I sort of needed to bite the bullet off like I gotta I gotta work in a bar again, I really need to right? But,
Jared Sadoian: I was on this path, this investment bank right? Like I'm, like I'm, going down a different road, so how is this going to work right? So I started working weekends at a cocktail bar near where I lived in the East Village, a little bar called Elsa.
Jared Sadoian: And they, I started as a host. They needed someone to host. Which really was like I had a note, I had a like a notepad and pen in one hand like,
Jared Sadoian: figuring out who's going to sit down next in the tables and stuff and then, in the other hand, I had a beer, because you just drink, while you work, it was weird.
Tyler T Hamer: Was that everyone or just the
Tyler T Hamer: host.
Jared Sadoian: It was, it was everyone, it was crazy. And one thing leads to another like they knew that I had like barbacked before, but I mean obviously that doesn't mean anything.
Jared Sadoian: But I was a host and then one day, like their barback called in sick right? So I like, I was like "I can do that." And they were like "Oh really, like great like do it." And then same thing happened and I was like serving a little bit and then one day the bar manager's,
Jared Sadoian: dog passed away. Like, but, it's like his, his dog when he was like a kid right? It's back at his home, which is somewhere on the other side of the country, so he had to leave.
Jared Sadoian: And they were going into a busy weekend and they they gave me a chance to make drinks off a station right and just like work a night. I already knew all the recipes I already knew all the stuff right?
Jared Sadoian: And so I got to bartend and I ended up doing that for about another six months or so before I sort of woke up one morning right? It was a Tuesday.
Jared Sadoian: And I thought about like I was in the shower like getting ready before I go to the bank right as usually got to the Office for about 7
Jared Sadoian: And I was thinking about how I wasn't looking forward to work at all that day, but what I was looking forward to is Friday.
Jared Sadoian: When I would do the same thing I go to the Bank at 7
Jordan Ugalde: Oh, brutal.
Tyler T Hamer: That's like what, a 14 hour shift?
Jared Sadoian: I was looking forward to staying up for like 22 hours straight right because that part was just so electrifying and energizing. And I thought to myself, like,
Jared Sadoian: so if I like if I'm excited about that,
Jared Sadoian: right?
Jared Sadoian: What am I doing?
Jared Sadoian: Right?
Jared Sadoian: I should make the thing that I'm excited about my actual job and maybe I can do this other thing on the side right?
Tyler T Hamer: Be a night banker and bartender.
Jared Sadoian: Right well, however, you can't really be a part time investment banker that just doesn't really work.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah.
Jared Sadoian: So I put my notice in.
Jared Sadoian: And I, I did it without giving it too too much thought, because I knew that if the more I thought about it, the more I would talk myself out of it, because it was the it was the crazy idea right, it was the...
Tyler T Hamer: It's a pipe dream, like everyone thinks about doing and very few people actually do it.
Jared Sadoian: Well yeah.
Jared Sadoian: You're, you're, because you're on a, because you're on a safe path right?
Jared Sadoian: The work was not interesting, it was not,
Jared Sadoian: like none of it was really that fun. It was very dry, and again, like the place, I was working you know they employ 125,000 people around the world, at that point in time. So you didn't matter.
Tyler T Hamer: Right.
Tyler T Hamer: You're like very small cog in a ginormous machine.
Jared Sadoian: In a huge machine right and and that was very different, for me, you know, coming from a relatively small school like MIT.
Jared Sadoian: And, coming from a fairly small town in California, where I was born and raised so it just felt different right? But then like you're part of this bar team
Jared Sadoian: that's like seven or eight people you're like a little you know tight little squad you know what everyone likes and dislikes you know their stories you understand them.
Jared Sadoian: And you work in close proximity with them.
Jared Sadoian: You know, for a long period of time, so it was just, it was really electrifying so I decided to give up the safe path.
Jared Sadoian: Looking back, I probably should have stayed for four years to let my 401k fully vest and
Jared Sadoian: then get out of there.
Jared Sadoian: Right, but I was also like I was, I was 23 right? So I didn't know any better, I was like I gotta get out here.
Jared Sadoian: So I put my notice in.
Jared Sadoian: and
Jordan Ugalde: How did your co-workers and boss respond?
Jared Sadoian: My boss, who I'm still in contact with, her name is Elaine, she's a wonderful wonderful human,
Jared Sadoian: you know sort of supported me through that. She knew I was interested in that sort of thing she, I mean, she was, she was kind of like over the hump of the banking world or whatnot. She was there, because obviously like she was good at what she did.
Tyler T Hamer: She was she wasn't just there to wait for 401k to vest.
Jared Sadoian: No, I think,
Jared Sadoian: she had, she had been in the industry for probably a couple decades at this point.
Jared Sadoian: And you know, but she's like I mean she was comfortable, where she was she was making a ton of money right? And a lot of people in that industry right you make your money, so that you can go
Jared Sadoian: afford to do the things you want to do, like on the weekends, or afford the tice place that you want to live in, or go on those vacations to far off places right?
Jared Sadoian: So as a bartender, you know, that was certainly going to be different.
Jared Sadoian: And,
Jared Sadoian: you know, she, she really supported my decision to do that and sort of help, helped me navigate that. Now the rest of my co-workers were like what in God's name, are you doing?
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah.
Jared Sadoian: Like, you have got to be kidding me. Like, you're going to leave this to go, like, be a bartender, like bartender, like the,
Jared Sadoian: like the sort of derisive like, "oh you're just going to be like someone you're gonna serve other people," you know?
Tyler T Hamer: Kind of the idea that, like they're they're you know they're not really respecting it as a craft they're just saying like, someone who, right? They're treating it like someone who just pours a glass of water when it's so much more than that.
Jared Sadoian: Well, and like when you think about the like the kind of places that we would go like, as you know, investment bankers, whatever after work like the local Irish pub or whatever it's just people like just slinging like the simple stuff and just, you're just,
Jared Sadoian: you're a facilitator of someone else's good time right? Which is true.
Jared Sadoian: And you know I said well you know this is something I really want to do. And at the time right, I was thinking to myself
Jared Sadoian: I'm still young, I'm going to do this, I'm gonna scratch the itch, I'm going to get tired of it at some point.
Jared Sadoian: Maybe it'll be a year, maybe two years, and then I can just like I can go back to what I'm doing it's fine. Like I'm going to be able to find a job, I can be a software developer, you know go back to banking or whatnot.
Tyler T Hamer: Right yeah.
Jared Sadoian: But I knew that if I didn't do it, I would always have that "What if?" right?
Jordan Ugalde: yeah, I feel that.
Jared Sadoian: Right, you would always think to yourself, like what if I "What if I did that?" And if I was like the age I'm at now like, in my mid 30s, like,
Jared Sadoian: sitting at a desk at a bank with a very comfortable job and a family and kids right like there's no like I'm going to quit my job and go, be a bartender like that doesn't, that works even less then than it works when you're like 23 and stupid.
Jared Sadoian: So yeah and then I mean really my return to Boston was part practical and part sort of happenstance. I was the, thought was that I was going to go back to MIT to get my M-Eng.
Jared Sadoian: My fifth year master's degree in computer science, which I qualified for but couldn't take because I had already accepted this job.
Jared Sadoian: I was going to do that, and then I bartend on the side and I called Eastern standard, and I said hey you know, do you need a bar back, I can come back with you guys and I want to like learn and whatnot. And they said sure that sounds great, then I don't know if you all know Anne Hunter.
Jordan Ugalde: Oh yeah, yeah I know her.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah in EECCS, you know she got in touch and she said hey just so you're aware we're really excited to have you back.
Jared Sadoian: Just so you know, like, the funding deadline has passed so you're going to have to like you're going to either have to pay for this out of pocket or taking loans for it, or whatever. And I was like, ha ha
Jared Sadoian: no I'm not going to do that. I am going to, I'm going to defer for one more year, which is the maximum amount of time you could differ with two years and I'm just going to bartend, I'm going to take that part time job and make it a full time job.
Tyler T Hamer: Was that like, did so well were you already back in Boston then when you decided it was going to be full time or did you.
Jared Sadoian: I was, I was like about to move back it was still,
Jared Sadoian: I was still like a little ways out. I think it was like a couple weeks away when I found that out, and I was like crap. But I'd already like signed the lease in a place like I was already making the moves back there I couldn't turn back at that point.
Jared Sadoian: And so I was like well, I guess, I guess I'm going to do this thing and be full time so I came back to do some scouting and I went to Craigie and I mentioned to their bar manager at the time that you know I'm coming back.
Jared Sadoian: You know my Grad school plans fell through so I'm just like I'm going to work full time at Eastern Standard or whatnot and I got a call that night that said "Hey we're looking for a bartender,
Jared Sadoian: would you be interested?" And both a great decision and a bad decision I call Eastern Standard, and I was like "Hey remember all those plans we talked about? I'm not going to do that instead I'm going to go work at Craigie on Main." You know because they're offering me a bartender gig right?
Jared Sadoian: Because that's what I wanted to do.
Jared Sadoian: And I ended up at Craigie full time and I had, it was scary and it was very hard at first, but it was so fulfilling.
Jared Sadoian: To work at a place that sold amazing products that had a community of guests, that really supported what the place was doing and supported the people that work there.
Jared Sadoian: And a year in and I got that call from Anne Hunter saying, or not call it an email saying like hey, it's, it's, it's time, you need to, here's the registration, here's how you apply for funding, and the TA-ship and all that stuff. And I said, "You know I,
Jared Sadoian: I don't, I don't think I want to stop."
Jared Sadoian: Right?
Jared Sadoian: And it was that
Jared Sadoian: point where I really, that's when I put my prior world sort of behind. Like I had been kind of like hanging on to that little bit
Jared Sadoian: all this time, like, I always needed that failsafe or something right?
Jared Sadoian: And that was the moment where I realized that like there really isn't, it will now be exponentially harder to go back then before. So I said goodbye to Grad school and I decided to bartend fulltime.
Jordan Ugalde: That makes sense, so a quick question.
Jordan Ugalde: So you don't need to give exact numbers, but for the people who are curious about what the like financial difference is, from going from banking to bartending, just like proportionally what was the difference in what you were making?
Jared Sadoian: Well, I mean starting,
Jared Sadoian: you know, we were in the in the vicinity of like, lik,e we were very close to six figures like starting right? At the Bank, which is bananas for anyone our age like. This is an irresponsible amount of money to give a kid.
Tyler T Hamer: That's why you can spend it every Monday going to a bar.
Jared Sadoian: I know right? And it didn't, yeah man, I could have built up so much savings. But I just I really was, but not, I mean maybe irresponsible is the wrong word, because it really defined like,
Jared Sadoian: you know my career from from that point on. So in some sense, I think I did spend it wisely. I invested it in my,
Jared Sadoian: in my future I just didn't know what my future was at the time.
Jared Sadoian: And my expectation was that I would become a full time bartender and I would make like less than half of what I was making before right?
Jared Sadoian: And turns out when you work at like, a nice fine dining restaurant with, with people who you know understand what's going on and they tip well and they you know, and then they buy a lot of food and nice wine and cocktails and things like that?
Jared Sadoian: It really wasn't that bad I mean I was probably clearing $60 to $70K
Jared Sadoian: overall, with like your hourly plus your tips
Jared Sadoian: in that, that, that, first year that I, that I worked. Now,
Jared Sadoian: that work is a lot harde,r you're on your feet for 10, 11, 12 hours a day, you're you're doing a lot of manual work.
Jared Sadoian: It is not just sit at a desk for eight hours and then clock out right? So
Jared Sadoian: you know, from like a how much you get paid by the hour, so to speak, it is a big difference.
Jared Sadoian: But
Jared Sadoian: you know the thing I liked about it was that it was very much like
Jared Sadoian: Right? If I needed, like if I knew that I had a trip coming up for example, I would pick up a couple extra shifts right? You work a couple weeks for instead of four or five days you're working five or six days.
Jared Sadoian: And you kind of like grind yourself down a little bit, but then you get that paycheck and each each extra day you worked was an extra days worth of money right.
Tyler T Hamer: And then you basically got an extra day of vacation basically yeah.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah and, and so, but just to have that level of control right? Like, like I dictated that to it, to a certain degree right? Yeah if I wanted to
Jared Sadoian: work more than I could make more money. If I needed to take a break, I could find people to cover my shift and then I would know that by doing that it would cost me a certain amount of money.
Jared Sadoian: Right? So you could be strategic about it and I liked that, that very sort of direct connection right? Same thing in, in an individual night right? If you serve more people,
Jared Sadoian: if you were able to bring more people into your bar, then you would make more money right? So how do you bring people in here, you make them have a memorable experience right?
Jared Sadoian: Then they'll either come back or they'll come back and bring their friends or they'll tell someone that will come in, and so it became more than just
Jared Sadoian: learn how to make all the cocktails right? I started really kind of veering away from that and really understanding that,
Jared Sadoian: you know bartending is not serving drinks right? Bartending is serving people.
Jordan Ugalde: Its overall just hospitality.
Jared Sadoian: Exactly we, we deliver experiences and the drink certainly help deliver a great experience.
Jared Sadoian: And you know, so I was at Craigie for almost five years. I was a bartender and I moved my way up to the beverage director of the company, which involved wine, beer spirits, basically anything liquid.
Jared Sadoian: And was both I mean a great amount of responsibility, but also great learning experience in an environment that was very supportive of
Jared Sadoian: people who wanted to educate themselves and learn and be better every day.
Jared Sadoian: So it was it was a great place to start.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah maybe like, like you said, you got an aviation, originally at the Craigie so it's kind of like full circle you end up back the place that served you that memorable experience back then.
Jared Sadoian: It was, it was really weird to think about that kind of that all of these places informed like where I was going to go in my career.
Jared Sadoian: And that I was able to make those places then be a part of that journey too, was, was really meaningful and I'm just you know eternally thankful to those places for giving me a shot in the first place, because none of this would have happened if I had not gotten that call back from...
Jordan Ugalde: Eastern Standard.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah.
Jared Sadoian: I would have just been the local cocktail nerd I guess that probably went to bars and talk too much.
Tyler T Hamer: So basically me.
Jared Sadoian: No, you ask good questions. I didn't know what the hell I was talking about when I was,
Jared Sadoian: when I was, when I was doing that, I would just parrot stuff out of the books, I was reading and things like that, but um.
Jared Sadoian: But yeah it's, it's weird to think about now that,
Jared Sadoian: you know, like Im I'm far enough away from all that, where I'm like, I'm like I'm like everyone else in this industry now right? I've been a bartender for like 10 years right?
Jared Sadoian: It, you know when I was very new at this, it was always like the, oh like he's doing this thing, he was you know, an investment banker like he was like he's,
Jared Sadoian: he's like an MIT Grad or this and that. Now that doesn't really matter anymore. What matters is, you know how we've worked at the places that I've been to
Jared Sadoian: you know cultivate an amazing staff,
Jared Sadoian: to you know, make an impact on these people's lives,
Jared Sadoian: and to really like relate to our guests in a way that you may not get at most every bar.
Jared Sadoian: And that's what ends up defining us, as opposed to like
Jared Sadoian: where you went to school or what you studied, or what you're doing before right? Some people are like "Oh, I was like going to be an artist or I was going to be like an actor," or whatever, and you fall into this thing, and you end up loving it right and that's where a lot of us
Jared Sadoian: sort of share that same experience. It's just that we all came from very different places, but we we fell into this, for all the same reasons.
Tyler T Hamer: I mean that's that's fair, I mean I,
Tyler T Hamer: I've always like, I mean having and then now Jordan's been doing it to been going to like the cocktail classes, you and everyone have offered at the Craigie and the Hawthorne like it's, it,
Tyler T Hamer: and there's like tons of bars in Boston and for I have not seen many of them because we keep coming back because we have such a good time and we know everyone and we like to be around not just
Tyler T Hamer: You guys serving us drinks, but like as friends like I like hearing about your guys' days and everything. Now it's, it's interesting to hear about like what cocktails are being experimented on and various aspects.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah I didn't realize, you know at first that like,
Jared Sadoian: uou know, going to bars and whatnot that I would ever be like friends with these people that we're serving me right? It seems so strange because growing up like we would go to a restaurant, I mean it'd be like an Olive Garden, or like,
Jared Sadoian: I mean, like honestly a nice night I was like a Long John Silver's right?
Jared Sadoian: And you know there the things are entirely transactional right? I order this you give me that I give you money and we go on our merry way right?
Jared Sadoian: But,
Jared Sadoian: you know, here, I was having like real conversation it wasn't just like, like, "Oh, what do you want to drink?" But it's like "Oh like you know, like what like where are you from?"
Jared Sadoian: Oh that's crazy like and then there's some story, or you know weird connection and this and that, and you end up getting to know these people, and you know, the same thing that that you guys probably experienced where
Jared Sadoian: after a while it's not that like "Oh, I want to go to this place" it's like "Oh, I want to see these people" or like "I want to go say hi" or whatnot right? We do it all the time.
Jared Sadoian: Because our friends right work in other bars and so when I go see my friends right, I might go to a bar that one of my friends, is working at.
Jared Sadoian: That I can sit at their bar and we can just you know have that little mild chatter while, while, while they're moving back and forth and they'll do the same thing to us.
Jared Sadoian: And it's it's pretty neat.
Jared Sadoian: But that, that familiarity is really I mean one big,
Jared Sadoian: just really sort of positive part of this industry is that it really is like a community of people with a shared interest.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah actually, a few weeks ago we went to I believe Drinkand we met some people,
Jordan Ugalde: I, I had a few too many drinks, so I don't remember their names, but they knew they knew the people at the Hawthorne.
Jared Sadoian: But that's the thing is, like we, you know we we love our friends at Drink. They come to our bar, they just come to our bar all the time, we would, I mean we just I mean we're all over the city and Boston is interesting because it is
Jared Sadoian: a big city
Jared Sadoian: in many respects.
Jared Sadoian: But when it comes to the restaurant and bar industry here in town it's very tight knit.
Jared Sadoian: And, especially when you consider like the places that are kind of more of that like cocktail angle right the Hawthornes, the Drinks, the Craigies of the world, you know we all kind of ran in the same circle.
Jared Sadoian: Whereas in New York City, it was a little different I mean we knew pretty much everyone that worked at all the bars and restaurants, like on our block or like a couple of blocks around us, but like,
Jared Sadoian: you know, New York is huge right? Somebody else could be a New York City bartender and you would, I mean you, you wouldn't meet them for your entire career potentially you know? So it was it was a very different experience, and I mean one that I really appreciate and why I love being in the city.
Tyler T Hamer: No that's fair, I remember like when Amanda was going off to do something new, like we all went to a bunch of different, you know that that bar crawl starting at the Hawthorne.
Tyler T Hamer: Afterwards, and just like actually just seeing all the people you guys knew was absolutely insane it was like every bar like "Oh hi Amanda" like,
Tyler T Hamer: so.
Jared Sadoian: Well, I mean, partly because we would only go to the places where we would know people too, so it...
Tyler T Hamer: Fair.
Jared Sadoian: it's like ,it's like a little self selecting right? But,
Jared Sadoian: you know we're not we're not celebrities by any stretch, you know it's just that these are our friends right? But in most other industries right you can't really do that right? If you're like a teacher you don't like go to other teachers classrooms right? You like, it just,
Jared Sadoian: like that that analogy doesn't
Jared Sadoian: hold. But here we are, as working bartenders going to other, like our friends places of work to hang out right?
Jared Sadoian: It's not something that exists in like just about any other industry.
Jordan Ugalde: And I feel like if you were in banking,
Jordan Ugalde: and you went to a different bank and we're just like hanging out with your friends you'd be kicked out.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah they would like arrest you right?
Jared Sadoian: Exactly, whereas here I'm like oh I'm gonna go to the bar down the street, because, like Joe's working and like I haven't seen him in a couple weeks and I want to say hi.
Jared Sadoian: And you get a drink.
jared sadoian: y'know?
Tyler T Hamer: Guaranteed good time, because right it's also like it's also you're not just,
Tyler T Hamer: getting the drink, but you also, it's your friend hosting you and, like, right, it's basically like having dinner parties almost every time you go to see your friends.
Jared Sadoian: Kind of right? Yeah, and, and, and, and it's interesting because I mean we all it, because when we all take turns right because I'm going to go to that I'm going to go to,
Jared Sadoian: to Uni now to go see Amanda. And then she'll come and see me at Craigie and then I'll go see John at Six West and John will come. Then you know we all kind of go back and forth so it's not like.
Jared Sadoian: you know, one person is doing all of the work, and everyone else is having a good time but you're going to take turns essentially right? And then every now and then there's the the rare opportunity where like you can go out together
Jared Sadoian: right?
Jared Sadoian: And go see ya know you'd like like three or four of you go out to to someone's place or to maybe a new new spot.
Jared Sadoian: And it's, it's just really, really cool.
Jared Sadoian: And then, as I mean if we talk about career progression like as my,
Jared Sadoian: as I've sort of grown in this role, and the city and been able to sort of take some opportunities to
Jared Sadoian: sort of branch my network out beyond the city
Jared Sadoian: you know I've had the pleasure of teaching and mentoring other bartenders across the country? And you know now if, if I'm going to another city,
Jared Sadoian: there are people I know who I consider friends. People, some people, of whom I talked with more on a daily basis than I do, like my friends around here.
Jared Sadoian: I have bars to go to places to stay I have
Jared Sadoian: it's, it's a whole community of people that are like looking out for looking out for each other. The one anecdote that I'll share is when I was flying to Guadalajara
Jared Sadoian: to visit the the tequila making region right?
Jared Sadoian: And you know, it's United Airlines right? The, the flight was cancelled or something happened.
Tyler T Hamer: That's typical United it's always like,
Tyler T Hamer: we have mechanical failure, it's your job to fix the plane.
Jared Sadoian: Like right yeah exactly, and so we, I was, I miss my connection and I was going to be stranded in
Jared Sadoian: Houston overnight right? They give you like the bs like hotel voucher like the $5 coupon to the food court or whatever and it's like this is useless.
Tyler T Hamer: To Long John Silver's.
Jared Sadoian: I know right? Taste the taste of home.
Jared Sadoian: And I, I just I pulled out my phone when we landed and I called a friend of mine who works at a bar called Anvil in the city or worked at Anvil the time and I said, "You know hey Alex,
Jared Sadoian: are you are you working tonight I'm I'm I'm going to be inadvertently in your hood,"
Jared Sadoian: Ao I wanted to like come out and get a drink." and he was like, what, he's like, you're here, he's like, what's going on? I was like oh my flight was canceled and I'm gonna have to like
Jared Sadoian: you know, like figure that out and then fly in the morning. He's like dude, he's like don't get a hotel, he's like stay with me, he's like here,
Jared Sadoian: take an Uber to this address, come in, and you know, you can come come come sit at the bar I'm closing up and then we'll
Jared Sadoian: and then we'll like go out and like like have some drinks I'll show you around. And I show up to this bar, he has a drink waiting for me, he has food waiting for me, the kitchen was already closed, but he got food. He
Jared Sadoian: knew I needed something to eat.
Jared Sadoian: He closed up his station, and then we headed out and he took me to like three or four different bars to like meet his friends
Jared Sadoian: in the city and then we went back to his place and I had a couch to crash on, an Espresso in the morning, and a ride back to the to the airport right? And like that doesn't happen
Jared Sadoian: in a lot of other industries.
Tyler T Hamer: That sounds like something you would see in like, like a sitcom like you know you're able to crash, and you happen to know people.
Tyler T Hamer: But, like, for it to be an occurrence that happens in regular life, especially just through people you've met through your job,
Tyler T Jam,er: not like your hobbies like
Tyler T Hamer: that's incredible.
Jared Sadoian: Right so like,
Jared Sadoian: that's what keeps us, that's what keeps us going, you know it',s and especially over the over the course of this past, you know year and a half it's that community,
Jared Sadoian: both of the guests who come in and support us, and then the other bartenders who may be dispersed far and wide, but we all, right, we share a common set of skills.
Jared Sadoian: And in some sense like it is a little interchangeable as a bartender you have a highly mobile skill set right? You can work just about anywhere in the world it's the same tools it's the same,
Jared Sadoian: set of motions right, but the people are different.
Jared Sadoian: The culture might be different, so it becomes a really interesting way. And I've seen a lot of young bartenders do this now where,
Jared Sadoian: they'll take two years and those moved to a different city and they'll just work, you know if they they grew up in Kansas City and they go, great I'm going to Portland, Oregon for a couple of years and, just like see what's up right? They have marketable skills.
Tyler T Hamer: Right, they can...
Jared Sadoian: They can do the work right bartending is pouring right I've told you it's it's pouring liquids from one container to another container.
Jared Sadoian: You're just you're you're pouring from one container to another for 12 hours and then you, and then you then you clean a bunch of sticky stuff and then you're done right.
Jared Sadoian: But then they get to learn from the people that are coming in from the other bartenders they're working with. They get to see a different city, they have time off.
Jared Sadoian: And it becomes a really interesting way to to see the world.
Tyler T Hamer: I mean you also kind of inadvertently did that by bartending in New York for basically six months before coming back to Boston.
Jared Sadoian: And I still I mean, I still keep in touch with some of that New York bar family, even though it was a very,
Jared Sadoian: it was a very small slice of time in the grand scheme of that career.
Jared Sadoian: But they're they're connections that you make that last,
Jared Sadoian: that last really long time which is, which is, which is really cool.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah I I really don't think that time thing happens in other industries.
Jared Sadoian: I think like what like the the the conference circuit, I think.
Jared Sadoian: In some industries,
Jared Sadoian: you go to conferences to like network and that's where you make some of those connections right.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah, yeah.
Jared Sadoian: No like.
Tyler T Hamer: As someone who who goes to conferences as part of my job, like all the friends, I have from my conferences are people I've taken to hotel bars. Like after. like not even during the actual conference like...
Jared Sadoian: Sure.
Tyler T Hamer: like who you hang out afterwards so.
Jared Sadoian: Right right but but, like, I mean I but I don't know how many like I don't have intel into that that those those sorts of industries, but
Jared Sadoian: you know I can't think of many industries were like "Oh, you make these these like professional connections at these these conferences, but like if you're flying into like another town or something like you're not going to like call them up and be like hey let's like hang out,
Jared Sadoian: let's go get drinks."
Jared Sadoian: They are gonna be like no I'm working like what are you talking about.
Jared Sadoian: So I mean maybe I'm overgeneralizing and and I, and I know that there are, I mean there's a lot of
Jared Sadoian: those sort of global connections that certainly happened, especially in like the LinkedI era that we're in now, but
Jared Sadoian: with with the bar world it's it's just it's so effortless it's really cool.
Jared Sadoian: And it's really something that has kept me very energized and excited about the world that we exist in even through its challenges and whatnot.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah for sure. So you mentioned as far as hey you've been a bartender, you've taught classes, and those are part of the things I've been in your, and you've also had to go to Mexico to actually like visit the Tequila distilleries.
Jordan Ugalde: So what is the breadth of what you can do ifyou go into the bar industry, what are the opportunities what's the trajectory? Is there a trajectory?
Jared Sadoian: Yeah I mean there, there are now there weren't really for a long time, I mean, I think, for a while,
Jared Sadoian: you either,
Jared Sadoian: you would bartend because you wanted to open your own place at one point in time, but what that kind of place was was very simple and straightforward, I'm talking about like the 70s 80s and 90s.
Jared Sadoian: There wasn't really this idea of like these bespoke cocktails or you know, like a lot of the book study that goes into learning about some of these places.
Jared Sadoian: Those didn't exist.
Tyler T Hamer: I think the closest thing you've mentioned today a long time ago was just like the Tiki movement like you know people lots of people were opening their own Tiki bars, but that seemed to kind of go away for a while.
Jared Sadoian: I mean there are certainly trends now and whatnot, but if we think about
Jared Sadoian: now, right? Now,
Jared Sadoian: there's a number of things you can do. For a lot of bartenders,
Jared Sadoian: they bartend until they reach a certain age and they realize like,
Jared Sadoian: it's it's it's physical work it starts to wear on you right? And I know a lot of bartenders that have like shoulder problems and things like that, and you know, maybe, maybe they move into management.
Jared Sadoian: Right managing managing a bar, managing a restaurant, managing a restaurant group, right? Maybe that leads you to ownership or opening your own place.
Jared Sadoian: For some people like myself, I don't really have much interest in
Jared Sadoian: all of the other sort of overhead that comes with owning a business right.
Jared Sadoian: You could
Jared Sadoian: work for a brand.
Jared Sadoian: Right, so I dabbled a little bit in that.
Tyler T Hamer: Right has that been through like your stuff at Fortaleza then? Or...
Jared Sadoian: Exactly so they work with bartenders to help lead their trips down to Mexico right? Whereas we are the bartenders right, we can speak that language, but we also know the area now having been down I've been down 15 or 16 times,
Jared Sadoian: to like help acclimate some of these folks who have never been, maybe even out of the country before.
Jared Sadoian: To understand where their spirits come from, why they taste the way they do, what makes them so interesting.
Jared Sadoian: And so the luxury of travel is really incredible, I wouldn't have been able to go to some of the places that I've been if it wasn't for the foot the line of work that I'm in now.
Jared Sadoian: And
Jared Sadoian: and then you can translate that into full time brand work if you want it, I know some of my friends now work full time for
Jared Sadoian: Tanqueray Gin or Maker's Mark or right? And they they do a very different sort of work there, but they're still getting to engage with the community that they sort of grew up with right?
Jared Sadoian: So that's that's a different angle right and then others will,
Jared Sadoian: you know, some will bartend forever, that's great. Some will move into consulting where you get to work on lots of different projects.
Jared Sadoian: So there are some folks, even some people here in Boston, that will be you'll basically see them at like every single restaurant opening right? They will offer their their services right and they'll help a restaurant get off the ground it's a very specific set of skills.
Jared Sadoian: And they'll work there, for you know three, four, five, maybe six months and then they'll move on to the next opening right no hard feelings no like you know
Jared Sadoian: angry exit or anything like that, but just like a hey I'm going to help you like get this train like moving in a certain direction and then I'm going to excuse myself and go work on another project.
Tyler T Hamer: Right, it's like people who, like the you know,
Tyler T Hamer: some people like to be in the corporate world but there's others that like to be in startups and as soon as a startup. you know, grows big enough it's not a startup and you're.
Jared Sadoian: Right.
Tyler T Hamer: move on yeah.
Jared Sadoian: And you're like cool like I like I I pushed this ball up the hill, to a certain point, and I feel good about that and I'm going to go like help somebody else right.
Jared Sadoian: And there's there's their folks like like that too. One of my good friends in baltimore they have opened I think it's like 13 bars, in the last three years, or something like that.
Tyler T Hamer: Wow.
Tyler T Hamer: Well, I assume it's more like
Tyler T Hamer: 13 in the last two sinc, like I assume a lot of bars didn't open the last year.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah yeah.
Jared Sadoian: So yeah there's like,
Jared Sadoian: there's there's definitely a lot of different avenues now. Even when I started in 2010,
Jared Sadoian: it was kind of starting to like you know working for brands was kind of like a thing that they were starting to invest in, and like,
Jared Sadoian: bartending long term was seen a little bit more as like a an actual career.
Jared Sadoian: But there were still a lot of I mean there were a lot of questions I got at that point in time of like the like "So what do you actually do?" You know?
Jared Sadoian: Right now, that question doesn't doesn't really come up all that much if you're a bartender now people are like oh like
Jared Sadoian: you know, like what do you want to do in the in the bar world right? It becomes like actually a question about your own career trajectory within this world and not like,
Jared Sadoian: you're doing this for you know, to make ends meet while you look for your next acting gig or so you finished Grad school or so you, you know I don't know make that professional sports team, or something right.
Tyler T Hamer: No that's that's fair, I think there will be um,
Tyler T Hamer: I don't know if I I always run into the problem I like too many things at once, like, I definitely see another realm where I would have
Tyler T Hamer: gone more into like I wouldn't have gone to Grad school and just like you know,
Tyler T Hamer: like started as a barback at the Hawthorne or something and just transitioned over. I think I mean, probably because, like you know I just,
Tyler T Hamer: now you know back five years ago, like you were saying more the career paths weren't as well defined. Like it's much more clear now about how yeah the different trajectories like you were saying.
Jared Sadoian: People actually now will get into bartending with the specific intention of getting somewhere in in in in an industry like I can't say that was,
Jared Sadoian: that was very true even a decade ago.
Jordan Ugalde: Really so like they would want to become brand managers.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah some some folks would like oh, like, I want to work for this brand but I need to understand, like the bartending space first right? Or they majored in, maybe they majored in marketing.
Jared Sadoian: And they're going to get a job with a company that works with with with with liquor but, but who is your audience right? Your audience is going to be bartenders so if you can't speak that language
Jared Sadoian: then you're not going to be very effective, because your, your, your competition is going to have that experience so so maybe maybe you bartend for a year or two.
Jared Sadoian: Right to gain some of that relevant experience before you move into that. Some people want to start their own liquor company.
Jared Sadoian: Or their own craft beer brand or or whatever it might be so they're going to work in places that they might end up selling to you know, while they build the capital or they find the investors or build their business plan.
Jared Sadoian: And they're going to bartend
Jared Sadoian: or they're going to serve or they're going to do whatever so that they can understand the audience that they're going to be communicating with someday right.
Tyler T Hamer: I mean that makes sense it's really hard to sell your product if you have no idea like what people are interested in right.
Jared Sadoian: And I've seen, I've seen that, I've seen that too right? Your like, rich, rich person starts a liquor company, because they think it'd be a fun project, and they have no idea how to sell it in to places right.
Jared Sadoian: And that's where and that's sometimes where the consultants come in.
Jared Sadoian: You know the folks that take the time to understand the community and understand the language and understand you know how that world works, find themselves a lot more successful when when push comes to shove, when they actually when they actually get moving right.
Tyler T Hamer: No that's fair, I definitely it's been interesting like you know, taking a bunch of the classes, through the Hawthorne and also just seeing over the last five, six years about how when there's like
Tyler T Hamer: industry events like you know Red Breast comes down and like is talking about their whiskey like how their, the way they described the stuff over time has changed. I remember,
Tyler T Hamer: you know there's been a lot more,
Tyler T Hamer: push towards like quality and stuff like that in the more recent years. Whereas, you know, I think in when back before cocktails are really reemerging again it was a lot of people were like,
Tyler T Hamer: well, if you can get drunk on anything why, why would you necessarily have a cocktail that's going to be $12. And now, people are saying, like well,
Tyler T Hamer: you know. why would I, people are more interested like what is the ideal vodka for this choice or this ideal gin it's definitely changed a lot, I think.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah the language has definitely changed right? When I started people were interested in like where their food was coming from right? It would be you know,
Jared Sadoian: the name of the farm or like you know where like was this is organic, was this you know, fair trade or free range or whatever right? And now we're seeing the same conversation starting to happen,
Jared Sadoian: with with with or not starting to happen, but happening with with the drinks right? Why are you using this particular gin why, why did you shake it and not stir it? Like how come,
Jared Sadoian: you know how can you measure this, but you didn't that or like you know what what is this liquer? I don't know what it is, but I want to under, you know I want to understand it so I'm seeing
Jared Sadoian: the the sort of guest universe starting to come along for the ride too.
Jared Sadoian: That's incredibly validating for us right because we spent a lot of time learning all this stuff for like our own edification. Like, there was you would you would know all this stuff and then you you wouldn't be able to communicate it, because no one cared right?
Jared Sadoian: That's why that's why, like, I have a lot of respect for the folks that I mean like my mentors and the people that came before me, because they were really operating and doing a lot of this stuff that we do today, at a time when nobody gave a crap.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah right, when Eastern Standard opened in 2005 I remember the, Jackson was telling me like you know, he was talking about like,
Jared Sadoian: when he was interviewing for the bar manager position there like he was going to do this, like bespoke Manhattan service and craft cocktails and this and that.
Jared Sadoian: And and Garrett, the the the owner right at the time, he was like what man he's like we're around the corner from Fenway Park I need the beer to be cold.
Tyler T Hamer: Oh man yeah like.
Jared Sadoian: The rest of that, I mean doesn't like, what like what does it matter right and turns out it didn't matter but it's because
Jared Sadoian: the audience right,
Jared Sadoian: is changing, too? And now I mean, even at the Hawthorne right, you would see like those those pre game days, where
Jared Sadoian: you know, a family with like a bunch of Red Sox jerseys and stuff would come in and like order like fancy cocktails before the game, because they wanted to like
Jared Sadoian: have that experience, be able to have a conversation, not have a bunch of people crammed into one space, and then they're going to go the game.
Tyler T Hamer: Oh yeah and also right, you know I I'd much rather go before the game and like be sober and enjoy the drinks I'm having and then get you know trashed on $9 beers and
Tyler T Hamer: especially if the Red Sox are losing right?
Jared Sadoian: Right yeah exactly so it's just it's really interesting and I don't know how it's gonna, you know we talked a lot about like trends right? And like oh what's going to happen in the next 10 years like we don't know.
Tyler T Hamer: Right, yeah.
Jared Sadoian: COVID is going to make its mark for sure, on how bars and restaurants operate, and I wonder,
Jared Sadoian: you know what impact what long term impact it's going to have on, you know that sort of relationship between guests and bartenders and how the bartending community operates and whatnot it's definitely gonna be different, we don't we don't really know how.
Jordan Ugalde: Do you feel like there's gonna be more home bartending like more delivered drinks more just making drinks at home or.
Jared Sadoian: I mean there was definitely some interest in that I mean I, personally, I taught like 20 or 30 cocktail classes
Jared Sadoian: over the course of the of the of the pandemic, you know, to varying sizes of groups and things like that it's like teaching you how to make cocktails at home.
Jared Sadoian: There were lots of bars that did cocktails to-go.
Jared Sadoian: There are bars it sold you the components to certain cocktails that you could recreate them at home right.
Jared Sadoian: Cocktail books and the recipe guides and those beautiful coffee table style books and whatnot are, you people collect those and they look really nice and there's got a lot of good recipes in them.
Jared Sadoian: And I know a lot of folks that are home, you know home bartenders that that do that sort of stuff.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah.
Jared Sadoian: Maybe I'm staring at a couple right now.
Tyler T Hamer: Yes, yeah yeah I mean and then like well yeah and then now Lauren my my girlfriend is doing with the charcuterie board so now.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah that is a perfect pairing look at you.
Jared Sadoian: That's, that's see,
Jared Sadoian: that's smart.
Jared Sadoian: I'm like I'm like maybe 20% kidding.
Jared Sadoian: The,
Jared Sadoian: you know, so there is that interest, but at the same time, like,
Jared Sadoian: you you don't go you don't go to a bar because, like you want to like drink these things right? You go to a bar because you're with friends, you're on a date, you're wanting to see that bartender, you want to
Jared Sadoian: you want to have that experience right? Because if you just needed the drink it is so much more cost effective to drink at home right?
Tyler T Hamer: Yes, 100% yeah.
Jared Sadoian: So, if that were the reason why bars existed,
Jared Sadoian: no one would go to bars, they would go to the liquor store they buy a bottle of whatever they go home and they drink it right? But,
Jared Sadoian: you you go to bars because it's more than just the drink it's the experience around it right?
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah I mean like, and even during the pandemic like I would sometimes get cocktails to-go and it wasn't,
Tyler T Hamer: because like, I wanted a cheap drink, it was because I missed going to bars and seeing everyone. Talking to people and being like this is something new, this is exciting and yeah I was sad.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah and that was like the closest thing to it.
Tyler T Hamer: Right yes yeah.
Jared Sadoian: And certainly you were supporting those businesses, and that was amazing and that meant a lot to the people that were making those drinks for sure.
Jared Sadoian: It didn't feel good for us either to like you know, instead of serving people we were serving little plastic containers, or you know glass files and stuff. That's not what we set out to do.
Jared Sadoian: And so,
Jared Sadoian: you know that that's the next closest thing, so now that we're back you know open largely people are coming back out to bars because
Jared Sadoian: they're, not because they want to be in that environment. They want to, they want to feel the the the they want to, they want to smell it, they want to see it, you know, like hear the music and the clinking of the glassware and the conversations and whatnot it's all part of that.
Jordan Ugalde: I'd like to hope that, after this past year of not being able to to go out,
Jordan Ugalde: people have a better appreciation of the hospitality industry in general, because there there is so much more to it as you've been saying, than just getting the food. Like.
Jordan Ugalde: I can make some of the meals and drinks that I have when I go out, but it's you aren't just going out, unless you're going to Long John Silver's you're not just
Jordan Ugalde: you're generally not just going out for the food you're going out for the experience like, oh
Jordan Ugalde: like in the Boston's North End you're going out there for the Italian food experience and the culture and the environment.
Jordan Ugalde: And they're in general, with a lot of the service, with most of the service industry, the hospitality industry really, it's it's about having an experience that you can't get at home.
Jared Sadoian: Right yeah I mean like I like I don't want to discount like the folks that are working in places like that, by any stretch, I mean they are they're doing work those arguably a lot harder than then what we do.
Jared Sadoian: and you know there's certainly something to be said about that, but yeah like in terms of the,
Jared Sadoian: the actual experience like when you're thinking about a fast food joint like it is really like a hey how are you, what can I get you, I order these things out it comes and that's like the end of your relationship right.
Jared Sadoian: You know, whereas like at a bar or restaurant right, you may be sitting down for like an extended period of time right? A place that serves your tasting menu you're going to visit that table 10, 11, 12 times right if you don't have a conversation with them at some point it's weird.
Jared Sadoian: As like a cocktail bartender right at a place like Craigie or a place like the Hawthorne,
Jared Sadoian: it's not just like you sit down to the bar and the bartender says like what do you want, and you say what you want, and then they give you the drink and then they ignore you it's that that would be weird.
Tyler T Hamer: It'd be really weird yeah.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah yeah and and we we try to train that uncomfortable and into the new staff right, so that they understand that, like oh,
Jared Sadoian: if this person didn't want to talk to me,
Jared Sadoian: they they would be sitting at a table.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah.
Tyler T Hamer: I mean, like wherever I go out that, I mean like whenever Lauren and I go out, if I had a preference I would always set the bar. It's just entertaining and I you it's like,
Tyler T Hamer: yeah you're you're still with the, obviously the person you're with going out, but you know there's always,
Tyler T Hamer: you know conversations slow or whatever or, or you know you can find out about the food and drink you're having and you you're meeting someone new, or visiting basically an old friend yeah yeah.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah and I didn't mean to diss on places like Long John Silver's.
Jordan Ugalde: I more meant that, like it that's not the type of place where you have conversations
Jordan Ugalde: with the staff. There there isn't that same level of interpersonal engagement that you have there. Like I I can't think of any time I went to a McDonald's and then after I've got my burger I talked to the waiter for like 5, 10 minute s about their experience, it's just a different culture.
Jordan Ugalde: As in.
Jordan Ugalde: fast food versus
Jordan Ugalde: a few other dining places.
Jared Sadoian: Definitely true and and and those those those environments, I mean are
Jared Sadoian: it is interesting to see how they will evolve and change as we come out of this right? For some places, it seems to be like back to business as usual, and I think for other places there's really a lot of thought happening as to
Jared Sadoian: how do we operate in a in a new world right?
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah no it's fair, I mean the whole wage shortage thing is it's it's hard you know fast food is really hard industry, and you know it's,
Tyler T Hamer: that's grueling labor and people are finally being to wake up and realizing that you know you have to pay more for for that. Whereas like
Tyler T Hamer: you know, at least with you know bartana hospitality you do get, yes, I mean you're on your feet and that's hard hard work, too, but you do get those interpersonal relationships that make it worth it.
Jordan Ugalde: So on a completely different note.
Jordan Ugalde: Earlier you mentioned shaken and stirred,
Jordan Ugalde: and something that,
Jordan Ugalde: when I was, the first I ever heard of cocktails in general,
Jordan Ugalde: was from 007 James Bond, who had a martini shaken not stirred. So what, as someone who's been bartending for quite a while now, what is your take on that famous drink?
Jared Sadoian: I mean Bond, Bond has a particular way that he likes to have his martini right and it is a drink that historically,
Jared Sadoian: you know, has always been highly customized to the particular drinkers preference. How much vermouth do you want to use, what kind of gin, how do you want it served.
Jared Sadoian: What kind of garnish do you want, lot lots of different ways to slice it right and
Jared Sadoian: in this case, right, the author wants to paint a picture.
Jared Sadoian: Right?
Jared Sadoian: Ian Fleming right.
Jared Sadoian: Yes, yeah Thank you.
Jared Sadoian: And
Jared Sadoian: that's how you paint a picture, not by some guy going up to the bar and saying I'd like a martini please right but they're going to say like,
Jared Sadoian: the way that he wants it says something about it right? I think it's I think it's great drink I think it's great the way that he ordered it. I think a more
Jared Sadoian: historically, traditional martini with a lot more vermouth in it that stirred to keep that sort of velvety crystal clear texture is great too.
Jared Sadoian: You shake something, because you want it really cold.
Jared Sadoian: You shake something, because you like those little air bubbles that help lift some of the aromatics out.
Jared Sadoian: You like the little ice chips that float on top of the glass.
Jared Sadoian: Preference right?
Jared Sadoian: You know, now, we would we would never train someone to do, if somebody just sat down in order to martini at the Hawthorne that's not what we would make.
Jared Sadoian: But every now and then, some would say like I want a martini, I want an extra cold, I want to you know, can you shake it, so I get the lights chips right?
Tyler T Hamer: Well yeah.
Tyler T Hamer: I mean, I remember from the the classes, that you taught like I remember one of the first things you had to do was make a martini both ways shaken and stirred and as much as,
Tyler T Hamer: you know, in just in general, I do prefer the traditional stirred Martini, but what it's 90 degrees outside it is really refreshing.
Jared Sadoian: It is right? Exactly, and again as a time and place right depending on where you are, and depending on
Jared Sadoian: where you are in the night, then you know there's there's any number of things that might be appealing or not, so I don't think there's always like,
Jared Sadoian: there is no like magic bullet drink right? A drink is going to be highly tailored to not just a particular person, but a particular person in a particular place at a particular time right?
Jared Sadoian: With a particular history behind them that's going to inform whatever it is they're going to drink right then.
Tyler T Hamer: Like a handle of gin with a splash one one shot of vermouth yeah.
Jared Sadoian: That was generally a poor idea anytime we pulled that bottle out.
Jared Sadoian: But it was informative.
Jared Sadoian: It was informative.
Tyler T Hamer: That's fair, so I guess um,
Tyler T Hamer: so I guess the question I have now is, how do you how do you feel with everything reopening up? Is like has the energy been brought back? Like you know, people, is it approaching what it was like before the pandemic right now, or...
Jared Sadoian: Oh we're still very much in a in a stage of in a stage of growth, again, I mean people are starting to venture back out. You know people are excited to be back out, which is awesome. So the energy is certainly there. It's not the same.
Jared Sadoian: You know, we are not opening doors yet we're just taking just a little bit of extra time to just make sure that we feel comfortable with everything and certainly there's still a lot of question marks in the air too
Jared Sadoian: about how this is all going to progress. We think we're in a better place now than we were a year ago for sure.
Tyler T Hamer: Right yeah.
Jared Sadoian: And you know we're excited that folks are starting to you know feel comfortable not just going out because they want to like support these places they're going out because they want to go out.
Jared Sadoian: And they feel good about it.
Jared Sadoian: And not scared or apprehensive or unsure but they're confidently saying like yes, I want to dine with you, I want to sit at your bar, I want to, I want to go out and have drinks and and that's that's great. So,
Jared Sadoian: you know we're seeing that transition back for sure. But I don't think that it's going to go, like all the way back to like, we're not going to wind, the clock back to February of 2020.
Tyler T Hamer: Sure yeah.
Jared Sadoian: But we're going to end up at some other place that's going to be like, okay, this is this is great right? And we're going to move forward from there.
Tyler T Hamer: That's totally fair.
Jordan Ugalde: So, I guess, looking back a bit on your career, what have been some of the highlights and lowlights like you've told me some of the highlights of the community.
Jordan Ugalde: Right um but what do you think in general, the most memorable points were both positive and negative.
Jared Sadoian: I mean the community is definitely like the biggest positive of this and it's the part that I think I you know, a long time ago I probably expected the least.
Jared Sadoian: Right? Because I like came into this, because I was really interested in the drinks right? I was really into the cocktails in the ingredients and the process and all that crap right.
Jared Sadoian: And, as it turns out, the thing that's really kept me in this is the community right? So that, I mean that is like the big overarching high point. If we're thinking about like specific instances right? Like it's,
Jared Sadoian: it's it's being in Mexico watching someone who's never been out of the country before, some people who, this is their first plane trip ever,
Jared Sadoian: drinking tequila in the place that it's made. Smelling the smells that they smell and seeing the things that they see and watching that
Jared Sadoian: go through their head and percolate right? It is,
Jared Sadoian: being in, it is being in the background of probably a million like birthday cake photos.
Jared Sadoian: You like,
Jared Sadoian: you like serve a cake to someone's birthday right in the Stone Room in the Hawthorne at our private event space and
Jared Sadoian: you know, what do they do? You bring the cake on everyone sings and the lights are down, and then you know, mom or boyfriend or girlfriend or wife or husband or whatever pulled the camera out and you're like,
Jared Sadoian: where's your cake? And you're just in the background of this photo, of all of these strangers photos, that I'm sure are like,
Jared Sadoian: floating around on Facebook, or you know, on a wall somewhere and you're just you're there right? But you're part of all of these different celebrations and experiences and that's, you know, certainly a highlight. And then you know, on a selfish level the travel is a highlight.
Tyler T Hamer: That's very fair I like traveling for conferences for free, so I understand that.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah but like for us like you know it's going to Mexico three times a year it's I taught at Portland Cocktail Week I,
Jared Sadoian: a rum company sent a bunch of us down to Martinique for nine days.
Jared Sadoian: Stuff like that is wild right? And things like standing
Jared Sadoian: on a sandbar in like waist deep water in the middle of the ocean like we had to take a boat like a catamaran off Martinique, like an hour to get to the sandbar land is very far away and we're standing in waist deep water,
Jared Sadoian: that's completely clear and we're eating like some kind of fried seafood thing and we're thinking to ourselves, like what the hell?
Tyler T Hamer: Way better than what I travefor.
Jared Sadoian: We're, we're, but we're bartenders and we're experiencing this thing right? And we realized that it helps us then like
Jared Sadoian: you know, we get to tell that story?
Jared Sadoian: The the spirits themselves are
Jared Sadoian: sort of an encapsulation of an experience.
Jared Sadoian: Right and that's what we want to do with the with the tequila trips that's what what brands want to do when they send people places.
Jared Sadoian: And you know those are all highlights right?
Jared Sadoian: On the flip side right, this is not an easy job, or an easy profession right? Not getting enough sleep.
Jared Sadoian: Drinking a little too much. This is certainly a slippery slope for a lot of folks and this industry does not
Jared Sadoian: pay enough attention
Jared Sadoian: to that front right?
Jared Sadoian: Which is, which is tough.
Jared Sadoian: It's something that we're working on.
Jared Sadoian: Something that I think that we are getting better at and certainly over the course of this pandemic it's been,
Jared Sadoian: there's been a lot of attention turned towards, that both your physical health and your mental health right.
Jared Sadoian: But,
Jared Sadoian: you know, there are,
Jared Sadoian: we've watched people who are near and dear to us,
Jared Sadoian: you know succumb to this lifestyle, to a certain degree, and that that i,
Jared Sadoian: it is upsetting and depressing and,
Jared Sadoian: hard to stomach.
Jared Sadoian: You know, so there are there, this is not like all roses and ponies as much as we'd like it to be.
Jared Sadoian: But it is, it's a, it's a tough world. Thankfully, there is a community of folks right that care deeply about each other, whether they're in the same town or not.
Jared Sadoian: You know, is you know, one of the most powerful antidotes to that right? It's just that sometimes it's not enough.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah it's rough.
Tyler T Hamer: Well, so I guess.
Tyler T Hamer: That's that's deep I mean I remember, I mean having direct thesis during the pandemic I probably drank a little bit more than I probably should.
Tyler T Hamer: But um.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah so I guess in terms of,
Tyler T Hamer: so I guess there's these highs and the lows and I guess what about like the day to day, though? Is there, like what you know, is there
Tyler T Hamer: is is there I'm sure there's like calmer weeks or you know more exciting weeks like or like you know you're mentioning when Red Sox games, for example, and there'd be a
Tyler T Hamer: rush of people so,
Tyler T Hamer: what about that?
Jared Sadoian: Well, I mean like you know, like obviously there are busy night they're slow nights and those can make you feel a certain way if you're not feeling 100% and you have like a really busy night that can be hard to
Jared Sadoian: get through right? There are other nights where you're feeling great and energized and you want to go and then you have like a slow night at the bar.
Tyler T Hamer: Right yeah.
Jared Sadoian: And you're just like, like, and it just it it doesn't feel good right when your energy is out of sync, you know with what's happening around you.
Jared Sadoian: You know those in the grand scheme of things are not really like a huge deal, but they can they can affect you right?
Jared Sadoian: And you know it's just about like recognizing and trying to like align yourself.
Jared Sadoian: You know, heading, heading into those shifts knowing that you're walking into a busy shift you're like I gotta get myself up like I gotta get like,
Jared Sadoian: like get moving sometimes that's coffee, sometimes that's you know running around the block once, sometimes that's just getting sort of that mental preparation. And then other nights you know,
Jared Sadoian: there's ways that we try to like we stay busy. If we know it's going to be slow it's like okay what big project, are we going to do right? What,
Jared Sadoian: what thing that we feel like we don't have time for, like let's create a new cocktail, let's make a new infusion, let's find a way to use this, and then all of a sudden, our time is spent.
Jared Sadoian: You know we're taking great care of the few guests that are in the space, but then we are we're producing something and there's some satisfaction that comes out of that too.
Tyler T Hamer: That's fair, that's cool. Like was it the one time at the craigie you and Rob ordered was it like you are to make crates of oranges or
Tyler T Hamer: peaches or whatever, and you had to make like,
Tyler T Hamer: tons of.
Jared Sadoian: Oh my God it was peaches oh so many people, we got our chef was like you know oh, do you want some do you want some peaches? And we said sure, and he was like how many do you want, and you know I don't know,
Jared Sadoian: when I was growing up the, you know the little boxes of peaches, it'a like a couple couple boxes right? It's probably going to be enough. We'll make some infusion out of it or something right? And a box right for a restaurant is like a 40 pound box of
Jared Sadoian: peaches, so we got two of those.
Jared Sadoian: And they were really nice peaches they're really expensive because they were like from some farm and
Jared Sadoian: he was like well, you can't, we can't waste these. We were like crap, so we spent like an entire day peeling and slicing 80 pounds of peaches.
Jared Sadoian: And we made,
Jared Sadoian: I think we made, we made 40 gallons of peach shrub.
Jared Sadoian: Which is peaches, sugar and, and this was apple cider vinegar and it was like in this enormous container and we like mix the whole thing together because we needed a way to preserve it right? And we,
Jared Sadoian: we had that and we made a great drink out of it and that drink last of us like a year.
Jared Sadoian: Because it had,
Jared Sadoian: so much of this, we had so much of the shrub you know.
Jared Sadoian: So you know those sorts of situations are just like they're they're so interesting, but you feel so good about like.
Jared Sadoian: You're like oh, I found a solution, like there's a problem and I found a solution right? If there's one thing that MIT teaches you, it's that like no problem is insurmountable right?
Tyler T Hamer: All you need is a lack of sleep.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah exactly a little bit yeah.
Jared Sadoian: When you're trying to think about like,
Jared Sadoian: what was that, was that was at MIT it's like social life, grades, and sleep, you can only pick two?
Jared Sadoian: Right funny that? I mean in some sense, like the bartending world is like kind of the same way right? Like you there's so much like happening around you that you're like oh my God I gotta get to all this stuff and I think that's where like,
Jared Sadoian: that's that's where I think it can be a slippery slope for some folks right?
Jared Sadoian: So, but yeah like the satisfaction of of the creative end of it right when used judiciously I think it can be really powerful.
Jared Sadoian: If that's all that you're doing, you know, then you lack the like the the empathy to your guests and being able to like you know serve a hospitality experience.
Jared Sadoian: But there are moments where that can come in handy and, like in your cases too, like with teaching the classes and stuff, it's about like bringing some of those people in into that community a little bit too right.
Jared Sadoian: We wanted to really take like,
Jared Sadoian: kind of bring you guys like behind the curtain a little bit when we taught some of those classes right? Trying to like show you a little bit about what we do.
Jared Sadoian: And when and why we think it matters.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah actually, along those lines, so I know what, what helped me learn more about the space and become more passionate about it.
Jordan Ugalde: But from your perspective what's the best way for someone to get started, if they're at all interested in becoming a bartender. What would you recommend for them to get started?
Jared Sadoian: I mean, I would say, like there's,
Jared Sadoian: there's like a handful of ways that you can get started in this industry now right.
Jared Sadoian: There are certainly
Jared Sadoian: lots of different types of bars that you can work at.
Jared Sadoian: I think becoming a barback somewhere and sort of learning and working your way up is a very smart, but sometimes a bit sort of longer term way to go about it, I mean that's how I started.
Jared Sadoian: You can take like a bartending course and try to gain some knowledge there. And then you know a lot of those really set you up for success like working in nightclubs or working in sort of higher volume establishments that are maybe a little bit simpler in terms of what they serve.
Jared Sadoian: But that sort of apprenticeship model of like find a place you like, get your foot in the door, if you're hosting, you're serving, you're barbacking whatever.
Jared Sadoian: Being in that environment will teach you a lot.
Jared Sadoian: There's only so much you can really learn from the books.
Jared Sadoian: Those can teach you everything you need to know about particular spirits and cocktail technique and this and that, but they won't teach you anything about like how to be a great bartender.
Tyler T Hamer: You won't get any of that, you won't get any of that, the social aspect. You won't get any of the, I mean you'll have some creativity, but like sure I personally, I have a large personal bar and I have,
Tyler T Hamer: what, maybe a 10th of what like the Hawthorne has or the Craigie he has? So like I'll never, at least, not like with my home setup be able to get to like the creativity
Tyler T Hamer: that's offered from actually being on the floor with people.
Jared Sadoian: Right exactly so,
Jared Sadoian: being able to do it is like the really important piece and is the as the thing that I think is is really important, and for folks that
Jared Sadoian: that want to get into this profession,
Jared Sadoian: doing the doing the hard work of it first really understand like what this is going to take.
Jared Sadoian: The folks that get into bartending like the way that I did like interested in the in the stuff.
Jared Sadoian: Right? The cocktails, the ingredients, the techniques, and whatnot you realize that that's a very small piece of the of the entire job right? You're looking after peoplem that's a huge piece of it.
Jared Sadoian: You're doing a lot, you're doing a lot of cleaning like,
Jared Sadoian: there's so much cleaning it's crazy right?
Jared Sadoian: And there are some folks that don't like to do that they like to make drinks, but they don't want to clean up after themselves or clean up after others.
Jared Sadoian: And they realized that this isn't the right world for them right? They're going to be great home bartenders, they're going to make amazing drinks at home.
Jared Sadoian: And so,
Jared Sadoian: I did, I did all that. I schlepped, I stacked and restocked boxes, I changed kegs, I, you know, all that physical stuff and I was still kind of like wow this is really cool.
Jared Sadoian: And that's how I knew that like okay, this is something I can definitely do. And so, when we have new folks start, the sooner we can show them that,
Jared Sadoian: the drinks are a tool
Jared Sadoian: to deliver a great experience, but it is not, the drinks are not the end game. You need to learn them to be able to be functional at your job, but
Jared Sadoian: just knowing them alone does not make you a great bartender.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah one of the big takeaways I've had from this entire conversation is that bartending in general
Jordan Ugalde: is hospitality. The main part of it, that is the experience, both for us the customers and for you the servers, the workers, is hospitality. Creating the experience and focusing on the experience, I think, is, it feels like the best way for everyone to have the best time.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah.
Jared Sadoian: And and that's that's something that the we always preach it's not something that I think everyone believes, but
Jared Sadoian: at least the crowd that we run around with I think we're all aligned on that front.
Tyler T Hamer: I could definitely agree, I mean I can't name, it's literally countless number of times I've gone to the Hawthorne, and it's just been, I keep coming back because
Tyler T Hamer: it was an addicting experience. And it was I got to spend it with you, Rob, and the entire staff, and it was always such a good time and
Jared Sadoian: And and and we liked and it's such a self fulfilling cycle right? Because if you're able to create those experiences for the people and they come back in they already know a little bit about
Jared Sadoian: what the places like, how it sort of operates, like what to order and and and what not to right? How to engage with people.
Jared Sadoian: And having people like that sitting on the other side of the bar,
Jared Sadoian: they're almost in some sense like an extension of your staff in some ways right?
Jared Sadoian: I mean, how many times have you engaged in conversation with the people like sitting next to you right?
Tyler T Hamer: No it's true I remember.
Jared Sadoian: Right, and and
Jared Sadoian: and that happens all the time and it's and it's it's amazing. Because then we're not the ones telling, like it's weird if we, the employees are telling like someone who's brand new here like oh hey this place is awesome, by the way, like
Jared Sadoian: we make,
Jared Sadoian: we make amazing drinks and we are the coolest cats and we tell great stories and we care about you right? They're gonna be like what is your problem right but,
Jared Sadoian: if they sit down at the bar and the guy sitting to their right is like oh, this is your first time here this place is incredible like the you know yada yada yada right? And and having those it's like like they're like ambassadors for
Jared Sadoian: the bar and then that helps them create more support.
Jared Sadoian: And so we see the importance of,
Jared Sadoian: you know, really,
Jared Sadoian: driving those experiences right? And it makes it very easy when a lot of those people are super cool.
Jared Sadoian: But then, you know if they become friends too then, then we are genuinely happy to see them walk through the doors right because
Jared Sadoian: we're like oh my God, this is so cool like you know, we have some idea of what to expect too.
Jared Sadoian: And that that is really special, so it is like this kind of cool like two-way relationship.
Tyler T Hamer: yYeah I remember what, and then also I since I knew, obviously you and everyone at the Hawthorne when I took my friend, Dan out to, not not the Dan you know, but different one, out to Eastern Standard, I was talking about the classes at the Hawthorne,
Tyler T Hamer: and the bartender was, because he obviously knows you and everyone is like, just gave me a shaker he's just like show your friend, how to do this. Like you clearly how to do this. Like this is amazing.
Jared Sadoian: Like yeah, right yeah, it's funny you know and that's the that's that community right?
Jared Sadoian: And that's that's a really that is a really cool anecdote, I did not know about that.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah it's um, I remember it's funny, if I talked about the Hawthorne and so much that if the pandemic hadn't happened, like my thesis advisor was like, okay whne you're graduating like, your graduation dinner like, when yeah I finished, he's like, well I'll take, I'll pay, everyone bring them over to the Hawthorne.
Jared Sadoian: That's awesome yeah.
Jared Sadoian: Sorry, we couldn't oblige.
Tyler T Hamer: It's not like you guys planned it.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah no, I know, that's certainly not how we wanted to go so.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah that's fair, well, it has been great talking to you Jared. Thank you very much for joining us.
Jared Sadoian: Yeah, thank you for having me.
Tyler T Hamer: I feel like I, if Jordan doesn't cut it off, I feel, like, I would just sit here talking to
Tyler T Hamer: you for like hours.
Jared Sadoian: Look, I mean it's it's really interesting because I mean like truthfully I don't have as much an opportunity to like reflect right? On the last
Jared Sadoian: 10 years plus now
Jared Sadoian: in terms of where where I've been and how
Jared Sadoian: how my career sort of transformed. I definitely thought about it a lot, when I was just starting out right? In those big inflection points where I was making big decisions about it, but now that I've kind of like been in it for so long,
Jared Sadoian: I don't really take the time to like think about that right? So you know, thank you for you like letting me put some of this stuff into words that I haven't really done in a long time, and I think that
Jared Sadoian: it's it's it's really meaningful for me too, and hopefully it gave you, you know some of the insight that you were looking for also.
Tyler T Hamer: Of course, yeah I mean I feel like a time, I have a chance to talk to you and Rob or anyone like I feel like I've always come, every experience has so much knowledge and like just
Tyler T Hamer: totally different world experience that I I am I can appreciate more like it's just so so valuable.
Jared Sadoian: I really appreciate really appreciate y'all having me thanks for thinking of me.
Tyler T Hamer: Yeah yeah I mean you,
Tyler T Hamer: it was funny. Starting out is like who can we ask you know and it's like you obviously you were you were like, you
Tyler T Hamer: were like number one yeah.
Jared Sadoian: I appreciate that that's awesome. Now we, I mean we all, we all appreciate what what you guys brought brought to the table, time and time again.
Jared Sadoian: And yeah you know, we look forward to the next opportunity to be able to actually share space right? The same physical space again, whether that's at a bar or somewhere else who knows yeah.
Jordan Ugalde: Yeah, hoping to see you soon yeah.