I’m so excited that we got Ryan on the podcast. You may’ve heard of Ryan, he owns ABV with his two partners Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud and Todd Smith. They each have extensive careers in the industry and together on ABV they have been recognized as one of the Worlds 50 Best Bars.
More than best bar, they’ve won best American bar team 2016, best new American cocktail bar 2015, and Ryan is most proud of winning the “bar fight” which was the last pop-up bar contest at tales of the cocktail in 2015.
Ryan has been through the gauntlet to get to this point. From hosting at Red Robin and Chevy’s, working at Applebees, Fresh Choice, and Soup Plantation, he’s been in the industry since he was 14.
He gave the 9-5 life a shot and decided that the crushing boredom was not for him! He mentions a ton of people in this episode, please forgive me if I don't link everything! He is an example of a success story. If you’re around 16th and Valencia go check out ABV. They have a pop up bar upstairs running until February 2018 called Overproof. I went for the whiskey saloon (Double Back) and it was amazing. Now they are doing tequila and mescal (Lágrimas) which is his specialty!
This is a shorter episode so I’m not breaking it up, Please Enjoy here:
Or on Apple Podcasts
Links to everything:
Erik Castro - Bartender at large