Harry Johnson Goes Crowdsurfing
"I go to Tales every year as a manager of the Cocktail Apprentice Program. One of my favorite memories is from 2009, dancing in a huge crowd of bartenders, passing bottles of amaro and tequila through the crowd, and crowdsurfing a cardboard cutout of Harry Johnson (who wrote the Savoy Cocktail Book). Legendary!" —Mike Ryan (Sable)
There Was This Girl...
"I was incredibly intoxicated at an event, and ran away from a pretty girl working one of the booths after she tried to strike up a conversation and I ended up stumbling over my words like I was in high school. We are both working that same event this year... luckily, we are dating so I don't think there will be an issue!" [Ed. note: Story continues on the next slide...] — John Henderson (Scholars, Tavern Road)
There Was This Guy...
"My favorite memory from Tales was working the Diageo Happy Hour last year and having this tall, skinny redhead (who was slightly inebriated) keep coming by my table, taking some pictures, never having a drink… and then running away almost almost immediately. Turns out, I would eventually date him..." — Pamela Wiznitzer (Dead Rabbit)
Pig and Punch
"Pig & Punch and Viva Sangrita from The Bon Vivants are probably my two favorite events to go to. There's a great turnout and Pig & Punch always benefits such a good cause; it really lets the community see that Tales isn't just a bunch of people showing up to get drunk for a few days. We're also there to learn, get involved and have a good time." — Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
"I've never been to Tales, so I have no memories of it. However, I do have plenty of memories of being the new guy at a bar in NYC having to cover everyone's shifts so THEY can go to Tales, and with only 4 years under my NYC belt, I've always been the new guy. Maybe this year, being a bar owner, now I can go—oh wait, nope, my partner is going, I have to stay and man the fort." — Justin Fairweather (Evelyn Drinkery)
Tales Goes Late
"Taking a disco nap from 11 at night to 1 in the morning... to make sure I could make it to Juniperlooza by 2 a.m." — John McCarthy (Greenwich Project)
Pig and Punch
"Favorite memory from Tales is always the Pig and Punch event every year—you can go and hang out all day and everyone you want to see rolls through for a bite, chat, drink, and general mellow good time in a park. It's a great way to relax (or keep going strong) after a crazy week." — Allison Webber (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
"I haven't been to Tales yet; but this year, I'm going as part of the Cocktail Apprentice Program, so i'm pretty excited about it and am certainly looking forward to whatever may happen. I'm also stoked that I'll get to see many of my Boston pals." — Elizabeth Powell (Liberty Bar)