Much like a brewer and even a chef, a mixologist is both an artist and a scientist. Like a scientist, a mixologist must understand the chemistry of his ingredients. Like a painter, a mixologist must first conceptualize an idea in his mind, and then recreate it in a tangible form. The finest cocktails, like the finest artwork, convey vision and creativity and exude emotion and passion.In this featured beer mixologist series we introduce you to the mysterious place between time and space where the dark secrets and inner workings of the brilliant minds driving the beer cocktail trend are revealed.
Today, we introduce you to Nicole Barker, one of BeerMixology.com’s rockstar contributors.
Do you work in the booze biz? If so, please describe your involvement?
I am the president of the Reno Usbg Chapter so I spend a lot of time meeting bartenders and planning events. You can always find me in the mix of the craft beer and cocktail scene here in Reno. I love bartending, creating new cocktails, traveling, entering competitions, drinking and networking.
How did you get into beer mixology?
A natural love of drinking leads you to the most interesting places and discoveries… Beer mixology is no different. I love the endless combinations and possibilities found within the blending of spirits & beer.
In your opinion, what uniqueness does beer, as an ingredient, bring to mixology?
Beer offers a stunning variety of flavor components as well as a unique texture to the structure of cocktails. The light carbonation and deep floral undertones really offer something new to the scene.
What is your favorite beer cocktail, of the moment?
The Dark Knight… Bourbon & Beer, does it get any better?
For anyone visiting your city looking for a kickass beer cocktail, where would you send them?
There are some great craft beer spots here in Reno and beer cocktails are an up and coming phenomena. You can of coarse visit me at CinCin or try your hand at Reno Public House or Zephyr Lounge.
If you were given a magic carpet that would take you on a bar crawl to three different bars, anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Clyde Common in Portland
The Ritz in Paris
Milk & Honey in New York
If you were stuck on a desert island with an unlimited supply of only one beer and one spirit, which of each would you choose to be stranded with?
Well being that it is a desert island and not some freezing floating iceberg, I will have to say Leopold’s Gin and Duvel. I would hopefully be able to muddle up some cacti or desert tortoise for some extra flavor components.
If you were a classic cocktail, what would you be and why?
Definitely a Manhattan, sophisticated and a little rough a tumble, smooth around the edges, and packing a punch to knock you on your ass by the end of the night.
If you could design a beer cocktail for anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you make it for and what would you make?
I’m going to go with Chuck Norris and I would make him the Dark Knight and maybe float it with some 151 for a nice round house kick to the face.