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SF-Seattle Bartender Swap: Two for One

The citizens of San Francisco were lucky enough to unload Beretta bartender Ryan Fitzgerald on the unsuspecting populace of Seattle for a couple of days. In exchange, we get to see two Seattle bartenders working shifts at Beretta today and tomorrow.

What will these strange foreigners bring to the bar? Will all the cocktails be made with coffee? Do they
only use rainwater for ice cubes? Will they be able to understand the cash registers if they're not based on Microsoft software?

I guess we'll just have to visit them and find out. Here's what we know:

Robert Rowland of Oliver's Twist
Monday, March 23 at Beretta
Oliver's Twist is a favorite neighborhood watering hole known for its lively spin on classic cocktails. House infused ruby-tarragon syrup and blood orange bitters add dimension to drinks, while mixology books shelved above the bar area show that bartenders are serious about the philosophy of their craft.

Anu Apte of Vessel & Rob Roy
Tuesday, March 24 at Beretta
Vessel's cocktails pay homage to the classics, with careful attention to craftsmanship (double straining, precise pouring), flavor (seasonal herbs and fruits) and temperature (five sizes of ice, double chilling). Cocktails are designed to highlight the flavor of the base spirit, and blended with hand made syrups, house bitters, custom foams, and subtle tinctures. "Best Bars in America" - Esquire, 2008
Rob Roy is a destination hot spot located in the heart of Seattle's nightlife neighborhood. The leather-walled bar features a cocktail called the Beretta -- a blend of aperol, grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit bitters.


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