Lance named one of SD's favorite beertenders!
With around 200 breweries and tasting rooms in San Diego county, selecting a favorite beertender is like picking a favorite beer (read: nearly impossible). Some are as much a part of the local craft beer scene as the breweries themselves, while some blaze onto the scene with verve and personality, capturing hearts and grins along the way.
The members of Facebook group Eating and Drinking San Diego banded together and formed an impressive power list of favorite beertenders in the county, with the top vote awarded to Nate Soroko of Toronado and Modern Times, followed by Tony Raso of Bar Sin Nombre, Lance Regenold of Bottlecraft Liberty Station and Shannon Lynette of Burning Beard.
What is it about these four that stood out for beer lovers? From the looks of comments, it was personality, making time for service and knowing what the customer wants. One voter proclaimed, “Lance (Regenold) kills it on the weekend at Bottlecraft. Dude goes non-stop but always has times to give solid recs.” According to another, “Tony (Raso) knows what I want each and every time — a stout in a chalice.”
How long have you been bartending?
LANCE: I worked in fine dining the last 10 years before Bottlecraft. I’ve been there two years, so technically this is my first bartending job.
Are you from San Diego?
LANCE: I was lucky enough to be born and raised in San Diego.
Best thing about bartending in San Diego?
LANCE: Well, I’d have to say the people. I’ve met some of the coolest, most generous human beings working in this industry. They really make my job too easy. I’m truly blessed to be where I am, surrounded by folks who love craft beer as much as I do.
It's tough, but name your favorite beer (ok, beers).
LANCE: I love my West Coast and New England IPAs, also barrel aged sours and stouts. My fridge is usually full of whatever new IPAs Modern Times, Mikkeller SD and Pure Project puts out. Some of my favorite beers include Societe’s The Pupil, Russian River’s Blind Pig, and Cellarmaker’s Double Mt. Nelson.
What's one funny/unusual thing about you?
LANCE: Most people trip out on my hair. I have the old hipster comb over fade with a hard part. I also have a rather large hop heart tattoo on my forearm with beer coming out of a tap handle artery. People almost always say something about it when I hand them their beer. One lady who wasn’t really into beer asked me if I was a vegan because I had a huge artichoke tattoo on my arm.
And finally, who is your favorite bartender?
LANCE: Tyson Blake at O’Briens.