Passing The Bar: The Podcast!

Chris Pryer

Passing The Bar Podcast is a podcast created by bartenders for bartenders… and honestly everyone in between!

We speak on the ups, the downs and the social issues that we face in the industry from an inside perspective.

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Mental health is something that we need to talk about more. With recent tragedies in our community we felt moved to make a series surrounding just this very topic. We have an opportunity to hear from Katie of Sunrise Counseling and Psychological Services, Brandon Liburd (DJ Be Eezy), Evan and myself on the personal journeys that brought us to this point. I appreciate the space to speak to you freely about some situations that I've death with and hope that in this episode you find comfort in this groups vulnerability. Strap in, we're going in on our first instillation of our mental health series. - C

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Sep 15

1 hr 29 min

Well ladies and gentlemen, grab those oh shit handles, strap in and prepare for an episode from us like you've never experienced! It's time to take the "governor off", get down to the raw truth and unmask some SERIOUS social issues in our community. This week we have an opportunity to hear two amazing underdog stories about personal mental health journeys and perseverance through all odds. Evan Vang, Regional Manager for Boil Bay and now new operator of Bottlecraft Virginia Beach located in Hilltop, drops in to give us an overview and update on all the MAJOR news from his neck of the woods. We're also joined by ex bartender, comedian and fight promoter Kevin Bianchi Jr.! Who drops some hilarious, informative and big news that we are exclusively airing for YOU! In the wake of the tragic loss of one of our most talented local musicians and great friend of the community, we all bare our souls for the world to listen to in this episode. We've got some amazing things in the works for our community and plan on breaking the stigma behind understanding mental health this season. Be on the lookout for more information on the next episode! Now hold on tight, because this is about to get real.

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Sep 3

1 hr 28 min

Welcome back guys! This week we are in the studio with Nicole, the Co-Executive Director for Stand Up for Kids - Hampton Roads! In this episode we catch up about some of the difficulties that they've been having through this pandemic and also different plans of action that have helped them succeed at helping our local at risk youth. If you guys remember, we did a coat drive last January before the pandemic hit we were able to raise over 400 coats! Take some time and sit back to take all of this information in, it's a great conversation amongst us guys and Nicole! I look forward to volunteering/collaborating with Stand Up for Kids - Hampton Roads in the future again!

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Jan 20

1 hr 7 min

During this episode we touch base with first season's guest Justin Snyder for updates! We cover the pandemic and some of the hardships of still slinging from the front lines!

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Jan 11

1 hr 13 min

We understand, this pandemic has been a complete shit show. We figured it would be a perfect time to interject some comedy in your week to week! We're so happy to be back! Join us for Season 2 starting right now!

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Dec 2020

50 min 18 sec

It’s been wayyy too long so we made a special trip back to the studio for a episode that’s near and dear to our hearts! It’s our #stateoftheindustry sit down to cover some of the issues that we’ve all been dealing with and a little light comedy to help move your spirits right along.

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Apr 2020

1 hr 3 min

Tune into the season finale with Jason King rep for Flying Dog Brewery out of Frederick, MD! We reminisce a bit over the season and talk about some exciting things happening in the realm of flying dog and also our NEXT season! From the whole Passing The Bar team, thank you so much for listening to us! We're pumped to be back in a couple of months for SEASON 2!

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Jan 2020

58 min 7 sec

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a female beer rep? What are some of the challenges national brands face in the competitive local craft markets? We take a dive into the day to day life of Autumn a rep for Founders Brewing Company in this episode! Crack a cold one and join us for a couple of laughs and a damn good time!

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Jan 2020

58 min 24 sec

Barry Clark sits and drops some heat on us this week! From DJing to building up a community, when you hear Barry Clarks name it's associated with some of the best and humble energy out there! He's the founder of the North End Run Club that meets ever Tuesday around Virginia Beach asking its members to just "show up" and run! Sit back and enjoy this episode with us!

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Dec 2019

58 min 40 sec

Kevin O'Connor knew from his youth knew he wanted to brew beer, this week we sit down with Kevin the owner of the O'Connor Brewing Company and sales manager Liz Poplawsky to share some proper laughs, Proper Lagers and an all around good time!

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Dec 2019

1 hr 20 min

We've all in on this episode with our guests Two Hand Touch! Dive into this fun episode as we touch on the in's and out's for a duo band!

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Dec 2019

52 min 55 sec

One of the country's rising rock and roll stars, Bennett Wales drops in with us this week for our first musician of the season! Sit back and enjoy this episode covering his and his band's paths from playing in dive bars to opening up for some huge bands!

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Nov 2019

1 hr 21 min

In this episode we speak to Chad Burns about the common similarities between restaurants, some of the difficulties surrounding openings and drink our fair share of Makers Mark and Joto Sakes! Strap in because this episode is sure to entertain you and potentially make you spit that drink your sipping currently all over your car!

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Nov 2019

1 hr 2 min

In this informational episode we're with Henry Giese as he talk about starting from the bottom, what it means to be a bartender, what all you learn and how to apply it into your own business!

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Nov 2019

1 hr 3 min

This episode is powered by WHITE CLAW! We sit down with Bobby Earley the Senior Field Sales Manager for the hottest brand in all of the land right now, WHITE CLAW! Grab yourself a cold one and join us in this HILARIOUS and eye opening episode! Thanks to our sponsors White Claw and Stratas Media Group

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Oct 2019

1 hr 2 min

We finally got some well needed estrogen back in the studio this week! Ashley and Brittany from Chick's Oyster Bar really BRING THE HEAT on this episode! Grab a cold one and strap in because this X-Rated episode is sure to make you feel all warm inside!

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Oct 2019

1 hr 13 min

This week we spoke to Tyler Woodard of crudo nudo! We speak on his passion of the trade, what drives him, what tapas are and some juicy new happenings around the recording studio!

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Oct 2019

58 min 50 sec

This week we're joined by Daryl Fischer, expert bar security guard! We speak on some pretty hilarious but informational stories about dealing with unruly guest! Join us in support of #vbstrongcoasttocoast and Daryl's walking trek across America from California back to Virginia Beach in under 60 days to raise $500,000 for the families of the tragedy.

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Sep 2019

58 min 34 sec

WE'RE BACK! This week we're back with a true industry entrepreneur, Dennis Ferrigno the CEO of Executive Beverage! Exec Bev is the industry leader in private event bartending services. Sit down with us and tune in to this uplifting episode full of laughs, event planning tips and real life situations!

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Sep 2019

53 min 42 sec

We're talking beer again! This week with Cicerone Austin Taylor we cover the in's and out's of beer buying! Hailing from Grain, the #1 bar in Norfolk located at the beautiful Norfolk Hilton Main! Sit down and have a sip with us in the hilarious and informational episode!

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Aug 2019

1 hr 11 min

Sam Mcginn from The Real World 26: San Diego is our guest this week! We cover life after the reality tv show, PRIDE and the current temperature of the nation and our LGBTQ community! This episode is sponsored by The Hamilton Perkins Collection! Use the code: PASSINGTHEBAR for 15% off your first purchase!

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Aug 2019

1 hr 13 min

From Tedx Talks and traveling around the world to provide leadership consulting, there is not much that Chef Chris Hill hasn't accomplished in his career in the industry. This week we check in with Chris about his new book: "Lead Like A Chef" and some of the industry specific issues that he has coached other leaders how to handle.

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Aug 2019

58 min 37 sec

We are joined this week by Trey French as he walks us through what's the difference between west coast and east coast bartending. We take an in-depth look into bar culture of Hollywood and Los Angeles, celebrity stories and his own personal journey into California.

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Aug 2019

1 hr 12 min

Josh Seaburg is our guest this week! Bartender vs. Mixologist, what's the f*cking difference? This episode we take a brief look through the history of the mixology, Go on a magical tequila journey with Fortaleza and touch on some common ground that both bartenders and mixologists agree on.

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Jul 2019

1 hr 31 min

We've come along way, this is our recap of what we've experienced and had an opportunity to learn during this process! Thanks for tuning in!!!

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Jul 2019

58 min 10 sec

Dylan Huffman, with us this week, is a master at handling stressful situations on the restaurant management side. Sit down with us as we discuss some pretty hilarious situations and how we "should" handle them even though we may like to handle them in a different way. This highly informational episode is one for all audiences and we hope you find it light and thought provoking!

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Jul 2019

1 hr 4 min

The first person we're greeted by, the last person we're wish well by. The Valet is commonly overlooked position that is influential to guest experience. Sit down with Taylor and us this episode for a pretty hilarious look into what our valets go through on a daily basis.

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Jul 2019

44 min 3 sec

Alcoholism is a very real issue that we face in the service industry. In this week's episode we speak to Justin, who recently celebrated seven years of sobriety and is also still very active in bartending. Do you know someone on the same journey?

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Jul 2019

55 min 55 sec

Can bartenders hold a successful relationship? What's it like being a bartender in New York City? How do you successfully shut down an advance? In this episode we ask NYC model and bartender Jon Flores!

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Jun 2019

1 hr

What qualifies a BOSS ass female bartender? What are some of the issues women deal with as bartenders? How do you communicate and get your point across effectively? In this episode our guest Erin and Rachel help get us to those answers!

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Jun 2019

53 min 50 sec

Beer here! We speak to Patrick Collins, the president of Chesbay Distributing, on his company's duties and impact on the bar industry. As a branch of the Reyes Beverage Group, Chesbay is one of the influential names in south eastern Virginia in the aspect of getting the beer from the producers to the businesses that then supply it to the end consumer!

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Jun 2019

41 min 30 sec

Who are we? In this episode you're going to find out! Come get up close and personal with your host!

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Jun 2019

1 hr 5 min

In this pilot episode we discuss the impact of the Something In The Water Festival on prejudices and the new creative movement in Virginia.

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Jun 2019

37 min 13 sec