25 things you never knew about Steuben's bartender Ryan Layman
As Westword's Ask the Bartender columnist, I've talked with many bartenders for Cafe Society's "Behind the Bar" series, posing numerous questions to Denver's top bartenders...and often receiving the same answers: "I love chartreuse," or "I'm really into smoked cocktails/barrel aging/bottled cocktails."
See also: A bartender by any other name...is still a bartender.
Some time ago, a Facebook friend posted 25 things about himself that most people weren't aware of -- and then he tagged me in the post, at which point I was supposed to do the same: rattle off 25 little-known facts about myself and ask someone else to follow suit. Instead, I'm asking Denver's bartenders to get up and close with Westword readers and share 25 lesser known tidbits about themselves -- and then name the next bartender that I should interview.
First up: Ryan Layman, who runs the bar at Steuben's and has a mastery of classic cocktails -- and a flair for creating new ones. But more important, he's one of the most hospitable bartenders in town and a leader amongst his peers. In this inaugural list, Layman reveals his gang affiliations, his prowess with imaginary instruments and how he served beers to one of his high school teachers.
Herewith, 25 things you never knew about Ryan Layman