25 things you never knew about Dwight Long, bartender at My Brother's Bar
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."
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.
My Brother's Bar is easily one of my favorite bars in Denver. It's the oldest saloon in the city; you'll find great beers and whiskies; the burgers, served until 1 a.m., are excellent; and the bartenders are topnotch. One of the mainstays behind the wood is Dwight Long, a real barman in a real bar -- a bartender's bartender, which is high praise. On any given night, you can look across the room and see an assortment -- or motley crew -- of hospitality industry employees. It's a place where the front of the house and the back of the house come together after work over beers and shots. And, they all love Long.
In the interview that follows, Long shares his distaste for Fernet Branca (unusual for a bartender these days, but I don't like it either), his son's aspirations to be a car thief, as well as his shortcomings when it comes to parallel parking.