Monday, January 28, 2013

Beer Trivia - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Most historians agree that Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected to the office of President in 1932 primarily because he promised the American people that if he were elected President he would end prohibition.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

7 Ways Guaranteed To Lose Money With Your Bar Or Tavern

Often times the bar and tavern owners I work with don’t agree with the strategies I share on how to increase their profits. They think the profit making strategies I share too simple so they don’t implement them. So just for fun I thought I would share 7 strategies bar owners and managers may want to use to ensure they lose money. I personally guarantee these strategies will help any bar or tavern lose money.

1) Look Dirty When you and your staff tend bar look dirty. Look like you just left another job and have your clothes look well worn or better yet be the same clothes you wore the day before. Grease and paint stains on your clothing is a must; if don’t’ have stained clothing wear anything that is ripped or has big tears that will work just as well.

2) Bitch, Bitch, Bitch Whenever possible complain. Bitch about any subject you like however the best topics are: spouses, employers, taxes, local law enforcement, the city council or county board and any state or federal politician.

3) Over Serve Customers This is always a crowd pleaser. Make it a practice in your bar to over serve customers. It will be hilarious to hear people mumble incoherently as they sway back and forth in their bar stool. However it’s really exciting to see if they will stumble or fall as they head for the restroom or walk out the door. Seeing you over serve reassures your other customers they can count on you to show them a great time.

4) Tolerate Obnoxious Customers  This is my personal favorite. Allow customers to get in shouting matches. You know where one tells the others to shut the “F” up. If at all possible get a small group (guys or gals it makes no difference) to get on a roll dropping the F bomb every other word. Everyone loves hearing about this F-ng thing and that F-ng and all the F-ng things wrong in the F-ng world and all the F-ng things wrong with F-ng lives. Listening to the F word is always cool.

5) Loud Juke Boxes and TVs  Blaring juke boxes and exceptionally loud TV’s are a must if you want to lose money. There is nothing better than sipping on drinks while watching the two people who insisted you turn up the volume wiggle by the pool table or yell at the TV screen.

6) Garbage and Trash  This is so easy to implement yet so effective if you want to lose money. At all times have garage and other debris clearly visible in the bar. You don’t need a lot it but it has to be noticeable. Good examples are empty beer bottles and cans on game tops and in the restrooms. It also pays to have garbage and trash in the window sills and under the pool table. The best though is when you don’t wipe off the bar counter or tables when customers leave; having those surfaces sticky and tacky is such a pleasant surprise when you sit down. Two other things that are important is: never clean under the bar’s foot rail or the exterior of the building, especially the parking lot. Be consistent with these two areas. Let litter, trash and junk accumulate in these areas so they can be clearly seen at all times. It’s comforting for people to see this. 

7) Repulsive Restrooms A universal favorite. Never scrub out your sinks, wipe down the mirrors or clean the lavatories in the restrooms. If possible make sure a hand dryer is broken and the paper towel dispenser doesn’t work. It’s a plus if either have been out of order for a long time.

Well there you have it, Eba G’s 7 Guaranteed Ways to Lose Money. I sincerely hope you will be able to put them to use. If you liked them send me an email at or tweet me @EbaG2. If I get enough feedback I will share another great article - 7 Guaranteed Ways to Lose Regular Customers. These are 7 strategies easy to implement and very effective to help you also lose profits.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Interesting and Important History Lesson

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents were exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians were exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, exterminated.

During WW II Japan decided not to invade America. The Military High Command advised against it as most Generals knew many American households had guns.
Gun-control laws generally have adverse affects on law-abiding citizens – let’s be real careful if we suggest more gun control laws.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Beer Trivia - Dancing Peanuts

Most people are unaware of this neat little trick but if you toss salted peanuts into a glass of beer the peanuts will start to dance.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Beer Trivia - Strongest Beer in The World

The strongest beer brewed in the world is an American beer brewed by Sam Adams.  It has 17% alcohol by volume.

If you want to older this beer ask for Samuel Adams Triple Bock.  Just so you know the strength of this beer is achieved by using a special champagne yeast.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Main Ingredient For a Profitable Bar

In every community across American {except where the sale of liquor is prohibited by a municipal law or County ordinance} three types of bars and taverns are generally found. First, the trendy upscale nightclubs and supper clubs; places where big spenders tend to frequent.  Places where anniversaries are celebrated, business deals are consummated, promotion parties are held, retirements are commemorated and where we take Grandma on her birthday.  Next there are the local bars and corner taverns where friends and neighbors gather on any given day to relax, shoot the breeze and eat some good bar food.  Finally, there are the wilder and {sometimes} seedier places.  Places where individuals go to get a little wild, blow off steam and perhaps do some power drinking.  These bars tend to attract a more youthful crowd and questionable characters.  Often times they are well known by local law enforcement officials who have had to come out and provide some needed assistance.  

Why is it that some bars and taverns attract a subdued quiet crowd while others become magnets for the overzealous Jaeger Bomb and Jell-O shot crowd?  What causes this difference?  It’s not the location of the bar.  It’s not the physical layout of the building. It has nothing to do with the bar’s name and it is certainly not because of the traffic pattern in the town.  Nope; the only factor that determines a bar or tavern’s category is the management of the bar or tavern.  The way a bar is managed decides not only its customer make up but its profitability level.

Profitable bar and tavern owners know how to manage; they create an environment that’s best for them.  Unprofitable bar and tavern owners don’t know how to manage and therefore they accept an atmosphere or revenue stream that is thrust upon them. Owners and managers of profitable bars always do things that lousy bar owners and managers - don’t know how to do - - don’t’ want to do - - - don’t’ think of doing. 

Profitable bar and tavern owners leave nothing to chance.  They set standards for their businesses and develop stringent internal staff polices and operating procedures which they strictly enforce. They have expectations for every employee and every customer and they deal with any problems head on.  Finally they are constantly searching for ways to re-invent their bars and re-invest in their bars. 

Profitable bar owners tend to be dominant leaders; they are never satisfied with a static, decaying or dying business.  They want a vibrant bar and a growing business.  They don’t wait for lightening to strike they actively seek out new opportunities to turn a profit and they always think five to ten years down the road. They have a clear vision of where they want to take their bar or tavern.  They are willing to try new and different approaches in the hopes it will take their bar or tavern to the next level.  They play the what if game – what if I try this?   

It doesn’t always seem fair but the burden of creating a bar’s atmosphere and its profits does not rest with the staff, the vendors, the distributors or even the bar’s customers.  The burden of generating a profit and creating an atmosphere falls squarely on the shoulders of the owners and managers of bars and taverns. 

If you own a bar and isn’t in the category you want? Change it! If you aren’t satisfied with your current customer - base change it! If you want to increase your profits – do something!  Remember this simple concept:  If you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got.

How does one go about changing their bar’s image and increasing profits?  It’s easy! Start by creating a new vision for your bar. Then communicate that new vision with all your staff so they know which direction you are going – get them to work with you - not against you.  Implement internal policies and procedures that support your vision.  Keep everyone in your business – staff, customers, vendors etc. moving in the right direction by constantly enforcing your policies and procedures.  Create measurable objectives and occasionally stop to check them to see if you are on the right road.  Good bar management will eventually get you’re your bar in the category you want and the profit levels you desire.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bar Trivia - Actors and Bartenders

Bartending has been a profession that many struggling young and old actors have relied on while waiting for their big break. 

Some of the well known actors you may know who bartended to make ends meet were:

Sandra Bullock

Bruce Willis

Tom Arnold

Chevy Chase

Kris Kristofferson, and

Bill Cosby

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Beer Trivia - American Beers

Unlike European and other foreign country beers, most American beers are made mostly with rice. 

American brewers do this to give American beers a lighter taste and to tap into the market of women beer drinkers.