Behind the Bar, Wining & Dining

Behind the Bar: Ronald “Ron” Spohnholz

Ronald “Ron” Spohnholz

Village Brauhaus

710 King Street

Old Town Alexandria


Ron stirs up the Ron “Bourbondy” Stay Classy Alexandria –
Evan Williams Bourbon, Clove Simple Syrup, Lemon, Ginger Bitters with a Pear Cider Float garnished with fresh rosemary.

How did you get started in the Bar Business?

I was a cop for 20 years in Alaska. When I retired I did what every cop wants to do, bought a bar.

What is your biggest bartender pet peeve?

My pet peeve is guests who move tables for no apparent reason.  Not a big deal unless you’re old like me who keeps track of orders by table number.

What is the best/worst pickup line you’ve heard at the bar?

“You wanna to go fool around?” And…it worked….she’s my wife. And….she said it to me!

What is the cleverest thing a customer(s) has done to garner a free drink from you?

In Alaska, I had a few guests who arrived on horseback, tied up outside, came in to have a few beers and then rode off into the sunset.

Tell us an interesting story about an encounter you’ve had with a customer.

A few weeks ago I had a person come into the bar in a giant gingerbread man costume, said nothing…..then left.

If you could have a drink with anyone in the world, past or present, who would that be?

If I could have a drink with anyone it would be with Prince Ludwig of Bavaria who started Oktoberfest. He bought all the beer!

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