You want something new in your life? You’re sick of sitting in the office all day and want to experience something new – maybe even travel the world? You’re interested in bartending? Than I’ve got some interesting information for you. 🙂
I just came back from my 4 weeks trip to Berlin, where I’ve attended the European Bartender School. I gotta tell you, I really think this was one of my best decisions in life. I got to know a lot of sweet and nice people and we had a really good time. That’s why I want to tell you something about my experience at the EBS Berlin.
CREW APRIL 16 – ❤
In my crew there were a lot of different people from all over the world, mostly Germans but also people from Switzerland and Australia. The EBS offers their courses in english, german and a lot of other languages. I attended the course in german language. When I arrived in Berlin on Sunday, the 3th of April, I got to know all of them as I arrived at the Hostel. We all lived at the Happy Hostel. You can book the course with an accommodation or without, it depends on what you prefer. On Monday the course started. Our instructors, Manuel Wieser and Timmi Härwig, are two of the most genius people I’ve ever met. The two were super nice from the beginning and were able to motivate us every single day. Everybody had to introduce themselves and we took pictures of everyone with signs of our name on it.
They told us what will happen the next few weeks and showed us the different rooms in the school that included the bar, pouring and flair. After that we all met again at the so called ‚classroom‘ and we they gave us the holy bible.
I gave my creativity a go and painted some stuff on mine. 😀 haha. Throughout the week we worked our way through every single part. We learned how to free pour 1 – 6 cl and how to pour with two bottles at the same time.
Furthermore Manuel (who is GIFO master 2014, vice master DBU 2014, 6. world ranking grandslam 2014 and now leader of the EBS Berlin; here’s his homepage, you can check it out if you want to http://www.manuel-wieser.com) showed us what will happen in the theme ‚flair‘. We had to be able to do the working flair and the exhibition flair. He also showed us his skills and what it looks like if your skills are on point.
During the first week Timmi showed us how to cut the garnish the right way, what garnish has to be on which cocktail and how to present it on the glass.
As you have to know what you sell and how it tastes we had some tastings in the first week :D. It started with Wodka, Rum, Tequila and Gin. And all of that at 10 o’clock in the morning. 😀 After that some of us were in a really good mood. In the second week we tasted Whiskey, Cognac and some different Liqueurs.
To incentive all of us we were put together in 4 groups. Every group had to choose a name that was written on a board, where the points that you could receive at different competitions were collected. The group that collected the most points got some presents on the last day. My group was called ‚The flairing sombreros‘.
Every group had to invent a cocktail for the cocktail competition that was judged by the Jury (Manuel and Timmi). Our cocktail was called ‚Sailor Cherry‘. Here’s the recipe:
Glass: High ball
Garnish: 3 Cherrys
Method: shake and strain / float
Ingredients: 4 cl Sailor Jerry
2 cl Re’al black Cherry
3 cl Fresh lime juice
4 cl Banana juice (float)
After that we had to practice again. All of us were separated in 3 smaller groups. The first group was at the bar to practice the cocktails that we’ve learned on that day. The second group was in the flair area where we’ve learned some new moves every day and the third group was in the pouring area to learn how to free pour. All groups were in all 3 areas everyday.
Friday was the best day of the week. Throughout the week we practiced the cocktails with colored water. On Friday we made all cocktails that we’ve learned in one week with the original ingredients. Everyone was allowed to make one, sometimes even two, cocktails and got to taste it. We had a lot of fun and it was very exciting to got to know how the original cocktails looks and tastes. 😀
Sometimes we had to participate in challenges like the ‚PAIRtending‘ for example. In this challenge we had to hug us behind our back and were allowed to work with one hand only.
The free time activities were awesome as well. On the first friday we went on a bartour with Manuel and Romina. We visited two of the best bars in Berlin. It started at the Riva Bar, followed by the Alto Bar and after that we went to the House of Weekend to party.
On the second friday we met in school and played the game ‚beerpong‘ with Timmi. Every group could collect some points for the competition wall and we really enjoyed ourselves. In the third week we went to the Berlin Kindl brewery where we got to know how beer is brewed and how it tastes.
Then the fourth week that was filled with exams started. On Monday we had the flair exam and after that we had the possibility to do the yellow grading. As you have to take every chance some of my fellows and me also made the yellow grading and we all passed.
That was a successful experience that motivated us for the next exams. On Tuesday we had the theory exam, Wednesday the cocktail exam and on Thursday was the final bar test. Once all of us were finished we received the final results and the diplomas were given to us in the afternoon. I’m very proud of my diploma.
Of course you’re always able to practice after school. E.g. we’ve been in the park sometimes to practice flair or went to a coffee shop to learn the cocktail recipes. I think the best way to learn is to gather some people around yourself. Thus you’re able to help each other and have some fun together.
On the last day of our 4 weeks of training we went to the Hofbräuhaus to celebrate together. At this point I want to thank my crew for the amazing time together. It was a blast. ❤ I also want to thank Manuel Wieser and Timmi Härwig for the awesome training and for the whole arrangement of the course. It was really good.
So my lovely people, I hope you enjoyed my Blog and that you could gather some information about the EBS. You can check out the EBS homepage (www.bartenderschule.com) for more information.
If you’re interested in becoming a bartender I think you should attend a course of the EBS school because it’s an international school that allows you to work all over the world.
If you have any further questions you can leave a comment below or contact me via Facebook (Kathi Travelmaker). I will also upload a video about the EBS Berlin that will be up in a couple of days. I hope every one of you is having a good time.
And never forget – HARD WORK – SPIRIT & SOUL ❤
xoxo – themakeupdresscode ❤