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    Beer 101: The Differences Between Lagers and Ales

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Beer has a long history, stretching back millennia to the very dawn of recorded history. For most of that time, almost all brewers in all countries and regions of the world crafted ales. Lager, a distinct style of beer, was not discovered until relatively recently.

    Watch this video to learn more about the difference between lagers and ales. You will learn what distinguishes these two beer styles from one another, from the fermentation tank to the glass. The video also contains food pairing tips for both types of beer.

    When you attend Professional Bartending Schools of America, you will not only learn how to mix cocktails, but how to pour a beer and differentiate the different styles of this delicious beverage. Learn more about our bartender schools across the nation today by calling us at (513) 542-3500.   

    A Look at the Benefits of a Career in Bartending

    Last updated 5 years ago

    In today’s difficult job market, many careers do not have the security they once did. If you are searching for a job, short term or long term, that will bring you satisfaction and pay you well, you should consider starting a career as a bartender. There will always be bars and clubs, and they always have steady business. When you are a bartender, you:

    Work Hours Outside the Traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    For bartenders, the peak hours are in evenings, nights, and weekends. You will never have to wake up for an early morning again, and you usually do not have to work in the early afternoon. Working a non-traditional schedule as a bartender allows you to do errands during the day and avoid crowds. Many people who are drawn to a bartending career are night owls by nature, so the non-traditional hours suit them well.

    Don’t Need a College Degree
    Many young people today accumulate thousands of dollars’ worth of debt and spend four or more years of their lives pursuing college degrees that do not help them find employment in the current economy. When you invest a small amount of money and time in bartender school, you have the potential to find a paying position immediately after you complete your courses. Bartender school is also less expensive and less time-consuming than vocational school.

    Have the Potential to Earn High Gratuity
    One of the more exciting aspects of your career as a bartender is the potential to earn a large quantity of tips. Depending on how many people are in your bar during any given shift, and how fast and well you mix their drinks, you can earn a substantial amount of money, sometimes more than your hourly pay, in tips alone.

    At Professional Bartending Schools of America, our short, intensive curriculum provides you with the skills you need to succeed as a bartender in any restaurant, club, or bar in your area. For more information about classes and enrollment, call us today at (513) 542-3500. 

    Pouring the Perfect Pint of Guinness

    Last updated 5 years ago

    For the Irish, Guinness is more than a beer—it is a way of life. There is a ritual that surrounds the drinking and pouring of Guinness, and for an authentic experience, a bartender should follow the proper steps to ensure that every customer’s pint has a full, foamy head.

    A pint of Guinness should be poured into a 20-ounce tulip shaped pint glass, preferably with the company’s iconic harp logo. The shape of these glasses allows the nitrogen bubbles to form a creamy froth. Always hold the glass at a 45-degree angle, and do not allow the metal tap spigot to touch the glass or the beer itself at any point. Allow the head to settle with about an inch of space below the rim before topping off the pint to create a domed head.

    When you enroll in bartender school at one of the Professional Bartending Schools of America locations, you will learn how to correctly pour Guinness, as well as mix classic and innovative cocktails. Call us today at (513) 542-3500 for more information about our courses.

    Tools of the Trade: What You'll Need to be an Efficient and Profitable Bartender

    Last updated 5 years ago

    To craft stunning cocktails, you need more than top-notch bartender training. A flair for showmanship also helps, as does a passion for finely crafted drinks. You will also need a set of quality bartending tools in order to quickly and efficiently perform the tasks required to make premium mixed drinks. The most basic bartending tools include:

    Various Sized Jiggers
    These small hourglass-shaped measuring containers allow you quickly measure consistent amounts of different spirits. The two sides of the jigger hold different amounts, usually a single and a double shot of whiskey.

    Cocktail Strainers
    Many cocktails, especially those that contain fresh citrus fruit or those that are shaken over ice then served “up,” need to be strained before serving. Cocktail strainers of varying sizes that fit over shakers allow you to do this quickly and efficiently.

    Some cocktails, like the classic Southern mint julep or the recently trendy Brazilian caipirinha, require you to muddle mint leaves or limes. Regular flatware doesn’t have the correct shape to properly muddle these substances and release their oils and flavors, so you should invest in a professional quality muddling tool for your bar.

    Ice Scoops
    Even if you don’t serve them on the rocks, most cocktails should still be shaken over ice. Bars have large bins of ice to aid the bartenders, but it is unsanitary and against code to scoop ice with your hands, and it can be inefficient to scoop it with a glass. An ice scoop will cut down on mess.

    Cutting Boards and Knives
    To save yourself time during a busy shift, you should slice wedges and twists of citrus before the crowds settle in. A sharp knife and a quality cutting board will make this task much quicker and easier.

    If you want to learn all the skills you will need to become a bartender, call Professional Bartending Schools of America today at (513) 542-3500 to find the location nearest you and inquire about class enrollment. 

    Answering the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Bartender Training at PBSA

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Almost everyone has mixed cocktails for friends and family at dinner parties, holiday parties, and other special occasions. Mixing cocktails in a fast-paced, noisy bar, however, requires a different set of skills. At bartender school, you will learn how to mix classic and new cocktails, pour perfect pints of beer, and much more. Here are answers to common questions potential students ask about programs at Professional Bartending Schools of America:

    How Long Does Training Take?
    We offer a program that we call “bartending boot camp.” In ten separate intensive 4-hour class sessions, you will learn all the essential skills you will need to succeed as a bartender in even the busiest establishments. You can study as quickly or as slowly as you like, taking the courses over according to your schedule and availability.

    What Is a Bartender’s Average Income?
    The income you can expect as a bartender varies depending on where you work. Generally, in smaller urban areas, bartenders can earn between 100 and 200 dollars each day. The bulk of your income will come from tips. If you work full time as a bartender, 30 to 40 hours per week, you can earn anywhere between $500 and $900 total each week.

    Are There Any Enrollment Requirements?
    In most states, the law requires us to conduct a personal interview with each candidate prior to admission. During this session, we will give you an overview of the program, a tour of the school, and a preliminary look at the job placement process we offer to graduates. You can even choose to come visit an actual class so you can see what the program involves and experience our top-notch instruction.

    Professional Bartending Schools of America has locations in 34 different states. Our bartender schools equip you with the knowledge and hands-on training you need to work as a bartender in any environment, whether it’s low-key or fast-paced. For more information on our programs and schools, call us today at (513) 542-3500.

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