COCKTAILS ARE GO! // KNIFE & FLAG INTERVIEW: BARTENDER APRONS
K&F INTERVIEW WITH CAG! OWNERS
// K&F: Tell us a little about yourselves and your business, Cocktails Are Go! You both have day jobs, yes?
// CAG!: We started CAG! in 2011 because we wanted to focus on helping folks make quality cocktails at home. We specialize in cocktail classes, both public and private, along with small private and corporate events. Matt is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine, and Beth is a clinical laboratory scientist at BJC St. Peters.
// K&F: What has been the most surprising aspect of starting your own business?
// CAG!: It’s easier to start a business than we thought, it basically just requires a solid idea and patience. But it takes a lot more work than we thought to sustain it. It takes a lot of flexibility, being aware of your clients’ needs and adjusting to those needs when they change.
// K&F: What inspires you? Why do you love what you do?
// CAG!: It’s inspiring to get someone who has never had a good cocktail to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. Sharing our passion with others is always inspiring. And being involved in the St. Louis culinary scene offers no end of inspiration. We’re lucky to know a lot of great chefs, bartenders, and restaurateurs.
// K&F: What is one piece of advice you would share with other folks that would like to turn their passion into a career?
// CAG!: Understand that there’s a lot more to running a business than just the fun stuff. There’s a lot of mundane stuff to deal with too, like financials.
// K&F: What songs are on your "get-pumped" playlist?
// CAG!: Anything funk or classic soul with a good bass line--Sly Stone, Parliament, Curtis Mayfield, anything from the Stax label. Matt likes good dose of thrash metal, especially Anthrax or Slayer, and we both enjoy all of the eras of punk , from the Clash and Sex Pistols to Fugazi and Black Flag.
// K&F: What other makers/entrepreneurs inspire you?
// CAG!: Ted and Jamie Kilgore and Ted Charak, the folks behind Planter’s House, are constant inspirations, as are Billy Foster and Kathy Kuper from The Big O ginger liqueur.
// K&F: Mountains or ocean?
// CAG!: Mountains (We’re not sun people).
// k&f: What else do you like to make or create?
// CAG!: Beth loves to cook and Matt enjoys drawing and playing guitar.
// K&F: What else would you like to tell us about yourself?
// CAG!: Beth: The older I get I find that I really benefit from regular yoga practice. Matt: I hope to retire to a little stone cottage on the coast of Scotland and write short stories. And drink whisky.