Mixologist: Nate Gold of Bob's Bar

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Neighborhood: Delaware

Hometown: Chillicothe

Years behind the bar: 11

What do you like about working at Bob's Bar?

When I started here, it was five years ago and really slow. We were dealing with the smoking ban and we took a big hit.

Then we made a management change and started upping the craft beer selection. As it grew and evolved, we started adding more taps and business grew with it. The difference from five years ago to now is amazing.

Tell me about the beer selection.

We have 30 drafts that are about half constant and half rotating. We have about 240 bottles.

We have a world tour with a $10 startup fee and no time limit. Altogether, you try about 140 beers. When you're done you get a Bob's Bar World Tour shirt and your own 23-ounce mug with your name engraved on it that we'll fill for the price of a 16-ounce pour.

What beer would you recommend to someone new to the craft scene?

Pretty much anything from Columbus Brewing Company. I think their IPA is great. And anything from Founders Brewing Company.

What's the crowd like here?

It really is a mixed crowd because our location lends itself to being a local bar. But the later it gets, we start to get a lot of draw from North Campus - younger kids on the weekends. It's good, it's fun.

Younger people are really getting in to the whole craft beer scene, too. Everybody's on beeradvocate.com.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?

My wife and I live on a small horse farm, so we ride a lot, and we do a lot of outdoors stuff. Every year we go on a kayak trip - pack all our gear on a boat and go down river.

The last two years we went out to the San Juan River in Utah. This year we're planning on going to the New River.

I really like being outside, maybe from being inside so much in here. It's nice to get out and get away from all the noise.

What do you like to listen to when you're drinking?

I'm a rock 'n' roll guy, so anything from punk rock to some metal, some Slayer, is good for me. I'm also a country fan. I just don't want to hear any Lady Gaga when I'm drinking.

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