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RECLAIMING THIRSTY THURSDAY: BETH CORMACK

RECLAIMING THIRSTY THURSDAY: BETH CORMACK

We’re somehow already a third of the way through January, and for many of you out there, a third of the way through a Dry January. Our team is approaching 2019’s start as a ‘Mindful January’: a month to reassess habits, routines, and the “whys.” While that includes abstaining from alcohol for a month, it also involves taking a holistic approach to why we do what we do every day, from eating to drinking to exercising to digital diets and relationships. Our teammate Katie recently sat down with bartender, small business owner, and social media extraordinaire, Beth Cormack, to chat about what it means to drink mindfully, and how to approach a “break” from alcohol.*

*We acknowledge that for many people, sobriety is a matter of life or death, and there is no break or choice. All comments on Dry January or “sober challenges” are based on our own experiences.

RECLAIMING THIRSTY THURSDAY WITH JOHN PAWLAK OF HANK'S OYSTER BAR

RECLAIMING THIRSTY THURSDAY WITH JOHN PAWLAK OF HANK'S OYSTER BAR

“More so than any other profession, bartending leads to a work hard party harder lifestyle. But after 17 years that fun job has become a profession and I'm happily married with a couple of great kids. I've no longer the time or inclination to drink like I once did. Having a great tasting non-alcoholic option is always a plus." - John Pawlak

RECLAIMING THIRSTY THURSDAY WITH RIAD BAKEER

RECLAIMING THIRSTY THURSDAY WITH RIAD BAKEER

At Sip City, we’re on a mission to help you drink mindfully, in the same ways you eat and exercise mindfully. We’ve found that our city takes "work hard play hard" to an extreme: DC is both the “fittest city in America,” and also the state with the highest alcohol consumption per capita second only to New Hampshire. And within the bar and restaurant industry, these habits are taken even further to an extreme due to the late nights, proximity to substances, and high-stress environments. We’re hoping that by opening an honest dialogue around these issues, we can help people reflect on their habits and our drinking culture. With that open dialogue in mind, we’re launching our new blog series called Reclaiming Thirsty Thursday. We’ll be using this platform to converse with industry folks about these topics, and how we can all support each other.

To launch our series, our team member Katie sat down with Drink Company bartender Riad Bakeer to talk about his experiences and his new love for switchel: