David Flaherty

Operations Manager and Beer and Spirits director

David Flaherty has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. He is a certified cicerone and a former operations manager and beer and spirits director for Hearth restaurant and the Terroir wine bars in New York City. He is currently marketing director for the Washington State Wine Commission and writes about wine, beer and spirits in his blog, Grapes and Grains.

How to hire a superhero behind the bar
A skilled bartender can be paramount to a good guest experience
Selling wine with storytelling
One of the best ways to sell an obscure bottle of wine is by channeling your inner actor
Beverage directors embrace amaro
The bitter spirit can add complexity to drinks
How to cultivate restaurant regulars  2
Three operators based in New York City, the country’s toughest restaurant town, share tips
The golden rules of bartending
Top bartenders share their keys to the craft
5 elements of a profitable beverage program 
Beverage expert David Flaherty identifies the characteristics of a successful bar operation
What restaurants need to know about social media 
Tips on building engagement and sales in the digital space
Stocking up on summer beers 
Tips from the pros on which brews will resonate most with customers this season
Vinegar gets popular in cocktails 
Progressive bartenders, lime shortage drive use of the sour ingredient
Branding with beverages: Telling a restaurant's story 
Tips for setting your scene with beer, wine and spirits
Managing bar pour sizes: Every drop counts 
Tips for keeping bartenders and servers from over pouring in alcoholic beverages
Beverage-themed dinners can boost business, knowledge 
Hosting a beer- or wine-focused dinner can be educational and build buzz
Cider: America's drink returns
Cider sales have risen significantly in the United States over the past two years
Mead’s modern-day comeback 
The ancient honey wine known as mead is growing in popularity among today's consumers
David Flaherty
Crafting an effective beer menu 
Bar expert David Flaherty shares tips on creating a beer list that will wow customers and drive sales
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