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.

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Work–life balance is key to career longevity
Carving out time for other commitments can enhance employees’ focus on the job
Vermouth makes a comeback 
Fortified, aromatized wine finds new fans as category proliferates
How to retain great employees 
Industry members provide tips for strategizing staffing
Consumers are sweet on sour beers
Emerging tart beer category pairs well with food, and even attracts wine drinkers
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A good bar layout eases physical and financial pain
Advanced planning will help your staff succeed
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Bourbon rises as brown spirits enjoy new popularity 1
Millennials and women help drive sales of the corn-based whiskey
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Beverage events to benefit your brand 
Special programs can energize guests and staff
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Turning rosé into a year-round wine  1
As sales soar, operators offer strategies for thinking pink
A primer on beer hops 
A look at the key ingredient in the most popular craft beers
An organized bar is a profitable one 
Keeping everything in its place ensures smooth service
red wine
How to bring wine to life 
The ability to quickly read guests and adapt to their needs is key
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Glassware: Picking the right fit for your customers 
Your choice of drinking vessels can say a lot about your establishment
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Tapping American beer’s German roots 
Understanding the origins of American brews can help sell it to customers
Harnessing the power of a wines-by-the-glass list 
Crafting a profitable and provocative lineup is a study in skill and tenacity
Beverage directors weigh in on new technology 
Many operators remain hesitant to embrace the latest tools

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