We had the good fortune of connecting with D.J. Riemer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi D.J., how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
In my 20s and into my 30s, I prioritized work over personal time and, unfortunately, time with others. My advancement in my career was over-woven into my identity and, too often, my self-worth. In more recent years, my concept of success has changed considerably, and too, my sense of balance. I’m defining it more as a process of letting go, than striving these days.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My business is Grove Street Alchemy. We make boutique liqueurs (alcohol) in Longmont, Colorado. It’s a fledgling company still, but has an amazing group of devotees and continues to grow beyond my expectations. I bootstrapped my company with tip money from bartending and it continues to thrive on its own. I have the good fortune to have a great group of people dedicated to its success, from bartender friends, and other amazing community members that are ardent supporters. I’m most excited to share my craft with other enthusiasts and find out where their passions land in the spirit world. The distillery community in Colorado, and the alcohol industry in general, is such a tightly knit, supportive community. I’m proud to call myself a member.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ll stick with food, because I’m hungry… Blackbelly for breakfast burritos Santo for Mezcal Margaritas and smoked pineapple salsa McDevitt Taco Supply for chips, queso and tacos Babette’s for pizza and/or bread Mustard’s Last Stand for Chicago Dogs Lucky’s Bake Shop for donuts Backcountry Pizza for a draft 24 Carrot Bistro for anything on the menu…seriously, the best place in Colorado.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe much of who I am to my amazing family and my wonderful partner, Allie. I owe much of what I am to my fellow bartenders and the restaurant community at large. Without all their support, my business and my career would be a hollow shell.
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