TEAM class aids W.Va. bartenders
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Referred to as "free pour," some bartenders estimate how much alcohol they put in mixed drinks.
That means the amount of alcohol put into a drink might be more than a shot, said Dick Weller, training and education specialist for the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.
"The guy that's drinking that doesn't know. He thinks he's just had one drink," Weller said.
That is an important aspect to remember when learning how not to overserve patrons in a bar, said Weller, who is helping to direct a class for bartenders and others who serve liquor in local bars.
On Monday night, Weller and local bar owner Larry Luttrell were expecting to lead about 60 club owners and bartenders through the Training and Education on Alcohol Management course, or TEAM, at Gables Club in Ridgeway.