When we interviewed Canon’s Chris Goad last week, he delivered a pretty amazing one sentence description of his life: “I was born, grew up, played video games, got in fights, learned a thing or two, forgot a few other things, went to college, studied film, worked at Trader Joes, worked in film, and became a bartender.” His family moved to Washington when he was seven and he’s been at Jamie Boudreau's Capitol Hill establishment since it opened in 2011, shortly after beginning his “tarbending” career at the Lookout.
Here, five questions for Chris.
What's the most underrated spirit? Mellow Corn, Old Grand-Dad, and Laird's. Drink these and know true contentment with the world. Also, I've got this bottle of Pappy Van Winkle at home that I think with the right marketing spin could be a huge cult classic.
How do you stay inspired? I've been travelling a lot in the last year and have no plans to stop. Buy yourself a plane ticket to a strange place a few months out and not only will your flight be cheap but when you get there you can see all the drinks that suck so badly you swear to never make the same mistakes. Or, find new friends and flavors that will keep you motivated to innovate.
What are three things you love about living in Seattle? I love that I've lived here since I was seven. I love the rainy, shitty weather, and I love the gorgeous springs and summers we have. They make the natural resources around us that much more beautiful and dramatic.
What is the craziest thing you've ever seen happen in a bar? A man was thrown into my favorite bar through one of its huge plate glass windows and he managed to stand up and run away, somehow not getting his head cut off by the hanging guillotine pieces of glass. To make it better, as I was helping pick up glass, a drunk regular stumbled up and before he could ask what happened, he slipped and fell right into the maelstrom of glass. I helped him up and in the process cut myself; he, on the other hand, managed to walk away unscathed. That's what I get for being sober.
If you were interviewing a bartender, what would you most want to ask? How long did it take for your parents to forgive you for this life you chose?