Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Brian Molina and I am a mixologist/barista.
What is your art?
Making the perfect drink. That involves everything from the components I use to how I shake it all up; with the end result being the moment the customer tastes that first sip.
What kind of drinks do you specialize in?
At Home Brewed Bar, we specialize in cold brewed drinks... which means we brew everything, our coffees and teas, for twenty hours. Beyond that, we also serve monthly specialty drinks along with blended beverages you might find at other establishments.
How did the idea of a strictly cold brew menu come to be?
I was sitting in my apartment one night, preparing coffee for the opening of the store we now have, and had the idea to cold brew the tea as well. Milk teas were also becoming popular at that time, so I thought it made sense to combined these two types of drinks.
What's your process for coming up with each month's specialty drink?
I always like to start out with what season we're in. Since we deal in drinks, I want to create something that compliments the weather or a special event, like a national holiday. From there, I try and figure out what drink best represents that month and then I see if I can create it.
Where do you find inspiration?
Honestly, I like to visit bars and see what they're creating for the season. They're on another level when it comes to mixing things, so they have been a great source for seeing what might work in our world.
Within your art, what are you most insecure about?
At the end of the day, I just want people to like the drinks that I make. When I make a new drink, I of course want to make something that I enjoy. But, we all like different things, so serving it for the first time can be a very nerve-racking thing.
What are you the most proud of?
That our drinks are good. I love that people keep enjoying the creations we have been able to come up with.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in doing what you do?
Pay attention. Pay attention to where you are as opposed to in your own head. When you're in your own head, you're thinking of all the directions things can could go. But, if you are paying attention, you can see what you need to see in order to get to where you need to go.
Last Question: What are you doing when you're not creating?
When I'm not creating, I'm either playing basketball or watching Bar Rescue. That show is a good source of information on how to run a successful business.