Ep. 4 Annie O'Donoghue of Sans Bar STL

Jan 07, 2022, 10:30 AM

Annie O'Donoghue is the founder of Sans Bar STL. Hosting events that are full of good vibes where alcohol happens to be off the menu.

Places
Listen Bar. At first I thought she was talking about Japanese listening bars.
Annie's popup: Sans Bar STL
Annie was enthusiastic about the #zeroproof #Negroni she had at Planter’s House
Drinks and ingredients
Shirley Temple
Annie is a fan of Seedlip and Lyre’s
For Annie, brands like Ritual, which try to imitate the actual spirit, hit too close to home
Busch NA is a favorite of Annie's. I've also heard Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler praise it too. Important: Busch NA falls under the certified non-alcoholic guidelines but like O'Douls is ~0.5% ABV. Another NA beer along these lines she likes is Victory Citrus Wheat by WellBeing.
Annie is also a fan of Grüvi's "Dry Secco" and "Bubbly Rosé"
Better Rhodes: a zero-proof emporium
Annie's full-time work is with PreventEd.org
I mentioned consulting my employer's Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Coping tactics: Have an excuse to leave, bring an accountability partner, have someone available to call you, take a time out from certain events, bring your own drinks, and most important have a plan
Substance Abuse Disorder tells you that you are alone. It’s a disease. Do not feel alone or shameful. Almost 20 million Americans (12 and older) suffered from a substance abuse disorder in 2017. 
Annie suggests moving away from terms like mocktail, spirit-free, non-alcoholic, and soft drinks. I've heard many people they most prefer zero proof
Books
Good Drinks by Julia Bainbridge
Zero: A New Approach To Non-Alcoholic Drinks by The Aviary