當 Beckaly Franks 走進 KOR，她一頭閃閃發亮的金髮，美麗的眼睛明亮有神，她提起聲音跟所有人打招呼，臉上掛著爽朗的招牌笑容，親和力十足的她就像個大明星，不只吸引了所有的鎂光燈，更一下就擄獲了所有人的心。
她是亞洲區目前最有影響力的調酒師之一，更是少數的女性調酒師。Beckaly Franks 出生於愛達荷州，她在香港開設的酒吧 The Pontiac 連續兩年被評選為亞洲前 50 大酒吧。在來到亞洲之前，她曾在波特蘭知名餐廳 Clyde Common 掌管吧台，並在 2012 年帶領團隊贏得 42 Below 的世界調酒大賽獎盃，成為全美第一位女性世界冠軍調酒師。
除了是個專業調酒師之外，她更是個音樂與藝術愛好狂熱者，這次她來到 KOR ，我們決定把握機會跟她聊聊天：
我一直都很想要旅行，並且學習其他的文化。波特蘭是一個很棒的地方，但它也不過只是廣大地球中的一座城市而已。在2014年，我非常幸運的有機會跟DISCUS（美國蒸餾酒協會）合作，在新加坡分享美國目前針對威士忌的潮流。那是我愛上亞洲的一個契機，所以當我回到家後我開始醞釀這個想法，等到我開始 The Pontiac 酒吧的合作時，其實我早就已經準備好了。
When Beckaly Franks first walked into KOR Taipei, she caught everyone’s attention with her glistening blond hair and beautiful bright eyes. She greeted everyone with a warm smile and, at that moment, she was like a superstar.
Beckaly is one of the most influential female bartenders in Asia. Her bar in Hong Kong, The Pontiac, won “Asia’s 50 best bars” two years in a row. She also won the “42Below Cocktail World Cup” championship in 2012 when she worked at Portland’s famous restaurant Clyde Common, making her the first female global champion in USA.
She’s not only a great bartender, but also a music and art lover. We would never had missed this chance to talk to her:
1.In 2012 you won the 42 Below World Cup with Team America. At that time you were one of the hottest bartenders around, so what made you choose to leave the US and go to Hong Kong to start The Pontiac? What was it that attracted you to Asia?
-I have always wanted to travel and learn about other cultures. Portland, OR is great but is it just one amazing town in a big bad world. In 2014 I was fortunate enough to work with DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Counsel of the US) and teach about American trends is in Whiskey in Singapore. That is when I got the bug for Asia. After I returned home I started mentally preparing myself for a global move. By the time I was contacted to collaborate and open my bar The Pontiac, I was more than ready.
2.You have been described as someone with great personal charisma. Could you please give some advice for the next generation of bartenders on how to best cultivate self-confidence and charm?
-I advise finding something that you are passionate about and trying to channel that energy. Hospitality is all about the transfer of energy and thoughtfulness. Whether it’s music, art, sports, animals, family, find something that helps you create a personal identity. My passion is music and almost everything I do is correlated to it in some way. I create cocktails around music, set the vibe for my bar with music, engage the guest in conversation about music and give them a chance to share.
3.You are involved in Music as well as Arts, what role do you think music plays in a bar? What kind of music do you play at your own bar?
-As mentioned above, I am incredibly passionate about music! Every aspect of the bar plays a role. From the moment the guest walks thru the door they are being affected by the ambiance of the room. It’s imperative that the music is on brand and reflects the story your space is trying to tell.
4.You have previously worked at a large volume bar, what is the biggest difference between a large bar and a small bar? Do they require different know-how?
-Fortunately The Pontiac is a small bar that still pumps out high volume. The product knowledge and craft skill set should be the same at any venue. The ability to manage a busy service well and packed house only comes with time.
5.Unfortunately, there are still relatively few female bartenders in Asia. What are your thoughts on female bartenders in this industry? Do you think female bartenders are treated differently? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being female in this industry? What advice would you give to aspiring female bartenders?
-The future is female. Women belong in hospitality just as much as men if not more. We are the born nurturers, it’s innate in us to care for and provide for others. Being treated differently as woman isn’t isolated to this industry. Women are a minority in general and especially in certain cultures. That is just the black and white of it. However, I see in rainbow. Even over the last 2.5 years in Asia I’ve watched women of all ages and races rise to occasion. They are becoming more confident and learning that they in fact do have a voice. The advantage of female in this industry right now is that it’s vastly under saturated. There is plenty of room for ladies to come in and make a change. My advice to aspiring females bartenders is to believe in yourself. Find the right house that supports you and get to work. Ask all the questions and learn as much as you can. And SUPPORT YOUR OTHER FEMALE BARTENDERS