E165 Jonathan Mateer
Jon Mateer is the Beverage Manager at TPC Sawgrass with the PGA Tour. Jon has worked in bars and restaurants over the last 12 years and places a major focus on craft cocktails. Some of the highlights along the way include being part of the opening bar team at the prestigious Death & Co. in Denver, where he worked as a bartender and education lead. During his time there, the team received numerous accolades from the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation including being a finalist for both “Best New American Cocktail Bar” and “Best American Bar Team.”
Jon has been fortunate enough to have been selected as a Top 100 Bartender in The United States by Diageo World Class in 2022 & 2023! Last year, Jon claimed the title of U.S. National Champion of the Giffard West Cup and traveled to France to compete in the International Finals. Locally, Jon serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Bartender’s Guild in Jacksonville, Florida.
In his spare time, Jon has a podcast called Bardtenders where he and a few fellow bartenders take a break from putting liquids in cups. Bardtenders is a Dungeons & Dragons podcast run by a group of bartenders who traded in their shakers for sets of dice. While they play D&D, “…one of our other major focuses is providing on-the-job education for hospitality industry employees and also giving them access to mental and physical health resources!"
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