This month, we chatted with Amber Falter, our beloved bartender and comedic genius. No topic was left untouched; we tackled elephant pregnancies, acquiring ownership of the moon, her duties inside and outside of the bar, and her deep affinity for community (and stickers!).
Name: Amber Falter
How long have you been at Land-Grant?
1.3 lovely elephant pregnancies!
What is it you do here?
Most of what I do is sing Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin'” to boost morale behind the bar.
My second most important job is to show people pictures of my dogs. Constantly.
Some days (and most terrifyingly) I am asked to change the TV channel. This requires most of my energy and I usually end up bloodied from battle. As much as I hate it, I am grateful for this technological challenge–it humbles me.
Oh, and I pour beer for my friends.
Why do you pay me again?
What are the best aspects of your job? And what are the most challenging?
Best aspects are the people. Hands down and on both sides of the bar. You’re never in bad company at Land-Grant.
The most challenging…? Hmm. Personally I think it’s not giving every single guest a sticker. I love stickers. THE WORLD NEEDS STICKERSSSSS!!! (Also, because of me I think we are out of stickers).
You have a super successful comedy career outside of Land-Grant, tell us about that!
Tell you about my successful comedy career?! Hold on, allow me to park my Ferrari first. I don’t get perfect reception in my beautiful mountainside getaway home–just kidding, of course I do! I’m a billionaire! I own the moon!
First of all, since starting at Land-Grant I was finally in a position where I was able to work and explore my life long passion of comedy. So hats off to you, fam. You the real MVP.
Secondly, comedy is so fun! I meet people that make sure I’m constantly laughing and I couldn’t love writing more. What a silly life I am chasing. Not sure what will come of it, nor do I have any idea what I am doing. I just want to impress myself as a writer and challenge myself as a performer. The art of Comedy is so fascinating and thrilling to me. Also, the scene in Columbus is active, supportive and growing. If I have any real goal with comedy, it’s to help the scene attract more performers to the stage. Whether it be inviting touring headliners or encouraging newer or younger comics to our showcases, I just want people to want to perform in Columbus! Luckily for me, Land-Grant has introduced me to so many great people and they’ve come to explore our magical world of local comedy. It’s really satisfying to me to see someone’s first local comedy experience as an audience member. I. Just. Love. It!
What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Oh my goodness–how do I pick?!
Beer releases are super exciting. You can always count on the few regulars to be the first ones in. You know, the ones that aren’t afraid to remind you multiples times to give them their Collector’s Club cards. I always try to have my first sip of the beer with the first person I get to pour it for! (If we aren’t slammed of course!) I like to talk to our super fans because they are so willing to shell out their honest opinions with us. I learn so much from those conversations! I love it!
Also, our Second Anniversary Party (Third Anniversary coming up, Save the Date!) was just incredible. What a beautiful day. That was the busiest day I’ve worked in my life, but at the same time, THE most fun! The bar was packed. Just a sea of people sardined together… willing to rub bodies with strangers for 40 minutes all to grab an 1862 Kölsch and celebrate with us at Land-Grant. So, so cool.
At first it was scary. I like to make sure everyone has a great experience while they are at Land-Grant and we were so slammed that I initially felt like an inadequate bartender. Then I looked around and noticed the team I was working alongside and it changed my attitude completely. Becca just blowing my mind with fast she works. Watched Colin hand six canned Stiff-Arms to people four deep like it was nothing. Jenna laughing and screaming “Yaass Queens!”. Everyone was crushing it. Bar staff and all. And the reason that bar was so packed was because it was filled with friends, family and neighbors that were just thrilled to be there with us. It made me so happy to see everyone at Land-Grant that worked so hard all week to have a Greenskeeper with their friends and family and realize what a cool community they’ve built.