Brian Bartels was raised in Wisconsin. He has been a writer and bartender his whole life. His last book, The Bloody Mary, was published in 2017 with Ten Speed Press. He now lives in New York City, where he is a Managing Partner and Bar Director for Happy Cooking Hospitality, featuring well-known New York restaurant and bar destinations Joseph Leonard, Bar Sardine, Jeffrey’s Grocery, Fairfax and Fedora. He’s been featured in Imbibe, Wine Enthusiast and the New York Times. His writing has appeared in Fiction Writers Review, PUNCH, Vinepair, the Missouri Review, Lotus-eater and China Grove Press.