Josh Samples of BRC Was Once in a David Byrne Movie and Keeps It "Clasual"
This week, I paid a visit to the Big Red Cock on Shepherd. It was happy hour, snacks were half off and they were knocking $2 off all drafts so a little happy hour-ing somehow morphed into a sort of dinner/me completely stuffing myself. I "tried" the charred brisket chile con queso, the mini beer brat corn dogs and warm cheddar biscuits and bacon jam -- all of which were delish. Over my snacky-feast, I got to know a little bit about manager Josh and his gastropub.
Where are you from?
Originally, I'm from Massachusetts, but I've lived in Texas pretty much my whole life. I went to high school in Dallas and then went to Baylor.
How long have you been at BRC?
I've been here since November of 2010, so almost two years. I started bartending and sort of worked my way up to ordering the beer and changed the taps around a bit, and then became a manager. I wanted us to have a better beer profile. It was good before, but I wanted to step it up a bit. At first, we just had American on tap and now we have beer from all over the world.
What are some other jobs you've had?
I waited tables and bartended back in Waco...RTF was my major so I did some stuff for Baylor, and I was in a movie when I was five, back when I was an aspiring actor. The movie was True Stories by David Byrne. I made $75 and spent it on Transformers.
How would you describe the bar's aesthetic?
Photo via BRC's website
This place has a cool vibe. It's not too much, it's not too little. The wallpaper, people love to touch the wallpaper. And the bathrooms -- we just had Channel 11 in here doing a story on our bathrooms. But I think this place has a pub feel. It's neighborhoody but still a little upscale. You can come in all dressed up or in shorts and a T-shirt. It's a cool restaurant with a good beer selection. We're friendly. People get to know us and come back.
Is there beer on tap right now or a menu item you just can't get enough of?
Beerwise, I really like the Sierra Nevada Hoptimum. It's a great IPA. But the most interesting beer we have right now is Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout -- a sweet potato cream stout from Mississippi. As far as food goes, I'd say the jalapeño-potato chip chicken-fried steak. It's so good.
Fill in the blank: To work at BRC, you have to be able to ______.
Interact well with customers and really know beer.
At the end of my shift, I usually pour myself a ______.
Victory. It's a nice, easy, light and refreshing pilsner.
You get three songs on the proverbial jukebox. What do you play?
Photo via BRC's Facebook
Sail by AWOLNATION, anything by Pearl Jam and some Zeppelin.
Wildcard: What do you think will be the next popular catchphrase?
It's not so much a catchphrase, but a friend and I really like clasual...you know, classy but casual. It's better than "chillaxin."
BRC is located at 519 Shepherd, just south of Washington. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, when you can get some awesome snacks for half off. They also knock $2 off all draft beers and wine by the glass. They serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays ($10 sangria pitchers!) and Sundays ($10 mimosa pitchers!). Tuesday is Industry Night, when after 9 p.m. they offer $2 sliders and brisket tacos and all drafts are only $3. Swing by and say hi to Josh! For more info or to get the scoop on upcoming events, visit their Facebook or follow them @BRCgastropub.
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