Bar talk with the fine folks from Fenton, MI Relief & Resource Co.
Cocktails, industry talk, and everything in between.
Bar Talk | E11 | Octoberfest
The crew examines several popular Octoberfest beers and blind tastes them
Jon is the owner of The Relief & Resource Co and has been involved in the beverage industry in one way or another since 2000. A native of Fenton, MI, he built the bar program at The Laundry beginning in 2004 with an emphasis on craft beer, eclectic wines and craft cocktails, growing the program until partnering with the owners in opening R&R in 2016. He was a charter member of the Greater Detroit Bartender's Guild chapter and has completed Cicerone and Sommelier classes. He's worked extensively with spirits for the past 15 years. He's been married to his wife Angie since 2012 and has two kids, Peggy and Henry. Beyond the bar biz, he likes hardcore punk and hip hop, reading books, cinema, smoking meats and someday hopes to be invited on Jonathon Cole's Fantasy Football podcast. Favorite adult beverages - UK whisky, funky rum, Syrah, Nebbiolo, bubbles and English Ale.
Marc is a bar manager at The Relief & Resource and the other co-creator of Bar Talk. He focuses primarily on production, while Jon does the writing. He is a native of Byron, MI and hired into R&R in 2016 as part of the initial opening team. He handles the social media for R&R and assists in spirits selection, while also juicing citrus, making syrups and generally producing all of the non-alcoholic ingredients that make your cocktails taste so delicious. He's into reading, video games (check him on Twitch), playing music (he plays multiple instruments), Stephen King fiction and exploring food & beverage in general. Favorite adult beverages - SIngapore Slings, Scotch neat and interesting spirits in general.
Courtney is the Service Floor Manager and soon to be Head Bartender at The Relief and Resource Co. Raised in neighboring Grand Blanc, she first studied chemical engineering before focusing on her real interest: British history. Starting out in the corporate world, Courtney transitioned into the service industry and has loved being a part of it for the last 13 years. Still using her foundation in history for research and storytelling, she really found a way to include a passion for spirits and crafting cocktails with personalized guest service at R&R starting in 2018. Interests outside of work for Courtney includes travel, distillery tours, non-fiction reading, learning new languages, and cooking exotic dishes for loved ones. She loves jamming out to an eclectic range of music and gardening in the summer. Things you can find her drinking at the bar include anything malty paired with neat scotch, irish, or world whiskey, Detroit’s original cocktail; the last word, and anything odd, weird, or new in spirits.