Meet Joe Dietrich:
Bar Manager at Civility & Unrest
There is a saying that a great bartender is one part mixologist, one part rock star, and one part sage. Joe Dietrich approaches his role at Civility & Unrest with this same mix of creativity, showmanship and service.
Joe grew up in Arizona and says that his career found him. After attending university, he worked at his dad’s bar and became a bartender. Eventually, he moved to Washington state and began to build his skills in craft cocktail bars and restaurants. “This is where my passion began,” said Joe. “Since then, I have been studying and working to improve in every aspect of this industry.”
Joe says that the best advice he has received is to “always surround yourself with people smarter than you.” That curiosity and thirst for knowledge helps Joe create custom cocktails based on the unique tastes of his guests and have led him on journeys to experience what other industry leaders are doing. He has also earned his Certified Specialist of Spirits and Level One Sommelier pins.
In October 2018, Joe was selected to star in a cocktail feature which aired before each movie at the 15 iPic theaters around the country. When the iPic national beverage director visited Bellevue, the local iPic staff suggested that he check out the creative work that Joe and his team do at Civility & Unrest. He was impressed and immediately offered Joe the opportunity to come to New York to film the October cocktail feature.
“This was an incredible opportunity and I was so honored! I have always wanted to go to New York to experience a handful of bars that have shaped me from afar. I own their books, I have studied their bartenders, I follow them online and I jumped at the chance to visit,” said Joe.
Joe has a special talent for finding out what kind of drink a guest will enjoy and presenting it with style and showmanship. “My team and I have established ourselves as a cocktail bar capable of providing personally curated cocktails, and the requests we get always keep us on our toes,” he explains. He says that he practices his techniques and trains with the best servers he can find to constantly improve the guest experience and it shows.
Joe is known for rarely taking a day off but when he does take a break he enjoys snowboarding, skydiving, live music and travel. He loves designing and building structures and systems and is also an consultant and activist in the cannabis community. His company, Mobius, will launch several new products in early 2019.
Come visit Joe and put him to the test creating a custom cocktail based on your preferred flavors and spirits.