Bill Schwab, Seventh Son Brewing

Seventh Son Brewing is a local favorite. With its rustic theme and campfire charm, it’s a welcome place for those seeking a good time and a better beer. Bartender Billy Schwab knows what you need when you walk in the door, and he happily obliged as I inquired about the goings-on inside Seventh Son.

Are you a Columbus native?

I grew up in Middletown and moved here when I was 26. I went down to Myrtle Beach for a three-day vacation and didn’t come back for six years. So, when I got home to Middletown, I wanted to move to a bigger city and I had a friend who lived here, so I decided to come to Columbus.

If you could have any superpower to help you behind the bar, what would it be?

I wish I could tell how much someone has already had to drink when they walk in so I can know how much more they can be served.

An alcohol level meter?

Yeah, and how much they can take. Because people have different tolerance levels, you know. Two people can have three drinks and react completely differently.

As an experienced bartender, you must be able to spot those awkward Tinder dates when they come in!

Sometimes. You can tell by body language if they’re uncomfortable or out of place, or are more aware of their surroundings.

Do they order drinks any differently than a guest who isn’t feeling super awkward?

I would say they wait longer, I guess. Like if you ask, “Would you like another drink?” and they aren’t sure.

As if they were trying to decide who’s paying for that drink?

Exactly. But, for myself, I’ve never been in that world.

You’ve never used online dating at all?

Nope, I’ve been in a relationship for ten years so I don’t really know. I have friends who have used it.

Do they have any horror stories from their experiences with it?

Not off the top of my head. But, I mean it’s just like you’re more careful. I can’t remember which bar it was, but I read something where they wrote something in the women’s restroom with like a safe word if your Tinder date wasn’t going well.

That was my next question. Do you guys have any policies like that in place?

I mean, we’ve talked about it. But I feel like we’re the kind of bar that you can sense when something is wrong, and we’re on top of it. We’re more or less aware of everything that’s going on. I feel like we are approachable from a customer’s standpoint.

Do you get hit on by drunk and lonely guests?

Uh, it happens. A couple weeks ago a group of guys came in and saw that I was at the bar and they started some banter. I mean it ends there. It’s harder on women.

Any Valentine’s Day specials this year?

The food truck will probably do something, it changes every day so they will probably do something. We don’t really do that but I can see people coming out here, getting a hot chocolate or a nightcap before bed.

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