The craft beer industry is filled with so much great talent: brewers, owners, servers, managers, sales people and… well, the list goes on. What all of these people have in common is a deep love for craft beer!
My craft beer journey has led me to many places and given me the opportunity to meet so many really good people. One of those “really good people” is Bob Simko, one of the most passionate craft beer enthusiasts I know, in any aspect of the industry. I first met Bob five years ago while Bob was a manager at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point. Bob was as integral to the success of Max’s as the beer they poured. I got together with Bob a few days ago to talk about his career and the path that led him to his new job as the bar manager for the r.bar at R. House, a ten-restaurant/single-location dining experience in the Remington area of Baltimore.
Bob grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, then moved to Baltimore in his 20’s for fun, adventure and the start of his career in the restaurant industry. That move led to a 25-year run at Max’s Taphouse and an education in craft beer that was built through passion and curiosity. Bob reflects on that time.
And how did the opportunity at r.bar at R. House happen?
With Bob Simko in place, General Manager Morgan Wenzl and the R. House management team realized that this was the time to enhance r.bar’s beverage menu, taking it beyond a craft cocktail bar and making it a craft beer destination.
And with craft beer becoming a focus, r.bar is now creating craft beer events.
So mark 12noon next Saturday on your calendar and step into a really cool space with great food and… and now… great beer! The r.bar at R. House is at 301 West 29th Street in Baltimore. Ten unique restaurants, open air seating, and Bob Simko’s remarkable spirit making your experience something special.
100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy