Served Blog Banner Boy: Q&A with Andy Geertsen of Rhythm and Rye

By Ron Swarner on September 8, 2014

Every week we swap out the Served banner art above, introducing you to the people who serve food and drinks in the South Sound. This week, meet Andy Geertsen.

Server Banner Boy, Sept. 8-14, 2014

Andy Geertsen

Before Andy Geertsen began bartending in Olympia, which included spots such as the Eastside Club Tavern (named Best Bartender in the 2010 Weekly Volcano's Best of Olympia) and the Pig Bar inside Southbay Dickerson's BBQ (named Best Music Booker in 2013 Best of Olympia), he helped open the remodeled Cinerama in downtown Seattle. He left right before the screening of Star Wars Episode I. In March of this year, Geertsen opened Rhythm and Rye in the former Royal Lounge space, combining his talents as bartender and music booker into a club that specializes in craft beer, whiskey and Americana music.

Why do you serve? 

"I guess I enjoy watching other people have fun?."

Who is your favorite server in South Sound?

"Nikki McCoy at The Brotherhood Lounge."

What are you most proud to serve?

"I enjoy serving local beer and spirits."

What's your drink of choice?

"A well made margarita or Chamucos Reposado neat."

What's your favorite movie?

"That's a tough one. ... I used to watch Batman and Jurassic Park over and over as a kid

What don't you serve?

I don't serve rude or mean people?."

What's on your radar for Rhythm and Rye?

"I have lots of ideas and plans to improve the space and make it even more inviting and comfortable for everyone."

LINK: Meet other South Sound servers