know your bartender: Annie Larson

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One would think this would be the easiest of all the blog posts to write. After all, the subject happens to be my darling wife. We’ve been married for twenty-six years (or at least it will be twenty-six at the end of August), and we’ve been a couple for nearly thirty years. Who knows her better than I do? Why wouldn’t I just sit down and write something wonderful about her?

Those were the questions she asked me when I tried to get her to talk with me for this piece. See, Annie is an incredible and amazing person who isn’t very comfortable talking about herself. I could write volumes about everything that makes her my all-time favorite person, but that’s not what this series is about; it’s about getting to know your bartenders through conversation.

“Okay,” she said, “I’ll do this. But it has to be in a special format.

“I like to keep people guessing.”

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What on Earth are you doing working at Imminent?

a.) I’m the admin for the Education Studies Department at Carleton, and my job has limited hours in the summer.

b.) I love Imminent. I like the people who work here. I love the beer. I love everything about this place. I wanted to make a little extra money this summer, and I thought this would be a great place to do it, so I asked.

c.) To keep an eye on my husband.

Where did you grow up?

a.) I was actually born in Omaha, but we moved to Plymouth before I was a year old.

b.) I graduated from Armstrong High School. I’m not saying when. You can just assume it was before Al Gore invented the internet.

c.) Just because I’m an adult doesn’t mean I’ve grown up.

How did you wind up in Northfield?

a.) I graduated from St. Olaf College, where I met my hunky husband.

b.) After we’d been married a few years, we just decided that this is where we wanted to raise our daughters, so we moved here.

c.) Witness Protection Program.

Where else would people know you from around town?

a.) I worked at Glass Garden Beads for eight years.

b.) I’m an artist. I make jewelry and I do encaustic painting. I’m a regular participant in the Studio ArTour and the Fine Craft Collective.

c.) Otherwise you wouldn’t know me, because I don’t come out of hiding much.

What’s your favorite beer?

a.) Imminent’s Honey Basil. I think it’s the most perfect beer of all time

b.) Indeed Brewing’s Mexican Honey. Are you sensing a theme here?

c.) Bourbon

What is your favorite thing about working at Imminent?

a.) Getting to know all the awesome regulars that my husband keeps telling me about.

b.) Beer! Food Trucks! Great live music!

c.) Abe.

Do you intend to make yourself available for shifts at Imminent after the school year at Carleton starts?

a.) For sure I’d love to help with special events.

b.) I’m more than happy to take a shift if someone needs one covered.

c.) Do I have to close?