10 Thirsty Jobs for Beverage Snobs

Want a tip on how to be the most popular person at the bar? Take up bartending. DreamPictures/Thinkstock

Perhaps you're a fan of beer, but the brewmaster career isn't for you. Bartending is another option. Besides getting to check out new and seasonal brews at your bar or restaurant, acting as the gatekeeper to the alcohol makes you the most popular person at the bar. You make excellent tips (usually), make friends with regulars, sometimes serve celebrities and get to be creative and invent new drinks or shots involving beer. Or, you can stick to the purist side and learn which beers go best with the food your establishment serves.

Of course, the flip side of this is that you're working when your friends and family are out doing other fun things. Bartenders also have to deal with overly intoxicated patrons who may get aggressive or unruly. Finally, the most important and difficult part of bartending is the responsibility. You need to ensure you only serve alcohol to those of legal drinking age, as well as never serving to people who are visibly intoxicated. You can be held legally accountable if you do so [source: AACEA].