Bartender of the Issue – Kevin Burke

Hog’s Breath Saloon, Destin


We can’t remember a time when we didn’t see Kevin pouring at our favorite drinking spot, but it turns out the guy’s only been there since April 2013. Before that, he lived in Orlando and “fixed problems” for the TGIFriday’s chain.


He says the most popular libation at the Breath is the Running Hog, a variation on the Rum Runner. Kevin’s own go-to drink is Jim Beam and Coke. One thing his time behind bars has taught him is “how to be more patient with people.”


Hobbies include barhopping (can probably write that off as research on your 1040, Kev), movies, the beach (“anything outdoors”), camping, and four-wheeling up in Alabama.


This Christmas, he’ll travel back to Orlando to spend some time with his mom and the rest of the family. But come New Year’s Eve, you’ll likely find him working (and playing) hard, to the delight of the Hog’s Breath regulars.


Kevin’s wish for 2017? “A better year than 2016,” he says soberly. “It can always be better.”

Chris Manson
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