An LA resident for 10 years, Karl started his career in the food and beverage industry in the heart of the country. First cultivating his skills behind the bar, and then as GM of two thriving restaurants on Lake Michigan, Karl’s passion for the restaurant business flourished. But the Midwest was just the beginning, and in search of adventure and opportunity beyond Lake Michigan, he joined a friend on their cross country move to Southern California.
Combining Midwestern sensibilities with an inherent passion for the culture, creativity and innovation so pervasive in Los Angeles, Karl landed a position at the famous Writer’s Bar at L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. This is was where his love of craft cocktails was born. Two years later, he joined the husband and wife culinary team behind Hatfield’s, where Karl had the chance to further develop and perfect his ‘farm to glass’ creations. Not only was he the educator and entertainer of staff and guests, but six years as Head Bartender provided the perfect platform for his fresh, inventive twists on the classics and unique new concoctions.
Karl has lent his skills in curating bar programs throughout LA and has partnered with some of Los Angeles’s elite by creating and executing specialty cocktails unique to their events. Currently Karl is the Director of Business Development & Hospitality for LA’s second distillery, Loft & Bear, since prohibition and also Art Director & Mixology Consultant for Ethan + Ashe … Modern tools for the Spirited Life.
After well more than a decade in the business, Karl’s expertise & proven track record for creating & styling libations makes him for the perfect candidate for consulting for your bar/cocktail program or for your next private event.