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Brandon Sweet, beverage director at Topgolf Swing Suite at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, provides the drinks that accompany TopGolf’s already unique gaming experiences including slots, arcades, and simulated versions of golf and dodgeball.
Sweet’s journey begins back in 1996 when he worked as a barback. He then worked his way up the ladder by “working every single job throughout the bar and nightclub industry.” He took those experiences to Providence and Boston where he operated several nightclubs, “including Hard Rock and Water Place Restaurant/VIEW Lounge, where we would see 20,000 guests on a given Saturday night.”
As if those jobs didn’t provide enough challenges, now Sweet finds himself at a unique place, notably associated with a casino. “There are a lot more moving parts inside the casino. Most outside venues target a certain demographic whereas we market to all walks of life,” said Sweet.
“You have to hire invested team members that are contributing to the overall company goals.”
Thus, Sweet and his team have developed a beverage menu that fits both the Topgolf experience and the overall casino vibe.
“The beverage program is technical, which you wouldn’t expect from Topgolf. We have a ‘Thrill Chill,’ that blasts the glasses with a shot of chilled air to keep the quality of the product intact from the minute you pour it, whether it’s a super cold, frosty beer or a frozen cocktail,” said Sweet. He added, “The Cucumber Elderflower Fizz and Aviation Cocktail are the most popular cocktails.” Or, if you want a classic cocktail developed just prior to the 1930s, try a Blood & Sand comprised of Bank Note Five Year Blended Scotch, Cherry Heering, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, and fresh squeezed orange juice.