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Mixologist of the Month: Ben Kempf, Maxwells Restaurant & Bar

Photo by Josiah Kopp

Your age?

I do my best to act like I’m in my early 20s but after doing the math, I’m 35.

Dating status?

Super single

Drink of choice?

A good bourbon neat or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc in the sun.

Best pick-up line?

Girl, you have a sick dumper! (Only worked once in history, don’t recommend using it).

Worst pick-up line?

Want a shot at the champ? You should have to buy me a drink.

Tell me something no one knows about you.

I’ve never broken a bone in my body.

Favorite ND experience or event?

Golf tournaments in the summer time!

What are you afraid of?

College girls grouped together and spiders!

What’s the best thing about bartending?

The creativity I’m able to utilize on a daily basis and the guests that truly become friends.

What was the craziest thing you have seen happen in your bar?

I don’t think I can say or even pick out just one thing. There is a strict (unwritten) guest, bartender confidentiality agreement!

Suntory Toki : The Whisky Exchange
Suntory Whisky Toki is an important component of Kempf’s Smokey Toki

Smokey Toki


2oz Suntory Toki Whisky

3/4oz Dry Curacao orange liquor

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

1 spoon full of DOM Benedictine

Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar

1380 9th St E, West Fargo, ND 58078

Written by Brady Drake

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