Scooping the Scooper and “Shifters”: “Hipsters” visit Nevada City and spend hundreds of dollars

The NC Scooper and some “Nevada City Shifters” (AKA local old guard) are making light of a busload of “hipster” bartenders that visited Nevada City on Tuesday night, as first reported on our magazine’s Facebook page at 4:49 p.m. on Monday. (For the record, our magazine’s Facebook page has 7,204 “likes” — more than The Union or Auburn Journal of “old-guard” media).

Our  magazine’s post observed: “Golden Era will host a Nor-Cal Bartenders event Tuesday 2/23/16 from 6 close. Meet some of the top bartenders in Northern California with special guest Zach Saffron, from Woodbury, in San Francisco. We expect approximately 40 + of the top bartenders on this special field trip sponsored by Macallan, Cutty Sark, and Highland Park. Neat pours will be from Macallan and Highland Park. Special cocktails will be with Cutty Sark.”

It sounded like a cool event. We couldn’t make it because I was holding down the fort with our teen-age son, while my wife was out of town — in fact, introducing our “wine country” to the vintners and tourists of Amador County. Yes, an economic development mission.

But the parody-minded Scooper was unimpressed. Its anonymous correspondents wrote: “Others were equally sanguine, especially Sparky and Crabb (The Union cartoonist who lives in Grass Valley, not Nevada City), who carefully observed that Duffy’s Alley still remains closed.” The parody website noted: “Repeated attempts to contact Scoopy for comment were unsuccessful.”

In fact, I was not contacted by the Scooper. But if I had been, I would have pointed out that as a 10-year “three digit” homeowner of Nevada City (itty bitty credentials to a old-timer but still worth mentioning), I was glad to see the San Francisco bartenders (AKA hipsters) come to town:

The cocktail sponsors dropped “big coin” at the National Hotel for dinner and drinks and tips for their staff on the journey to our little burg (estimated in the high hundreds to low thousands of dollars). The Scooper and RL Crabb ought to follow up with the hotel’s owner Tom Coleman.

The out-of-town visitors also “bellied up” to the other bars and restaurants, the Crazy Horse and Mine Shaft, among others, in town during an otherwise quiet weeknight — good news for the town in general. And they are now ambassadors for our town when they return to the big city.

Crabb, Sparky and the “shifters” ought to appreciate that kind of economic development (AKA “cash on the barrelhead”). I’ve never seen their bar tab.

Meanwhile, I suspect some of the old timers’ single-minded focus on the “Duffy’s alleyway” — a “historic landmark” in the minds of some old duffers — will be resolved later this year, because the city and Golden Era bar owners are working on a solution.

Small towns are a hoot! The hipsters and the “shifters.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “Scooping the Scooper and “Shifters”: “Hipsters” visit Nevada City and spend hundreds of dollars”

  1. Still no word from the “Shifters” about how much the “Hipsters” spent at the National Hotel for drinks and dinner on their visit. The silence is deafening. LOL.

  2. Sorry you missed it, Last night at the Golden Era, I was able to give a handful of fellow shifters my first hand account of the “big coin” that was dropped at the National Hotel on Tuesday night. As a bartender at the National Bar, it was a wonderful time for me to connect with a charming & diverse handful of bartenders from out of town. You are right Jeff about them now being ambassadors for our cute little town. And hats off to Tom Colman & Eric Giardina for their part in pulling off this “only in Nevada City” event.

    1. Thanks Chris. I couldn’t agree more. Perhaps RL Crabb will get around to drawing a cartoon of Tom and Eric toasting with a craft cocktail. LOL.

  3. I can tell you that bartenders and servers all grumbled even back then about the lack of a tip shifters would lay down. If they (bartenders and servers) saw a quarter, they’d do a Irish jig.

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