Behind the Bar: Matt Thompson of Riot Hospitality Group

Name: Matt Thompson

Title: Beverage Director at Riot Hospitality Group

Instagram: @matt_rhg

Find me mixing drinks at… one of our amazing concepts including Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, El Hefe, Riot House, Hand Cut or Farm & Craft

My favorite drink to make is an… Old Fashioned.

I’d most like to mix a drink for… Robert Plant.

If I could have one superpower while working, it’d be… the ability to read minds (to know how much someone truly enjoyed my handcrafted cocktails).

If I were a flavor, I’d be… savory.

My biggest bartending fail… breaking a bottle in a well.

My top drink and food recommendation to guests is… The filet sandwich at Hand Cut Chophouse and a Scottsdale Sunset (Gin-based version of a New York sour) cocktail.

When I’m not working, I enjoy sipping on… Michter’s Bourbon or Rye.

My favorite place in town for drinks is… Hand Cut Chophouse.

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