Bryan Dayton’s passion for mixology is reflected in his growing list of well-rounded accomplishments. A bartender with over 15 years of experience, he is also a certified Sommelier and graduate of the Beverage Alcohol Resource Program (BAR) with honors. Prior to opening OAK, Dayton oversaw the beverage program at Boulder, Colorado’s acclaimed Frasca Food & Wine, along with working part-time as the Colorado brand ambassador for Domaine de Canton and owning his own cocktail catering service, Sweet & Sour Cocktails. It was at Frasca that Dayton met his future business partner, Steven Redizowski, who was working in the kitchen under Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson at the time.
In order to share his knowledge of mixology and to promote bartending as a growing craft, Dayton started the Colorado chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG). He can be spotted at cocktail competitions demonstrating his creativity or using his experience and education as a judge and competitor. He was most recently named the nation’s “Most Inspired Bartender,” by the USBG at the 2011 Bombay Sapphire cocktail competition in Las Vegas. Dayton has been featured in several prominent local and national publications, including Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, 5280, Westword, and The Denver Post.
As co-owner and Beverage Director of OAK at fourteenth, Bryan will continue to do what he does best—incorporating unique spirits with some of Colorado’s seasonal ingredients to create innovative, yet accessible cocktails.