Chris Burmeister, lead bartender

Chris Burmeister, our lead bartender at Outpost, believes in finding inspiration in the classics, and frequently goes back to the basics for inspiration. Classics coupled with fresh and seasonal ingredients are the cornerstone of his beverage program. But Chris likes to have fun too! He's constantly looking for opportunities to integrate fun, unique or obscure ingredients into his cocktails.

Chris was most recently bartending at Cusp Dining and Drinks in San Diego. Originally from Redondo Beach, Chris spent most of his childhood outside of Boulder, Colorado. He went to college in San Diego, studying Criminal Justice. Outside of class, Chris and his roommates built a bar in their garage, and it was there, that his bartending career got started.

After graduating in 2008, Chris moved back to Boulder and managed a college bar, The Goose, for the next four years. It was during this time in Boulder that he grew as a bartender and fell into the bar community. In 2010 he passed the Bar Smarts advanced program, and began learning from some of the top bartenders in the Colorado area such as Sean Kenyon, Ryan Conklin, and Ken Kodys.

Chris recently made the move to Santa Barbara, and in his free time, he's exploring his new community, and checking out the local restaurants and bars.