Shift Drink: Maxwell Leer and Jesse Brawner of Bestia

Chug a bottle of ice-cold Riesling with two of Bestia’s #winerave champions

Welcome to Shift Drink, where we take a peek into the post-shift drinking habits of LA’s finest food and drink personalities.

Downtown’s Bestia was a runaway hit from day one, thanks in part to its dynamic wine list and the unique service from Wine Director Maxwell Leer. Sommelier Jesse Brawner joined the team and a sort of magnum-wielding, Riesling-loving, #winerave duo emerged. Read on to see what these two chug after dinner service.

What’s your shift drink?

“We chug Kabinett under stelvin [screw cap]. Why, you may ask, are two young and wicked wine stewards drinking bargain freezing-cold, low-alcohol Rieslings out of the bottle? The answer is simple: we didn’t have the luxury of coming up in wine during an era when first growths and grand cru Burgundies/Bordeauxs were widely available and affordable to drink. It’s a punitive reality that we must embrace for the rest of our puny and pathetic wine lives. Oh, and it’s f*cking refreshing.”