Mixologist Maxwell Britten of Freemans - Biography

New York, NY

October 2011

Maxwell Britten grew up in Tucson, Arizona under the culinary guidance of his father, a passionate epicurean and food and beverage professional. Being around food and spirits was a daily standard for Britten, and learned early on to appreciate the simple things in life.

Moving to New York City in 2005, Britten began his career working as a busboy at Jack the Horse Tavern in Brooklyn Heights. Resident bar talent Damon Dyer (Flatiron Lounge) took Britten under his wing, and by the end of 2007, the young barkeep stepped into the head bartender spot. Four years later, Britten’s style is all about taking old school methods and updating them with a contemporary twist.

Through his long hours at Jack the Horse, Britten was able to receive recognition by many industry professionals, as well as local and national publications. He was twice selected as Cocktail Apprentice at New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail and has been interviewed by and made contributions to such industry publication as Cheers, Santé, and Chilled Magazine.

In the fall of 2008, Britten began a mixology consulting firm with his brother, aptly named Jigger, Beaker, and Flask after Charles H. Baker’s well-known bartenders’ bible. In the summer of 2009, Britten left Jack the Horse Tavern to focus his energies on his consulting firm. He continues to ply his craft behind the bar at Freemans.