Name: Danielle Ayer
Gig: General Manager and Beverage Director at BRONWYN Restaurant
If you are only as good as the company you keep, then it’s clear why Ayer is such a hot commodity. She’s the GM at one of 2013’s most-anticipated openings under one of the region’s most-celebrated chef-owners (Tim Wiechmann). “Her [beverage] list is precise and sets new trends,” praises Weichmann of Ayer, who previously worked for him at TW Food. Before opening BRONWYN, Ayer went to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic to research the restaurant’s Central European style. Now, Bronwyn’s cocktail menu features esoteric Teutonic spirits like Kümmel (a caraway-spiced liqueur) and Bärenjäger (a honey liqueur), and the wine list features little-known varietals like Frühburgunder and Rotgipfler. She’s still not done learning. Ayer is currently studying at BU to pursue her Master Sommelier certification.
• Sci-fi fans, you have a friend in Ayer. She once watched the entire Battlestar Galactica series, start to finish, in less than three weeks. More recently, she adopted a stray cat and named her Tiberius, a reference to the middle name of William Shatner’s Star Trek character Captain Kirk.