Joe Wagner has finished a full day of classes, sat through a two-hour meeting and is now tending bar at Der Stiftskeller in the Memorial Union, one of Madison’s most iconic places to get a beer for UW students and Madisonians alike.
“People come here for the atmosphere,” says Wagner, a supervisor. “People come here to talk with their friends and listen to music.”
But Wagner doesn’t get to enjoy it the same way that other UW-Madison students do. He is bartending until the place closes tonight.
“It is a bummer when you see your friends going out and I work till midnight,” he says.
Wagner is a senior and has been working at Der Stiftskeller for two years. He’s gotten a real understanding of how the crowds work.
“Adults want to drink a good beer and drink it slowly with friends,” he explains. “Students want the cheap stuff.”
Which does he prefer?
“I have Celiac disease,” he says. “But we have a gluten-free beer that I get sometimes.”
– Sara Schumacher