We provide highly qualified bartenders, fine-dining servers, and banquet servers for all types of parties and special events. Serving East Tennessee and the Greater Knoxville Area.
Let us turn your special event into a HUGE success!
My name is Jerry Kruse, the owner, and founder, of The Pour Guys Bartending Sevices. My service industry experince began in 1988 when I was employed as a fine-dining server by The Pacific Club, a private business club located in Newport Beach, California. While there, I was trained in 5-Star service and have fond memories of my 7 years working there.
After moving to Tennessee in 1995 with my wife, Shelly, I had the opportunity to work at Cherokee Country Club as a fine-dining and banquet server while I earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee.
In 1999, I graduated from UT and began my teaching career with Maryville City Schools as a special education teacher. At that time, I also began working for various caterers as a server/bartender in people's homes and at private facilities. As the requests for my services increased, I realized that I would need to recruit additional help if I was going to be able to continue to provide a high level of service. That is when the idea of starting a business of my own was born. After consulting with my wife, and receiving her full support, The Pour Guys Bartending Services was officially established in January, 2007.
My goal for the business is to decrease my clients stress and to truly help them enjoy their event. To help make their event amazing and memorable. To never want to have another party without our assistance. So far we have been successful. We supplement the labor force of several local caterers as well as providing licensed bartenders and professional service staff for nearly any type of special event our clients might be planning. At the present time we average approximately 35 parties a month. No event is too small for us to work or too large to handle.
Here is a list of the types of parties/events we've worked in the past:
Please read our testimonials to see what our clients have to say about our service. Thank you and we look forward to helping you turn your special event into a HUGE success!
If we supply glassware, mixers, or ice for your event, we will also bring pitchers, ice tubs for drink ice, ice scoops, bowls for bar fruit, wine tools, bar towels, and coolers (if needed.) There is NO cost for these items. We can also bring a 6-foot table to be used as a bar; however, there is a $5.00 fee. We do not have table cloths so you will need to provide one for us to use.
We offer glassware rental, along with ice and coolers. Our prices are quoted on an individual basis depending on your particular needs. Our Glassware/Ice package is typically $1.50 to $2.50 per person. We will bring enough glassware to ensure that we do not run out, and ice to chill bottles and serve drinks. We have glassware available for mixed drinks, martinis, wine, champagne, beer, soft drinks and tea/water, including mason jars. We do not add breakage fees or tax.
If it makes it easier for you, we will also take care of the non-alcoholic mixers in addition to the glassware and ice for your event. Again, the prices are quoted on an individual basis depending on your particular needs. Our Glassware/Mixers/Ice package is typically $3.50-$4.50 per person. We will bring all the necessary types of glassware you need.
Standard mixers include:
If you need insurance coverage or simply would like the extra protection for the day of your special event, being named additional insured on The Pour Guys liquor liability policy is an option. The policy's term limits are for $1,000,000 per occurance, and the rider fee is $150.00. Please contact us for further details.
It is our belief that you have hired us to take care of your guests, not to solicit tips from them. We will NEVER put out a tip jar. When tips are offered, they are accepted discretely.
A gratuity is not included in the hourly rate and will never be automatically added to your bill. As the host, you have the option to add a gratuity to the bill if you choose to do so. Gratuities are appreciated and divided amongst the staff (bartenders and servers) evenly.
"It is my pleasure to endorse Jerry Kruse and The Pour Guys Bartending Services. They have done a wonderful job in my home with everything from a small seated dinner, to handling 150 "partying" guests. They are always professional, prompt, and very reliable. I trust them in my home and know I can always depend on them, and talk about flexibility! They certainly know how to adapt to whatever is going on and never say, "that's not my job," but rather pitch in wherever needed. They certainly make entertaining guests much easier."
Sharon Miller Pryse
The Trust Company of Knoxville
"A++ I have never been disappointed in Jerry or any of his well-trained courteous crew. They arrive well before the party begins and upon request bring what is necessary in the way of supplies for the bar - glasses, ice, set-ups, bar tools, etc. During the party they are attentive to the guests refreshing drinks and pouring wine. After the party the bar is always put back in order and the trash thrown out. I give The Pour Guys my highest recommendation."
Ceasar and Dorothy Stair
"Jerry and all of his colleagues have done an excellent job for my husband and me on numerous occasions. They have assisted us in hosting both large parties and small gatherings at our home. Every detail was given careful and very professional attention. Having Jerry on board enabled us to enjoy our guests in a relaxed and well organized setting. He is the Best!!!"
Susan and George Krisle
"For the past year, Rosa's Catering Service, Inc. has utilized Mr. Kruse and his team, The Pour Guys, as a supplement to our labor force. We have come to depend on The Pour Guys for our bartending needs and occasional service staffing needs during peak periods. Mr. Kruse and his team demonstrate a high level of professionalism, conservative sharp apperance and practical knowledge of the tasks demanded of them. I recommend this team of professionals for any special event."
Rosa's Catering Service, Inc.
"We have known Jerry Kruse on a professional basis for over ten years. We wouldn't think of having a party without him. Simply stated, he is the best at what he does. Jerry possesses the knowledge, and the experience and resourcefulness to help make our guests feel comfortable. That's important to us."
Tom and Priscilla Siler
"The Pour Guys did an awesome job for us. They made the evening so much more fantastic that I could ever have done!"
"We have utilized the services of Jerry Kruse and The Pour Guys many times. Jerry is so pleasant to work with and his team is courteous, professional, and well-trained. When we need extra hands for large events, I make a phone call to Jerry and have peace of mind that my staffing needs will be met with the service quality that I expect."
Scott & Company Catered Events
Owner: Neal Green
5825 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921
Owner: Rex Bradford Jones
Cindy Newingham/Group Sales-Catering
Pigeon Forge: 865-429-2200
Contact: Pat Johnson
3494 Northcross Dr, Alcoa, TN 37701
Owner: Tony Britz
Owner: Brandi Owens
Owner: Nancy Kendrick
Owner: Chef Tony McClanahan
Corporate Chef & Catering Director: Holly Hambright
Phone: 865-691-2275 or 865-414-2275
Contact: Karen Sprois
Cindy Newingham/Group Sales-Catering
Contact: Melinda Hayes
Owner: Deborah Quinton
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862
Michael Cobb, Manager
Office: (865) 908-1309
Fax: (865) 908-5622
Owner: Phil Nussbaumer
Owner: Chris Ford
Owner: Branden Kimsey
Owner: Dan Kimsey
Owner: Jim Ogle
Owner: Ron Crivellone
Owner: Mike White
Phone: 865-397-1320 or 865-388-2286
4534 Old Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Owner: Thad Cox, Jr.
11668 Parkside Drive
Farragut, TN (next to the Publix in Turkey Creek)
603 Emory Road, Suite 109
Powell, TN 37849
Owners: David Sprouse 865-310-9711
1820 Winston Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37919
Contact: Bob Gilberson
Owner: Sonya Scott
Phone: 865-804-1146 - 931-205-3178
Owner: Allison Gaddis
Owner: Allison Sprouse
Owner: Peggy Love
Owner: Tara Kneiser
Phone: 865-681-8484 - 865-604-6893
Owner: Joe & Kathleen Atkins
Owner: Ben Moser
When The Pour Guys are hired to work an event, we are responsible to control the alcohol and ensure that the guests are served safely and are drinking responsibly. Only adults, age 21 or older, with proper I.D. will be served alcoholic beverages. Our bartenders are ABC certified and are well-versed in the signs of intoxication.
Please make special note of the following:
In keeping with our obligation to serve responsibly, we generally do not pour shots or shooters. Occasionally, we may pour one celebratory shot for a bride and groom and the wedding party only; however, few exceptions are made. Shots and/or shooters served from an open bar can get out of control quickly, so as a general rule we do not pour them.
In the event a guest is cut off, bartenders will:
The bar must be closed down at least 30 minutes prior to the end of the music or end time of an event. Last Call will occur 5-10 minutes before the bar in closed to give the guests an opportunity to get one last drink. Only one drink will be served per person.
Payment is due at the end of each event unless other arrangements have been made with The Pour Guys event planner prior to the event. We can only accept cash or a check made out to “The Pour Guys”. We cannot accept credit cards. We bill for the staff's actual hours worked, including setup and breakdown time, rounded to the nearest quarter-hour. At the end of each event, an invoice will be presented to the host and the charges will be explained. Tips may be given directly to the bartenders in cash, or may be included on the check.