Russ is a lifelong Washington resident, but has called Rotterdam home for a year as well as Colorado for a snowboarding season. Working his way through the University of Puget Sound by bartending at Magoo's Annex as well as the Ale House and Tides Tavern. Upon graduation he took his accounting degree to Holland to work in the shipping industry before returning to the states. He missed the warmth and geniality of bartending so back to the stick he went first at the Powerhouse in Puyallup and then E9. Russ’ affability quickly led him to a decade-long career in alcohol sales across the Northwest, but a desire to be closer to friends and family he returned to the bar opening Doyle’s in 2006. Ask him about whiskey, Liverpool or golf and he will assuredly spin a yarn.