Tuthilltown’ “Making the Cut” Brand Ambassador Competition Hudson Whiskey is looking for a new Brand Ambassador, someone to represent the brand nationally as the face of our craft distillery. We’re looking for someone with a passion for whiskey who embodies our can-do spirit. They’ll need it, because they’ll be travelling around the country, talking to bartenders and restaurant owners, hosting events, connecting with whiskey enthusiasts via social media and representing our brand in the national press. If you are a rare character and Hudson Whiskey lover, this is the job for you.
USBG World Class U.S. Competition In this global winner-take-all competition, you’ll compete with bartenders from around the country to show off your speed & efficiency, outstanding service skills, and product knowledge. After the national final, the US winner of World Class will go head-to-head with bartenders from around the globe to determine who will be 2014′s World Class Bartender of the Year! But World Class is much more than a competition. It’s a product knowledge academy; a training facility for adding cutting-edge speed to your accurate pours; and a path toward delivering top-notch service to every guest, every time. Deadline is March 15, 2014.
Bacardi Cruise Competition The Bacardi Cruise Competition is open to all cruise and ferry line bartenders worldwide of legal drinking age. This year’s competition is devoted to the inspired cocktail. Each onboard bartender has a unique perspective on what makes the perfect cocktail – inspired by the flavors, the people and the places you’ve experienced in your travels. You live life in the moment, where every day means a new adventure and perhaps even a new location. Residents of Canada, United States and Puerto Rico are excluded from participation in this competition. Deadline is March 18, 2014.
Aquacurean Cocktail Competition Join hundreds of mixologists and 2 (two) finalists from around the country for an exciting cocktail competition. The craft cocktails competition will focus on two distinct categories: The Unforgettables – looking for new twists to our unforgettables & The New Era – new age cocktail recipes including infusions. Entries will be professionally judged by a panel of mixologists, chefs, food writers and bloggers. Prizes include the following: Overall Best of Show GRAND PRIZE – $1,000, People’s Choice Award – $500, First Place in each Category for each Division – $500. Deadline is March 31, 2014.
Tales of the Cocktail® 2014 Cocktail Competition For the 2014 Cocktail Competition, Tales of the Cocktail is getting back to its New Orleans roots by celebrating one of the city’s most renowned cocktails: The Hurricane. A legend of the French Quarter since the 1940s, the Hurricane has become a staple in bars around the world. Now we’re challenging bartenders to pay homage to this classic cocktail with their own creations. How you reinterpret this drink for 2014 is up to you. Deadline is April 24, 2014.
3rd Annual Speed Rack Competition (Various Locations) There’s gonna be a whole lotta shaking going on, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the national all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer. The third national tour kicks off this December in New York City, followed by stops in Miami; Austin, TX; Seattle; San Francisco; San Diego, CA; Chicago, and Kansas City, MO, before returning to New York for the National Finals in May 2014. To date, Speed Rack has raised more than $150,000 for breast cancer charities and elevated awareness around the bad-ass-ness of female bartenders in America. Equal parts spectator sport, cocktail bonanza and charity fundraiser, Speed Rack is the brainchild of two o the cocktail world’s leading ladies, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, who launched the first tour in 2011. “Female bartenders are hardcore! They can make mean Negronis, Clover Clubs and Sazeracs – and they do it fast!,” says Marrero. “And we all stand united in the fight against breast cancer, so bringing these two worlds together makes perfect sense.” Contestants will compete in timed heats to make rounds of cocktails, culled from a list of 50 accepted industry-standard classic recipes, in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of excited viewers. Judges rate each drink based on prep time and accuracy. The judging panel includes such cocktail world luminaries as: Julie Reiner, Dale DeGroff and Audrey Saunders. Miss Speed Rack USA, crowned at the National Finals, wins an all-inclusive trip for two to France and a scholarship to the BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) program. Runs through May 8, 2014.
Cocktail Competition with Vinum at Vessel (WA Bartenders Only) Let it be known and sung throughout the internets that Vinum Importing is holding a cocktail competition on the 1st Monday of every month at Vessel in downtown Seattle. Monthly listings can be found at Vinum Importing’s Cocktail Competition website. And we’ll begin on Jan 7th with the eponymous competition: Brown, Bitter & Stirred. Check the schedule for a new competition every month.
St-Germain Bartender Exchange Started during the formative years of the cocktail renaissance, the St-Germain Bartender Exchange has been facilitating the interchange of ideas amongst the world top bartenders since 2007. St-Germain arranges for two bartenders from cities around the world to swap bartending shifts over the course of the same three-to-five day period. Bartenders have the chance to learn the host bars menu and share tricks of the trade with fellow cocktail comrades while St-Germain picks up the tab on travel and ground expenses for participants. Past esteemed participants include Phil Ward of Death & Company and Mayahuel (NYC); Brian Miller of Death & Company; Thomas Waugh of Alembic (San Francisco); Kamil Foltan, Zetter Townhouse (London) and Joshua Fontaine of Experimental Cocktail Club and Candelaria (Paris). Bartenders interested in participating in the program can email email@example.com with the bar and city where they are currently employed and why they should be considered for the next exchange. Ongoing