Balcones Bartender Challenge (Texas Only) The original Texas whisky is challenging Lone Star state mixologists to create unique and inspiring cocktails using two of its award-winning whisky expressions: Baby Blue & Texas Rye 100. Texas bartenders battle it out to create the most original whiskey cocktail. Stir up the judges with an original concoction using Balcones Baby Blue and/or Texas Rye 100. Judges will select five mixologists to each receive a runner-up prize of $500 and one mixologist to win the grand prize of $5,000. This competition is open to bartenders and mixologists working in Texas only. Deadline is August 1, 2018.
Art of Italicus Cocktail Competition Italicus rosolio di bergamotto features the excellence and distinctiveness of all great italian art. The bartender who creates a cocktail with that same level of artistry will be named bar artist of the year and taken on a three-city tour of europe, where they will work guest shifts at one of the top bars in each city. Enter the art of italicus aperitivo challenge and show what makes you a liquid artist. Deadline to enter is June 30, 2018.
Patrón Perfectionists Global Cocktail Competition Contestants are judged on how well they craft a Patrón cocktail that embodies their home country and are measured against the following categories: appearance, originality, service/hosting and flavor. Judges will also look for select values to be brought to life through the bartenders’ cocktail creations and presentations, including a respect for craftsmanship, attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to perfection. Only bartenders with the best flavors, skills and bar swagger will prevail. Deadline to enter is July 30, 2018
2018 BevCon® Cocktail Competition For 2018, bar professionals from across the country can submit their best recipes for cocktails showcasing products by The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley to become the Official Cocktail of BevCon Los Angeles. The theme of the competition is California Inspired* and should reflect this in the overall creation of their submitted cocktail. Bartenders are challenged to come up with something craft and original based on this theme. Recipes will be judged on cocktail name, appearance, aroma & garnish, taste & flavor, craftsmanship, incorporation and utilization of The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley product, and and interpretation of the theme. The winner of the competition will be provided a travel stipend to attend BevCon, three-night stay at The LINE Hotel, an All-Access pass, and a full-page profile in the Official Program. Deadline is June 30, 2018.
Lustau Solera Standout 2018 Cocktail Competition Show off your mixology skills and reveal your creativity. Create a supreme cocktail with 2 products from the House of Lustau, and Standout to impress the judges! The top four (4) bartenders whose cocktails Standout to the judges will win a trip to Spain to visit The House of Lustau. Of the top four cocktails created by the finalists, one (1) will be chosen to win the grand prize of $1,000. Competition is open to bartenders in US and Spain that are over 21 years or older. Deadline for Entries is June 30th, 2018.
2018 Bartender Academy and Ultimate Bartender Championship (UBC) Between March and October competitors will participate in challenges designed to test the Skills that Pay the Bills and prove your competency in all aspects of what it takes to be a top bartender. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro bartender to take part — if you love bartending, you have what it takes. The highest scoring bartender in the country will be coming with us as our guest to the Athens Bar Show! UBC will visit Denver, CO (August 6-7), Seattle, WA (August 27-28), Los Angeles, CA (September 17-18), and Tampa Bay, FL (October 15-16).