Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience – Liquor.com in conjunction with the USBG will be hosting a nationwide search for bartenders who are passionate about Bourbon, the Manhattan cocktail, Woodford Reserve and what it means to create a truly meaningful cocktail experience. Over the course of this search there will be multiple phases that test the ability of the country’s best bartenders, beginning with competitions across 39 cities, continuing to a semi-final educational event in Kentucky and concluding at the finale event in Manhattan. Deadline is February 12, 2017.
The GRA’IT Challenge 2016/2017 – Become one of the 7 winners at the Miami finale, June 21st 2017, and travel to Italy on your Gra’it Alchemical Journey in September 2017. Seven Bartenders will be selected for this extraordinary prize: a 10 day trip to Italy to discover the most fascinating alchemical sites and the traditions behind real Italian grappa and the Bonollo family, while creating imaginative cocktails and learning how to pair them with authentic Italian food. This is the real Italian Alchemy: the combination of spirit and soul, knowledge and pleasure. Various regional deadlines until May 14, 2017.
USBG World Class, sponsored by Diageo, is part of an internationally recognized competition that elevates the craft of the bartender and builds careers in the industry, culminating in an annual landmark week where the Global Bartender of the Year is announced. Deadline is February 1, 2017.
2016-2017 Speed Rack Competition Suspenders? No. Arm garters? Pass. Mustache? Think again. Girl power? Yes! Get your jiggers and shakers ready for the return of Speed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer. The sixth national tour kicks-off on November 14, 2016 in the United States and travels to eight regions – Midwest in Chicago, New York in New York City, Northwest in Seattle, California in San Francisco, Southeast in Atlanta, Texas in Houston, Northeast in Boston, and Southwest in Denver – before crowning a winner at the Speed Rack U.S. Finals in New York in May 2017. In six years, Speed Rack has held nearly 50 competitions, including two successful competitions in the U.K., and launched in Canada, making Speed Rack the largest network for female bartenders reaching more than 600 women each year and raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer research.
The remaining 2016-2017 Speed Rack tour schedule is:
Speed Rack California – San Francisco – Sunday, January 29, 2017
Speed Rack Southeast – Atlanta – Sunday, February 12, 2017
Speed Rack Texas – Houston – Sunday, February 19, 2017
Speed Rack Northeast – Boston – Sunday, March 5, 2017
Speed Rack Southwest – Denver – Sunday, March 26, 2017
Speed Rack National Finals – New York City – May 21, 2017