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.
Bols Around the World Competition – This year Bols Around the World celebrates its 9th anniversary and goes back to its roots: the Dutch spirit Bols Genever. To celebrate this pioneering spirit, we’re looking for the next Bols Genever pioneer. We are looking for the next Bols Genever Pioneer! The Bols Genever pioneer is an all round bartender with a business focus. The Pioneer has extensive Bols Genever knowledge, but also knows how to truly experiment with Bols Genever. The Bols Genever pioneer comes up with new ideas and dares to lead the crowd. It’s the classic bartender, with a passion for the newest trends. The winner of the Bols Around the World finals in Amsterdam will be the next Bols Genever Pioneer, and will win a bartending trip around the World. Your trip will begin in Amsterdam, during your time here, you will work side by side with our master distiller Piet van Leijenhorst, and learn the great art of distilling. Your second stop will be at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, this is where you will take part in the industry’s leading bartending seminars and workshops. Your final stop will be in Tokyo Japan, where you will experience the art of Japanese bartending. Deadline is October 31, 2016.
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. For more information: Speed Rack
The 2016-2017 Speed Rack tour schedule is:
Speed Rack Midwest – Chicago – Monday, November 14, 2016
Speed Rack New York – New York – Monday, December 12, 2016
Speed Rack Northwest – Seattle – Sunday, January 8, 2016
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