Diageo World Class Competition 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. Go to worldclass.usbg.org to enter. If you are not a member, the USBG is extending a 60 day trial for full access to the site for bartenders interested in entering World Class.
USBG Ultimate Cocktail Championship William Grant Monkey Shoulder is our newest USBG National Partner with 5 events for 2015 and ten more for 2016! In this unique competition, Bartenders will be invited to participate in specific challenges that will test their “Skills that Pay the Bills”. COME OUT to compete and earn some awesome prizes and Monkey Shoulder SWAG or just come to cheer on the competitors! It’s going to be a BLAST! The competition will be open to anyone who wants to participate. There is a very specific scoring criteria set up for each round. It is based strictly on points earned. All scores will be tallied after each round and posted on the Competition Leaderboard. You will also be able to see a National and Global Leaderboard to follow the competition as it travels. There is no subjective scoring and all scores are final. One winner will earn the right to advance to the Global Final in 2016!!
2015 Scheduled Tour:
- Denver – November 15 – Punch Bowl Social – 5:00 – 9:00pm
- Milwaukee – November 17 – Wiskey Bar – 5:00 – 9:00pm
- Chicago – November 18 – Brass Monkey – 4:00 – 8:00pm
- Charleston – December 7 – The Cedar Room – 2:00 – 6:00pm
- Philadelphia – December 8 – Twisted Tail – 5:00 – 9:00pm
2015-2016 Speed Rack Tour Serious stirring and shaking is about to happen, thanks to the return of Speed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer. The fifth national tour kicks-off on November 15, 2015 in the United States and travels to eight cities – Chicago, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Boston before crowning a winner at the Speed Rack U.S. Finals in New York in May 2016. After two successful years in the U.K. and a launch in Canada, Speed Rack is the largest network in the industry for female bartenders reaching hundreds of women each year and raising thousands for breast cancer research.
Dining with the Duke Competition DUKE Kentucky Straight Bourbon, along with Tasting Panel magazine, are proud to announce the launch of “Dining with the Duke,” a challenge after the legendary actor’s love of food and drink. The nationwide challenge gives mixologists, foodies and fans alike a chance to showcase their own best John Wayne inspired DUKE Kentucky Straight Bourbon cocktail/recipe pairing in an upcoming Tasting Panel issue, the most widely circulated trade publication in the beverage industry. The challenge, which was born out of a team of experts creating a “Dining with the Duke” recipe booklet containing a series of recipes using DUKE Kentucky Straight Bourbon, is open for entry today and closes December 1. Entries can be submitted through email at duke@. Starting with the September issue of Tasting Panel, two submissions will be featured each month through December. The top six submissions will be sent to Las Vegas for a final showdown hosted by internationally renowned and celebrated mixologist Francesco Lafranconi at Southern Wine & Spirits mixology lab. During the final round, contestants will participate in a series of events including a mixology and pairing challenge as well as an outdoor challenge befitting the Duke, with the son of John Wayne, Ethan Wayne. The winner will be featured in a cover story for Tasting Panel’s April 2016 issue documenting their cocktail creations and experience. Deadline is December 14, 2015
Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year Competition The Search for Heaven Hill Brands, Liquor.com 2016 “Bartender of the Year” Begins NOW! Winner will receive $15,000 at finals in Puerto Rico in June 2016. Pre-register at any Heaven Hill event at Tales of the Cocktail or online at the link above.