Bartender Legends Challenge Sponsored by Tequila Herradura Bartenders are invited to test their luck (and skill with the spirit) for the chance to win a one-of-a-kind experience to the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet. Bartenders will need to submit their local twist on the Horseshoe Margarita recipe. Participating Regions: Atlanta, GA, Boston MA , Chicago, IL, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Savannah, GA, Seattle, WA, Virginia, VA. Liquor.com and USBG will send 38 winning bartenders to Casa Herradura Distillery in Mexico. Deadline is August 31, 2018
Trumer Pils California Cocktail Competition It’s your chance to create a beer cocktail inspired by fresh Trumer Pils and the bounty of California. Each entry must include one pour of Trumer Pils and no more than five ingredients (excluding garnish). Entries will be judged on taste, balance, look, creativity, and how they capture the spirit of California. Be it the sunny south or the crisp north. The top ten recipes will be announced the week of August 27, 2018 in Berkeley, California. One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen on August 31st, 2018. The Grand Prize Winner will win $5,000! Deadline is August 24th, 2018.
Vero Bartender Competition Sponsored by Amaro Monetenegro In its first-ever worldwide competition, Amaro Montenegro is scouring the globe for the very best bartenders who are passionate about flavors and unafraid of challenging the expected by putting a twist on a classic cocktail. For a chance to represent the United States, submit a recipe using the link. On September 21, ten online finalists will be named by the United States Bartenders’ Guild panel of judges that will review the applications with no indication of the applicant’s name, age, gender or workplace. Preliminary judging will consist of a three-pronged criterion based on inspiration & originality, taste & balance and the element of surprise created with Amaro Montenegro. The U.S. national finals for The Vero Bartender will take place in Chicago from October 15-17, 2018. The U.S. winner will receive a one-week residency in Italy and advances to the global competition in Bologna, Italy from November 26 to December 1, 2018. Competing in the global competition will be bartenders from Italy, Germany, UK, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and Albania. Deadline is August 31, 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 Seattle, WA (August 27-28), Los Angeles, CA (September 17-18), and Tampa Bay, FL (October 15-16).