Sponsored by Liquor.com and Heaven Hill
This is a search for the 2018 'Bartender of the Year'. This person will display total breadth and aptitude in their abilities as a professional bartender. Over the course of the three stages of the competition and across multiple varying challenges, these bartenders will display (for example) Creativity and innovation
There are three stages of the 'Bartender of the Year' competition.
Regional Semifinals Prizes
Liquor.com and Heaven Hill Brands will select six qualifying bartenders to be invited to compete at each of the eight regional competitions.
2nd Place Prize:
One bartender will be chosen as the overall winner of the 2018 ‘Bartender of the Year’ Competition. The winner will receive:
Phase 1 – Online Entries:
For the purposes of determining the Regional finalists, entries will be assigned to the closest applicable market, as determined by the Sponsor. All complete entries submitted to www.bartenderoftheyear.liquor.com within the entry timeframe will be judged against the below criteria based on the perceived qualities of the written recipes and essay entry.
Judges will not take into consideration current employer, time spent bartending or any other personal information in the selection of Regional finalists.
Each competitor must enter two cocktail recipes:
Inspired by your idea of Family (50 points):
Classic Cocktail (50 points):
Judges scores will not be available to contestants at any stage of the competition. Phase 2 – Regional / Semi-Final
For the purposes of selecting Semi-Finalists, regional events will be judged by local panels, as determined by the Sponsor with the assistance of Liquor.com. The regional competition rules and judging criteria will be created by Liquor.com and will be shared with all regional participants prior to the regional competitions.
Regional competitions will be held in February and March of 2018 in eight markets:
Bartenders who reside outside of the participating regions and are chosen to participate are responsible for their travel expenses to the regional events (if applicable). This includes bartenders who reside in Puerto Rico. Contestants from Puerto Rico will be responsible for their travel to the US to one of the Regional locations to compete, if chosen as a finalist.
Bartenders will be chosen by a blind panel, based on their recipe submissions. Qualifying bartenders will be invited to compete at one of the eight regional competitions. At each regional:
Phase 3 – Final
A total of eight finalists will be selected from the regional event winners and will compete at the finale event at The Lodge at Sea Island, Georgia. For the purposes of selecting the winner of the 2018 Bartender of the Year, a panel of well-respected industry experts selected by Liquor.com and will judge the competition. Rules and judging criteria will be created by Liquor.com and will be shared with all Finalists a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the Final competition.
Any entries attempted through the use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar methods will be void. Any attempt by a person to use multiple email accounts or identities to gain more entries than permitted by these Official Rules shall result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Sponsor. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the "authorized account holder" associated with the email address at the time of entry, which must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by the service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses. Potential winners may be required to provide evidence (to Sponsor's satisfaction) that they are the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with a winning entry. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the person who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Entries and other submitted material become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Refer to Additional rules below for more details regarding the requirements for your entry.
POST FINALS: WINNER REQUIREMENTS:
2018 ‘Bartender of the Year’ must be available the day after the Finals for internal interviews and with reasonable accommodations make time to be available in the following week for media interviews. Travel accommodations will be made for all finalists to accommodate this requirement.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY:
Entries must be in English. Entries must not allude to the overconsumption or irresponsible consumption of beverage alcohol. Entries that do not include all required information and do not adhere to the foregoing and following requirements will be considered void and will not be considered in the judging of this contest. Entries that are deemed by Sponsor in its sole discretion to be illegal, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Sponsor's image will be disqualified.
By submitting an entry, you warrant that:
Employees of Heaven Hill Brands, Liquor.com, their affiliates, liquor wholesale licensees, as well as advertising/promotion agencies and their immediate family members and household members of each and retail license holders are not eligible. This promotion is void wherever prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. In the event that the contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor or Administrator reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, Sponsor and Administrator shall have no liability to any entrants who are disqualified due to such an action. You must be a resident of the United States or Puerto Rico and at least 21 years of age to be eligible. Contest void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
By accepting a prize, any winner: (a) releases Heaven Hill Brands/Liquor.com and their affiliated companies and licensed alcohol wholesalers and retailers from any/all liability claims, action or proceedings arising out of or for injuries or damages sustained while involved in any promotion activity or connection with the use of the prizes; as well as (b) consents to the use by Heaven Hill Brands/Liquor.com for promotional purposes in connection with this promotion, of his or her name and/or likeness and/or voice without further compensation where permitted.
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Regional competitions will be held in January through March of 2017 in eight markets:
Bartenders will be chosen by a blind panel, based on their recipe submissions. Qualifying bartenders will be invited to compete at one of the eight regional competitions.
At each regional:
** Be sure to check back for more details about the final, including information about the specific challenges these bartenders will face.
On June 4th, 2017, all 8 finalists will travel to Puerto Rico to compete in the National Finals for a chance to win $15,000 and the title of 2017 Bartender of the Year.
Partner at Alchemy Consulting and Owner/Bartender at Pouring Ribbons
Joaquín Simó has traveled a long way from his native Ecuador in his search for the perfect daiquiri. Raised amongst Cuban family in Miami, he grew up eating fruits and vegetables fresh from his grandfather's farm and helping his father at his French bakery. His epicurean roots firmly established, he sought out new seasons in New England, graduating from Boston University with a degree in English and religion. He began tending bar in crowded college dives, raucous rock n' roll bars, neighborhood restaurants and trendy hot spots, all the while furthering his education on food, spirits, flavor combinations and balance.
National Brand Educator for Heaven Hill Brands
Lynn is respected industry-wide as an advocate of education, mentorship and service. Lynn was named one of 2011's Top 20 Most Fabulous Bartenders in the World by Gary Regan and was inducted into the Dame Hall of Fame at Tales of the Cocktail in 2012.
Bar Manager of Clyde Common & Pépé Le Moko
Jeffrey is an award-winning bartender and author of the first book devoted entirely to cocktail technique, The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique" He currently manages the James Beard Award-nominated bar program at Clyde Common, and the celebrated Pepe Le Moko; both are located in Portland, Oregon.
Your entries will be judged by these three
cocktail and spirits luminaries from across the country.
at Pouring Ribbons
National Brand Educator
for Heaven Hill Brands
Bar Manager of
and Pépé Le Moko
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