Jon Tafferas Rescue Tour Expands while L'Equipe Launches Cocktail Education


Jon Taffer's Rescue Tour Expands to Five Locations in 2012
The Nightclub & Bar Media Group is pleased to announce it will present the second annual and expanded Jon Taffer's Rescue Tour workshop series this fall. Workshops are planned for Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco and Las Vegas for bar owners, managers, bartenders, chefs and other industry professionals who want to take their career and business to a higher success level. The 2011 Rescue Tour workshop series was a tremendous success selling out in each of the tour's three locations. To find out more Click Here.

Makers of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur Deliver Significant, Innovative Support to Bar Trade
The Cooper Spirits Company, makers of the hand-crafted St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, proudly announces the creation of L’Equipe – a multi-pronged initiative dedicated to cocktail education and the development of the men and women at the heart of cocktail culture. French for “the team,” L’Equipe’s goal is to ensure that the bartenders, beverage directors and drinks professionals who are instrumental to St-Germain’s success understand that Cooper Spirits is always promoting the extended team that is integral to the success of the cocktail culture movement. To find out more Click Here.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Exotic Drink Recipes Must Also Taste Good
Time was, if a bartender strayed far from the traditional sour formula, or added something as sinful as fresh herbs to a dry gin martini; he or she'd be yanked into the manager's office and soundly thrashed. That's no longer the case. In this age of the craft bartender, the competition can be daunting, and some folk seemingly go to any lengths in order that we sit up and take notice. It's a phenomenon that calls for a little deep thinking - something that seems a little like hard work to me, but nonetheless must be done. To read more Click Here.

Remixology Bartender Challenge
Do you have what it takes to create a winning cocktail? If so enter the Remixology Bartender Challenge with Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican Rum. Five winners will be chosen from San Francisco (August 13th), Miami (August 27th), Boston (August 20th) & New York (August 6th) to participate in the semi-finals. Click Here to enter.

Announcing this year’s finalists for the Bar Room Brawl
A huge congratulations go out to the finalists who will be heading to New Orleans in July to duke it out as a team to be crowned this year’s “Best Cocktail Bar” at the Bar Room Brawl during Tales of the Cocktail.  We have selected six of America’s finest cocktails bars from around the country, and the bartenders from each bar will be shaking, stirring and muddling their way to the top creating original cocktails using 10 Cane Rum, Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier, and Hennessy.  In the end, the panel of illustrious judges will choose which bar makes the best drinks and works the best as a team.

The Finalists
    Employees Only, New York, NY - Dushan Zaric and his team
    Beretta, San Francisco - Ryan Fitzgerald and his team
    Manifesto, Kansas City - Ryan Maybee and his team
    Rob Roy, Seattle - Anu Apte and her team
    Anvil, Houston - Bobby Heugel and his team
    The Passenger, DC - Derek Brown and his team

Calling All Bartenders
In the spirit of creativity, Leblon officially announces BatidaFEST 2012: We are looking for the most unique, inspired and tasty Batida recipes, and the bartender or home mixologist who creates the most innovatively delicious Batida will walk away with a round trip ticket to Brazil and a Batida tour in Rio (or $1000 cash prize). Click Here for official rules.