The US Bartenders’ Guild Awards New York for a Chance at the Title of “World’s most Imaginative Bartender”September 2, 2013 By: Nightclub & Bar
The United States Bartenders’ Guild invited a selection of New York’s most promising bartending talent to compete in the regional finals of the “Most Imaginative Bartender” competition, sponsored by Bombay Sapphire gin. After a series of challenging timed sessions, surprise twists and blind tastings by a panel of esteemed judges including Bacardi Portfolio Manager, Phil Pepperdine, Christian Sanders’ innovative Far East Cocktail with pineapple puree and egg white, was recognized as the most original mixology masterpiece in his hometown. Christian’s winning creation will now advance him to the USBG Bartender Summit in Las Vegas to be held on September 8, 2013, where he will share the stage with 51 of the country’s top mixologists for a chance at the title of “USBG Nation’s Most Imaginative Bartender.” If he takes the title in Las Vegas, Dustin will then secure himself a coveted spot in the 3rd annual global finals.
“It’s truly an honor to have the opportunity to be nationally recognized in my field,” says Christian, “the notion that the national recognition could turn into global recognition is simply surreal.”
Ned Duggan, Brand Director of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin, the presenting sponsor of the search, adds, “Continuing to expand the reach of the USBG Bartender competition across oceans after six successful years in the U.S is an exciting move for the program. Since our past two global summits unearthed incomparable emerging talent, we have even higher hopes for this year’s national finalists, like Christian. We wish him the best of luck in Las Vegas.”
Taking Las Vegas will be no easy feat, however, as the USBG will be conducting a highly comprehensive search around the country this summer to discover the best new and imaginative creations from the next generation of mixology stars. USBG will visit various, world-renowned restaurants to dim and intimate members-only clubs to taste-test each selected city’s contending cocktails.
During the Las Vegas summit, one mixologist will be selected as the nation’s “USBG Most Imaginative Bartender,” resulting in a cover feature in the December 2013 GQ magazine “Men of The Year” issue. The winner will also be a guest bartender at the GQ Man of the Year event in Los Angeles and will attend the Global Finals in 2014. This exciting global recognition program has encouraged mixologists everywhere to push the boundaries of an already rapidly evolving cocktail culture to its greatest potential yet. This year, the top mixologist selected from the Las Vegas Summit will once again have the exclusive opportunity to represent the US during the Global Bartender Summit in 2014.
In its seventh year running, the USBG Most Imaginative Bartender search has become a pillar in the industry. With the program having increased from 240 entries and 16 cities at its inception to 1,500