The French Gin brand G'Vine has developed a global program with the help of Door 74's Philip Duff. The company is searching for 12 finalists from around the globe which they will then fly to France (Cognac and Paris) for a week of gin inspired challenges.
Appleton Estate, the highly awarded, premium Jamaican Rum that brought the enormously popular 'Maile Ku' Tiki mug to Australia in 2008 has upped the ante this year by commissioning 'Crazy Al' Evans, one of the greatest Tiki sculptors in the world to create it's new 'Rum God' Tiki mug picture above.
The 2009 Australian Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year Competition (sponsored by Club Suntory) brought out the best of Australian bartending talent in a competition that tested their knowledge of the backbar with a gruelling written exam, their ability to serve a custromer, their savvy at identifying the ingredients in a cocktail in a blind tasting and their skill at presenting and creating two signature cocktails to a panel of esteemed critics.
Alchemists, and Behind Bars consultants Marco Nunes (QLD), Sean Baxter (VIC) and David Beatty (NSW) have recently been appointed as the 2009 Smirnoff Black Copper Cup ambassadors. All previous competitors in this challenging competition, theses ambassadors will provide mentorship to Copper Cup entrants in their state.
On Wednesday 9 September, Dylan Eisenhut of Hugos Manly was crowned the Australian winner of the 2009 Stella Artois World Draught Masters competition, winning over $33,000 in prizes including the honour of representing Australia in the global final to be held in New York this October.
The Suntory Cup, which is now into its 21st year of competition, is unique in the fact that it hunts for the best cocktail recipe of 2009 with drinks being judged on their own merits and not on the popularity or pull of the bartender who created them.
The much loved, eccentric Smirnoff Black Copper Cup is back. Up to their old tricks the Copper Cup team are once again keeping locations a secret, but rumour has it that this year's competition is more exciting, more engaging and more challenging than ever before...
The infamous 42 Below Cocktail World Cup is back! Sydney BarShow 2009 will mark the official launch of the sixth year of this annual international bartending competition, designed to challenge and educate the world's leading bartenders like no other.
Celebrating 4 years of World Cocktail Week in Australia, the industry witnessed Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne hosting celebrations supported by SIGNÉ in conjunction with Yakusan. Follow the adventures throughout World Cocktail Week 2009 in this video...