We are back and stronger than ever! The competition that started it all has returned, and we’re now accepting submissions of teams interested in competing for the 2012 crown of Iron Bartender! This is a 16 team (restaurant) bracket style, single-elimination tournament taking place for 5 Sunday’s starting on October 28th, and crowning the champion on December 2nd!
The competition will be held at Icehouse (2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls). Competition starts on Sunday October 28th and continues on November 4th, 11th, 18th and the finale is December 2nd. Competition starts at 8:00p. and will be done by 10:30p. Admission for the qualifying rounds is FREE to the public! Drink specials a plenty throughout the night.
Like the TV show that has inspired this competition, this is a head-to-head battle of 16 talented and creative bartenders matching imaginations to come up with cocktails designed around a secret ingredient….or ingredients. A judging panel of distinguished and respected chefs, restauranteurs, nationally revered bartenders, media personalities, brand ambassadors and of course NSBG “big wigs”, will score each drink based on uniqueness, taste, presentation and secret ingredient usage. Did we mention there is a time limit?! Bartenders will have a 12 minute window to create, execute and present 2 different cocktails to the judging panel.
If you and a co-worker are interested in becoming a team for this competition, click the link below and provide all the pertinent information the form asks. This is your chance to showcase your imagination, talent and craft to not only your peers…but to people of all interests. This is truly a competition designed by bartenders for bartenders! Past winners of this competition like Nick Kosevich and Patrick Denny (2009), Adam Harness and Peder Schweigert (2010), and Jasmine Poland (2011) have gone on to do wonderful things in our cocktail community! Your name could be the next BIG THING!