What's Shakin' October 16, 2012

Women Behind Bars
For much of the city’s history, it seems, the only women for whom bar work was deemed appropriate were widows or fearsome brutes. W. Harrison Bayles’s 1915 history, “Old Taverns of New York,” recounts tales of female barkeeps stretching back to the 17th century, when a widow named Annetje Cock inherited her husband’s tavern. Early in the next century, another establishment, the Widow Post’s, became “a favorite place for members of assembly.” Then there was Gallus Mag, “bouncer and general factotum” of a notorious Water Street dive mentioned in Herbert Asbury’s “Gangs of New York,” who “stalked fiercely about the dive with a pistol stuck in her belt.” MORE>>

Winner of NZ's Biggest Bartender Competition Announced
Beam Inc. a leading global premium spirits company, last night proclaimed Chase Bickerton as the winner of the biggest bartending competition in New Zealand history - Beam Bar Legend. Bickerton, from The Naughty Penguin bar in Queenstown, was crowned the winner after a gruelling two day final in Auckland, having beaten 8 grand finalists from a pool of 370 entrants from around the country. He will take home $25,000 worth of prizes as well as the prestigious title of New Zealand’s first ever Beam Bar Legend. MORE>>

Club Honors Indonesia's Top Bartenders
Bob Nolet, the 11th generation distiller of Ketel One Vodka, believes Indonesia’s bartending scene is changing. “Indonesia is getting on rapidly in the bartending scene,” said Nolet, the executive vice president of the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, The Netherlands, which produces Ketel One Vodka. “There’s a big change between four or five years ago and today.”  In Indonesia, the premium vodka is distributed by Diageo Navaplus. MORE>>

Cocktail Competition Coming to Cornucopia
The ever-expanding lineup for the upcoming Cornucopia food and wine festival will include a glimpse into the world of competitive bartending. On the first day of the event (Nov. 7) Alta Bistro is hosting the first cocktail competition as part of Cornucopia at the Whistler Conference Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. Eight professional bartenders from Whistler and Vancouver will compete against each other to create the best drink of the night in conjunction with the first night of the Whistler Chef’s Challenge presented by Viking. MORE>>

Cocktail Festa 2012
In honor of the evolving Japanese cocktail culture, the Suntory Cocktail Festa invites the best bartenders from around the world to share the latest and greatest in global cocktail making. This activity recognizes Suntory’s dedication to bringing Japanese cocktail culture to the next level, in addition to hosting The Suntory Cocktail Award, Japan’s largest cocktail competition for bartenders, since 1994. Bringing a taste of the mighty USA will be Suntory's two US ambassadors: hailing from San Francisco, Neyah White, and New York's drinks expert, Gardner Dunn. The two will be showcasing cocktails that bring the East and West coasts to life - using spirits that aren't yet popular in the Japanese market: tequila and Canadian whisky. MORE>>

Masters of Mixology Semi-Finals
There was a wealth of intriguing flavor combinations and cutting-edge creativity on display last night at the Wildcat Lounge, where eight bartenders battled for the chance to reach next Thursday’s final round of The Santa Barbara Independent‘s Masters of Mixology Mix-Up. Whether it was blending whiskey with candied figs and a balsamic vinegar reduction or making your own bright blue triple sec and deep red raspberry liqueur or trying to get the judges to suck down shots upside down, the semifinal round offered entertainment, education, and insight into the latest and greatest in the modern world of craft cocktails. MORE>>



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