Winners Announced, Trends Introduced and Upcoming Festivals


Tim PhilipsFollowing a week of mixology trends unveiled, red carpet events and a showcase of the industry's brightest stars, Tim Philips, Hemisphere, Australia was crowned DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2012, rising above 50 other finalists to win the most prestigious accolade of the industry. Tim Philips captivated judges with his winning signature serve, a twisted chic cocktail: Hot Toddy Australia made with JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE Blended Scotch Whisky, honey, cinnamon quill, ginger and innovative technique. To read more Click Here.


The Malibu Music Invasion Tour kicks off Sunday, July 22, to bring summer's most unforgettable party to 10 cities across the country. From dance parties with the country's hottest DJs to exclusive music performances with the hottest bands, to tropically spiced-up cocktails on hand, Malibu continues to celebrate summer by delivering the most anticipated tour of the season! Click Here for tour stops and to find out more.

TechnomicFrom Technomic: Technomic’s Top 250 Wine Brands and 50 Fastest Growing Brands Identifies Wine Trends

Affordable wines with accessible and appealing flavor profiles are driving the wine industry overall, as demonstrated by Technomic’s Top 250 Wine Brands and its roster of the 50 Fastest Growing Wine Brands. Diving into its database of more than 1,500 wine brands, Technomic identified the 250 wine brands leading in volume and in retail sales in 2011, as well as the 50 achieving the fastest rates of volume growth. Both rosters are included in Technomic’s soon-to-be-released 2012 WineTAB report. To find out more, Click Here.

ArKay Beverages, Inc. announces the expansion of ArKay Beverages "Don't Drink And Drive Unless It's ArKay!™" national drunk driving prevention campaign. Alcohol has its place in society but not behind the wheel – and not at all if you're the designated driver. For university students and baby boomers alike, just one drink of alcohol can impair the senses to a degree, and just one seems to lead too easily to another. To find out more about the campaign Click Here.

The third annual Ultimate Cocktail Challenge, which was held in New York City from June 4th-8th features two distinct and revolutionary competitions – the Classic Cocktail Challenge, assessing how well brands spirit perform in classic cocktails, and the Signature Cocktail Challenge, which evaluates how well spirit brands perform in the proprietary recipes supplied by the participating brand. To find out more Click Here.

BarenjagerBarenjager Honey Liqueur announces the launch of the brand's third national annual Barenjager Bartender Competition. As in previous years, this year's contest welcomes national bartenders as well as amateurs to submit innovative cocktails using Barenjager Honey Liqueur and, for the first time ever, Barenjager Honey & Bourbon. Armed with top bar talent and creativity, contestants will battle to impress a panel of esteemed industry tastemakers as well as celebrity judge, Geoffrey Zakarian, for a grand prize that includes a trip for two to Oktoberfest in Munich and $1,000. To read more Click Here.

Pernod Ricard USA®, the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., is proud to announce another great performance in the 2012 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge (UCC), including a ‘Chairman’s Trophy’ award in the Signature Cocktail Challenge, and a Finalist in the Classic Cocktail Challenge. To Find out more Click Here.

Last week, Stephon Scott, of the On Deck Pub at the Tradewinds Hotel in Trinidad & Tobago, was announced as the 2012 DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Global Final held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To find out more about the competition Click Here.

Stephon Scott


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