While brawls in bars have long favored brawn over brain, Sanctuary Resort's new cocktail competition series, Bar Brawl,
will favor the more cerebral elements of the bar — the gloves-off, hands-on crafting of fine cocktails. And competitors will be under just a little bit of pressure, with a champion's trip to Vegas on the line.
Beginning on this Sunday, July 18
, a series of cocktail competitions will take place weekly at the Sanctuary Resort's Jade Bar. Each night, two local bartenders will compete under pre-determined guidelines using one focal spirit with which they are to build their drinks around.
Each competition will start at 8:30 p.m. (doors will open at 8 p.m.) and will be refereed by Jade Bar lead mixologist Eddie Garcia and emceed by in-house celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan.
The kitchen is involved, too. A "Bar Bites" menu will feature reverse happy hour-priced snacks such as charred edamame, blistered shishito peppers, "fiery" calamari, and quick-fried cauliflower.
It looks like the competitive spirit is catching on in Phoenix, undoubtedly thanks to shows like Esquire Network's Knife Fight
. Here, competitive spirit will give way to spirit competition, and the first focal spirit will be a blank slate: vodka. The bartenders? Keifer Gilbert of Counter Intuitive and Andrew Calistereo of Bar Crudo. It promises to be an exciting bout to kick things off.
Here's the full schedule:
· July 19:
Vodka | Keifer Gilbert of Counter Intuitive vs. Andrew Calisterio
· July 26:
Gin | Stephanie Teslar
of Blue Hound Kitchen vs. Michael Liberatore of Citizen Public House
· August 9:
Bourbon | Clint Spotleson of Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel vs. Tony Pharias of Tarbell’s
· August 16:
Rum | Kyle Mason of Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia vs. Alexa Bowler
of Olive & Ivy
· August 23 and August 30:
· September 13:
For more information about Jade Bar, check Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa website
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