The Search for Heaven Hill Brands, 2016 “Bartender of the Year” Begins NOW!

July 15, 2015

Winner will receive $15,000 at finals in Puerto Rico in June 2016

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Brands and are searching for the 2016 Bartender of the Year. The event includes online submissions, regional semifinals and the crowning of the 2016 Bartender of the Year in June 2016 at the St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico. Bartenders will be challenged to demonstrate a variety of cocktail skills including the use of Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur, Elijah Craig Small Batch, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.

The 2016 Bartender of the Year contest will demand every aspect of bartender skills. The goal is to identify the bartender who best embodies the range of qualities to which bartenders aspire. From service to history and skills to quality preparation, the 2016 Bartender of the Year will be a celebrated example of what is means to be behind the stick.

“Heaven Hill Brands’ portfolio of spirits is especially suited to identify the Bartender of the Year for 2016,” said Kate S. Latts, Vice President, Marketing for Heaven Hill Brands. “With uncompromising quality among our featured Liqueurs and Whiskeys, we feel we can identify the strongest talent in the U.S. Ultimately, we will hope to elevate the craft of the bartender and support the traditions and qualities that make it truly unique.”

Over eight months, Heaven Hill Brands and will identify candidates for Bartender of the Year first by online submissions received from August 1 to October 1. Submissions will be evaluated throughout October and November by Heaven Hill National Brand Educator Lynn House and two leading national judges. The regional finals for the competition will be hosted in Chicago, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco throughout February and March 2016. Regional finalists will vie for Bartender of the Year and $15,000 at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico in June 2016.

Submissions for the contest will open at on August 1. Pre-registration for the contest will be available by submitting email addresses at the website beginning July 15.

Judges for each round of the competition will be announced throughout the duration of the contest.

Grounded in the original Bartender of the Year hosted by Domaine de Canton starting in 2009, Heaven Hill Brands resurrected the competition due to strong demand from bartenders worldwide. Past winners of the competition include John Lermayer, Sean Kenyon and Dennis Gobis.

About: Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Brands ( is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Larceny, Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna Bourbons, Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila; Cinerator Hot Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.



Josh Hafer
Communications Manager
Heaven Hill Brands
(502) 413-0219
[email protected]

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