Who doesn’t like a healthy dose of competition?
Last week, Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila sponsored Battle Bar TV’s thrilling Season 1 Finale. Andrew Lue, an award-winning mixologist, bar consultant, and local influencer founded Bar Battle TV. Bar Battle TV is the first Bartending Competition show of its kind and thrives off bartenders whose personalities, expertise, and competitiveness easily shine for a global audience. Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila’s sponsorship was an integral part of the event’s success. The brands’ participation arose due to a deep respect for what Battle Bar TV represents.
“Bar Battle showcases the talent and ingenuity of our local trade members under pressure,” said Woodford Reserve Brand Ambassador Natalia Cardenas. “Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila were honored to be the presenting sponsors of the Inaugural Season Finale.”
Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila gave the competition show an opportunity to stand out and promote fun, excitement, and community. The finale took place at Oasis in Wynwood and there were over eighty guests who attended the exhilarating trade-focused, head-to-head cocktail competition. Although brands from all over the world sponsor Bar Battle TV, the first season of the competition was set against the backdrop of Miami. Last Monday’s event gave the best of the best bartenders a chance to claim not only glory but also a Bar TV 2021 Champion belt, a cash prize, and a bottle of Herradura Tequila.
The event included a thrilling competition, an exuberant crowd, and a performance by a phenomenal musical artist. Orilla Bartender Rodrigo Tubert and Lido Restaurant & Champagne Bar Bartender Derek Stilmann competed for the title of Champion Mixologist. Los Angeles’ very own Ilan Hall, a celebrity chef and winner of Top Chef Season 2, served as the event’s guest judge. With only 45 minutes at their disposal, the two competitors used Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila brands to create three innovative and creative cocktails using secret ingredients. The two bartenders created their cocktails with style, flair, and showmanship.
Laughing, cheering, and staring nervously, the crowd could not get enough of them. Both competitors put up a valiant effort. However, it was Derek Stilmann who was suited for success. Stilmann took home the Champion belt while Rodrigo Tubert took home an inscribed bottle of Woodford Reserve’s, losing has never tasted so good.
The night’s festivities did not end with the competition. Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila also provided an educational alcohol station that featured free samples as well as cocktails and bottle service for sale. Walshy Fire, a Grammy-winning artist and member of the musical trio Major Lazer, gave an unforgettable live performance.
If the finale is any indication, the first season of Bar Battle TV’s success stems from Lue’s ability to showcase local talent to a global audience. Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila’s sponsorship also gave attendees the opportunity to discover the importance of educating, engaging, and exciting viewers and event attendees alike.
Purchase your very own bottle of Woodford Reserve whiskey and Herradura Tequila’s finest products at https://www.woodfordreserve.com/ and https://www.herradura.com/ respectively. Visit https://barbattletv.com/ and follow Andrew Lue @just_callme_lue on Instagram to be the first to know when Season 2 of Bar Battle TV begins!