The 2022 Bourbon Brawl Bartender of the year has been crowned! 

Congratulations to Albert Pero III from New York City with his winning cocktail, the BD4


This year, Garrison Brothers teamed up with Cocktail Courier and Texas Monthly to provide a one-of-a-kind Bourbon Brawl experience. After months of fierce competition, the winner has been crowned for the 2022 Bourbon Brawl. 

Five master mixologists from cities across America arrived in Austin, Texas to duke it out for a shot at $10,000 grand prize and a full barrel of Garrison Brothers Bourbon for personal consumption. After two brutal rounds showing off their mixology and storytelling skills, the final round came down to a head-to-head showdown between Chicago’s Zak McMahon and New York’s Albert Pero. The challenge? Craft a Garrison Brothers Bourbon cocktail in just 10 minutes using a variety of mystery ingredients. 

Both cocktails were nothing short of stellar, but in the end it was Albert Pero that won over the judges with the BD4, a twist on the Manhattan that wowed the judges and earned Albie the title of 2022 Bourbon Brawl Bartender of the Year. Only one bartender managed to defeat the competition, and now it’s time to try their masterpiece for yourself in the 2022 Bourbon Brawl Cocktail Kit. Check out the full BD4 recipe below!

    • 2oz Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
    • .5oz Antica Formula Vermouth
    • .5oz Earl Grey Tea Syrup
    • 1 Dash Aztec Chocolate Bitters
    • 1 Dash Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

The 2022 Bourbon Brawl Cocktail Kit

If this sounds as mouthwatering to you as it did to our judges, try the winning cocktail for yourself in the 2022 Bourbon Brawl Cocktail Kit featuring the BD4 cocktail. The BD4 is a Manhattan twist with a nod to when Albert and his dad would take trips to Yankee Stadium. They’d eat chocolate and vanilla twist ice cream out of the little baseball helmets together, and the BD4 is a story of those flavors. The cocktail’s name represents the three trains that will take you from Manhattan to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx: B, D, & 4.

Each kit will contain everything you need to make the BD4 and savor the flavor in your own home. Only a limited number of kits will be produced, so don’t miss out on the chance to try the BD4 and click the link below to reserve yours now. Kits are available to order and ship nationwide from July 7-August 7, 2022.


To learn more about the Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl competition including the complete list of rules, visit our page on Texas Monthly.

Albert Pero III
BD4 Cocktail
Albert Pero III Holding Trophy