There are 4 stages of the Bourbon Brawl Bartender Competition.
Online submission of a Garrison Brothers Bourbon cocktail (bartenders and consumers). These recipes will then be blindly judged by a panel of experts.
The 75 qualifying bartenders from online submissions will move on to The Bourbon Takeover of Texas where Garrison Brothers Distillery employees and members of The Bourbon Brotherhood will be visiting the bartenders at their establishments across Texas to try their Garrison Brothers cocktail. In addition, 5 consumers or at home bartenders will also be chosen to have the opportunity to showcase their cocktails throughout the semi-finals and finals competitions.
From the 75 locations participating in The Bourbon Takeover of Texas, 25 bartenders will be chosen based on the judging criteria provided under “Selection Process” to compete in the semi-final round of the bartender competition. The semi-final round will take place in five cities across Texas (Austin, Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth and San Antonio).
A first place winner will be chosen at each semi-final and will advance to the finals and win $500. The final competition will be held in Austin on May 7th. 5 bartenders will compete head to head for the chance to be crowned the 2020 Bourbon Brawl Bartender of the Year, $10,000, their very own Single Barrel (for personal consumption only) and a complete Texas Luxury experience (TBD).