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Bourbon Brawl 2022

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The 2022 Bourbon Brawl Competition

It’s time for America’s best bartenders to square off in the 4th Annual Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl!

This year, Garrison Brothers is teaming up with Texas Monthly and Cocktail Courier to provide a one-of-a-kind Bourbon Brawl experience. The competition highlights five U.S. cities:

  • Orange County, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • New York, NY
  • Tampa, FL
  • Houston, TX

Submissions are closed. Contestants are responsible for their own travel should they advance onto the semi-final round. Congrats to the semi-finalists!

Orange County Semi-Finalists: Marie Yoshimizu, Rachel Keeney, Heather Ramirez, Daniel Friedman, Samantha Dengler

Chicago Semi-Finalists: Katherine Doughty, Zachary McMahon, Luis Estrada, Davíd Leon Jr., Marco Montaguano

Congrats to the Finalists!

Houston Finalist: Ryan Smith

Tampa Finalist: Graham Comstock

New York Finalist: Albert Pero


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Rules & Timeline

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The competition will consist of three phases:

Online Submissions: CLOSED

To enter the competition, submit your unique bourbon cocktail recipes via ShakeStir by 11:59pm CST on April 12, 2022. Five (5) contestants per city will be selected to participate in the semi-finals.

The Semi-Finals: May 9, 2022 – June 6, 2022

Semi-finalists will prepare and present their bourbon cocktails to three (3) mixology experts within their cities. One (1) semi-finalist per city will advance to the finals.

The Finals: June 30, 2022

Finalists will be flown in to Austin, TX, to participate in The Finals. The Finals will take place on June 30, 2022. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event and will receive a grand prize of $10,000 and a barrel of their own bourbon (for personal consumption only). The winning cocktail will be available for purchase as a cocktail kit via Cocktail Courier until August 4, 2022. Prizing is provided by ShakeStir.com, the world’s largest online community for spirited professionals.

Bourbon Brawl 2021 Recap

Rewatch the Bourbon Brawl 2021 Competition below.

(Originally broadcast on July 29, 2021)

Bourbon Brawl 2021 Champion announced below.

Last July, Garrison Brothers Distillery, the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas, held their 2021 Bourbon Brawl contest. The nation-wide bartender competition was adapted to a COVID-safe format through a virtual finale and partnerships with Texas Monthly and Cocktail Courier. Eight bartenders—one from Austin/San Antonio, TX; Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX; Houston, TX; New York, NY; Orange County, CA; Oakland, CA; Tampa, FL; and Chicago, IL—were chosen to compete in the final round of the competition. Josh Davey from Orange County took home the title of Bourbon Brawl 2021 Champion with his Texas Rose cocktail. As an update to the legendary Whiskey Sour, the Texas Rose tops off a pour of Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon with a bouquet of Amaro Montenegro and zesty blackberry lemon cordial.