2017 PUNCH KING FINALISTS
Award-Winning Bartenders From 14 cities Compete at COCHON555’s Grand Finale Spirits Competition IN CHICAGO Featuring Breckenridge Bourbon.
Maison Premiere - NEW YORK
Mizuna - DENVER
Brambling Cross - SEATTLE
El Grito - MIAMI
Américas - HOUSTON
The Next Whiskey Bar - WDC
Nicky's Coal Fired - NASHVILLE
Deadhorse Hill - BOSTON
14 OF THE FINEST U.S. BARTENDERS WILL GO FOR THE GOLD...EN GLOVES IN CHICAGO AT THE 5TH ANNUAL PUNCH KINGS FINALE COMPETITION EVENT "LAST CALL"
The highly-spirited event is the culmination of the competitions that took place in 14 cities across the U.S. throughout the year. The showdown will be held September 30th during the Grand Cochon weekend in Chicago. The barkeeps will compete by preparing their award-winning recipes of boozy punch using Breckenridge Bourbon. Over 70 bartenders competed in the Punch King’s Competition at COCHON555 events throughout the year for the chance to represent their city in the finals. The 14 winning bartenders, listed below, will recreate their winning punch for the 2017 National Punch King title.
The 2017 Punch Kings competitors are Anthony Bohlinger of Maison Premiere (NYC); Nate McLemore-Raczkowski of Revival (MPLS); Tracy Ardoin-Jenkins of Nicky's Coal Fired (NASH); Chris Amirault of Otium (LA); Tim Hershberger of Mizuna (DEN); Ben Jewell of El Grito (MIA); Sean Woods of Deadhorse Hill (BOS); Piers Smyth of ROOF on theWit (CHI); Tania Ross of Brambling Cross (SEA); Jim McConn of Américas (HOU); Jeff Lyon of Third Rail (SF), James Wampler of Proof & Provision (ATL) and Rachel Sergi of The Next Whiskey Bar at The Watergate Hotel (WDC) . The last winning bartender will be announced and added after the posted event date.
“This will be the most notable punch-themed celebration to hit the country since prohibition was lifted in 1933!” says COCHON555 founder Brady Lowe. “I’ve always wanted to host a national event that celebrates the barkeeps that keep the boom of the cocktail culture alive and vibrant. There’s nothing better than a fine punch made with a whole bottle of bourbon to complement the philosophy of whole animal utilization and the flavor packed benefits of eating heritage pork. And who better to bring the Punch Kings Competition to life than our great friend Bryan Nolt, founder of Breckenridge Distillery!”
The "Last Call" Punch Kings finale event takes place along side the Cochon555 Grand Cochon finale chef competition, so you'll be able to get down on a weekend of amazing food from over 20 chefs as well as killer cocktails at our biggest party of the year!
Chicago Athletic Association
12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Saturday, September 30th 2017 / 4pm - 7pm <-Punch Kings Finale only takes place on Saturday
Sunday, October 1st 2017 / 4pm - 8pm <- Grand Cochon Chef Competition
TICKETS TO THE FINALE EVENT:
$75 Punch Kings Grand Finale / Saturday, Sept. 30th/ 4pm entry - at Chicago Athletic Association, Stagg Court
$225 Grand Cochon VIP Admission / Sunday, Oct. 1st /4pm entry - at Morgan Manufacturing Bldg.
$150 Grand Cochon General Admission / Sunday, Oct. 1st / 5pm entry - at Morgan Manufacturing Bldg.
Info and ticket prices to any of the remaining single city Punch Kings competitions leading up to the finale can be found by clicking the city of choice above.
About Punch Kings
Showcasing amazing barkeeps around the country isn’t easy, but it sure is tasty in the nation’s first punch competition. Punch was the grandaddy of all cocktails, meant for sharing amongst friends and enhancing social engagements. The theme of the competition is large format, and the participating bartenders are given 30 minutes to prepare 1 punch bowl featuring 1 bottle of spirits along with their special ingredients. Presented to notable judges, the winner receives a trophy, bragging rights and a prize. Together with top barkeeps around the country, Punch Kings is preserving the “The Original Bottle Service”.
About Breckenridge Distillery
Founded in 2007 by Bryan Nolt, Breckenridge Distillery is one of the best-known and fastest-growing craft spirits distilleries in the US, recently named Distillery of the Year at the 2013 New York International Spirits Competition. Under the technical oversight of Master Distiller and partner Jordan Via, Breckenridge Distillery’s brands consistently achieve International gold medal status ranking among the best in the World. Breckenridge Bourbon won one of only three gold medals in its category awarded by the prestigious International Wine and Spirits Competition, won Bourbon of the Year 2012 at the International Whisky Competition, and achieved 96 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge NYC. Operating one of the largest compound pot stills in Colorado, Breckenridge distillery offers daily tours and complimentary tastings of an extensive spirits line located at 1925 Airport Rd in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado.