Showcasing amazing barkeeps around the country isn’t easy, but it sure is tasty in the nation’s fifth annual 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”.
Contestants create one large format punch rightfully made with one bottle of premium spirit. They are given one punch bowl and 30 minutes to concoct their own magic hospitality potion using their special ingredients.
We ask barkeeps to model the punch after a night with close friends and fellow bartenders. Remember, we are looking for the next best punch to blow the palate of fellow drink makers. The judges for each city are comprised of well known chefs, media, distillery owners, COCHON555 U.S. TOUR Founders, and respected barkeeps. Upon completion, barkeeps will serve their creations to the pack of notable judges, who will then score the libations and declare the city’s Punch King. The competitions usually take place during the main Cochon555 event which means the lucky VIP ticket holders get to taste the punches before they are gone. Once their bowls are empty, the barkeeps clean their area and enjoy the remainder of the event while we get ready to flip the station into a Ramen Bar. It's really that simple…or is it?
Judges score on 3 categories: Presentation, Creativity, and Flavor, each with a possible score of 5 points (1 being the low, 5 being the high). The barkeep with the most points out of 15 will win. In case of a tie, the winner will be selected by the "best sip,” along with the barkeep's attention to the overall process, cleanliness, and timeline. We ask barkeeps to bring a printed copy of the recipe so we can post all those great recipes on this website after the competition.
All barkeeps will be called on stage and the winner will be announced to the audience at the end of the evening. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the event and attend the after party.
“After hosting 200 events around the North America in just seven years, we wanted to create a competition within the fabric of COCHON555 to celebrate the Bar Keeps that keep inspiring the diners with damn fine drinks. All of which complements the philosophy and flavor of heritage porc,” says COCHON555 Founder Brady Lowe. “and, who better to bring the Punch Kings Bartender Competition to life than Bryan Nolt and his team at 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. Under the technical oversight of Master Distiller and partner Jordan Via, they consistently achieve International gold medal status ranking among the best in the World. Breckenridge Bourbon keeps winning medals and is a testament to the vibrant culture of the craft spirit industry.