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Punch was the grandaddy of all cocktails, meant for sharing amongst friends and enhancing social engagements. Showcasing amazing barkeeps around the country isn’t easy, but it sure is delicious in the nation’s sixth annual punch competition. 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. Together with top barkeeps around the country, Punch Kings is preserving the “The Original Bottle Service”.

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2018 PUNCH KING FINALISTS

AWARD-WINNING BARTENDERS FROM 11 CITIES WILL GO ON TO COMPETE AT THE 2 FINALIST COMPETITIONS: THE TEQUILA INVITATIONAL IN CHICAGO & THE BOURBON FINALE “LAST CALL” IN BRECKENRIDGE. 

  TOM WALKER  Pig Bleecker NEW YORK  @tomwalkercocktails

TOM WALKER
Pig Bleecker
NEW YORK
@tomwalkercocktails

  BRYAN NELSON  Bowen House DALLAS  @bnelsonseven

BRYAN NELSON
Bowen House
DALLAS
@bnelsonseven

  SIMONE MIMS  Nico SAN FRANCISCO  @simonemims

SIMONE MIMS
Nico
SAN FRANCISCO
@simonemims

  OTHON NOLASCO  Here & Now LOS ANGELES @mata.tu.sed

OTHON NOLASCO
Here & Now
LOS ANGELES
@mata.tu.sed

  DUSTIN NGUYEN  Martina MINNEAPOLIS  @dustinnguyen

DUSTIN NGUYEN
Martina
MINNEAPOLIS
@dustinnguyen

  SAMUEL GARCIA  Boleo CHICAGO  @boleochicago

SAMUEL GARCIA
Boleo
CHICAGO
@boleochicago

  LINK  MBar SEATTLE  @linkmanofmystery

LINK
MBar
SEATTLE
@linkmanofmystery

  PETER WALTERS  Park Distillery BANFF @parkdistillery

PETER WALTERS
Park Distillery
BANFF
@parkdistillery

  CHLOE FISHER  Rules & Regs AUSTIN  @rulesandregsatx

CHLOE FISHER
Rules & Regs
AUSTIN
@rulesandregsatx

  STEVEN MINOR  Habitat MIAMI  @habitatmiamibeach

STEVEN MINOR
Habitat
MIAMI
@habitatmiamibeach

  PATRICK MURPHY  Mercantile DENVER  @mercantiledenver

PATRICK MURPHY
Mercantile
DENVER
@mercantiledenver

 
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COMPETITIONS

THE TEQUILA INVITATIONAL

September 30th 2018
City Winery Chicago

Mexico’s ultra-premium tequila will take the spotlight in the first invitational punch showdown featuring the eleven notable finalists from 11 cities across U.S. and Canada. The invitational featuring El Tesoro as the base spirit will be held  during the Cochon555 Grand Cochon in Chicago. Each barkeep will prepare an award-winning tequila inspired punch in hopes of winning the inaugural tequila edition of Punch Kings and passage to Mexico*.

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THE BOURBON FINALE

January 11th, 2019
Breckenridge Distillery Colorado

Breckenridge Distillery, cheekily dubbed “The World’s Highest Distillery”, will host the 6th annual Punch Kings Finale, aptly named, “LAST CALL”. Breckenridge‘s award winning bourbon will take center place in each of the competing barkeeps’ recipes for this showdown. This  is the culmination of the competitions that took place across North America this year where each of the 11 finalists will go for the gold...en gloves and title of Punch King/Queen.

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*pending state regulations

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