***BLIND TASTING COMPETITION*** Competition Details:
For our second, semi-annual Blind Tasting Competition, we will accept 50 entrants (though we reserve the right to expand this number if there's overwhelming interest and a means to accommodate) at $70 per person, which is done in traditional Anvil “Break-Even” style – just enough to cover cost of pours and labor for the event. Anyone—both bar professionals and spirits enthusiasts—are welcome, excluding Anvil Bar & Refuge staff members that have completed training and would have an unfair advantage. Entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis in person at the bar.
Competitors will compete in a first round with 20 pours selected from a list of 80 spirits and liqueurs. Ten finalists will advance to a more difficult final round with 8 additional pours. Competitors are responsible for naming both the type of spirit AND its specific brand name. Every competitor will receive a sealed copy of their results, including what specific spirits they correctly identified and which they failed to recognize accurately.
Participants will receive the list of 80 spirits and liqueurs in advance, all of which are possible candidates for the Blind Tasting Competition. This list was designed by the Anvil team to include spirits well-rounded bartenders should know. Participants will have the option to “practice” for the competition once a week before opening hours—more details on this will be provided to all entrants.
First place will receive a prize of $500 – cold, hard cash. The second place winner will receive $200, and third place receives $100.
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