Jason Seele of Nicks Next Door was one of two regional winners of the United States Bartender Guild’s 12th Annual Most Imaginative Bartender Competition (MIB). Competitors included bartenders from Aspen, Denver, Hawaii, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. He shared the honor with Collin Nicholas of The Beehive (San Francisco).
The duo along with 14 other regional contestants will reunite in September at the Bombay Laverstoke Distillery in England to face off for the 2018 title. Prior to that, the finalists will meet up in New Orleans for a competition at the annual Tales of a Cocktail trade festival. The challenge will account for a portion of each Mixologist's overall score.
Last night’s winning cocktails included Collin Nicholas’s “The Carry on Cocktail” and Jason Steele’s “Rooted in Tradition” (use link to view recipe). Jason's cocktail is shown below.
If you needed another reason to visit Nick's Next Door, then drop by for one of Jason's winning cocktails.