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Stella Artois in New York City

I just got back from the Stella Artois Draught Master competition in New York City and boy is my liver tired. For my first time in NYC, I couldn't have asked for a better trip. I got to see some old college friends, checkout Central Park, get some New York pizza, see a live taping of Jimmy Fallon's show, get some cocktails at Please Don't Tell, meet some new users of my website, and... win the Stella Artois competition! Okay, technically I tied for first and ultimately took second in the ensuing "pour-off." Regardless, I still won the trip to Boston next week to compete in the American final competition against 15 other competitors from around the U.S. The winner of that competition wins a trip to London to compete against over 30 other bartenders from around the world.

I want to give a shout-out to Matt and Paul for coming down to the competition and lending support. I'd never met either of them before, but Matt had found my website a couple weeks ago and - as someone who is into fire spinning, poi, plate spinning, and other object manipulation - he got bit by the flair bug. Paul was in the same boat and showed me some videos of him doing maneuvers with glow sticks I'd never imagined were possible. It was cool to meet two guys just getting started in flair but with a badass background in other similar artforms. And great to have a cheering section at the Stella event as well.  

I'm sure the Boston event is going to be tough competition, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed and doing my homework. I've got my sights set on London. In the meantime, checkout some of the sights from NYC:

TGIFridays in Times Square: if you've seen the movie Cocktail, you might recognize this place.The door to mixology bar/speakeasy Please Don't Tell is a phone booth. Located inside a hot dog restaurant. 

My friend Jay and I enjoying some excellent cocktails at Please Don't Tell.









Me with an NBC page before watching a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.The Stella Artois Draught Master Competition. Step #1: The Purification.Step #6: The Beheading.






The top 3 competitors. The guy in the middle got the slip. The girl on the left and I tied for 1st.I'd never met Paul or Matt before, but they'd seen the website and decided to come down and cheer for me. It's really cool to meet people that are actually learning from my videos. We had a great time!A toast to Stella - and on to Boston!

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Congratulations =D

September 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKris

It was great to meet you. I'm glad our last minute plan to "Watch some random guy from the internet pour beer" turned into a pretty decent evening.

Nice that you made it to "Please Don't Tell" as well. That's right in my hood.

Hit us up the next time you're back in Gotham City. We'll spin some fire or crack some glowsticks or throw some bottles... Now, how do I attach wicking to an absolute bottle? ;)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Matt: It was great to meet you in NYC, glad you could make it out for the event. And yeah, PDT, was pretty sweet. I couldn't imagine having that in my neighborhood. I'd be broke, drunk, and happy.
As for attaching wicking to an Absolut bottle, I've used some Kevlar wicking from Dube in the past. Basically just cut a length a little longer than what I thought I needed, rolled it as tight as possible and crammed it into the top of the bottle. If it didn't fit, I cut off an inch and tried again until it fit. Worked pretty decently. Most bartenders I know use cocktail napkins rolled up in the same manner and they seem to work just as well. Give either a shot.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrisTheBartender

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