Jacob Grier from Metrovino in Portland, Oregon Takes Home First Place
NEW ORLEANS—May 21, 2013—Tales of the Cocktail® in partnership with Mutineer Magazine announces the winner and top three finalists of the 2013 Official Cocktail Competition. This year’s cocktail is the Rickey and bartenders from all over the world participated in the competitive Cocktail Competition. The winner is Jacob Grier from Metrovino in Portland, Oregon for his original creation, the “Portland Rickey.”
The Official Cocktail Competition judge, Derek Brown, stated, “Let’s face it, I’m biased and kept rooting for my hometown, Washington, D.C., where I know that some of the best Rickey’s ever made come from. You showed well Washingtonians and I’m so very proud of my city, but I had to give it up to the national and international participants for creating faithful version of the original with their own twists. The creativity and thought that went into the over 200 recipes we received for judging should, perhaps, convene at Congress next time to solve some of the world’s more difficult matters. Good job, one and all.”
The Rickey dates back to the late 1800’s when George A. Williamson, a bartender at Shoomaker’s bar in Washington, D.C., would combine a base spirit with half a lime and sparkling mineral water for a Democratic lobbyist named Colonel Joseph Kyle Rickey. To encourage creativity in reinterpreting this classic drink, the guidelines for the competition were loose. Any base spirit and any type of citrus was allowed and it must be defined by three overarching characteristics: it must be tart, it must have a carbonated element and it must be refreshing.
Grier is the lead bartender at Portland, Oregon’s acclaimed restaurant Metrovino and a co-founder of the beer cocktail event group Brewing Up Cocktails. He edited the 2010 recipe guide Cocktail Collective and is working on a forthcoming book documenting historic and contemporary beer cocktails. He accepts much of the credit and/or blame for popularizing the Bone Luge.
Grier said, “I’ve been attending Tales of the Cocktail® almost every year since I started tending bar and it’s always a fantastic event. Having my cocktail selected as the official drink for 2013 is very exciting and completely unexpected. It was at a Tales seminar in 2008 that I was first introduced to beer cocktails, so it’s fitting that I now get to give one back.”
The judges for the 2013 Official Cocktail competition include Derek Brown, Adam Bernbach and Jeffrey Morgenthaler. Brown travels around the world teaching about great cocktails and spirits, along with why drinking is such an integral part of our culture and values. Bernbach started mixology at a young age and his love for good taste grew with each job he had as teenager to adulthood. In 2010, Proof owner Mark Kuller asked Bernach to also lead the spirits program at his new contemporary Spanish restaurant, Estadio. His cocktail program now complements the restaurant’s contemporary Spanish theme and includes refreshing “Gintonics”, frozen alcoholic “Slushitos,” and inventive takes on Sangria. Morgenthaler is an award-winning bartender, working since 1996 in everything from neighborhood taverns and college nightclubs to fine restaurants and upscale lounges. He currently manages the James Beard Award-nominated bar program at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.
The top three finalists of the 2013 Official Cocktail Competition:
- Jacob Grier of Metrovino in Portland, OR, creator of the Portland Rickey
- Joyce Garrison of W Hotel in Austin, TX, creator of Burro Negro
- Kremour Maloney of Lime Beach Bar in Charleston, Saint Kitts and Nevis, creator of Rickey’s Passion
See below for the recipe for the Portland Rickey, the official cocktail of the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail® festival:
1 1/2 oz Martin Miller’s Gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
4 oz saison or biere de garde style beer
squeezed half of lemon (lemon shell), for garnish
Combine the Martin Miller’s Gin, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, and beer in an ice-filled highball glass. Drop the squeezed half-lemon into the drink. Gently stir.
Squeezed half of lemon, stirred into the drink as a nod to tradition.
Grier will receive $1,250 cash prize and his recipe will be featured throughout Tales of the Cocktail® festival July 17th-21st, 2013. The recipe will also be featured in the Tales of the Cocktail® E-book and in Mutineer Magazine and the Mutineer online publication.
The three finalists’ recipes will be available online at TalesoftheCocktail.com.
About Tales of the Cocktail®
This summer the industry’s most influential bartenders and spirit lovers from around the globe will drink in every ounce of cocktail knowledge and culture at Tales of the Cocktail® 2013. The world’s premier cocktail festival returns to New Orleans with another non-stop schedule of educational seminars, tasting rooms, Spirited Dinners®, Spirited Awards®, competitions and more. We guarantee you won’t leave thirsty at the 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®, July 17-21, 2013. For more information about drinking it in with us this summer, visit TalesoftheCocktail.com.
About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans and beyond. Since it’s founding in 2006 the NOCCPS has supported members of the hospitality industry through programs like the Apprentice Aid Fund, providing financial assistance to former apprentices in times of medical need, the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program and the Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship as well as the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail®.