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The Annual Bar Fight Club at the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Its Seven Finalists

New York, NY (May 21, 2015) — The 86 Company (“The 86 Co.”) & Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal are very excited to announce the outstanding final seven bar teams competing in this year’s annual cocktail battle — Bar Fight Club at Tales of The Cocktail®. Each of the prestigious bars selected are world-class cocktail havens with exceptionally talented bar teams that constantly strive to push cocktail culture forward. Where many cocktail competitions are bartender vs. bartender, Bar Fight Club pits bar against bar to face off not only with drinks but also on ambiance, service and style. Taking place Thursday, July 16th at Generations Hall in New Orleans, these bar teams will be coming in from around the country, and for the first time in Bar Fight Club history, around the world as well, to duke it out in a spirited battle and claim the ultimate bar bragging rights. In a year of unprecedented interest from highly regarded bars across the globe, the final seven participants were determined from a group of thirty supremely qualified semifinalists.


  • ABV – San Francisco, CA, USA
  • The Aviary – Chicago, IL, USA
  • Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
  • Candelaria – Paris, France
  • Extra Fancy – Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Pastry War – Houston, TX, USA
  • White Lyan – London, UK

The rules are simple – there are none! Each participating team will create a pop-up version of their bar at the event and mix up unique and standout cocktails featuring the spirits of The 86 Company’s portfolio – Fords Gin, Caña Brava Rum, Aylesbury Duck Vodka & Tequila Cabeza – as well as those from Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal - VIDA, Chichicapa, Minero, San Luis del Rio, Santo Domingo Albarradas & Crema de Mezcal.

“We couldn't be happier to once again be a part of the Tales of the Cocktail® Bar Fight Club along with Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal,” said The 86 Co. co-founder Simon Ford. “Each of the final bar teams selected are successful, innovative and at the top of their game. We’re very excited to see the drinks they come up with and which bar is really going to take their cocktail game to the next level. We have no doubt that this night will be one of the biggest ones on the Tales calendar and are thrilled & honored to be back again!”

Along with Ford, the expert panel of judges will consist of some of the most influential people in our craft, including Steve Olson, Tony Abou-Ganim, Jackson Cannon, John Gertsen, Jim Meehan, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Eric Alperin, Erik Lorincz, Bridget Albert, Misty Kalkofen, Charles Joly, and Julie Reiner. The winners will be chosen based on a range of criteria covering cocktail making & presentation with bonus points awarded to the teams who make the most noise to keep the crowd raging all night long. Also up for grabs will be a prize for People’s Choice, chosen by the Bar Fight Club crowd that night.

There is no doubt that as one of the most anticipated cocktail competitions for Tales of the Cocktail® festival participants, this year’s Bar Fight Club is sure to blow folks away. Get your shakers up and be ready for The 86 Co. and Del Maguey to turn up the heat once again at one of the hottest cocktail events of 2015.


About The 86 Company:

Launched in late 2012, The 86 Co. was created for and inspired by the bartending community. The company’s four distinctive spirits, Fords Gin, Cana Brava Rum, Aylesbury Duck Vodka and Tequila Cabeza are produced by some of the best distillers and distilleries from around the globe with the goal of making versatile & approachable full-bodied spirits, ideal for mixing. Each product comes in an ergonomic bottle designed by and for bartenders, making it the go-to portfolio for any bar, restaurant or at home entertainer.

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About Del Maguey: Through deep cultural relationships with Zapotec Mexican Indian producers in the remote villages of Oaxaca, Mexico, Del Maguey practices ancient, original organic processes. Using strictly natural, rustic and pure processes over five hundred years old, the village palenquero (maker) captures the true body and spirit of mezcal with only two ingredients: the heart of the maguey (agave), and 10% pure water added only to the fermentation.

About Tales of the Cocktail®: The Spirits Are Calling. Will you answer? They’re calling you to New Orleans for five days of seminars, tastings, product launches, competitions, networking events and so much more at the world's premier professional cocktail event. By just being a part of this spirited gathering you’ll help your fellow cocktail professionals around the world. Funds from Tales of the Cocktail® are invested back into the industry through scholarships, tuition reimbursements, training programs and financial aid. So join us as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.

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