Twin River Casino hosted five of six weeks of competition, as of press time, for the 2014 Iron ‘Tender Bar War Challenge at its Lighthouse Bar. Twin River Casino, Gruppo Campari, Bacardi USA, Heineken USA, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Lucas Bols, Deep Eddy Handmade Spirits, and United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Rhode Island sponsored the event, which began on April 7 and ran through May 12, 2014. Bartending talent from Rhode Island, Connecticut and Boston, including Johnson & Wales University, faced a judging panel and a different spirit each week. The contestants were scored on categories such as drink name, balance, simplicity, presentation, aroma, taste, originality, delivery and overall impression of cocktail. Prizes were awarded to the first and second place winners each week, as well as the team with the largest fan base. The winner was chosen May 19, 2014; photos and story forthcoming.
Photos by Chris Almeida.