Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co.’s Loyal 9 Vodka was the showcased spirits base for a winter festival Espresso Martini Contest held at Bar and Board Bistro on February 19. Area bartenders – including Alex Brandarez from Surf Club, Vincent Xavier Gunn from Johnson & Wales, Johnathan Edgell from Buskers Pub & Restaurant, Adrienne Nicole Rubin from Independent Catering, Melissa Meier from Bar ’Cino and Charlie Bullis from Bar and Board Bistro – showcased their best craft work with a judging panel and a crowd favorite vote to choose the top martini cocktail. The winning bartender was Adrienne Nicole Rubin with her cocktail, the Chaispresso Martini. The runner-up was Melissa Meier. Guests were encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for Newport’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, a central service provider for at-risk individuals, families and seniors. An independent nonprofit, the MLK Community Center fights hunger, promotes health, educates young and school-age kids, supports families, and engages seniors.
Photos by Laura Widness.