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Cocktail Wars Newport Features Papa’s Pilar Rum

By August 30, 2023Rhode Island, Top News

Key West, Florida’s Papa’s Pilar Distillery rums were featured in the latest installment of Cocktail Wars Summer Splash, hosted at Newport’s Surf Club on July 16. During the Tiki-themed summer cocktail competition led by Cocktail Wars Newport Founder, Bartender and Historian John Begin, six local bartenders were challenged to create their best summer cocktails featuring Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum and Dark Rum. Competitors Tyson Pianka, Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar; Jack McCarthy, Surf Club; Gabi Oliva, Caleb & Broad; Mateo Marasco, 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille; Kendra Ellsworth, Mother Pizzeria; and Devin Johnson, Midtown Oyster Bar, squared off for judges and spectators, who enjoyed tastes and voted for their favorites. Diane Benedict Coury, Rum Runner, and Jeff Coury, Brand Ambassador, Papa’s Pilar Rum, were in attendance to educate guests and serve as judges, along with Phil Kitchen, Sales Representative, Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, and Zach Sousa, Beverage Director, Inked Restaurant Group. The winners were Tyson Pianka, Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar, and Jack McCarthy, Surf Club. Inspired by the life of Ernest Hemingway, Papa’s Pilar Rum is made in conjunction with Hemingway’s descendants and named both after his nickname, “Papa,” and his boat, Pilar.

Photos by Laura Widness.


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