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June 25, 2009

Wanna be in a bartending contest tonight?

bartenderstyle.JPGNormally, I don't blog about this kind of stuff, but I'll make an exception here because it sounds fun.

Chris Furst of Power Plant Live sent me this e-mail earlier today:

We are in need of a contestant for our Iron Bartender competition tonight. It’s the second round and this week is supposed to consist of bartenders representing Canton. 

Unfortunately due to a family situation, one of our contestants had to drop out last minute. The basic details are this ...


  • Just like the show, each contestant will be given all the basic tools needed (liquors, mixers, etc)
  • Just before the competitions starts, a secret ingredient will be announced
  • Each bartender will have to create one shot, one martini and one mixed drink using the secret ingredient in some way
  • Contestants will have several minutes to prepare, and then 12 minutes to actually produce the drinks
  • Three judges will use crowd reaction/showmanship, creativity and taste in deciding a winner for this round
  • The winner will go on to the finals to face the other 3 round winners to win $2,000 cash.
Interested bartenders can contact me at


(Baltimore Sun photo of bartender Chris Andrews at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. from 1997)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:55 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Sounds liks I'm the fill in. Thanks for the tip Sam! Should be a fun evening.

Apparently John from Bad Decisions is the late entry!

Yes, John is the man! Thanks Sam and good luck to John who will be facing bartenders from Bartenders and Mamas on the Half Shell tonight!

So? How'd it go? We're all so anxious to hear about how just having the Bad Decisions energy in the room healed everyone's cancer and restored youth to the old. :-)

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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