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Congratulations to Our Competing Bars

Hanks Oyster Bar
Dupont Circle
1624 Q Street NW
Washington DC, 2009
Bartender: Eve Maier
Hours: M/T, 11:30-3, 5:30-10; W-F, 11:30-3, 5:30-11; S, 11-3; 5:30-11; Sun 11-3, 5:30-10

Atlas Arcade
1236 H Street, NE
Washington DC 20002
Bartender: Christy Goodman
Hours: T-Th, 7-12:30; F, 7-2:30; S, 3-2:30; Sun, 7-12:30, closed Mon

Chez Billy: Petworth
3815 Georgia Avenue
Washington, DC 20011
Mia Waddell
Hours: T-S, 5:30-10; Sun 11-3 and 5:30-9, closed Mon

Church & State
1236 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Bartender: Tamarah Taylor
Hours: T- Th, 7-12; F & S, 7-2, closed Sun, Mon

The Gibson
2009 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Bartender Andrea Tateosian
Hours: Open Daily at 6

1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
Bartender: Tania Morgan
Hours: M-Th, 5:30-12; F & S, 5:30-Close; Sun, 5-12

Published: March 11, 2015

The Pure and Simple, Back to Basics, Rocking Cocktail Competition

The Mission: We love locally hand-crafted, garden to glass cocktails. So we set on a mission to change DC’s thinking and drinking habits, by getting back to the basics, pure and simple. We believe every element of every cocktail should simply be fantastic. Go ahead and get inspired by Bloomery’s all natural garden to glass, farm-fresh liqueurs, along with fresh juices, high quality sodas, homemade syrups or whatever else your imagination thinks is pure wholesome goodness!

Your Assignment: Hand-craft an original cocktail using any Bloomery SweetShine flavor. If you are one of the three favorites — as selected by our awesome panel of judges — you will move onto the grand finale on Tuesday, March 24 at the Board Room.

The Reward: If you win THE SweetShine ShakeDown Grand Finale Competition you will have instant bragging rights as the first bartender inducted into the Hooch Hall of Fame™, win a really funky trophy, among other cool prizes, and your cocktail will be featured in Bloomery’s ‘Shine On Newsletter and social media outlets reaching over 5,000 local fans! AND your favorite local charity will be rewarded with $1000! Hey, it doesn’t get any better than that!

The How To: So go on now, sign up, get back to the basics, and start shaking some cool, hand-crafted, farm-fresh cocktails!

Published: February 3, 2015

Judge AJ Dronkers, Digital Editor, edibleDC

AJ Dronkers
AJ Dronkers is the Digital Editor of edibleDC. Published quarterly in time with the seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter), edibleDC focuses on the farmers, growers, fishers, home cooks, chefs and others who energize our culinary community. Their mission is to nourish, support, educate and celebrate the growing local food community within and surrounding Washington, D.C.

Published: February 3, 2015

Judge Chad Spangler, Washington Post Express’ Best Bartender, 2012

Chad Spangler
Chad Spangler, Washington Post Express’ Best Bartender of 2012 and Bombay Sapphire/GQ DC Regional Most Imaginative Bartender 2013, runs the Opium Den at Chaplin’s Restaurant on 9th & P NW. He is Director of Operations of The Menehune Group, a beverage consulting company with Glendon Hartley, Kevin Rogers, and JP Caceres. Chad is also co-founder of Closed Sessions, a music production & events group. Graduating from GWU in 2011 with a degree in Finance, Chad began his career with Founding Farmers/Farmers Restaurant group with whom he was employed for just under 5 years.

Published: February 1, 2015

Mystery Judge, Resident Mixologist, Far and Wide

Ruby Red S Murphy

Originally hailing from the hills of Wild Wonderful West Virginia, our Mystery Judge began her adventures in mixology at the Morgantown Brewing Company, where she tended bar while studying Chemistry at West Virginia University. It was during her tenure at MBC that she earned her reputation as the resident “flavor fiend” by creating and experimenting with fresh fruits and herbs and house infusions.  Her garden-to-glass creations, as well as a vast working knowledge of craft beers and traditional cocktails cemented her spot in the mixology scene. One of her creations landed the title of the 14th best cocktail in America in 2014 in Las Vegas.

Published: February 1, 2015

Competition Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 19, 6-8:30 pm
• Kick-off announcement of the SweetShine ShakeDown Cocktail Competition at “Edible DC Drinks Invitational

Thursday, Feb. 19-Tuesday, March 3, 1 pm

Tuesday, March 3, 2-4pm
Batch 13, 1724 14th Street Northwest
• Pick up SweetShine and promotional materials. Walk-in registration.

Tuesday, March 10, 4 pm
• Final date to submit cocktail recipes online

Thursday, March 12-Friday, March 20, 2 pm
• Competition with first round of judging. For this week, bars will feature the SweetShine ShakeDown cocktails, menus and promotional materials. Judges will pop-in, unannounced.

Friday, March 20, 6 pm
•Top three finalists announced.

Tuesday, March 24, 7-9:30 pm
Board Room, 1737 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
• Final competition round with the top three finalists. PARTY!

Published: January 20, 2015

Terms and Conditions

We love pure and simple, so here they are:
• For the duration of the first round competition (through March 20) participating bars must stock the SweetShine flavors used in their cocktail entries. Bloomery SweetShine will provide the first 6 bottles.
• Official SweetShine ShakeDown menus must be displayed for the duration of the first round competition (through March 20). If the menus are not displayed you will not be judged, and you forfeit the competition.
• Participating bars agree to send a representative* of their choice to represent them in the live Grand Finale round to be held on Tuesday, March 24, 7-9:30 pm at Board Room. The top three bars from round one will advance to this round.
          *representative must be a current employee.
• Participating bars agree to like and share SweetShine ShakeDown social media posts. Bloomery SweetShine will reciprocate.

Published: January 20, 2015

Competition Rules

1. Maximum of 15 participating DC bars or bar/restaurants
2. Bars or bar/restaurants must be located within Washington, DC city limits.
3. Bars must register to compete by 4 pm on Tuesday, March 3.
4. Registration fees (and funds donated by bars beyond their registration fee) will be matched by Bloomery Plantation Distillery up to $500 and will be donated to DC Central Kitchen at the end of the registration event.
5. Each bar can submit up to 3 cocktails to be judged.
6. Participating bars must submit cocktail recipes online by 4 pm on Tuesday, March 10.
7. Recipes must contain no more than 5 ingredients, plus garnish, and must contain at least one flavor of SweetShine.
8. Each bar offers their cocktail submissions to the public as drink specials, priced at their discretion, during the competition (March 12-20).
9. In order to be judged, participating bars must display official SweetShine ShakeDown menus for the duration of the first round competition (through March 20).
10. Participating bars must stock their featured SweetShine flavors for the duration of the first round competition (through March 20). Bloomery SweetShine will provide the first 6 bottles.
11. Participating bars agree to send a representative* of their choice to compete in the live grand finale round on Tuesday, March 24, 7-9:30 pm at Board Room,1737 Connecticut Avenue Northwest. The grand finale is a final round of judging of the three finalists using a surprise basket of liquor ingredients in front of a public audience and guests.
*representative must be a current employee.
12. The charity chosen by the winning bar must be a registered 501(c)3. Bloomery Plantation Distillery will present the charity with a $1000 donation at the grand finale round as part of the winning bar’s prize package.

Published: January 20, 2015

Judging Criteria

• Each cocktail will be graded on a scale of 1-10, with 10 points being the best.
• Each cocktail will be judged on its presentation, taste, fresh ingredients and creativity for an overall score.
• Three bars with the most total points for one of their cocktails advance to the Grand Finale round.
• Ties in scoring will be broken at the judge’s discretion based upon the four criteria, consideration of the average consumer’s overall pleasure of indulging in the specific cocktails involved in the tie, and which cocktail best matches the competition theme of “Pure and Simple. Back to Basics.”

Published: January 19, 2015

Chocolate Raspberry

Devilishly Daring

Devilishly Daring

Color: Milk Chocolate
Bouquet: Ripe Raspberry. Dark Chocolate. Vanilla.
Taste: Slightly thick and creamy. Decadent. Smooth.
Pairings: Vodka. Rum. Tequila. Dark Beers.
Coffee. Whipped Cream. Coconut. Walnut. Caramel. Marshmallow. Berries. Mint. Orange.

Published: January 20, 2014