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

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