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Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender

2019 Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender Competition

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, CENTER STAGE

Are you smoky or are you smooth? Hip Sip’s Battle of the Modern Bartender returns with a twist featuring a Tequila and Mezcal Showdown! The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and the Mixology Master Method are looking for the best bartender in the region who has the best cocktail Tequila or Mezcal cocktail. Is it YOU?

Bartenders will be judged on creativity, use of product, taste, presentation, and flair. Chosen finalists will battle in this fun and exciting competition on Center Stage for the chance to win $1,000, bragging rights, a Q&A with photo in the September 2019 issue of Bar Business Magazine, and a commemorative, glass plaque of the featured article.

Don’t hesitate and get ready to shake it up and showcase your best Twist on the Tequila Sunrise, Margarita, Old Fashioned, La Paloma, or showcase your creative skills with your unique Smoky, Spicy, and Savory cocktail. This is your chance to win! 



Meet the 2019 Hip Sip Competitors

Arnie DaRican Bartender,
The Cellar Beverly Hills 
Presenting Aqardiente,
AKA Fire Water 

Featuring Yola Mezcal
*2018 Hip Sip Winner

Ash Lewis,
Beverage Consultant &
Cocktail Creator in Las Vegas
Presenting Poetic Codex
Featuring Yola Mezcal 

Brooklynn Jaye Shofner, 
Fat Dog North Hollywood
Presenting La Diosa Rosa 
Featuring VIVA XXXII Reposado Tequila 

Hudson Sanders, 
H (Hospital) Club Los Angeles
Presenting El Don
Featuring Yola Mezcal

Eric Summers, Globe Theater 
Presenting Smoked Stacy
Featuring VIVA XXXII Tequila

Edder Garcia, Lost Property Bar 
Presenting La Bruja 
Featuring VIVA XXXII Joven Tequila 

Tanner Weston, Lost Property Bar 
Presenting Wolf of Wall Street 
Featuring VIVA XXXII Reposado Tequila

Meet the Emcees

Martin Cole, "The British Bartender", The Mixology Master Method

Jeremy Lake, "Award-Winning Mixologist", The Mixology Master Method

Meet The Judges

Rob Floyd, RX Liquid Chef, Sip Boldly & Bar Rescue

Mia Mastroianni, Celebrity Mixologist,
Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue

Bricia Lopez 
Co-proprietor of James Beard Award Winning Restaurant, Guelaguetza
Co-Founder, I Love Micheladas

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Award winning and handcrafted in the city of Tequila, Mexico, all three VIVA XXXII are sustainably made from 100% organic, handpicked blue agave. 

The Joven presents an Agave-Forward Aroma, the flavor features notes of lemon peel, white pepper, and yerba buena. The taste is crisp and clean, with a medium-to-long finish. 

The Reposado presents aromas that are Agave-Forward with vanilla and caramel. A hint of toasted nuts lend a crisp, buttery balance. A medium finish of vanilla and floral notes create a well-rounded, refined and delicate taste.

Extra AÑEJO is rested for a minimum of 3 years in American oak barrels, giving it a dark amber color. Brings forth fruit notes with hints of caramel, sandalwood, and honey on the plate, giving it a full body with an exceptional smooth finish. 





Yola Mezcal is handcrafted and distilled 
on our namesake farm using a recipe
passed down by Yola's grandfather. 


Run by women and bottled by women.
We are dedicated to promoting the economic independence of women across borders. 

Tasting Notes: Ripe Fruit, Pepper, Citrus Flowers, Soft Smoke.


Slices of: Star Anise, Bright Stone, Pineapple Sage & Mamey Zapote 

45% ABV | Espadin | Madre-Cuixe | Slow Cooked | Aged in Glass | Sulfate-Free 


Drink Arte juices are 100% fresh squeezed citrus juices with no additives or preservatives. They are designed for bartenders who take pride in creating amazing cocktails. No more labour, no more juice mess. Choices include: Lemon, Lime, and Orange. Should competing bartenders wish to use this product as part of their recipe this will be supplied at the competition. Please reference in your drink submission if you will be using. 


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