Long warm days are upon us once again and we have so much in the pipeline for this spring and summer at the Keefer Bar its hard to contain our excitement! Our spring signature rollout has produced a few new Keefer classics that will no doubt continue to be flowing well into the summer. The Sazerac Sour is featured in this weeks Vancouver Eater “18 Best Spring cocktails in Vancouver” and has proved itself to be a crowd favourite, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, lemon and a house Peychauds syrup that is finished with an aromatic dousing of new arrival, St Georges Absinthe. Others not to miss are the Spiced Gimeretto (Gin, Tequila, lime, sugar, horseradish, black pepper bitters) Kombucha Collins (Beefeater Gin, lemon, long life syrup, 05 Tea Kombucha) and the Thai Pisco Sour (Pisco, lemon, Thai coconut tea). All original Keefer cocktails and all flying across the bar till summer is in!
We are excited to announce the return of arguably one of the most exciting bartending competitions on the circuit right now. The Barate Kid Invitational returns to the Keefer bar on Monday the 19th of May at 5pm. The lineup that has been assembled for this years title is nothing short of astonishing. Old guards and some of the founders of Vancouvers cocktail scene take on the fresh blood of the industry in what is set to be a highlight of the competition calendar for 2014. The way this event works is very simple; 2 Bartenders at a time, both are presented with the same classic drinks to make (1st round – 3 drinks, 2nd – 4, 3rd – 5 and final round competitors must make 7 cocktails, all under time restraints). Bartenders are judged the winner or loser of 3 categories; style, speed and quality of drinks. Winner of each round progresses. This is a face paced, high pressure competition with $1000 of cold hard cash on the line for the winner! The competitors are as follows;
Josh Pape – Wildebeest/The Diamond (2012 winner)
Dani Tatarin – The Keefer Bar (2013 Runner up)
Evelyn Chick – Blue Water Cafe
Steve Da Cruz – The Parker
Gez McAlpine – The Keefer Bar (2012 runner up)
Grant Sceney – Fairmont Pacific Rim
Nick Devine – Cascade Room
Shaun Layton – La’bbatoir
Thor Paulson – Wildebeest
Ben Champlain – (2013 winner)
Cooper Tardivel – Hawksworth
Jay Brown – Calabash
Robyn Gray – Hotel Georgia
Jacob Sweetapple – Absolut Vodka
H – Nutoro
JS Dupuis – Homer St Cafe
Our Judges for the afternoons proceedings will be Vancouver cocktail guru David Wolowidnyk, Corby’s National Account Manager and all round Gentleman, Mr Casey Mackay, We are Very excited to announce that our 3rd and Final judge is none other than International cocktail industry legend and the owner of Canon Whiskey and Bitters emporium in Seattle – Mr Jamie Boudreau. Tough Judges for tough competition!
The best part is that all the cocktails made at this event will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Aprons For Gloves Boxing tournament fundraiser for the East Side boxing gym, who do great work with underprivileged youth in the downtown east side area, so come on down Monday evening and support Vancouver’s bar tending talent and the Aprons For Gloves cause.
Tuesday the 13th of May is World Cocktail Day! The anniversary of the first written definition of the word cocktail in the The Balance and Columbian Repository, May 13th 1806, and now the day we fill our boots with all things boozy and bittered and celebrate this most important part of our culture. This year the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA) will be hosting the only party of its kind in town. With support from Maker Mark, brown, stirred, and bitter libations will flow until the small hours of Wednesday morning with plenty of drink specials and ways to celebrate the cocktail that you wouldn’t have ever imagined. Official ceremonies (drinking) begins at 7pm with our very own Alex Maher performing from 9:30pm-late.