The Search for Heaven Hill Brands, 2019 “Bartender of the Year” Begins NOW!

— September 17, 2018

Winner will receive $15,000 at finals Half Mile Farm in North Carolina

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Brands and are searching for the 2019 Bartender of the Year. The event welcomes bartenders from across the United States to join the Heaven Hill family through online submissions, regional semifinals and the crowning of the Bartender of the Year in June 2019 at the picturesque Half Mile Farm in Highlands, North Carolina.

Bartenders will be challenged to demonstrate a variety of cocktail skills including the use of Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur, Elijah Craig Small Batch, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky. Commencing the fourth year in hosting the Bartender of the Year competition, the level of entrants continues to expand and diversify, as well as the portfolio of brands used in the competition. New additions to the featured brands include Dubonnet Rouge Grand Aperitif, Sacred Bond Brandy and Lunazul Tequila.

The 2019 Bartender of the Year contest will identify the bartender who best embodies the range of qualities to which all bartenders aspire to be, as Harrison Ginsberg of The Dead Rabbit in New York City expertly showcased throughout each round of the competition to be named the 2018 Bartender of the Year. From service to history and skills to quality preparation, the 2019 Bartender of the Year will be a celebrated example of what it means to be a hospitality professional behind the bar.

“Cocktail culture has revolutionized the distilled spirits industry due in part to the level of craft and expertise demonstrated by the highest level of bartenders,” said Kate S. Latts, Vice President, Marketing for Heaven Hill Brands. “We are excited to include more of our diverse portfolio in the 2019 featured brands lineup as we continue to identify the top talent within the ranks of hospitality professionals. As the Heaven Hill family continues to grow, we look forward to supporting each contestant as they raise the bar for creativity and passion within the craft.”

Heaven Hill Brands and will identify candidates for Bartender of the Year first by online submissions beginning September 15 and continuing through October 31. Submissions will be evaluated throughout November by the three returning national judges: Heaven Hill National Brand Educator Lynn House, Bar Manager of Clyde Common & Pépé Le Moko Jeffrey Morgenthaler, and Owner/Bartender of Pouring Ribbons Joaquín Simó. Eight regional competitions will be held in the following cities from January-April 2019: San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, New York City, Miami. Six semifinalists will compete at each regional and one from each will advance to the finals at Half Mile Farm.

Submissions for the contest opened at on September 15, 2018. Guest judges joining for the regional semifinals will be announced throughout the duration of the contest. Ginsberg will also return as a judge for the finals.

Grounded in the original Bartender of the Year Competition hosted by Domaine de Canton starting in 2009, Heaven Hill Brands resurrected the competition due to strong demand from bartenders worldwide. Ginsberg joined an impressive rank of past champions, including Nathan O’Neill from the Nomad Bar in New York City who was named Bartender of the Year in 2017, and Abigail Gullo of Compere Lapin in New Orleans who won the inaugural competition in 2016. Visit the official competition website at for complete competition details.

About Heaven Hill Brands 
Founded in 1935, Bardstown, KY-based Heaven Hill Brands ( is the nation’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. Heaven Hill’s diversified portfolio of brands includes Evan Williams Bourbon; Larceny, Elijah Craig and Henry McKenna Bourbons; Rittenhouse Rye Whisky; Burnett’s Vodkas and Gin; Admiral Nelson’s and Blackheart Rums; HPNOTIQ Liqueur; The Christian Brothers Brandies; PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur; Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur; Lunazul Tequila and Carolan’s Irish Cream Liqueur.

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.” 


Lauren Cherry
Heaven Hill Brands
(502) 413-0217

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