When is the Sonoma Bar Battle?
Due to remodeling that is scheduled to occur at our site venue we have to skip 2018! Thank you for our understanding, we hope to see you back in the Fall of 2019! We appreciate everyone that has made the 11 years of the Sonoma Bar Battle so wonderful and memorable! Thank you to all our participants, patrons, donations, sponsors, along with Beam-Suntory and Gloria Ferrer! Without all of you this would not have been such a great event!
Who hosts the Sonoma Bar Battle?
The Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 111 is the event host
Who provides the spirits used for the competition?
Beam-Suntory is our Title Spirit sponsor, they will be providing everything from Courvoisier VSOP, Maker’s 46, Pinnacle Gin, Cruzan Rum and more!
What are “Tasting Stations”?
International Distilleries will be on hand with National Brand Ambassadors to provide tastes and information about their spirits!
What are the proceeds from the Sonoma Bar Battle used for?
Due to the recent wildland fires that devastated the area, 100% of the proceeds from the Sonoma Bar Battle will go to people affected by the fires! 2017 Wildfires in Sonoma & Napa Counties.
What is the idea behind the Sonoma Bar Battle?
It is modeled after the “Iron Chef” competition, of a “secret ingredient”. Each competing establishment once on stage is given a secret ingredient. With a full bar to work with they have 10 minutes to make a cocktail to be judged by our panel of judges. The winner of each heat will then move onto the final. The winner of the final is named “Sonoma’s Best Bartender”! They receive a plaque to be displayed at their establishment along with a cash prize. Best of all they get the bragging rights for the year!
How does the competition work?
- The stage is stocked with normal bar supplies to make your cocktail
- There are heats, each heat the bartenders have 10 minutes to create their cocktail
- Each team is responsible for making their best cocktail including the secret ingredient
- The cocktail is then given to the panel of “judges” for their rating
- The winner of each heat will then go on to compete in the final round
How many people can be on a team?
You can have a team of up to four people, when on stage you can have 1- 3 people competing and the others will be staffing your booth
What else would a team be responsible for providing?
In addition to personnel you will need to bring a pre-made cocktail from your establishment (enough to serve approx. 700) and appetizers for the dinning room. The patrons attending get to sample your cocktail, they will then “vote” using beads for “Fan Favorite Cocktail”. The winning establishment will get a plaque.
What is this years theme?
The theme is up to you, the participant. We provide you with a 8 foot table, you get to let your imagination run wild and come up with your own theme and decorations. The patrons attending get to “vote” using beads for “Fan Favorite Booth”. The winning establishment will get a plaque. *No open flame/candles, No attaching anything to the walls of the building, unless using painters tape or other non-marking device, No Confetti or Hay Bales (way to messy to clean up at the end of the night)
Will there be food available at the Sonoma Bar Battle?
We ask each participating establishment to bring an appetizer type item to be served. The food is served buffet style in the dinning room, where there are tables available to sit at
Will there be beer available?
Sure! Check back to see who will be pouring at this years event
What if I am the designated driver?
There will be free bottles of water available to all, Coffee available
Will there be entertainment?
But of course!