Cochon 555 Punch King title served up at Ace
On a booze-filled Sunday afternoon at Ace, ten of the top bartenders in the country -- Josh Wortman of Anejo NYC; Trip Sandifer of The Spence in Atlanta; Dustin Hoeft of Modis in Breck; Adam Fortuna of Artusi in Seattle; Kevin Mabry of JM Curley in Boston; Daniel Godinez and Andrew Meltzer of 15 Romolo in San Francisco; Allegra Angelo of Swine Southern Table and Bar in Miami; Christina DeLucca of the Drawing Room in Chicago; Josh Goldman of the Soigné Group in LA; and James Vickers of Williams & Graham here in Denver -- duked it out for the Punch King Crown, competing for honor, a pair of one-of-a-kind boxing gloves, and a trip to the Aspen FOOD & WINE Classic with Cochon 555.
All photos by Kate Gibbons
The first-ever Punch Kings Competition was put on by Cochon 555 and the team at Breckenridge Distillery as a way of celebrating the barkeeps who complement the philosophy (and flavor) of heritage pork and keep the pork-driven rapture rolling. Each bartender created a punch for the event, and the consumption of ten punches in under an hour had the judges in a state of euphoria -- but after a careful deliberation period, Josh Goldman walked away with the Punch King title.
Keep reading for photos of the creative concoctions that packed plenty of...punch.
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-Pig porn from Cochon 555, aka the Super Bowl of Swine
Kate Gibbons Judges Randy Layman and Brandon Biederman of Ace. Kate Gibbons The competition cocktail lineup. Kate Gibbons The winning cocktail, complete with blackberry and sage. Kate Gibbons The coveted Punch King winner's gloves. Kate Gibbons Winner Josh Goldman, from L.A.'s Soigné Group.