Jigger, Beaker, Glass Tour

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Photography by: Images from Jigger Beaker Glass, Manchester, by Dan Malpass

REGISTER HERE for the next event, 4th October in London - this is a special London Cocktail Week edition with a limited number of places, so don't delay.

Inspired by Charles H Baker's 1939 inspirational travel book and world drinks guide, in April (2017) Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) kicked off its year-long UK tour of industry workshops and seminars celebrating the latest in drinks innovation.

Their aim is to educate and share knowledge and ideas in an entertaining way, just as Baker did in his seminal tomb, Around The World With Jigger, Beaker and Flask, in which he writes:

"Between these covers is first fruit of twenty-one years of international field work in club, hotel and private society around much of the known world." "You'll find them all here, all the famous ones, and more besides that are now accepted and granted brief through long local usage and tradition. Here are the Raffles Gin Sling from far off Singapore, Seaholm and Gerber's Tiger's Milk from the historic Wogons-Lits in the Peking Legation Quarter. The proven Gimlet of India and South China the unpredictable Balloon Cocktail from Calcutta's smartest restaurant named Firpo's; the truly magnificent Million Dollar as mixed by the genius Saito at the Imperial in Tokyo; the impeccable Gin Fizz Spécial of Aziz Effendi, monitor of the one and only Winter Palace at Loucqsor, in Egypt - yes, all these are here."

"All of these are here, and many many more of varying size and type together with authentic ways of manufacturing bitters, syrups, stone bottle ginger beers, which have been well proven by tests of time and peoples."

It's a compelling offering and a great read. BBFB are set to bring Charles H Baker's book to life with modern content as 11 of the industry's most thought-provoking leaders takeover some of the UK's most prestigious bars to share their wealth of experience and knowledge to an audience that could include you.

The Jigger, Beaker, Glass Tour kicked off in Birmingham, followed by stops in Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Brighton and Liverpool (watch our video with highlights from the Manchester event). The next event is in London during London Cocktail Week, on 4th October.

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Jigger, Beaker, Glass - London - London Cocktail Week edition

REGISTER HERE for the next event, 4th October in London - this is a special London Cocktail Week edition with a limited number of places, so don't delay.

Session one: Jigger: A test of skills, with Remy Savage
Remy is the Head Bartender at Little Red Door in Paris and creative driving force behind the development of the venues' 'Evocative' and 'Applied Architecture' menus, which he will be discussing in detail.

Session two: Beaker: A measure of success, with Chris Hysted-Adams
For a bar that's 15 years old, Chris has worked at Black Pearl, Melbourne for nearly 10 of those. The bar recently took home the top honours of 'Best International Cocktail Bar' at the 2017 Spirited Awards. Chris will share his experience of what it took to get there.

Session three: Glass: A showcase of drinks, with Luke Whearty
Luke has been leading avant-garde drinks innovation for much of his bartending career, working at Der Raum, Tippling Club and now as owner/bartender of the internationally renowned Operation Dagger Singapore. He will be discussing and presenting a selection of his most iconic and imaginative cocktails.

The rest of the schedule, venues & speakers

21st November - Edinburgh with Erik Lorincz
23rd & 24th January 2018 - 2 Greater London venues with Venning Brothers
13th February - Bristol with Davide Segat

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The guest speakers

Iain Griffiths

Co-Creator of Mr Lyan, White Lyan and Dandelyan, founder of Trash Tiki, Spirited Awards nominee & Bacardi Legacy Global finalist

JJ Goodman + Aaron Wall

Founder of London Cocktail Club, opening eight independent bars in nine years. Winner of BBC's The Restaurant, and Sunday Morning Brunch guest.

Davide Segat

Manager of The Punch Room at The Edition Hotel, Spirited Awards nominee. Previously of The Connaught and Green+Red. A global leader of the punch revival.

Elliot Ball + Olly Brading

Along with Andy Mil, Elliot and Olly are co-founders of The Cocktail Trading Company, shortlisted for Best New Bar at Tale's Spirited Awards and renowned for their creative serves.

Marcis Dzelzainis

Former operations for 69 Colebrooke Row, The Drinks Factory, GM of Dandelyan (World's Best New Cocktail Bar 2015) and now residing behind the bar at Sager and Wilde in London's Bethnal Green.

Marian Beke

Previous head bartender of Nightjar, now owner and creative director of Gibson, Spirited Awards winner and 6th Best Bar in The World.

Erik Lorincz

The 7th head bartender of The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel. Spirited Awards Bartender of The Year 2011, World Class Global Winner 2010.

Max + Noel Venning

After honing their skills in bars such as Crazy Pedro's and 69 Colebrook Road, the Venning brothers opened Three Sheets in 2016 to critical aclaim.

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