Photos by Joe Kline / The Bulletin
Six Central Oregon bartenders, including Astro Lounge bartender Ryan Collinsworth, above, went head-to-head Saturday night at WinterFest in the Old Mill District, mixing up their most creative cocktails in the “Bartender’s Brawl."
Bendistillery provided bottles of its Crater Lake Gin and various flavored vodkas, while contestants brought their own glassware, syrups, garnishes and other ingredients to put on a show in a tent packed with spectators. Bartenders from the D & D Bar & Grill, Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill, 900 Wall, Joolz, and the Pine Tavern were also represented Saturday night.
A panel of four judges declared John Souza of 900 Wall and his orange and juniper flavored “Ginepro," at left, the winner. Along with the bragging rights, Souza won a trip to the 2013 Whiskies of the World Expo in San Francisco in April.