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April 30, 2019

Ames Bartender Named Iowa’s Next Top Mixologist

April 30, 2019
Des Moines, IA – Friday, April 26, 2019 – Ninetop mixologists from across Iowa were invited to compete at the Iowa Restaurant Association’s State Mixology Championships held April 25that Smash Park in West Des Moines. Ames Mixologist Ryan Jeffrey from Arcadia Cafe was named this year’s champion.Competitors created three cocktails for a panel of judges during the day and were judged on taste, appearance, overall creativity and personality. In the evening the public was invited to sample and vote their favorite. Jeffrey’s Ruby Yacht Cocktail, a smooth mix of grapefruit & rose vodka with blood orange juice and pomegranate molasses, gave him the edge over his competitors as he poured his way to the winner’s circle. Runner-up Steve Kotsianis from Jethros in Des Moines also impressed judges with his Breakfast at Bardstown, a surprising mix which was served with a waffle and candied bacon. Brandon Skinner from Uptown Food & Beverage Co., in Ankeny, won the People’s Choice Award with his signature cocktail Mint Condition. “The talent, innovation and flavor profiles presented by Iowa’s mixology contenders impressed the judges and public,” said Director of Marketing and Association Development for the IRA, Stacy Kluesner.“It is a great season to go out and explore Iowa’s mixology scene.” The competition featured spirits from Sazerac and Diageo.   Competing Restaurants/Bars: Jake Humburg-Whiskey House, Ankeny Carl Busch-7 Hills Brewing Company, Dubuque Darian Everding-London Underground, Ames Steve Kotsianis-Jethro’s Bacon Bacon, West Des Moines Chase Lihs-Splash Seafood Bar & Grill, Des Moines Ryan Jeffrey-Arcadia Café, Ames Brandon Skinner-Uptown Food & Beverage Co., Ankeny Tanner Nygard-Smash Park, West Des Moines Jon Sladek-St. Burch Tavern, Iowa City ### Iowa Restaurant Association The Iowa Restaurant Association is an advocacy organization supporting Iowa’s industry with educational and promotional programs across the state. Media Contact: Josephine Jensen Public Relations Specialist Iowa Restaurant Association 515-276-1454  

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