USBG GQ Voting Mobile Program

Terms and Conditions
USBG GQ Bartender Program

Pricing and Frequency of Program
The user will be charged by your carrier as message and data rates may apply for each alert. Any fees you incur through your use of the Service will be charged each month onto your cellular phone bill. Your cell phone provider may charge tax and standard text message fees for your use of the Service and any help or account related text messages that Bombay Sapphire sends you. Three (3) is the maximum number of messages a user will receive for the USBG GQ Voting program. If the user opts-in to subscription service by texting “SAPPHIRE” to 88704, four (4) is the maximum number of messages Bombay Sapphire will send each month.

Service/Help info
To get help, contact us at nationaloffice@usbg.org. From your mobile phone, you may request our contact information at any time by texting HELP to 88704. To reach us by phone, please call 877-290-6264

Opt In/Opt-Out info.
How to Opt-in: To participate in the USBG GQ Bartender Voting Program, text the letters GQ followed by the number assigned to the bartender to shortcode 88704 for which you want to vote. A confirmation text message will be sent to your phone. To opt-in further communication, reply with the word SAPPHIRE to 88704 to receive the confirmation text message from your mobile phone.

How to Opt-out: To opt-out from our SMS service, you can text “STOP” to 88704 from your mobile phone and we will unsubscribe you from our SMS text messaging service immediately. You will not receive any additional messages and will no longer be charged for the service.

Carriers supported on the program.
The Service is currently available to most wireless carriers in the United States, including Alltel, AT&T Mobility, Boost Mobile, Cellular One, Cincinnati Bell, Cricket, Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Virgin Mobile subscribers. For all of these carriers, our short code number is 88704. Users can use the Service if they have the ability to send and receive text-messages on their cell phones.


A Discounted Group Rate on Health Insurance for our USBG Bartender Members

The USBG is proud to announce that we now offer Health Insurance for our Bartender Members!

For many of our members health insurance may not be included in their individual employment benefits at work. Because the USBG is now in 18 cities and our reach expands from Hawaii to NY we are able to get a great group rate. Plans start as low as $77 per month.

We could not be more excited to announce this added benefit to our members. We have listed the various ways to learn more about our Bartender Benefits below.

Please see the attached USBG Bartender Health Insurance Flyer 2010 that gives an overview of the plans offered as well as some examples of pricing.

Please visit our USBG website for more information.

Or Call Homeland Member Services 866-348-7669

Dear Active USBG Members:
Thank you for voting in this very important election. The following USBG members have been confirmed as your new USBG National Council and they will step into their newly elected positions immediately.

Please take a few moments to congratulate them when you see them next and don’t be afraid to offer up your suggestions and ideas. The future growth of the USBG looks as promising as ever with these professionals at the helm….

National President: DAVID NEPOVE (From the NoCA Chapter)

National Vice President: AARON GREGORY SMITH (From the NoCA Chapter)

National Secretary: BRIDGET ALBERT (From the Chicago Chapter)

National Treasurer: PAUL POSILLICO (From the Las Vegas Chapter)

Your new council will be in office for two years and will lead the way into the future of the USBG. Congratulations to David, Aaron, Bridget and Paul and thank you for your true dedication as long-time volunteers of our organization. We all look forward to your term and all it may bring.

Taste the Tropics Challenge!

Submit your recipe today for the Taste the Tropics Challenge!
For more information please read 2010 FINAL TTC FLYER USBG-WILDCARD-ALL Copy

Or visit www.tastethetropicschallenge.com

Taste the Tropics Live Events with Tony Abou-Ganim
Please join Tony Abou-Ganim as he draws upon his 30 years behind bars and shares his personal perspective into the profession of bartending. This insightful and entertaining presentation will look at the historical beginning of our craft from it’s humble beginnings to present day. Delve into the anatomy of what makes a cocktail a cocktail and better understand what it takes to develop a new creation or twist on a classic. From the Pina Colada to Tony’s own Funky Monkey you are sure to find inspiration into crafting your next great libation!

Taste, smell and savor during the rum tasting part of the training featuring some of Bacardi’s finest rums. It’s sure to be a jam packed 2 hour session!!

Tony Abou-Ganim’s Live Seminar Dates
August 9, 2010 – Los Angeles
August 11, 2010 – Chicago
September 29, 2010 – Miami

Please email jen@thepineapplegroup.net for more live event details!

Hosted by Coco Lopez, Inc., Bacardi USA,
Cardinal Glass Inc, and the USBG.

New York and Las Vegas Mixologists Take Home the Top Prizes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (New York, NY) – August 2010 – At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Milagro Tequila hosted the annual United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Competition. Fifteen bartenders representing USBG Chapters from across the country competed to create the most inspired margarita with Milagro, an evolved tequila renowned for its superior craftsmanship and innovative design. The Judges Choice Award was given to Patricia Richards of Las Vegas while the People’s Choice Award was given to Abigail Gullo of New York City.

This year’s competition, which took place at the Board of Trade house on Friday, July 23rd, was hosted by Milagro Tequila co-founders Daniel Schneeweiss and Moises Guindi, along with Milagro ambassadors Gaston Martinez and Jaime Salas. The event featured a demonstration of agave harvesting by a Jimador straight from the Milagro distillery in Mexico and a special tasting of a Milagro blend created exclusively for the event by Schneeweiss. The tequila, featuring an artisanal blend of Milagro Silver, Milagro Anejo and Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Reposado, was sampled at the event, while competitors were able to take home their own hand numbered, limited edition bottles.

The judges of this year’s USBG competition included Mike Raven, Managing Editor if In the Mix Magazine, David Nepove, Vice President of the USBG, and Schneeweiss. While they selected the “Fiesta Fatale,” created by Richards, as the best margarita of the evening, guests at the event chose the “Margarita de Lavanda,” created by Gullo, as their top pick:

Fiesta Fatale (created by Patricia Richards, Las Vegas)
1½ oz. Milagro Anejo Tequila
¾ oz. Creole Shrubb Liqueur
¼ oz. Passion Fruit Puree
Splash of Agave Nectar
Splash of Lemon Juice
1 oz. Lime Juice
3 Basil Leaves
Pinch of Sea Salt

Freshly squeeze & strain lemon juice and then combine it with equal parts of agave nectar to make an agave sour mix. Set aside. In a mixing glass, muddle the basil leaves with the lime juice. Add the remaining ingredients listed, including the agave sour mix. Shake well with ice to chill and strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Top with 1 ½ oz espuma, a small basil top and several fresh passion fruit seeds.

Margarita de Lavanda (created by Abigail Gullo, New York)
1 ½ oz. Milagro Silver Tequila
¾ oz. Lime Juice
¾ oz. Homemade Lavender Simple Syrup
3 sprigs of mint

Slap the mint to awaken it and put a few leaves in the shaker with the rest of the ingredients. Shake well and serve up in a cocktail glass with a floating sprig of mint.

Overall, the event the event showcased the versatility of the world’s most awarded tequila brand through cocktails created by the nation’s top mixologists. Competitors representing their respective USBG chapters included:

Marcelo Nascimento, Austin, TX
Daniel M de Oliveria, Chicago, IL
Michael Martensen, Dallas, TX
Bryan Dayton, Denver, CO
Kyle Reutner, Hawaii
Patricia Richards, Las Vegas, NV
Rhachel Shaw, Los Angeles, CA
Gabriel Orta, Miami, FL
Mathias Simonis, Milwaukee, WI
Eric Molina, New Orleans, LA
Abigail Gullo, New York, NY
Phoebe Esmon, Philadelphia, PA
Cassandra La Pietra, Phoenix, AZ
Alex Smith, San Francisco, CA
M. Matt Obermark, Jr., St. Louis, MO

The USBG Milagro Tequila Margarita Competition was sponsored by Milagro Tequila, Acqua Panna, Uber Bar Tools, In The Mix Magazine and Perrier.

For Release May 19, 2010 – New Orleans –
Tales of the Cocktail is proud to announce the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) Milagro Tequila Competition at the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail, the premier cocktail and culinary festival that celebrates the history and culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans July 21st– 25th.

The USBG Milagro Tequila Margarita Competition at Tales of the Cocktail will be held at the Board of Trade on Friday, July 23rd starting at 7:30 PM. This year’s cocktail competition will have USBG chapter members from across the country shaken their way to victory as 15 members compete against each other with their original margarita representing each chapter.

“If this year’s competition is anything like the past, you can expect the unexpected…attendees will be delighted by the imagination and ingenuity of the competitors,” said Paul G. Tuennerman, Executive Director and CEO of Tales of the Cocktail.

This years judges include: David Nepove aka Mr. Mojito and Vice President of USBG National, Mike Raven, Managing Editor of In the Mix Magazine, our media partner and Daniel Schneeweiss, Creative Development Chief and Co-Founder of Milagro Tequila.

Tickets are on sale now at the event web site, www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.

This year’s finalists that will be representing their respective USBG chapters competing in the New Orleans are:

Austin, TX
Marcelo Nascimento of Lucky 13 Cocktail Catering

Chicago, IL
Daniel M de Oliveira of Mercadito, Double A and Crimson Lounge

Dallas, TX
Michael Martensen of Cedars Social

Denver, CO
Bryan Dayton of Frasca Food and Wine

Kyle Reutner of Thirty-Nine Hotel

Las Vegas, NV
Patricia Richardson of the Wynn, Las Vegas & Encore

Los Angeles, CA
Rhachel Shaw of Malo Cantina

Miami, FL
Gabriel Orta of the Florida Room

Milwaukee, WI
Mathias Simonis of the Velvet Hour and Soho 7

New Orleans, LA
Eric Molina of the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone

New York, NY
Abigail Gullo of Bar Celona Lounge

Philadelphia, PA
Phoebe Esmon of Chick’s Café and Wine Bar

Phoenix, AZ
Cassandra La Pietra of Roka Akor

San Francisco, CA
Alex Smith of Smuggler’s Cove

St. Louis, MO
M. Matt Obermark, Jr. of the Atomic Cowboy

About Milagro Tequila
Milagro Tequila is an award-winning tequila brand from William Grant & Sons renowned for its superior craftsmanship and modern sophistication. Milagro Tequila was founded by Daniel Schneeweiss and Moises Guindi, two Mexico City residents who met in college and decided to forego their predetermined careers in order to turn their passion for tequila into a business. In 1997, the duo launched Milagro (“miracle” in Spanish), which quickly escalated into one of the world’s leading tequila brands. Milagro Tequila is available in a Super Premium Line, with Silver, Reposado, Añejo varieties, and an Ultra-Premium Select Barrel Reserve line, with its own Silver, Reposado, and Añejo varieties. All Milagro Tequilas are handcrafted in small batches from Estate grown 100% blue agave in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Using clay ovens, Milagro slow roasts the agave six times longer than most competitive brands, and then follows with a complex triple distillation process that results in an exceptional spirit with a smooth taste and superior finish. For more information, please visit http://www.milagrotequila.com

About Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community—award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans and the storied bars and restaurants that have contributed to the city’s world-wide culinary acclaim. This organization supports members of the hospitality industry through education and the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail and, most recently, Trails of the Cocktail, a scholarship program for emerging talent in the New Orleans cocktail industry.

USBG & DonQ Rum MixItUp 2010 Mixology Challenge at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic!
5 Winners Announced!

Brian Matthys, NY
Tony Devencenzi, No CA
Darren West, Las Vegas
Charles Joly, Chicago
Noah Heaney, Denver

Serrallés USA exclusive importers of DonQ, Puerto Rico`s Premium Rum, hosted its “MixItUp 2010 Mixology Challenge” in partnership with the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic May 17th! 15 USBG Finalists from all of the country, representing their USBG chapter, gathered in NY to attend the Classic and compete for a chance to represent the US in Puerto Rico in June!

The 15 Finalists were…Bill Norris, Austin
Dub Davis, Dallas
Charles Joly, Chicago
Noah Heaney, Denver
Kristina Howald, So CA
John Lermayer, Miami
Mathias Simmonis, Milwaukee
Rhiannon Enlil, NOLA
Brian Matthys, NY
Tony Devencenzi, No CA
Nate Selsor, St Louis
Kyle Reutner, Hawaii
Darren West, Las Vegas
Matthew Doerr, Phoenix
Andreas Kaluli, Philadelphia

An esteemed tasting panel sipped and studied each cocktail at Albert Trummer’s Theater Bar Monday night.

Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, Author and Renowned Mixologist

Allen Katz, Director of Mixology & Spirits Education, SWS of NY

Francine Cohen, Publisher/Editor in Chief, Inside F and B

Albert Trummer, NYC Owner Apotheke, Theater Bar

James Menite, NYC Mixologist Porterhouse NY

Peter Vestinos, USBG Technical Judge and Beverage Development Director for the Wirtz Beverage Group

The 5 finalists were selected to compete as the USBG U.S. Drink Team against the Puerto Rico Drink Team at the “MixItUp 2010 Mixology Challenge Finals” in Puerto Rico next month. This international competition will be held at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the Noche de San Juan Festivities. As finalists, the U.S. Drink team will also enjoy exclusive tours of the world-renowned Destilería Serrallés—home to DonQ Rum—and the Serrallés Castle.

Congratulations! And good luck in Puerto Rico!!!