(May 9, 2017 – Tampa, Fla.) – Creative Loafing’s craft cocktail competition, HighBall, is back for another round of tipsy fun on Thursday, May 11th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Rialto Theatre (1617 N. Franklin St. in Tampa).
HighBall Another Round highlights four local Tampa Bay area distilleries and spirits: Kozuba & Sons Distillery’s Mr. Rye Whisky will be the featured whisky; Florida Cane Distillery’s Tamiami Gin the featured gin; Drum Circle Distilling’s Siesta Key Rum the featured rum; and Florida Cane Distillery’s Florida Cane Vodka the featured vodka. Four bartenders will compete in each liquor category—whisky, gin, vodka, rum—for a total of 16 bartenders. There will be winners for Best Whisky, Best Gin, Best Vodka, and Best Rum Cocktails, in addition to overall Best Overall Cocktail.
Not to mention, Creative Loafing (CL) will be celebrating the release of their Summer Guide Issue – in print and online on May 11th – and the winning cocktail will be featured at Creative Loafing’s annual Best of the Bay Awards Party in September.
A portion of proceeds will benefit Ybor City Museum Society.
Competing with Siesta Key Rum
Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber | Matthew Moscato
Buya Ramen | Ryan Pines
Ichicoro Ramen | Jessica Wohlers
Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge | Scott Wenger
Competing with Kozuba & Sons Mr. Rye Whisky
Casey’s Craft Bar Kitchen | Dylan Clements
Castile Restaurant | Robby Rosello
Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro | Stephen Bessette
Catcher and the Rye
Competing with Tamiami Gin
Datz | Morgan Zuch
O Cocina Modern Mexican | Sean O’Donnell
Tampa Marriott Waterside | Rebecca Reiss
Competing with Florida Cane Vodka
District Tavern | Ryan Fitzgerald
Flanagan’s Irish Pub | Michael Webb
Park & Rec | Terrance Walz
The Living Room | Anthony Rizzotto
In January, HighBall was introduced as CL’s first craft cocktail competition in celebration of the annual Drinking Issue. January’s HighBall featured 16 local bartenders competing in the whisky, vodka, gin, and rum categories; as voted on by attendees in January 2017, Best Whisky & Overall Craft Cocktail went to Flanagan’s Irish Pub, Best Vodka Craft Cocktail went to The Cask and Ale, Best Gin Craft Cocktail went to Casey’s Craft Bar Kitchen, and Best Rum Craft Cocktail went to District Tavern. For a video from the January event, visit: bit.ly/highballvideo
Tickets for HighBall Another Round are on sale now and available for purchase at cltampa.com/highball
General Admission (GA) tickets are $25 in advance now through May 10th and $40 at the door on May 11th. GA includes craft cocktail samples from each bar/restaurant; bites by District Tavern, Catering by the Family, & more; & voting in each category of the HighBall competition.
VIP tickets are $50 in advance now through May 10th and $80 at the door on May 11th. VIP includes early entry for an extra hour of sampling without the crowds from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; passed apps by Casey’s Craft Bar Kitchen during VIP-only hour; craft cocktail samples from each bar/restaurant; bites by District Tavern, Catering by the Family, & more; & voting in each category of the HighBall competition.
Complimentary on-site valet will be provided by Sunshine Valet.
Creative Loafing has once again teamed up with Lyft to get attendees to and from the event safely. First-time Lyft users get their first ride free up to $20 by downloading the app, creating an account, and entering the code CLTAMPA in the ‘Payment’ section.
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to the Facebook event page to stay in-the-know: bit.ly/highballarfb17
Special thanks to partners Rialto Theatre, Kozuba & Sons Distillery, Siesta Key Rum, Tamiami Gin, Florida Cane Vodka, CW’s Gin Joint, BarSupply.com, Roundhouse Creative, and Lyft.
For more information on HighBall, visit cltampa.com/highball
Please use the following hashtag for all digital promotions: #CLHighBall
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