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The Reader's Spring Cocktail Challenge 

A springtime mixologist mashup

Friday, March 21 | 7-9:30 PM | Chop Shop | $45

Spring Cocktail Challenge

Join Chicago's most celebrated mixologists for an evening of exemplary and unusual craft cocktails at our Spring Cocktail Challenge. Inspired by the Reader's biweekly series in which bartenders challenge fellow bartenders to make a drink with a chosen ingredient, the Spring Cocktail Challenge will see 20 mixologists (from the likes of Sable Kitchen & Bar, the Dawson, Three Dots and a Dash, Bangers & Lace, the Barrelhouse Flat, and more) go head-to-head to create the most creative and delicious spring-inspired cocktail.

Sample the 20 mixologists' best springtime libations, decide who pulled off the most impressive drink, and enjoy complimentary wine from City Winery, beer from Shiner, and bites from Chop Shop.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Friday, March 21, 2014, Chop Shop, 2033 W. North, 7-9:30PM

Get ready for the cocktail creativity dreamed up by the following lineup of mixologists—and get inspired by the mastery displayed in their past Cocktail Challenge:

Nick Ostapczuk of Bangers & Lace

(Watch Nick take a whip to the Ramos Gin Fizz )

Mark Brinker of the Barrelhouse Flat

(Check out Mark as he makes a spicy, boozy breakfast shake with rooster sauce)

Benjamin Schiller of the Berkshire Room

(See Schiller rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with seaweed)

Brandon Phillips of Bottlefork

Scott McIntosh of Carnivale

(See Carnivale's Luis Rodriguez rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with caraway seeds)

Dan De Los Monteros of Chop Shop

Sean Still of Double A

(Watch Sean go for "fall flavor with a summertime feel" in a tribute to David Bowie)

Alex Renshaw of Drumbar

(See Renshaw rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with chalk)

Alex Gara of Hot Chocolate

(See Hot Chocolate's Luke LeFiles rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with kimchi)

Jason Brown of Kinmont

Justin Anderson of La Sirena Clandestina

Austin Skiles of Lone Wolf

(See Skiles rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with potted meat)

Chad Hauge of Longman & Eagle

(See Longman & Eagle's Derek Alexander rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with baby formula)

Charlie Schott of Parson's Chicken & Fish

Will Duncan of Punch House

Reid Caraher of Red Door

(See Red Door's Jay Schroeder rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with Pez candy)

Mike Ryan of Sable

(See Ryan rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with capers)

Jacyara De Oliveira of Sportsman's Club

(See Wade McElroy rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with truffle oil)

Annemarie Sagoi of the Dawson

(See Sagoi rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with tartar sauce)

Paul McGee of Three Dots and a Dash

(See McGee rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with beef stock)

Christopher Marty of Untitled

Check out last year's Fall Cocktail Challenge

  • Must be 21+ to attend.
  • Not valid for cash back.
  • No refunds or exchanges will be given.
  • Valid only for the Chicago Reader Spring Cocktail Challenge event at Chop Shop on Friday, March 21, 2014.
  • Please present your voucher at the door for admission.
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