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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Friday, July 17 • 9:00pm - Saturday, July 18 •12:00am
DIAGEO BACKYARD HOUSE PARTY

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Some of the best parties are the ones that never require leaving home. Diageo will bring the ultimate backyard house party to you­ fit with your favorite house party drinks, a back patio doubling as a dance floor, lawn party games, an ice luge and even a "pool".  Featuring the talents of the USBG World Class Competition, classic house party drinks will be recreated with the finest ingredients and served by the finest barmen: Charles Joly, Jeff Bell, Ricky Gomez and a selection of the top Regional Finalists.  As Warhol once said, "One¹s company, two¹s a crowd and three¹s a party," so invite a friend and come party with us!

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Carla Rivera

Lead mixologist, Hakkasan
Carla Rivera, 34, an up and coming mixologist and Miami native is bringing her passion for cocktails to Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Rivera honed her skills as a craft bartender and beverage manager at various bars in Tampa, Florida, after going abroad to Cyprus and Turkey, where she worked as a bartender and lead mixologist. Once returning to the States, Rivera’s bartending career flourished in Miami Beach as | she became a lead... Read More →
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Charles Joly

Founder, Crafthouse Cocktails
Chicago native Charles Joly is an award-winning, lifelong food and beverage professional. In 2012 Joly took on the roll of Beverage Director at the Aviary in Chicago. Partnered with Chef Achatz this venture was granted the 2013 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Formerly Chief Mixologist and founder of the Drawing Room in and EGM for Three Headed Productions, Joly has opened and overseen seven venues in three different states and... Read More →
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Jeff Bell

General Manager, PDT
Jeff Bell is the General Manager at PDT in New York City and has been working there since 2010. | His career in hospitality began his in 2003 washing dishes and bussing tables as a college freshman. Originally just a flexible job to pay for school turned into much more as he worked his way up to bartender at the age of 21. His philosophy degree taught him that he would find much more enjoyment out of life pursuing a career in hospitality... Read More →
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Jon Santer

Owner/Operator, Prizefighter
Jon Santer has been in the spirits industry for the past 15 years. Between 2006 - 08 he was the only person to be a part of the opening teams at: Bourbon & Branch, Beretta, and Heavenʼs Dog. From 2007-2009 he served as President of the San Francisco Chapter of the United States Bartenderʼs Guild (during which the SF guild grew from 30-130+ members). He, his cocktails and projects have been featured in publications including: GQ, Playboy... Read More →
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Lynnette Marrero

Owner/Co-Founder, DrinksAt6/Speed Rack
Lynnette Marrero’s “spirited” career began when she accepted a job at New York’s Flatiron Lounge alongside cocktail savant Julie Reiner. Marrero quickly made the transition from cocktail-waitress to bartender and knew that the spirits industry was her true calling. After learning the ropes at Flatiron Lounge, Marrero became a senior bartender at Freemans NYC known for it’s skilled bartenders whose innovative drinks were featured in a... Read More →
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Sean Kenyon

Bartender/Proprietor, Williams & Graham, Denver, CO
Sean Kenyon was literally born to be behind a bar. He is a third generation Barman, his Grandfather, Mother and Father have been pub owners and bartenders in New Jersey since the 1930's. Sean was raised in his family's pubs and while other kids wanted to be firemen or super heroes, he always wanted to be a Bartender. He first stepped behind the bar at the young age of sixteen and has never left. Over the course of his 29-year bartending career... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 9:00pm - Saturday July 18, 2015 12:00am
Contemporary Arts Center Warehouse 900 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 70130-3908