On a booze-filled Sunday afternoon at Ace, ten of the top bartenders in the country -- Josh Wortman of Anejo NYC; Trip Sandifer of The Spence in Atlanta; Dustin Hoeft of Modis in Breck; Adam Fortuna of Artusi in Seattle; Kevin Mabry of JM Curley in Boston; Daniel Godinez and Andrew Meltzer of 15 Romolo in San Francisco; Allegra Angelo of Swine Southern Table and Bar in Miami; Christina DeLucca of the Drawing Room in Chicago; Josh Goldman of the Soigné Group in LA; and James Vickers of Williams & Graham here in Denver -- duked it out for the Punch King Crown, competing for honor, a pair of one-of-a-kind boxing gloves, and a trip to the Aspen FOOD & WINE Classic with Cochon 555.
The first-ever Punch Kings Competition was put on by Cochon 555 and the team at Breckenridge Distillery as a way of celebrating the barkeeps who complement the philosophy (and flavor) of heritage pork and keep the pork-driven rapture rolling. Each bartender created a punch for the event, and the consumption of ten punches in under an hour had the judges in a state of euphoria -- but after a careful deliberation period, Josh Goldman walked away with the Punch King title.
Keep reading for photos of the creative concoctions that packed plenty of...punch.
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See also: - Photos: Sipping and sampling from Ace's 64 happy-hour cocktail combinations - Cochon 555 -- the showdown of swine -- returns to Colorado on Sunday -Pig porn from Cochon 555, aka the Super Bowl of Swine