Cocktail Showdown

​Cocktail Showdown : Week Four

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 3rd, 2016

By Chris Larsoncjlarson75@gmail.com

For Week Four of our 2016 Cocktail Showdown, we visited two of the higher volume bars in town. With expectations of large servings of strong concoctions, we sat down with Alison and Dylan at Dempsey’s Public House before ending our evening with Steph and Heather at The Empire Tavern. Whether in the order we chose, in reverse order, or with stops before or in between, these two establishments are staples of the Downtown Fargo scene and while neither…

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​Cocktail Showdown: week three

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 22nd, 2016

By Chris Larson

cjlarson75@gmail.com

Rustica Eatery and Tavern

As the name suggests, Rustica is all about delivering a plain, simple and somewhat rural atmosphere. While the menu delivers elevated comfort foods with creative twists and pleasant surprises, the vibe throughout the room is anything but pretentious. It’s the rare kind of place you could either experience a nice evening out with that special someone, or sit down with a friend and converse over a pint, cocktail, or glass of…

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​Cocktail Showdown week two

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2016

By Chris Larson Cjlarson75@gmail.com

Proof Artisan Distillers

Located at 414 4th Avenue North in Downtown Fargo, Proof is a distillery that also houses both a tasting room and a restaurant that serves small plates as well as entrees. The tasting room and restaurant hours are Thursday 4pm to 10pm and 4pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The room features an ambiance unlike anything else in town with its windows looking in on the beautiful copper still and an impressive reclaimed bar…

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​Round one of the 2016 cocktail showdown

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 9th, 2016

By Chris Larson

Cjlarson75@gmail.com

It’s once again time for the annual Cocktail Showdown in which our three judges experience and then highlight the best libation creations offered by a variety of local participants. Ranging from local tavern to fine cocktail bars, the showdown will bring our judges all across the metro area to sit down with some of the most creative cocktail minds in town and be served up two entries from each location.

Each week we will visit and rate two creations…

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​Toast of the Town

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 3rd, 2016

photos by Kensie Wallner

Last Sunday the Crystal Ballroom was transformed into a little slice of sin city, representing class, sass, and everything in between for the third annual Bartender’s Ball. Attendees were spotted donning their finest evening garb, leisure suits and tuxes along with a few patrons channeling the late great Hunter S. Thompson. Ladies rocked sky high heels, high hemlines, chic cocktail dresses, glitter, and evening gowns.

Blue Belle’s Burlesque greeted patrons in little more than smiles…

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​Bartender’s Battle: Shake Rattle and Roll

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 17th, 2016

As the sun sets on the Cocktail Showdown we soon find ourselves in the eve of the third annual Bartender’s Battle. Eight of Fargo Moorhead’s finest mixologists will be presented with a fully stocked bar with the finest and freshest ingredients. Here they mix, head to head -- tournament style in front of an audience and four judges. Think “Chopped” but live and booze infused.

The eight participants were the highest rated contenders during our cocktail showdown. During the showdown…

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Bartenders to Battle!

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 27th, 2016

by J. Earl Miller

Now that the Cocktail Showdown has wrapped up this year, we needed to gather all of our scoring notes and information, to find out who will take part in this year’s Bartenders Battle. For those of you who are not familiar with the Bartenders Battle, it is a head-to-head competition, pitting one bartender against another mixing craft cocktails in a small amount of time on stage in front of all their peers.

The bartenders are supplied a full bar with an array of many of…

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The ninth and final week of the seventh Annual Cocktail Showdown

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 22nd, 2015

The ninth and final week of the seventh Annual Cocktail Showdown

By Sabrina Hornung

For the ninth and final sampling during the Showdown our judges experienced Eric Johnson’s Tennessee Fiery Apple and The Swaderita at Chub’s Pub. We were then off to Sidestreet to try Mistelle Stein’s Russian Tea and Eddie Gonzalez’s Afterburner. Soon we found ourselves at Pounds where Kory Wiler introduced us to The Hoser and Peach Kuchen. The last stop in the showdown brought us to sample The…

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Week eight of the Cocktail Showdown

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 12th, 2015

Week eight of the cocktail showdown brought our fearless judges to Monte’s to sample Nate Eversman’s “Guavalada” and the “Spicy maple bacon”. We were then off to Rustica to experience Kyle Berglund’s “Brandied apple” and the “Savory Spaniard”. Our last stop of the night brought us to Hennessey’s where Eric Krogh laid down the law with the “Irish tour” and the “Cider and black”.

Monte’s Downtown

Monte’s is located at 220 N Broadway and has been a…

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Cocktail Showdown week seven

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 28th, 2015


Week seven of The Cocktail Showdown featured Alison Shape’s “Alison Wonderland” and Jessie Tank’s “Pepper’s Fireside Cafe” at Pepper’s Sports Cafe. Matthew Lewellen’s “Pie Cups” and “Fall Smash” were featured at The Hodo Lounge at The Hotel Donaldson downtown. Last (but not least) we sampled Tori Luck’s “James and the giant Peach” and James Hein’s “Pear Amour” at The Toasted Frog.

Pepper’s Sports Cafe

Pepper’s Sports Cafe is located at 2510…

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