Garrison Brothers Distillery, the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas, announced today its plans to celebrate Texas Independence Day in three big ways: The Bourbon Takeover of Texas – a two-week mixology event leading up to March 2 (Texas Independence Day); The Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl – a statewide bartender contest; and a 2020 vintage release of Small Batch Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
The Bourbon Takeover of Texas, now in its third year, quickly became an annual tradition for the Garrison Brothers team. A treat for whiskey lovers, the event consists of two weeks of 75+ distinguished bars and restaurants across the state featuring cocktail specials that include Garrison Brothers’ Small Batch Bourbon. These limited-time offerings will be available at select establishments in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio from Monday, February 17 through Friday, February 28.
Participating Austin restaurants, bars and mixologists include:
Better Half – Jason Endress
The Cavalier – Kevin Rhodes
Chez Zee American Bistro – Diego Valenzuela
Fixe Southern House – Liam Connors
Here Nor There – Nikolas Zoylinos
La Condesa – Priscilla Aragon
Olamaie – Sophia Massie
The Pershing – Alex Walter
Prohibition Creamery – Francisco Sosa
Punch Bowl Social – Makenzie McClure
Sway | Rock Rose – Caitlin Hood
Sway | West Lake Hills – Bryan Reynolds
Vince Young Steakhouse – Kari Dybvig
The Garrison Brothers team will visit every participating location to taste, critique, examine, and enjoy each cocktail, considering its potential for advancement to the first round of The 2020 Bourbon Brawl presented by Garrison Brothers and Texas Monthly, a statewide, high-stakes bartender competition with a $10,000 prize.
“Our original intention was to cap participating locations at 75 but the interest from bartenders across the state was so overwhelming, we decided to open it up to a few more select individuals,” said Rob Cordes, director of marketing for Garrison Brothers Distillery.
From the 75+ locations participating in The Bourbon Takeover of Texas, 25 bartenders will be chosen to compete in the semi-final round of the bartender competition. However, their cocktails are not necessarily the key criteria for advancement; the bartender’s attitude, charm, camaraderie with customers, and concern for the well-being of their community and constituents are also factors under consideration.
The semi-final round will take place in five cities across Texas: Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. A first place winner will be chosen at each semi-final, will advance to the finals, and the winner will take home $500. The final competition will be held in Austin on May 7th. Five bartenders will go head to head for the chance to be crowned the Bourbon Brawl 2020 Bartender of the Year and take home $10,000, their very own Single Barrel (for personal consumption only), and a complete Texas Luxury experience (details to be announced at a later date).
Bourbon Takeover of Texas
Feb 17th – Feb 28th
Thursday, March 26 | Time: 6:30 – 10 pm
The Houston Event Venue | 3118 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77003
San Antonio Semi-Final
Thursday, April 2 | Time: 6:30 – 10 pm
The Arcadian at Sunset Station | 1174 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Thursday, April 9 | Time: 6:30 – 10 pm
The Empire Room | 1225 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
Fort Worth Semi-Final
Thursday, April 16 | Time: 6:30 – 10 pm