Defining cocktail culture and transforming the art of “fine drinking”, World Class - an international body in the mixology industry - ensures that cocktails maintain all-round high quality in its preparation, presentation and taste.
Diageo Reserve World Class launched in 2009 and has since redefined the art of bartending. It hosts a series of mixology contests culminating with a grand international winner, and in the process ensures that style, sophistication, creativity and skill is delivered when preparing delicious drinks.
Regional finals of the contest have concluded in South Africa, and the national finalists have been revealed and set to compete in June 2018.
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Brent Perremore of Crush Mobile Bar grabbed the title of World Class 2018 bartender in the Cape Town regional leg of the mixology competition. He will compete against Nicholas Crouse, Durban winner from Lucky Shaker, Johannesburg winner Evert De Jong, from Molecular Bar, and 7 other finalists from across SA.
The national winner will then get one step closer to competing in the international World Class competition set for Berlin in 2018.
The top 10 national finalists come from quirky, classy and creative bars and mobile bars all around SA. These mixologists take pride crafting artistic beverages, while experimenting with different flavours and elements, and practicing sustainability and environmental responsibility.
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Here are the bars to visit for a World Class drink.
This bar service, which can be booked in advance for various events, is from which Brent Perremore, the Cape Town regional finals winner hails.
Brent Perremore (Photo: Chris Allan)
Described as low-key and high quality, this bar in Jozi makes mouth-watering cocktails and boasts two bartenders who have made the World Class 2018 national finals. Alex Fahrenheim and Yves Kadilo will compete for the national title.
Nicholas Crouse, Durban’s regional winner, hails from this bar that believes in bringing excitement back into drinking experiences with seasonal beverages served in innovative ways. Lucky Shaker is home to two mixologists competing in the World Class national finals – Crouse and Bruce Dorfling.
National finalist, Kelly Webster, comes from Sip Exclusive – which offers mobile bar services, bar consultancy, special events and even bartender training.
Johannesburg regional winner Evert De Jong hails from Molecular Bars, a mobile bar service. These mixology experts also offer cocktail and menu development, as well as bartender and barista training.
Evert De Jong. (Photo: Chris Allan)
Displaying his bartending shaking, throwing and stirring talents, Travis Kuhn from Perfect Serve boasts over 20 years in the industry. This mobile bar services events and also offers training.
Van Der Linde Restaurant’s Jody Rahme made the top 10 national finals. The restaurant offers a number of signature drinks that take classic cocktails and give them a marvellous twist such as Peanut Butter Old Fashioned and Espresso Ameratini.
A restaurant and cocktail bar overlooking the beach, Sand Bar is home to national finalist Simphiwe Ndaba. It has a cocktail bar and lounge that serves local and international cocktails, as well as a variety of proudly SA craft beers and wines.