Six of the nation’s most talented bartenders mixed-off at the Bärenjäger Bartender Competition in NYC in front of a panel of industry tastemakers, including Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and 200 media and influencers. These highly-skilled finalists represented popular bars and restaurants in their respective cities, including NYC favorites The Summit Bar and L’Artusi. The private event took place at The Tippler from 7pm-9pm.

Bartender Katie Loeb’s grand prize-winning cocktail recipe secured the Philadelphia resident the title of first-female winner and an-all expense paid trip for two to Oktoberfest 2012 in Munich, Germany and $1,000.

Geoffrey Zakarian at the Bärenjäger Bartender Competition
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Geoffrey Zakarian at the Bärenjäger Bartender Competition
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Finalists (from left to right): Carlos Cuarta (Chicago, IL), Christian Sanders (Brooklyn, New York), Ryan Gannon (New Orleans, LA), Katie Loeb (Philadelphia, PA), Aaron Butler (New York, NY) and John Henderson (Boston, MA)
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Finalist Christian Sanders
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Finalist John Henderson
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Crowd Favorite, Ryan Gannon, and Grand-Prize Winner, Katie Loeb
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Winner Katie Loeb and Geoffrey Zakarian
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Bärenjäger Bartender Competition at The Tippler
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