Whiskey and beer have always gone well together. They share production tactics, have overlapping histories, and have stood side-by-side in a Boilermaker for as long as cocktails have existed. However, in the last several years, there’s been growing interest from bartenders in reinventing the possibilities of beer-whiskey cocktails…and that’s why Chattanooga Whiskey decided to launch the “Great Whiskey Comes from Great Beer” Cocktail Competition.

Spanning Chattanooga Whiskey’s current distribution territory across Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, the brand has made a name for itself as an awardwinning Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a loyal fanbase. The small company thrives in collaboration, always supporting other masters of their craft and their start-up creative energy. The Great Whiskey Comes from Great Beer Cocktail Competition will engage partnerships with local bartenders and breweries through free, but ticketed, events in each market.

The first competition took place in Chattanooga on October 16, 2016 at the Tennessee Stillhouse, the company’s Micro- Distillery. This research and development facility is conveniently located directly across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo in the city’s booming Southside district. Chattanooga Whiskey teamed up with a popular local brewery, Hutton & Smith Brewing Company, whose brews have been making waves and gaining attention nationwide, having recently brought home a medal from the renowned Great American Beer Festival 2016.

The rules were simple: ten of Chattanooga’s top bartenders throughout the city were invited to come up with creative, unique, and complex cocktails using both Chattanooga Whiskey and Hutton & Smith beer. The cocktails were absolutely incredible, with some competitors even using tricky ingredients such as egg whites, shrubs, fire, and dry ice in their cocktails. Despite the nerves, each bartender was met with a round of applause and the evening progressed seamlessly.

Additional competitions will take place in Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville in 2017. Chattanooga Whiskey will be teaming up with a brewery in each one of these cities. The first and second place winner of each competition will be invited to Chattanooga to compete in a final showdown for a chance to win a ticket to “Tales of the Cocktail” in New Orleans.

“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to team up with local breweries and share the excitement with the city’s bartenders,” said company Founder and CEO Tim Piersant. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate ingenuity that circles back to Chattanooga Whiskey’s motto: rules are good, change them.”

by Toby Darling

2oz 1816 Cask
.5oz Vanilla Stout Beer & Mango Simple Syrup
3 dashes of Fee Brothers Peach Bitters
Garnish: Dried Mango
Glassware: Rocks

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.


Contributed by Toby Darling | Photography by Mia Littlejohn


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