By Rebecca Harris

A speed bartending competition, known as Rematch Beeyatch, is taking the Australian bartending community by storm, with the second Brisbane installment held last week.

Based on a regular London competition, the Australian version of ‘Rematch Beeyatch’, calls for 10 bartenders to make 10 cocktails in less than four minutes. Entry costs $50, with the winner taking the $500 kitty and ‘Re-match’ T-Shirt.

Last week’s competition held at the Press Club in Fortitude Valley saw Sarah Lusher from Zuri take first place, making her 10 drinks in an impressive 2:09 minutes.

Second place went to Kristian Emmanuel Balandinos from Bank bar in 3:21 minutes, and third went to Jess from Emporium bar in 4:03 minutes.

More than 200 people showed up to watch the competition, which also saw two bartenders disqualified, one for breaking drinks in the ice well and the other for not making all 10 drinks.

Judges for the evening were Barry Chalmers from The Bowery, Jacqueline Madden from Empire, and Daniel Vinson from Southtrade

The next installment will be held in Sydney on March 9 at the Piano Room in Kings Cross. The organisers have already received more than 30 entries.


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