Two of the city’s best cocktail bars will be battling it to be crowned King of the ‘Brummie Mary’ on Saturday 12th September.

Bar Opus at One Snowhill and The Botanist are taking part in the ‘bloody’ battle, which will see the two venues shaking, stirring and mixing it up to make the ultimate spicy, tomato cocktail.

Hosted by Bar Opus, the popular city bar located at One Snowhill, the two venues will be judged by Julian Rose-Gibbs, co-founder of the Birmingham Association of Bartenders, and Guy Ilott, ambassador for Chase Distillery, whilst Bar Opus’ very own liquid chef, Carl Hawkins, will be compering the event.

The Brummie Mary competition kicks off a day of celebrating cocktails and will be rounded off with an exclusive tasting evening, starting at 7.30pm, with the award-winning Chase Distillery. The evening is a rare opportunity to meet one of Bar Opus’ drinks suppliers, where guests are invited to try its portfolio of  drinks, enjoying the bar’s cocktails from its signature elderflower and berry ‘Chase Fruit Cup’ to its vodka marmalade ‘Breakfast Martini’.

In addition to the varied drinks offerings, Bar Opus chefs will be using Chase’s spirits to cook up a four course dinner with a boozy twist, inspired by the Chase portfolio. From smoked vodka cured River Wye salmon to slow cooked Tiddenham Farm duck leg cooked in mulberry sloe gin, each dish will be perfectly complimented with a Chase drink.

This specialist evening is also a fantastic opportunity to hear about Chase Distillery’s remarkable history, from how it was Britain’s first vodka and gin start-up in over 200 years, to how it farms, distills and bottles by hand all of its products at its Herefordshire farm.

Irene Allan, managing director at Bar Opus, said: “Obviously I’m biased and think Bar Opus’ ‘Brummie Mary’ is by far the best one in the city, but we thought it would be a lot of fun to invite other bars and battle it out. It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to get some of Birmingham’s best bars, local suppliers, and cocktail enthusiasts all together for an entertaining day.

As for later in the night, we can’t wait to hear about Chase Distillery’s history whilst tasting some of their delicious drinks. This, combined with some boozy dishes cooked up by our chefs, it’s guaranteed to be a brilliant night.”

The ‘Brummie Mary’ competition takes place from 11am and is free entry. The ‘Chase Distillery tasting evening’ takes place from 7.30pm and tickets cost £40 per person, which includes a signature cocktail on arrival, drinks, food and service. Tickets can be purchased on 0121 289 3939.

PR by Clive Reeves Public Relations, Birmingham. 

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