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Announcing the USBG IBA National Qualifier & 2022 Flair Winner!

By Lisa McMillan posted 9 days ago


The IBA is an association of National Bartenders' Guilds from around the world. It was established in the UK in 1951 with just seven nations and is now made up of 64 countries. The IBA launched the first International Cocktail Competition (ICC) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in October of 1955. From 1997 on, the ICC organized the competition into three different categories: Pre-Dinner Cocktail, After Dinner Cocktail and Long Drink. In 1999, the competition was renamed the World Cocktail Championship (WCC). The year 2000 introduced a new phenomenon in the world of cocktails and mixology: Flairtending, and since, has been running two competition formats; Classic Mixing & Flairtending.

Announcing the USBG IBA National Qualifier 2022!

The USBG National winner will battle the best among the world’s greatest classic bartenders at the WCC. This year’s host country will be Cuba in the vibrant area of Varadero, led by the IBA chapter, Cuban Bartenders Association. Cocktails will be flowing, and the skill & entertainment will be incredible! The 2nd Place Winner will be invited to represent the USBG at the Mattoni Grand Drink Cocktail Competition in Czech Republic in the Spring of 2023.

This year, every US chapter will be holding a competition of their very own to advance a local winner to compete in the USBG IBA National Qualifier. For more details check with your local Chapter Leaders.


⇒ June 5 - July 26th: Chapters have 8 weeks to host a local competition to identify a winner. The local winner prepares a video submission executing a Low ABV cocktail recipe using IBA rules to advance to Phase Two of the National Qualifier.

⇒ July 27th: Chapter Competitor Video Submissions and Low ABV cocktail recipe due.

⇒ July 28th - August 4th: Phase Two - Committee Review. Video Judging Panel determines technical scores. Recipe Tasting Panel determines Taste scores.

⇒ August 9th: Announcement of Team USA Classic Division and Flair Division Competitors

⇒ WCC in Cuba: November 4-9, 2022

Who will join Team USA this year? Could it be you?

Announcing the USBG 2022 Flair winner!

The USBG 2022 IBA National Flair Qualifier was held on June 6th in West Palm Beach as part of the Cocktail Art Challenge. We are pleased to announce Ivan Usov as this year’s Flair winner! Ivan will be moving on to compete in WCC in Cuba in November. Please join us in congratulating @Ivan Usov!

Please click HERE to rewatch the live broadcast from Cocktail Network Live.

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