Stars of the global bar scene at Bar Convent Berlin
Joe Schofield at BCB 2018
They’re among the world’s best bartenders, and with decades of experience in the bar business, they have a unique sense for sniffing out the trends: as the heart and soul of the Bar Convent Berlin, international top bartenders will once again share their know-how and skills with visitors. Among others, Nick Strangeway, Micah Melton, Joe Schofield, Bobby Heugel and Frankie Solarik are expected to attend the premium trade show of the bar and beverage industry. Taking place from 8 to 10 October – for the first time as a three-day event this year – the BCB will feature presentations on creativity, modern bartending and common challenges bartenders face every day.
Scents as the basis for inspiration
He’s at the apex of his career: with Joe Schofield, the reigning “International Bartender of The Year”, recognised at the Spirited Awards, will be a guest at the BCB. Schofield is currently working on his two projects in Manchester and Asia, Schofield’s and Sensorium. During his time at the Tippling Club in Singapore, he created numerous award-winning “Sensorium Menus” with head chef Ryan Clift. They combined unusual dishes with artfully created cocktails in which scents are the foundation of all inspiration. At the Bar Convent Berlin, Joe will host a talk on creativity together with the renowned bartenders Shervene Shabazkhani und Matt Whiley. At 12:30 pm on BCB Tuesday, they’ll appear on the Mixology Main Stage to share their highly individualised paths to the most innovative projects.
The haute cuisine of cocktails
Micah Melton and Frankie Solarik will also be speaking about creativity. The latter is famous for creations such as the Vanilla and Hickory Smoked Manhattan, The Transformation, Mayan Hot Cocoa and Chilled Ontario Strawberry. Frankie Solarik is the author of The Bar Chef and co-owner of Toronto’s famous bar BarChef. Solarik devotes the same attention to detail and the same passion to cocktail creations as a cook does to haute cuisine. At the Bar Convent Berlin, he’ll be on stage twice. At 1:45 pm on Tuesday, he’ll share some of his skills on the Mixology Main Stage in a presentation titled “Bar chef and the modern approach to cocktails”. Then, at the Taste Forum A at 5:30 pm, he’ll talk very concretely about his craft, the creative process and the genesis of some of his creations.
Interesting, memorable and delicious drinks
Micah Melton represents the successful concept of Aviary NYC, an innovative mix of restaurant and cocktail bar, where cocktails get the same kind of attention as the dishes at a four-star restaurant. At 4:15 pm on Tuesday, he’ll let visitors examine his creative process on the Mixology Main Stage in order to help them create interesting, memorable and delicious drinks. Melton can also be seen at the Taste Forum A at 2:15 pm, where he’ll participate with the Aviary NYC in a BCB lecture series featuring bar owners who talk about the essence of their bar while sampling a drink that, to them, symbolises this bar – regardless of whether they’re fascinated by an absolute classic or a recent creation.
New flavours in rum
Nick Strangeway has been behind the bar since the early 90s. He’s received numerous awards since then, crowned by Tales of the Cocktail’s “International Mixologist of the Year” in 2008. In addition to his know-how as a bartender, he also has a technical understanding of spirits production. In the presentation “Flavor Revolution meets Rum Tradition” at the Demonstration Bar A at 2:30 pm on BCB Monday and 3:45 pm on Tuesday, he’ll be joined by Nick Blacknell, global marketing director of Havana Club, to talk about the development of new varieties of rum. Together with a group of bartenders, Strangeway has succeeded in creating new flavours in the ultra-traditional world of Cuban rum. Listeners will get a chance to sample two new rums right onsite.
Quality in production and bartending
Creativity, operational expertise and respect for the craft: that’s what distinguishes Bobby Heugel. The American opened his first bar in 2009 together with Kevin Floyd in Houston. The Anvil Bar and Refuge has won numerous awards and changed the city’s cocktail culture. Heugel is passionately committed to traditionally crafted spirits. He’s acquired extensive knowledge in this area, not least by visiting more than 300 distilleries around the world. Heugel has a powerful voice in the bar community, especially when it comes to quality spirits, the global impact of spirits production on the environment and the welfare of workers in the bar industry. At the Bar Convent Berlin, he’ll take to the Mixology Main Stage at 4:45 pm on Monday to speak about training programmes for bartenders. At 12:30 pm on the same day, he’ll also participate in the lecture series by hosting a session titled “A Taste of the Pastry War in Houston” in which he’ll explain the unique aspects of his bar by way of sampling a drink.
BCB Education Director Angus Winchester is responsible for the high-calibre presentation programme. The renowned drinks expert has worked in the bar business for about 30 years, pursuing his passion for bartending, training and consulting.
About the Bar Convent Berlin
Since its founding in 2007, the Bar Convent Berlin has emerged as one of the leading international trade shows for the bar and beverage industry. Every October, the who’s who of the German and European bar and beverage industry meet in Berlin to establish new contacts, catch up on the latest product innovations and attend education seminars. Launched in 2013, Brew Berlin adds a beer-in-bars platform to the Bar Convent Berlin. The Coffee Convent Berlin, which made its debut in 2017, puts the focus on coffee in bars. In 2018, the trade show will take place at Station Berlin and at the Kühlhaus from 8 to 10 October – for the first time as a three-day event. About 14,000 trade visitors are expected to attend.
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