The inaugural SIP-tember: a celebration of the cocktail reaches its dramatic conclusion with the Cocktail Bracket Challenge Finale on September 27th at Paseo Colorado at 280 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The four finalist cocktails will be served up in a live competition from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with those in attendance voting to determine Pasadena’s Cocktail of the Year for 2012. In addition, attendees at the SIP-tember Bracket Challenge Finale will be able to taste culinary treats from Real Food Daily, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, El Cholo, Noor Restaurant and Ballroom, California Pizza Kitchen, Arclight Cinemas, Toro Sushi and more.
Cost to attend the SIP-tember bracket challenge, which includes all drink tastings and food, is $15 per person. You must be at least 21 years of age to sample the cocktails.
The Sip-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Grand Finale is presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Anderson Business Technology, Hillsides, Hilton Pasadena, Pasadena Public Library and Zigabid.
The SIP-tember cocktail bracket challenge is a six week long competition among Pasadena Chamber of Commerce member restaurants and lounges. Competitors are serving drinks that are paired against each other in a competition. 64 cocktails, ranging from drinks specially concocted for the competition to margaritas and sangria, began the competition that lasts six weeks and culminates in the live taste-off of the four drinks that win their bracket.
Congratulations to those who made it through to the round of 16: Bar 1886 at the Raymond, California Pizza Kitchen, El Cholo, El Portal, Gale’s Restaurant, Green Street Restaurant, Magnolia Lounge, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Tap Room at the Langham and Toro Sushi.
You can download the brackets for the round of 16 here:
The Round of 16 competitor cocktails can also be seen at www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com. Voting for the third round ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 18th.
In total 1173 voters took the second round cocktail bracket challenge. Individual drink votes aren’t tallied because the results were tabulated automatically by the online program. Competitors were chosen randomly for the brackets.
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a professional business organization. Since the earliest days of Pasadena, the Chamber has played a major role in the development of this internationally renowned city. Since 1888, when the organization was founded as the Board of Trade, the Chamber’s primary purpose has been the enhancement of both the business climate and the quality of life in Pasadena. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce serves 1500 members.