Meet the Country’s Best LGBT Bartenders

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On Saturday, June 13, Key West’s Bourbon St. Pub will host the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the final competition to find North America’s best LGBT bartender of 2015.

Stoli has selected one finalist from each of 14 regions to compete in Key West for the chance to become the 201national champion. That winner will march in Sunday’s Key West Pride Parade as a grand marshal, and will have $5,000 donated to a charity of his or her choice by Stoli.

The 14 finalists are listed below. To see pictures of each and get to know them a bit more, visit gaycities.com.

DADE DUKE of THE ROUND-UP SALOON, DALLAS
Winner: Key Westerner (Stoli Ginger Beer, Stoli Vodka, Stoli Citros)
From: Legacy Couseling and Cottage House

FERNANDO RIVERA of LOS ANGELES
Winner: Spicy Lemon Key-Key (Stoli Elit, Stoli Hot, Stoli Citros)
Competing for Covenant House California

JODY BOUFFARD of BLUSH & BLU, DENVER
Winner: Mile High Chocolate Coconut Martini (Stoli Chocolat Kokonut and Salted Karamel)
From: Colorado Youth for a Change

CHAMPION KARLOZ TORRES of KILL YOUR IDOL, MIAMI
Winner: My Other Half (made with Elit by Stolichnaya)
From: AHF

SHANTEL GRANT of FORREST POINT, BROOKLYN
Winner: Sunglasses and Sandals (featuring Stoli Premium)
From: ArtStart

TODD KIECH of CHICAGO
Winner: Blue Marlin (featuring Stoli Bluberri)
From: Chicago House

JACK FISHER of COMMISSARY, WASHINGTON, DC
Winner: Shut Up and Dance (featuring Stoli Premium)
From: Whitman Walker

COLIN WOOD of RICH’S, SAN DIEGO
Winner: The Banana Split Me in Two (featuring Stoli Premium)
From: San Diego LGBT Center: Be The Generation

TOMMY SNYDER of STONEWALL MOOSE LOUNGE, PHILADELPHIA
Winner: The Stoli Lazy Lemonade (featuring Stoli Premium infused with Rosemary)
From: Joshua’s Future of Promises

KYLA LEWICKI of CREWS & TANGOS, TORONTO
Winner: Cucumber Lime Summertime (featuring Stoli Hot)
From: TBD

SPENCER MONROE of BRANZINO, SEATTLE
Winner: Madison Beach (featuring Stoli Peachik and Stoli Razberi)
From: AIDS Alliance

TOMMY WARD of DEL FRISCO’S, BOSTON
Winner: Honey Boo Boo Kitty (featuring Stoli Citros)
From: Boston Pride LGBT Youth Program

VINCENT ELIOT QUENNEVILLE of NUMBERS, VANCOUVER
Winner: Sandy Conch (featuring Stoli Vanil & Stoli Hot)
From: Qmunity

MATTHEW MELLO of BEAUX, SAN FRANCISCO
Winner: Forbidden Fruit (featuring Stoli Gala Apple)
From: Empowering Spirits

Eight of these 14 will compete at 7pm on Saturday, June 13 at Bourbon St. Pub in Key West.

Last modified: October 24, 2018