2023 Bartender of the Year Recap
Bartender Justin Owens of 23 Court Cigar Bar in Montgomery has been crowned Alabama’s 2023 Bartender of the Year.
The annual competition is held in conjunction with the Stars of the Industry Awards presented by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association and Old Forester. Regional competitions were held across the state during the month of October. The top finalists from Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile were invited to compete at the state final. On October 30 the regional winners competed for the title, coveted trophy and a $1,500 grand prize at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. Competitors were judged on taste, accuracy, showmanship, crowd interaction, and speed. The annual competition is sponsored by Old Forester, and United-Johnson Brothers of Alabama.