CALGARY — Marriott Hotels is bringing its premier North American Bourbon Battles to Canada.

On May 19, the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel will host the only Canadian stop on the five-city tour, which also stops in Portland, Ore., Lexington, Ky., Boston, and New York City.

Representing Canada, Michael Sheppard of the Calgary Marriott Downtown’s One18 Empire
Whiskey Bar and Restaurant will prepare two signature bourbon cocktails — the Black Walnut Old Fashioned (bourbon, water, sugar cube, angostura and black walnut bitter) and the Temperance (whiskey, strawberry-infused syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and Steller’s Jay sparkling wine).

“I’m thrilled our location was chosen amongst hundreds across North America to showcase Calgary’s cocktail creating talent,” says Frederic Louvet, GM of One18 Empire Whiskey Bar and Restaurant. “At our hotel, we provide each and every one of our guests with relevant experiences that energize their time in Calgary. To be chosen to participate in this ‘battle’ for our mixology innovations is extremely exciting for us.”

Winners from the first four events will compete in the finale in New York City. At each battle, the Marriott bartenders will go up against local mixologists to prove their bourbon mixology skills.

To see the action in real time, follow #BourbonBattles and Marriott Hotels on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.



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