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5th Annual Stone Fence Cider Cocktail

  • Big Star (Wrigleyville) 3640 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)

Our 5th year! It's time for our annual Stone Fence Cider Cocktail Competition & Mitten Drive! Held this year at Big Star on North Clark Street, the Stone Fence Cider Cocktail Competition provides a platform for Chicago’s top bartenders to put their signature on the Stone Fence cocktail that will be evaluated by a selection of influential judges and one people’s choice vote. 

The Stone Fence is said to be the oldest truly American cocktail, combining the American-born beverages bourbon and hard apple cider with just a hint of lemon zest. We are pleased to once again make this a charitable event, this year benefitting Sarah's Circle. All proceeds and donated winter accessories will benefit Sarah's Circle.

Join us at Big Star in Wrigleyville to try 10 of Chicago's best bartenders' riffs on the classic cider cocktail. Bring a warm weather accessory to donate, sample the cocktails, enjoy some cider, and cast your vote.

Grab your tickets in advance, as this event sells out early each year. 100% of ticket proceeds will benefit Sarah's Circle.

Competing Bartenders:

Abe Vucekovich - The Violet Hour
Christina Chae - Headquarters Beercade
Joe Briglio - Blind Barber
Zach Rivera - Gilt Bar
Matt McClellan - Proxi
Jonathan Kahn - The J. Parker
Ken Zawacki - Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
Jess Sandberg - Proxi
Brandon Sontag - The Swill Inn
Shelly Mercurio - Dorian's
Zafar Bandukda - The Native

Sponsors: 

KOVAL Distillery
11th Orchard Bitters
Jo Snow Syrups
Luna Bay Hard Kombucha
Seasons Sparkling
Jewel-Osco
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM
Chrome Industries

Esteemed Judges:

Gregory Hall, Virtue Cider
Kevin Beary, Three Dots and a Dash (2018 Stone Fence Competition Winner)
Pat Corcoran - Haight Brand
Ronnie Bertellotti - Cocktail Courier
Ambrosia Borowski - The NorthmanChicago Cider Week
Chris Kolodziej - Lakeshore Beverage
Amy Cavanaugh - Plate Magazine

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Earlier Event: January 19
Taste of the Lakeshore