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3 bartenders. 3 secret ingredients. 3 rounds.

Iron Bartender

It's not your mother's fundraiser.

Radio Room Dec 1

The Competition

Iron Bartender 2012 Poster

December 1st at The Radio Room, three bartenders will go head to head (to head!) during three 6-minute rounds. A different secret ingredient is revealed at the beginning of each round, and the contestants must use that ingredient to create an original cocktail. 9 cocktails in all will be created during the event, and the judges score them based taste, presentation, and originality. The bartender with the highest score wins the title of Iron Bartender!

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The Winners

Iron Bartender 2012

We are pleased as punch to announce the Iron Bartender 2012 WINNER: David Shenaut from Raven & Rose! Congratulations, David!

Iron Bartender 2012 Champ is Dave Shenaut
Iron Bartender 2012 Peoples Choice ChampErica Namare

People's Choice Winner

Thank you to everyone who liked their favorite for the win here on Facebook and came out and voted last night! After all was said and done, the People's Choice Award went to Erica Namare from 23Hoyt! Congratulations Erica!


There are three great ways you can get into Iron Bartender, and one way if you live life on the edge.


Donate to The Giving Tree

General Admission

Donate $10+ to The Giving Tree through the Willamette Week’s Give!Guide between Nov 7th and Nov 30th and your name will be at the door the night of the event.

Donate to The Giving Tree through the Give!Guide


Donate to The Giving Tree


New this year! In order to provide a unique experience, we are offering 14 spots behind the judges to VIP donors! VIPs will have the chance to interact with the judges and competitors, taste all of the secret ingredients, and receive a free voting card! For VIP status, donate $75 or more to The Giving Tree through the Willamette Week’s Give!Guide between Nov 7th and Nov 30th.


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With Dinner

Make a night of it and join us for a prix fixe dinner created especially for the occasion by chef Jeff Pagel. For $50 you'll be treated like royalty with a three course dinner, original drink pairings for each course, and entry to Iron Bartender with reserved seating in the bar. Tickets available now through November 26 at Brown Paper Tickets. Want to combine this with our VIP package? Contact us to find out how! Email us or call us at (503) 200-5528.


You can also buy tickets at the door for $15, but we have sold out in the past and can't guarantee entry. We can guarantee that you will be very sad to miss Iron Bartender.

Doors at 8:30

The Competitors

Our competitors are gearing up for a fierce battle!

  • Erica Namare is competing in Iron Bartender

    Erica Namare

    23 Hoyt
    Erica has been behind the bar for over thirteen years shaking, smashing, smoking, foaming, aging, infusing,and building libations for thirsty patrons. She has always been drawn to drink-slinging for the endless outlet of creativity, and thrives in the action and energy of composing an experience over the bar top. When not crafting fresh, balanced cocktails at 23Hoyt, she’s gearing up motorcycle enthusiasts at MotoCorsa, performing as a Parkour-ing werewolf, torturing her roommate with her attempts at banjo greatness, doubling as a Ducati riding "Hundjager #3", and searching for the elusive non-dairy sundae.
    Like Erica's Facebook post if you think she should win!

  • Mindy Kucan is competing in Iron Bartender

    Mindy Kucan

    Hale Pele
    Mindy has been tending bar for 10 years, making craft cocktails for 5. She is originally from Houston, TX where she worked at a high volume cocktail bar called Anvil Bar and Refuge. She moved to Portland just over a year ago and is now the lead bartender and water goddess at Hale Pele, a tiki bar in NE PDX. She has two crazy cats named Dwight Meowkum and Elvis Purrsley. She loves what she does.
    Like Mindy's Facebook post if you think she should win!

  • David Shenaut is competing in Iron Bartender

    David Shenaut

    Raven and Rose
    A founding member of the Oregon Bartenders Guild, David’s poured a drink (or two thousand) at Teardrop, the Rum Club, and Kask, and currently spends his days on an elegant project at Raven & Rose – a farmhouse cookery and fine cocktail bar embodied in Portland’s Historic Ladd Carriage House. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of cocktails, and likes long walks on the beach, midnight dance parties, laybacks, and blue blender drinks. Also, he looks really high-toned in suspenders and a Goorin Brothers hat.
    Like David's Facebook post if you think he should win!

The Loot!

There are two different prize packages up for grabs for the competitors:

Iron Bartender has a reputation for amazing prize packages, and this year will be no different!

Voting Card Prize Package

When you vote for your favorite competitor, your voting card goes into a drawing for a prize package valued at $370!

Raffle Prizes

  • A $30 gift certificate to Burnside Brewing
    A Redux mustache collection: tie, eraser, ring, wallet, pint glass
  • The Meadow’s Alaska Pure Smoked salt and Lemon Flake salt
    A Scharffen Berger chocolate baker’s set
  • A CD and t-shirt from local legends Pink Martini
    A $25 gift certificate to Soho Boutique
    A $25 gift certificate to Local Lounge
  • Leatherman Skeletool multitool
    A $25 gift certificate to Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill
  • A $25 gift certificate to Seasons & Regions Seafood Grill
    A $30 gift certificate to Burnside Brewing

Thanks also to:

And to these folks, who are providing help with supplies for the event:

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This is a charity event. You can get your buzz on, win stuff, AND do a good deed, all in one night!


If your dream is to be a judge at this event, you can tip the odds in your favor by donating big! For every $10 you give through the Willamette Week’s Give! Guide, your name goes into a drawing to win a seat at the Judge’s Bar. $100 = 10 times entered.

*The Lucky Audience Member is chosen the night of Iron Bartender.


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