From the Midnight Sun blog:

B&O Brasserie bartender Brendan Dorr is America's Next Top Bartender! Or something.

Barenjager Honey Liqueur sponsored a competition in New York City to find the best drink recipes with their product. On Monday night, Dorr won first place against five other bartenders, $1,000 in cash, and all-expense trip to this year's Okotoberfest in Munich.

Dorr, who's won a bunch of mixing competitions, won with a cocktail ominously named "El Oso" (The Bear), which is made out of Barenjager, Tequila, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and Jerry Thomas' Decanter Bitters.

Alcohol companies routinely host bartender competitions to promote their products. This was the second one for Barenjager, which is made in Germany, but is owned by a New York company.

Last year it was open only to New York City talent, but for Monday's competition it was extended to other states, except, the competition's press release says, "Texas, Washington, California, Tennessee, Alaska, and Hawaii."

What gives Barenjager? Anyway, Dorr's competitors were from Philly, Denver, New York, Brooklyn and Chicago.

All bartenders submitted recipes before August 23 to move on to the final round on Monday night.

Dorr's cocktail will appear on B&O's Fall drinks menu.