Diageo World Class Cocktail Competition – Northern Europe Finals 2019

The Cocktail Nation was invited to attend the Northern Europe Finals of the famous Diageo World Class Coktail Competition at the Nolet distillery in Schiedam, the Netherlands. What follows is an account of the absolute blast we had that day! Article and Photos by Mickaël Editing by Rolf The competition took place at the Nolet…

Observations from Diageo World Class 2018 Benelux Finals

Well, the first one is easy of course, David Lebeer won for Belgium! He’ll be representing Belgium on the Global Finals hosted this year in Berlin and we wanted to create a little buzz (pun intended) here. Didn’t get the pun? Well he has a thing going on with bees and with a surname which…

Jurgen Nobels wins Diageo World Class Belgium 2015!

Wow! Ladies and gentlemen, what a match! If you think bartending is easy feel free to enlist next year in what is commonly known as ‘the Olympics of Bartending’ – Diageo World Class! After more than 10 hours of competing, Belgium finally has a candidate to send to the Global Finals in South Africa: Mr….

Dogma Cocktails – Antwerp

Boozy Excitement Under The Cathedral’s Bell Tower It’s almost a year now that you can visit a new exquisite cocktail bar near Antwerp’s Cathedral. Head bartender and owner is Didier Van den Broeck who became third at Diageo World Class Belgium 2014. This guy is a hurricane, he manages two or three different conversations and…

Hannah Van Ongevalle wins Diageo World Class Belgium 2014

For the first time in years there was girlpower on the stage of the Diago World Class Belgian Finals, Hannah Van Ongevalle and Sofie Ketels have definitely proven that the Belgian bartenderscene is no longer a male monopoly. Well, I must say, this was a very exciting competition. Eleven contenders, lots of new faces. Amongst…

Olivier Jacobs bereidt zich voor op Diageo Finals in Rio

The Jiggers Gent, een review. Voor onze reservatie moest er al een klein beetje gepuzzeld worden, dus ik verwachte een drukke bedoening toen ik aanbelde aan de bescheiden voordeur van de Jiggers Speakeasy te Gent. We wachtten geduldig tot er iemand de trap op stormde, de deur zwaaide open en we werden onmiddellijk hartelijk ontvangen….

De 5 Beste Belgische Mixologen

Ik weet niet of er veel cocktail-meerwaardezoekers zijn in ons Belgenlandje? Wanneer ik mezelf soms als dusdanig waag te profileren, staren ze me meestal aan op een manier alsof ze zouden kijken naar een dobermann met 6 poten die in brand staat. Dat wil zeggen: een ongelijke mix van fascinatie, angst en een paar druppeltjes ‘je-ne-sais-quoi’….