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‘The Fairmont Pac Rim is Becoming a Breeding Ground for Bartending Champs’

We are thrilled to announce that Botanist Head Bartender Jeff Savage, recently took home gold at the World Class Canada competition, crowning him Diageo World Class Canada’s 2019 Bartender of the Year. 

June 10th, 2019

Vancouver Magazine recently featured Jeff Savage’s win and the legacy of Fairmont Pacific Rim’s award-winning bartenders in their article titled ‘The Fairmont Pac Rim is Becoming a Breeding Ground for Bartending Champs.’

“It’s official—the Fairmont Pacific Rim is now the New York Yankees of Canada’s drinks scene. Botanist‘s Jeff Savage has just won Diageo World Class Canada in Whistler, which that means that, since 2014, Pac Rim bartenders have won this most coveted cocktail competition three times. The Lobby Lounge’s Grant Sceney won in 2014; Chris Enns, also of the Lobby Lounge, won last year; and, now, there’s Savage. Savage, indeed.

I struggle with how to put this into perspective. I think it’s fair to call Diageo World Class the MVP award of the drink-mixing game. And you can’t win it twice. So imagine a sports team that had three different MVPs over six years—you’d call that a serious dynasty. Even more impressive is that, in those three years they didn’t win, two other Vancouver barkeeps—Royal Dinette‘s Kaitlyn Stewart and Bittered Sling Bitters‘ Lauren Mote—won. So that’s five for six for YVR.

That’s something that’s definitely worth raising a glass to. Savage heads to Amsterdam, Skye and Glasgow in September for his chance to bring home the Diageo World Class. Cheers to that.”

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