In case you haven’t heard, Esquire magazine named Detroit “Bar City of the Year” in its June/July 2014 issue. Now that’s something to celebrate! And that’s exactly what bar industry professionals did last week.
Travis Fourmont, cocktail ambassador for Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, is a name you’re familiar with now if you know cocktails in the D. He’s one half of Bailout Productions, a successful cocktail duo (with fellow bartender Joe Robinson) who has put on events including Whiskey Rebellion and various pop-up bar events.
“Great Lakes Wine & Spirits decided this was a great opportunity to give back to those who collectively make it happen,” Fourmont said. “Last Monday we threw an amazing party at the Detroit Historical Museum for service industry professionals.”
The party, which took place on Monday, July 28, featured food from local chef Andy Hollyday (of the highly anticipated Seldom Standard), music from Shine on Kentucky Moon and tons of craft cocktails, courtesy of Fourmont.
“Great Lakes Wine & Spirits also has been sponsoring an exhibit which celebrates the Detroit prohibition era,” Fourmont said. “At this exhibit, we were serving up the classic Detroit-based cocktail, The Last Word.”
In addition to the classic gin and lime juice cocktail, three others were featured throughout the night: Old Fashioned Summer, El Pepino and Moscow Mule.
The private event was open to bar industry professionals only, and was held in order to celebrate the prestigious title bestowed on the city of Detroit. What better way to do so than with cocktails, food and entertainment.
“It’s apparent that over the last several years, the hospitality seen in our area has exploded,” Fourmont said. “This event was all about celebrating the service industry professionals who collectively make up the bar scene in and around Detroit.”
Fourmont said he personally feels lucky to be a part of the bar community in Detroit, and hopes that the exposure will motivate the city’s bar community to keep doing what they do best: provide great service, make great cocktails and have fun.
“I feel there are two reasons Detroit is deserving of this title. First, the incredible bars that have been around for years adopting a fun personality that is unique to Detroit. Second, the growing craft cocktail scene that is continually getting national recognition,” Fourmont said.