We're thrilled to announce the first-ever digital USBG World Class, sponsored by Diageo. This competition is about so much more than winning. It’s a way for people to expand, professionally and personally, while providing them with opportunities to push outside their comfort zone, all in the name of becoming a better bartender.

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New Tools & Resources

This year's competition looks a little different from years past, here's what to know.

All Events Are Remote
To ensure the safety of all participants, all events are being captured remotely.
Mentorship
For all challenges each competitor is assigned a mentor to act as a sounding board, provide advice and guidance.
Communication Timeline
In the spirit of fairness all competitors will have equal access to the same information at the same time.
Ticket To The Finals
One US Finalist will move on to compete globally in Madrid, Spain, in July 2021.

The Diageo Bar Academy, also known as DBA, provides a members with wealth of information to raise the bar and better their careers. Membership includes access to bar news, cocktail trends and lots of drinks inspiration as well as insights from a global network of experts and some of the industry's leading influencers and world renowned bartenders. This year's World Class studios are now live on DBA.

Diageo Bar Academy Studios

Diageo Studios is a series of bartender training sessions, crafted by some of the world’s best bartenders, drink professionals and creatives. Every session is designed to push boundaries, educate and inspire bartenders around the globe. We open up new digital and in-person experiences for all to follow, regardless of location or resources.

Punch
Modernism
It's time to talk about all the benefits of batched cocktails. Learn about techniques that build flavor, consistently delicious serves and more.
START STUDIO
First
Draft
With a little help from Johnnie Walker, learn how to create fantastic drinks and why a balanced approach benefits both staff and guests.
START STUDIO
World Class
Menus
Industry experts share their thoughts on what makes a world class menu and how to build one that best serves customers and bartenders.
START STUDIO
Underground Agriculture
Uncover the story of Don Julio Tequila and learn more about the agave plant in order to create new cocktails and menus.
START STUDIO

WATCH & LEARN

USBG PRESENTS WORLD CLASS SPONSORED BY DIAGEO WINNERS

Katie Renshaw
2019 U.S. Bartender of the Year
Laura Newman
2018 U.S. Bartender of the Year
Chris Cardone
2017 U.S. Bartender of the Year
ANDREW MELTZER
2016 U.S. Bartender of the Year
Tyson Buhler
2015 U.S. Bartender of the Year
CHARLES JOLY
2014 Global Bartender of the Year
JEFF BELL
2013 U.S. Bartender of the Year
RICKY GOMEZ
2012 U.S. Bartender of the Year

Stay Updated on Everything World Class in 3 easy steps

STEP 1
2021 applications have closed but be on the lookout for 2022 applications.
STEP 2
Use #worldclassus and #worldclass2021 to check out the World Class Bartenders.
STEP 3
Follow @WorldClassUS to see all competition updates and finalists!!
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