Leeds’ King of the Pins Bowling Social Back for Fifth Year

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King of the Pins: bowling, booze, food – Thursday 9th February, 2017

BarLifeUK News - Leeds’ King of the Pins Bowling Social Back for Fifth YearLeeds’ King of the Pins bowling comp and bartender social is back. This year, being its fifth anniversary, the event has added bells and whistles, thanks to a bunch of sponsor brands, including, among others, Bacardi Brown Forman, Meantime Brewery, Ilkley Brewery and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.

As in previous years, 60-odd bartenders will be bowling to be crowned King and Queen of the Pins, each winning a prize pack worth £600, which includes tickets, travel and a roof over their heads for Tales of Tour in Edinburgh.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, drop organiser Adam Wilson a line to get involved by emailing him here.

Entry into the bowling comp costs £20 a pop, and for this you will get:

Food provided at pre-tournament meet-up (Sponsored by MeatLiquor Leeds).
Welcome drinks (at least) at each venue
KOTP sponsor-branded baseball shirt
Discounted drinks at the bowling centre bar.
Free brand stuff. Because everyone loves free brand stuff.
Non-bowling supporters are welcome too, and will get everything aside from bowling for £15.

Hi! Balls?

New this year is the ‘Hi! Balls?’ drinks comp. Each bar fielding a bowler gets an automatic entry, to take advantage of which, you need to create a drink and Instagram it.

How to enter

Create a drink (See rules below).
Take a nice picture of it, including the bottles.
Post to Instagram (can be through either a business or personal account) and tag @kingofthepins. Use the hashtags: #KOTP #KINGOFTHEPINS #BALLSDEEP #HIBALLS

Include the following in your post:
i.Name of your bar (particularly if posting from a personal Instagram account)
ii.Selected products
iii.A short description/explanation of the pairing

Share the post from King of the Pins to increase your likes and influence the judges.
The top drinks as chosen by the sponsors will be served as welcome drinks at King of the Pins
The winner will also take home a secret boozy prize to be shared between the bar team

The rules

Drinks must contain between 25 and 50ml of your chosen spirit(s)
Drinks must be served with a full bottle of beer or mixer
Maximum of 2 different spirits allowed in each drink
Drinks must be either:
Highball-style: Spirit, mixer, ice and a garnish
“Boilermaker” style pairing: Beer and a spirit, ice optional
No homemade stuff, no slideshows, no wanky chat – tell us why you’ve chosen your combination and what it tastes like, we’ll do the rest.

Product Selection:

Jack Daniels: Old No. 7, Tennessee Honey
Bacardi: Carta Blanca, Carta Oro, Oakheart
Meantime: Yakima Red, Meantime Pale
Fireball: Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
Ilkley: Alpha Beta, Lotus
Sipsmith Gin: Dry Gin, Lemon Gin, VJOP, Sloe Gin El Jimador: Blanco, Reposado, Añejo
Franklin & Sons: Lemon Tonic, Tonic, Ginger Ale

Get involved:

Contact organiser Adam Wilson if you would like to get involved, by emailing him here.

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Andy Ives has over 10 years hospitality publishing to his name and has written for trade magazines such as CLASS and Theme. Most recently he worked as editor of Industry magazine (the Australian version of Theme), bars editor of Australian Bartender magazine, and launched (with Simon) www.4bars.com.au, which is now Australia’s leading bar industry website.

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