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Tripper Duval of Milwaukee Advances to the National Manhattan Experience Finale Event

The country’s best mixologists gathered at the Woodford Reserve Distillery where finalists were announced.

By - Nov 19th, 2014 05:19 pm
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As part of its second annual national Manhattan Experience event, Woodford Reserve selected six finalists to continue onto the finale round of the competition. Finalists were selected out of a pool of 30 regional winners, with the announcement taking place while in town to visit the Woodford Reserve distillery.

Hosted in partnership with, the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience is a national cocktail competition that gives talented mixologists the chance to showcase their skills by shaking up their own unique twist on the classic Manhattan. This year, the program saw hundreds of entries from around the country. Throughout the month of October, a series of regional Manhattan Experience events took place in select markets, where local bartenders competed for the chance to earn the title of “Best Manhattan” in each of their respective markets.

Having beat out the competition in their local markets, each winning bartender was given the chance to visit the Woodford Reserve Distillery for an immersive bourbon experience hosted by Master Distiller Chris Morris. While there, it was announced which six finalists from across the country would continue onto New York and represent the country’s best bartending talent.

This year’s finalists are: Sam Treadway of Boston, Allison Widdecome of Denver, Ryan Puckett of Indianapolis, Tripper Duval of Milwaukee, Benjamin Amberg of Portland, OR, Jorge Vargas Baquedano of San Francisco.

The Manhattan Experience will culminate with a finale event hosted in New York on January 12th, 2015, where this year’s national winner will be announced.

About Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky – the heart of thoroughbred country. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. For more information, please visit Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly.

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2014.

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0 thoughts on “Tripper Duval of Milwaukee Advances to the National Manhattan Experience Finale Event”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Of course we of Milwaukee all hope that Tripper Duval wins! We’re rooting for you, Tripper (and thanks for this article that lets the rest of this know this is happening)!

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