Iron Bartender – Final Four

Oh, it’s getting serious now ya’ll.

The Little Nell has been asking which local bartender has the skills to be named “Aspen’s Iron Bartender.” Every Sunday  from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Terrace Bar, two of the town’s leading bartenders have been squaring off in a round robin competition to determine whose cocktail reigns supreme. And now we’re down to the final four: Nate Harnish of Pacifica; Stryder Devaney from Montagna; Erin Harris from Jimmy’s and K.C. Clayton of Takah Sushi.

The drink gurus have been showing their stuff, using Grand Marnier as an element in creating delicious concoctions.  Each guest gets one vote with the purchase of a featured cocktail. The bartender with the most votes at the end of the night moves on to the next round. The contest will continue Sundays through March, culminating in a March 26 throw-down with the ultimate victor winning the crown and a trip to “Tales of The Cocktail” in New Orleans to party with some of America’s greatest cocktail creators.

March 11 pits Nate Harnish against Stryder Devaney.

Nate’s favorite winter cocktail is an Irish Coffee; while Stryder prefers a Negroni… This should be interesting.