Hip Sip: Battle of the Modern Bartender

Meet the 2021 Emcee...

Meet the 2021 Emcee...

Brian Connors, director of the Bacardi Center of Excellence, is a one-of-a-kind educational partnership between the FIU hospitality school and Bacardi USA. He has served as the center's interim director since its creation. Under his leadership, the Bacardi Center of Excellence launched the Spirits Management major in fall 2020, with classes such as Beverage Law and Beverage Marketing. He has developed nationally recognized award-winning wine and beverage programs, and has appeared on the Travel Channel's "Trip of a Lifetime," as well as on national television and in print media features.

Meet The Judges

Mia Mastroianni
Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue

Art Sutley
Savage & Cooke Distillery

Phil Wills
Consultant as seen on Bar Rescue
The Spirits In Motion

Competition Sponsor

Florida International University


Interested in becoming a Spirit Sponsor or Supporting the Hip Sip Competition?

Please contact Lauren Selman for more details: lauren.selman@ifbta.org or 301.651.5152