Fuller’s bar manager makes top 10 Tennessee Calling


Thomas Hay-Owens, Manager of The Venner Bar; a secret cocktail bar at The Bull Hotel in Bridport, has made the top 10 of a prestigious cocktail competition run by Jack Daniels called Tennessee Calling III. 

This year, Tennessee Calling challenged bartenders to create a cocktail that showcases their personal story as well as their knowledge of Jack Daniel's. 

The Tennessee Calling III cocktail competition launched during London Cocktail Week in October 2018 and bartenders were given three weeks to create a Jack Daniel's cocktail that showcases their personal story as well as their knowledge of Jack Daniel’s. 

A record number of entries were received, and judges chose their top 10. The finalists will be visited in their own bars by a big line-up of judges, including the current ‘best bartender in the world’, who will then choose the top three cocktails.  

Thomas Hay-Owens pouring cocktail for top 10 Tennessee calling
Thomas Hay-Owens, Manager of The Venner Bar, pours his signature cocktail. 

The Nashville Sound

Tom’s cocktail is called The Nashville Sound, which he describes as being a love letter to RCA studios in Nashville, who created and defined a genre of music that would influence artists forever.

The Nashville Sound cocktail combines hearty flavours, such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Fuller’s ESB Champion Ale, Hopped Grapefruit Bitters and Tabasco. 

Tom is also a musician and teamed up with Rough Bark studios to create a country song inspired by the history of RCA Studios and Jack Daniel’s to help tell the story behind his Tennessee Calling III entry and to promote his drink. 

Listen to Tom’s song: 

If Tom’s cocktail is selected in the final three, he will fly out to New York and Tennessee for the final. 

We wish Tom all the best for the Tennessee Calling III cocktail competition and congratulate him for making it into the top 10! 

To try The Nashville Sound cocktail for yourself, visit Tom at The Venner Bar – which is open Wednesday to Saturday and accessed through a secret door in the ballroom of The Bull Hotel in Bridport

Ask for The Nashville Sound. 

View all the finalists and their cocktail creations here: Tennessee Calling Cocktail Competition 2018.   


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