Mid Competition Cocktail Break

Leo Van Der Smith Earns the Title of RN74 heavy Weight at The “Spirited Rivalry” Cocktail Competition - a Partnership between RN74 and Anchor Distilling Co.





On Monday, March 24, Anchor Distilling Co. and RN74 partnered for a heated competition in San Francisco, pitting eight bartenders against each other from such San Francisco institutions as Beretta, Alta SF, 15 Romolo, Azucar, Park Tavern, and RN74, highlighting their powers of mixology and their grace under pressure.  Victorious was RN74 mainstay Leo Van Der Smith, who started the competition strong with the visually stunning Mt. Tam Spritz and continued to produce creative and inventive drinks to the last course. A close runner up, Patrick Poelvoorde of Park Tavern, proved to be tough competition producing equally delicious beverages, and conceding the win with only a 14-point margin. Guests at the event were invited to taste three cocktails from each bartender paired with dishes from RN74 Chef Aaron Sobel; match ups included:

The Spring Vegetable Salad of mushrooms a la greque, and fried burrata
paired with


BarSol Pisco, cucumber, basil, lemon, olive oil and balsamic from Leo Van Der Smith           

No. 3 London Dry Gin, Maurin Quina, Green Chartreuse, fresh lemon juice, spiced orange syrup, and Peychaud Bitters from Patrick Poelvoorde

The Pork Schnitzel made with gnocchi, fingerlings, mustard jus, and candied walnuts

paired with


No. 3 London Dry Gin, green tea, sage, Luxardo Fernet, and lime from Leo Van Der Smith

BarSol Pisco, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Cardamaro, Luxardo Maraschino, and Angostura Orange Bitters from Patrick Poelvoorde

The Red Velvet Cup made with dark chocolate, crème fraiche cremeux, and raspberry
paired with


H by HINE Cognac, lemon, champagne, pineapple foam, and lavender from Leo Van Der Smith


H by HINE Cognac, Edmond Briottet Creme de Mure, Cocchi Americano, housemade cocoa nib tincture, and Dillon's DSB Bitters from Patrick Poelvoorde


The evening’s panel of judges consisted of: Joel Riddell, host of Talk910’s “Dining Around”, Liam Mayclem of The Foodie Chap, Renee Alexander columnist for 7x7, Jeremy Joven owner of Asterisk Magazine, and David King President of Anchor Distilling Co.. Judges were charged with scoring the preliminary beverages before opening the judging to the dinner attendees. Tasked with developing a pairing cocktail for each of the three courses at dinner, Patrick and Leo faced off evaluated by dinner guests. At the end of the meal, with score cards tallied, Leo Van Der Smith went home with bragging rights, a selection from the Anchor Distilling Co. portfolio, and the “RN74 Heavyweight Title.” 


For more information about Anchor Distilling Company’s portfolio of specialty spirits, go to www.AnchorDistilling.com; for more information. For more information about the food and beverage offerings at RN74 go to michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rn74.php





About Anchor Distilling Company

Anchor Distilling Company aims to provide the bridge between discerning buyers and the world's finest spirits. A privately owned distiller and importer, Anchor boasts an artisanal portfolio with more than 300 specialty products from nearly 20 countries. Our products are from multigenerational, family-owned companies and are sought by connoisseurs for their superior handcrafted artisanal qualities. From a distilling perspective, Anchor is dedicated to creating very small batches of traditionally distilled spirits. For more information, please visit www.AnchorDistilling.com.



Judges View, the end of the competition