Cocktail Wars Des Moines

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The North American Spirits Championship, Cocktail Wars, comes to Des Moines this December.

Hundreds of mixologist applicants will be narrowed down to the Top 4 in each of city, leaving only 50 in the championship finals.

Competing for various titles, you can watch, taste, and vote on your favorite cocktail!

With celebrity judges and a guest emcee, this night will rock with excitement and libations!

Our Mixologists:

Dave Murrin-von Ebers- Mixologist at Hessen Haus Cocktail: Bumpin' Granny Steel Drum Rum, Granny Smith Apple (muddled), celery (muddled), lime juice,simple syrup & dash salt

Hailey Workman- Mixologist at Lime Lounge Cocktail: Peach puree,Ginger ale, Peach, graham,crackers/cinnamon/sugar - crushed for the rim of the glass, Iowa Shine and Prairie Fire

Nick Eldredge-Mixologist at Americana Cocktail: The Hot Toby- Iowa Shine, Honey, lemon,, Hot Apple Cider & Cinnamon Stir Stick

Angel Cotten- Mixologist at Cattoorson Grand & The Ridgemont Cocktail: Prairie Fire,Corn Syrup, Apple Juice, Half and Half, chocolate Syrup, Apple Wedge

Guest Judges:

Karess Carter Radio Personality for Star 102.5

Jeremy Hentges account manager for North American Spirits & Wine

Guest Emcee:

Ben Gran -Des Moines comedian

Iowa Distilling Company will play host and sponsor for Cocktail Wars. Iowa Distilling Co. is featuring three of their spirits: Steel Drum Rum, Iowa Shine Corn Whiskey, and Prairie Fire Cinnamon Whiskey. Enjoy a night of relaxation in a rustic setting that is Iowa Distilling Co.

Event Admission Packages:

VIP: $45

Full access to event also includes: Spirit tasting & a intimate distillery tour, meet & greet with mixologists, judges, and emcee (1 hour before opening) includes all four tasting’s from menu + VIP goody bags

General Admission: $30

Access to the event includes: four tasting’s from menu, demonstration of featured tasting’s from competing bartenders, comedy provided by emcee Ben Gran, DJ Chris Coffey spinning music, guest only specials of bottled liquors from the Iowa Distilling Company, Distillery tours. ROUGE SWEETS will be giving out Iowa Distilling Co. spirit infused cupcakes.

Accolades: Best Cocktail, Most Creative, Best Tasting, Best Presentation, Best in Show


Thursday, December 10th, from 7pm-10pm, you can watch the action live in your own backyard. Come try a tasting menu of the best cocktails in Des Moines and vote for your faves.

Competitors and their cocktails will be revealed to the public every week here in preparation for the completion.

What is Cocktail Wars?

Cocktail Wars is a North American spirits championship where hundreds of mixologists go for the gold.

Only a few will make it to the finals, and you will be the one to judge who will win the championship. Cocktail Wars is held this December in a city near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact: My name is Mandi, your Dishcrawl Community Manager for Des Moines! You can e-mail me at

Cancellation Policy: No refunds. All Dishcrawl events are rain or shine.

Can you purchase day of event? Yes, admission packages will be available for purchase to enjoy this event.

Are kids welcome?: No; Cocktail Wars is a 21+ event.

Karess Haivala, Kim, Jeff, Ben, Josh and 70 others are attending Cocktail Wars Des Moines

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