Angostura bitters is gearing up for the 2013 Angostura Bitters Global Cocktail Challenge starting with the U.S. Finals in Chicago on October 18, 2012. We are excited to introduce you to one of our three U.S. finalists, J.R. Starkus. Meet J.R.!

Name: J.R. Starkus (@jrstarkus on Twitter)

City: Las Vegas

Bar: RM Seafood (@rmseafood on Twitter)

5 things To Know About J.R.:

  1. I’ve been bartending on the Las Vegas Strip for 13 years.
  2. I never planned on being a bartender but learned completely from watching those around me.
  3. On the Price is Right with Bob Barker, I won a new truck.
  4. I’m extremely competitive with everything, even if it’s Monopoly with my 7-year-old son.
  5. The cold is my worst enemy. I live in Vegas so give me 110 everyday!

Cheer for J.R. in the Angostura Bitters Cocktail Challenge U.S. Finals in Chicago on October 18, 2012! Follow #AngosturaBitters and get live updates from @AngosturaHouse on Twitter and on our Facebook page.

Meet our other U.S. Finalists:

Sean Frederick

Alex Renshaw