Competition win ‘the icing on the cake’

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Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room assistant manager Sarah Ewing is heading to Amsterdam to compete for the accolade of best Heineken bartender in the world.

On Saturday she won New Zealand’s Heineken Star Serve competition – a global competition in which Heineken bartenders go head-to-head to show off their draught-pouring skills.

As the South Island champion, Mrs Ewing headed to Auckland on Saturday to compete against North Island winner Andrew Scott.

The two competitors had to complete five Star Serve steps and were judged on each stage.

“We had to check, clean the glass, rinse, drain, pour the beer, skim it, check it again and present the beer.

“Each step is marked individually. The whole process is a performance, and becomes a visual experience,” she said.

MLT general manager Mark Paterson was thrilled with the outcome.

“I think it’s huge for Thomas Green to first qualify and ace the qualifications for the year.

“Sarah’s win is the icing on the cake,” Mr Paterson said.

Heineken’s territory manager Willy Robertson said there was a lot more to the competition than pouring beer.

constantly audited, and it is all about striving for excellence.

“Thomas Green has had 100% pass on all audits done. I am ecstatic Sarah has won and put Gore on the map,” he said.

Thomas Green manager Roz Taylor was at the event with Mrs Ewing in Auckland.

Ms Taylor was amazed by the messages she got from the community while the pair were at the championships.

“I was blown away by the amount of support we got. It was massive.

“I am proud of the whole team, and especially Sarah.

“Watching and videoing her win was not an easy feat as I was shaking and crying at the same time

“It is really cool to see Sarah go up against the rest of the country and how far she has come.

Both Mrs Ewing and Ms Taylor will be at the world final in Amsterdam in October.

“I still cannot believe it,” Mrs Ewing said.

“Hopefully, my husband will be able to join us as well. That would be perfect.”