And we completely agree! News & Record’s 1808 Greensboro posted an article in early September about two bartenders that are making their mark in Greensboro and they just so happen to be two members of the Dram & Draught team: Ronaldo Pettigrew and Ryan Hill. You can read the full article here but we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite parts.
As Hurricane Barry was making its way to New Orleans in mid-June, Rolando Pettigrew sipped water and shrugged.
“I’m going anyway,” he said.
Pettigrew, who won third place at an Exotico tequila competition, has used the ingredient oleo saccharum in cocktails, where citrus rinds ferment with sugar over the course of a couple days. He’s inspired by the recent trend of zero waste in cocktail making, where bartenders use scraps and other so-called trash from restaurant kitchens.
“It’s a version of farm-to-table,” he says.
Ryan Hill, Pettigrew’s co-worker at Dram & Draught and a trained opera singer, won second place at Copper & Kings’ regional semifinal competition in Raleigh this past May. His entry had to use Copper & King products and be themed after a song, which would play while he made and served it.
He chose “How to Disappear Completely” by Radiohead and paired the song with an orange-chocolate cocktail he called “I’m Not Here.” It was a pre-Prohibition style called a flip, which includes a full egg that makes it “comforting, relaxing, and indulgent,” says Hill.
Hill & Pettigrew
The pair, who have over two decades of bartending experience between them, are working to restart a branch of the U.S. Bartenders Guild in the Triad. The guild would host distributor and brand ambassador visits, book signings, and meet and greets. It would also fund member travel to conferences and competitions.
Pettigrew and Hill also plan to bring cocktail competitions to the Gate City. There will be a Bartenders Brawl in September, like the one Hill recently won second place for at the Dram & Draught location in Raleigh. Customers are welcome to come and watch, but the point is for competitors to educate each other.
“Don’t come expecting to win,” says Pettigrew. “Come expecting to learn.”
Check out the full article online and make sure you visit the guys at Dram & Draught Greensboro soon!