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Meet the People's Choice: Barman Joseph Brooke A Finalist in L.A.'s Best Bartender Competition. Who Will the Other 4 Be?

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Joseph Brooke (Caroline On Crack/LAist)
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Cocktail lovers clearly love the way Next Door Lounge barman Joseph Brooke stirs and shakes. Brooke was named today as the people's choice winner in the 2011 L.A.'s Best Bartender Competition organized by Table 20.

With 379 votes, Brooke is tops among his peers, per the vox populi. He is automatically one of the competition's five finalists. Two other finalists will be chosen out of the 24 semi-finalists based on a cocktail recipe taste taste. The semi-finalists will submit a recipe using Karlsson's Gold Vodka, which will be prepared and sampled and rated to determine those two finalists; the tasters won't know whose drink they're making or tasting. The last two finalists will be chosen by the full judges panel.

On October 9th, the public is invited to join in the celebration for the competition, and will be able to taste and vote for the best Karlsson's Gold Vodka cocktail (created by the finalist bartenders), shop at Barkeeper's pop-up store, slurp boozy snow cones from IceIceShavie.com, witness the competition, and give L.A.'s bartenders love and appreciation. The cocktail recipes of the 5 finalist bartenders will be featured on
a cocktail list for the public at the event.

Previously:
- Shake, Sip, Nominate: L.A. Best Bartender Competition Is Taking Names
- Cocktail Culture, Bad Ass Pastry Chefs, and What Not to Hate About L.A.: An Interview With Best Bartender and 'Top Chef Just Desserts' Judge Johnny Iuzzini