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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Anthony Alba Wins Stella Artois Draught Master Competition

Anthony Alba, who has been tending bar since 1999, has won the Stella Artois U.S. Draught Master Competition held this week at PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Alba will go to Leuven, Belgium, in October to represent the United States at the Stella Artois World Draught Master Competition.

Alba had to show judges he had mastered the "Belgian Pouring Ritual," a nine-step process that includes “purifying” the glassware; “sacrificing” the first beer poured and “beheading” the beer for the perfect head of foam. The timed competition took place in front of a panel of six judges. The competitors had to pour Stella Artois and Hoegaarden from draught and bottles of Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde.

Alba beat out Darlene Perales, who finished second, and Genie Gene, who finished third.

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