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Kiwi Bartender Takes Stella Prize


A bartender from New Zealand has beaten competition from across the globe to be crowned the Stella Artois World Draught Master.

Avril Maxwell bested 26 contestants – including two from the UK – to take the title after judges said she poured the perfect pint of Stella, according to the AB InBev brand’s nine-step pouring ritual.

Maxwell now begins a global journey to more than 20 different countries across the globe as an ambassador for Stella Artois, in which she will be looking to ensure that every ‘chalice’ glass of Stella Artois is preciously poured the world over.

Alexander Lambrecht, global marketing manager for Stella Artois, commented: “The World Draught Master competition is integral to our ongoing quest to deliver superior beer experiences the world over, ensuring that Stella Artois is served with the same care, consideration and craftsmanship as has gone into more than 600 years of brewing.

“We were extremely proud to welcome finalists from around the globe to compete in New York.”

Runners up in the competition were Joe Oppedisano of Canada (2nd) and Alexey Shtukarev of Russia (3rd). The UK representatives were Will Maltby from the Princess Victoria in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, and Danny Fernandez, a ‘wild card’ entrant after winning a competition on Facebook.

Remaining contestants came from: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dubai, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Montenegro, Paraguay, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine and the United States.

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