If you drank something delicious on First Hill, you might have enjoyed the work of a champion. Jacyara de Oliveira, who lists Rob Roy and Boren’s The Hideout as her current fields of play, took the crown Sunday in the Northwest regionals for the sixth annual Speed Rack competition.
de Oliveira, who likes working with bourbon (me too!), downed Oregon tender Natasha Mesa of The Benson in Portland for the regional title. de Oliveira also won in Chicago in 2015 and has made the top eight in five consecutive years, the competition reports. She will compete in this year’s finals in New York in May.
Sunday’s battle took place in Washington Hall. Judges included Kathy Casey of Liquid Kitchen, Paul Clarke of Imbibe magazine, and Tan Vinh of the Seattle Times.
In addition to showcasing some of the best female bartenders, the competition says it raises funds to fight breast cancer.