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   shaken, not stirred
Thomas Hay-Owens, the new bar manager of The Venner Bar at The Bull Hotel, Bridport, made the Top 10 of a unique Cocktail Competition ran by one of the world’s most iconic brands, Jack Daniel’s...
This year, Tennessee Calling III challenged bartenders from the South Midlands, Wales, London, the South East and the South Coast to create a cocktail that showcased their personal story as well as their knowledge of Jack Daniel’s. Over 100 entries were sent through, with Thomas finishing in the top 10. Thomas created a cocktail called The Nashville Sound, a love letter to RCA studios,
To showcase the cocktail in a unique way, Thomas Wrote and Performed a song
on Facebook, named after his cocktail, which attracted over 4000 views on Facebook in less than 10 days. He then teamed up with the creative minds of Producers Logan and Paul at Rough Bark Studio’s in Bridport to produce a studio version of the song that showcased the story of his cocktail and Jack Daniel’s.
to then travel to Lynchburg, Tennessee to learn how to make Jack Daniel’s themselves.
David Crookes, Holding General Manager of The Bull Hotel, said “I’m incredibly proud that Tom and The Venner Bar made it into the top 10. Being in a list with
other hotels such as The Savoy and The Langham is fantastic. Tennessee Calling III has helped to put The Venner Bar back on the map and we love the passion that Tom brings to the establishment”
The Nashville Sound- Thomas Hay- Owens ft. Rough Bark can be found on YouTube.
The Bull Hotel,
34 East Street, Bridport, Dorset,
01308 422878
“Just like Jack Daniel’s, ‘The Nashville Sound’ genre of music defined a generation”
Nashville, who created and defined a genre of music that would influence artists forever. He first learned about the genre of music by listening to his Grandfather on the radio, who was a country radio DJ for almost a decade.
“Just like Jack Daniel’s, The Nashville Sound genre of music defined a generation and still influences artists today, just as the story of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey inspires bartenders the world over”, explained Thomas.
“Both the genre of music and Jack Daniel’s took something that was rough around the edges, (Honky Tonk and Original American Whiskey respectively), and through their unique processes, production methods and originality, created something smoother and more universally appealing, which influenced the landscape of their respective fields for decades to come”.
The competition attracted some incredibly high profile bars and fierce competition, which included but was
not limited to, The American Bar at The Savoy, The Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel and HMSS in Bristol, with the prize being the chance to host an event at one of the world’s best Bars, The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in New York, as well as

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