Max is a giant among barmen

SHEEN Falls Lodge barman Max La Rocca is in the mix for one of the top accolades in his trade having secured a place in the Irish final of the 2010 World Class Bartender of the Year contest.

Max used Bushmills 16-year old in his 'Giant's Gate' cocktail that won the judges' approval in the competition heat held in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin this week.

The competition, now in its second year, is ranked among the top international bartending competitions, with entrants from across the globe competing for the accolade of World's Best Bartender.

This programme was developed by Guinness owners Diageo to educate and inspire bartending talent to create exceptional cocktails and service.