Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel Canadian Contender in North American Wide Bourbon Battle

CALGARY, May 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Marriott Hotels is bringing its premier North American Bourbon Battles to Canada for one stop at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel on Thursday May 19th at 6:00 pm. The event will be hosted by leading global spirit expert and author Heather Greene and will aim to crown the ultimate North American bourbon cocktail craftsman.

Representing Canada, the Calgary Marriott Downtown plans to feature two of its signature bourbon cocktails: the Black Walnut Old Fashioned (bourbon, water, sugar cube, angostura & black walnut bitter) and the Temperance (whiskey, strawberry infused syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Steller's Jay sparkling wine).

"I'm thrilled that our location was chosen amongst hundreds across North America to showcase Calgary's cocktail creating talent," said Frederic Louvet, General Manager of Calgary Marriott Downtown's ONE18 EMPIRE Whiskey Bar and Restaurant. "At our hotel, we provide each and every one of our guests with relevant experiences that energize their time in Calgary. To be chosen to participate in this 'battle' for our mixology innovations is extremely exciting for us."

Marriott Hotels' Bourbon Battle features four contestants per event on this five city tour (Calgary, Portland, Lexington, KY, Boston, and culminating in New York City). Winners from the first four events will win a chance to compete in the finale round in New York City. At each Battle, the Marriott bartenders will go up against local mixologists to prove their bourbon mixology skills. The four contestants for Calgary's battle are: Kevin McKee of the Scottsdale Arizona Marriott, Michael Sheppard of ONE18 EMPIRE Whiskey Bar and Restaurant, Madeleine MacDonald of Model Milk, and Shelby Goodwin of The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen. The Bourbon Battles competition series is a as part of the broader Marriott Hotels Bourbon Program, an innovative on-property experience for guests and visitors.

Located in the heart of the city, the Calgary Marriott Downtown, with its energetic vibe, offers guests everything needed for an exceptional stay including world-class food and beverages in the trendy ONE18 EMPIRE Whiskey Bar and Restaurant, as well as advanced technology throughout the hotel and every space including guest rooms, boardrooms, the exclusive M Club Lounge and the rooftop patio.

To see the action in real time, follow #BourbonBattles and Marriott Hotels on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

About the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel attracts business and leisure travellers with attentive service, plush accommodations and a variety of convenient amenities. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation in Spring 2015, the hotel proudly welcomes guests to Canada's first M Club Lounge, as well as a brand new Great Room, ONE18 EMPIRE restaurant and bar, onsite Starbucks and more than 11,000 square feet of dynamic meeting space. Guest rooms invite travellers to relax with luxury bedding, smart TVs and dramatic views of the city and the Canadian Rockies. Other features of this luxurious hotel include a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool, concierge service, a full-service business centre, laundry service and valet parking. Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the hotel is near the famous Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo and Glenbow Museum, as well as vibrant restaurants, bars and shops.

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, Bulgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®.Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together comprise nearly 55 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at

SOURCE Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada

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