Bartending: 14 years
Competitive Bartending: 12 years
Rank: TGI Friday’s World Bartender Champion
Brian Zachau is a bartender, consultant, and corporate trainer who has been recognized for his competitive successes and achievements as a bartender. He is the only american to win the internationally respected TGI Friday’s World Bartender Championship in the past 15 years. On his path to the title, he “raised the bar” by setting company records for most World Bartender Finals appearances (7 consecutive), most US Championship titles (6 consecutive), and first place finishes in the speed and accuracy round, twice. Brian has been featured in the media for his flair and bartending expertise and is a regular contributor to drink demonstrating segments on both a local and national platform. He has been seen nationally on SPIKE TV, Food Network, Bloomberg, TMZ, The Dailey Buzz, and the Mancow show. Locally he has been seen on Twin Cities Live, Franchise Times, MetroMix, TV Twelve, Twin Cities Live, Dallas Morning News, and many other shows.
Brian co-founded a beverage consulting company in 2006. Liquidmotion, is a sought after bartender staffing, training, and performing expertise company. The Liquidmotion team has performed for a wide range of clients including: Hollywood premiere parties, billionaire’s birthday bashes, corporate events, and even barnyard weddings. Their corporate clients have included: General Mills, Moen, Young Living, US Foodservice, Derse, Mohegan Sun, Activision, and Diesel USA.
How long have you been bartending?
How did you learn to flair?
I got into flair bartending a very cool time.
What are some of the competitions you have done. Which one is your favorite?
My favorite competition was Bacardi Pro Flair in Moscow, Russia. Bacardi built bleachers in this place and fireworks went off when we walked on stage. It was unbelievable atmosphere!
What awards have you won and which one means the most? The two awards that I have won that probably mean the most to me would be Qualifying for the Grand Final at Roadhouse in London, UK and also taking top 5 at Legends. They were the two most prestigious competitions at the time.
What is the craziest thing that has happened during a shift? You don’t want to know.
What is your favorite event you have worked? Favorite event I worked would have to be the James Bond Quantum of Solace release party in New York City. Was a blast working in tuxedos and having Aston Martins at the entrance to the party. It was really high profile and really fun.
Why do you like working with the other Liquidmotion bartenders? We only employ skilled professionals and we work well and have a lot of fun together.
What is your favorite city to travel to? There’s two. Vancouver and Atlanta. The industry in those cities have really taken care of me over the years.
What is your favorite cocktail? Going to just say Bacardi Limon and Red Bull because it holds special memories for me when I worked a tour around the nation with Bacardi Limon. We did 13 cities, 39 clubs, in 13 weeks.
What kind of music do you like to flair to? Over the years it has been mostly rock and house music.