The Glassology Finalists
The day started with the six finalists taking the stage to present their ideal drinking experience, culminating with the drink being served in a replica of the glass they have designed.
After a tough judging session the judges agreed that Yochen Verbeeck deserved the trophy. Simon Difford had the honour to announce it during the after party, which took place at Roses by SAL in Amsterdam.
Belgium bartender Yochen Verbeeck has been working at Cocktails at Nine for the past months. . He describes himself as a perfectionist with a great passion for the cocktails scene, which combined with his will to learn, makes the perfect match for a Libbey Ambassador.
The inspiration for Yochen’s design, The Gatsby, comes from the connection of:
o Art Deco, that features curving forms and smooth polished surfaces, combining modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials that represented luxury and glamour;
o The Gatsby novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, that refers to the roaring twenties in New York;
o The vase always full of flowers at Yochen’s Grandmother’s house.
The winning Glassology design
“I incoporated my love for art and history in my design. I really wanted to keep it simple and let the glass speak for itself.” Yochen Verbeeck
The international jury with Sandrae Lawrence, Tara Garnell, Diego Ferrari, Robert Schinkel, Frauke Timmermans and Simon Difford focused on finding that perfectly polished design, which outweighed the other five in terms of creating a drinking experience that remains long after the last sip of the drink. The jury praised his design for being beautiful and having a fantastic back story.
“Yochen presented us with a beautiful glass, a compelling back story and even filled his glasses with a couple of great tasting cocktails. A well-deserved win in a closely fought competition.” Simon Difford, jury of Glassology
As the winner, Yochen will receive 250 pieces of his glass design, will be one of the members of the jury in the next edition of Glassology and will act as the Glassology Ambassador at the renowned Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
Glassology Winners Yochen and Robert
“When my name was announced I couldn’t believe it! I was very, very happy. Just to know that my glass is going in production is amazing. I’m looking forward to show the real glass to my grandparents. What I like about Libbey is that is not only a business, it’s a family, and I’m really happy that I’m in that family right now. I couldn’t imagine a better night! My family was there, the Libbey family was there, so one of the best nights of my life.” Yochen Verbeeck