Wirtz Beverage Nevada Unites with Award-Winning Mixologist Andrew Pollard

Wirtz Beverage Nevada announced today the appointment of award-winning mixologist Andrew Pollard as Beverage Development Specialist. Pollard’s cocktail and bar development expertise will now reach hundreds of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and resorts.  He will report to and work closely with Drew Levinson, who will assume the role of Beverage Development Manager for the company, effective January 16.

“We have two of the industry’s best and brightest talents working together to enhance the cocktail scene in Las Vegas,” said Kevin Roberts, Senior Vice President, Wirtz Beverage Nevada. “The value that they will provide, as full-service consultants, is unmatched in this market.”

In this role, Pollard will work in partnership with Levinson to create new programs for premier accounts throughout the Las Vegas market.  He joins the company from his role as Property Mixologist for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where his esteemed bar program achieved stellar success and praise.

Since 2004, Pollard has been immersed in the hospitality industry acquiring the talents that have led him to his position at Wirtz Beverage Nevada. He was an integral part of the opening teams for Las Vegas’ Tangerine Nightclub & Lounge, Social House and Noir Bar where he mastered wine, beverage and service standards. A standout on the strip, Pollard is recognized for using artisanal and high-quality spirits for creating progressive twists on classic favorites, a signature style dubbed “Classic Restoration.”

“Andrew’s experience and diverse skillset truly sets him apart,” said Drew Levinson. “Not only is he an extremely talented mixologist, but he understands how operational training and development works. He will be a great addition to our team and asset to our partners.”

Together, Pollard and Levinson will provide training, education, product knowledge, drink and menu development and other support to restaurants, resorts, nightclubs and bars; a value-added program started by Levinson under Wirtz Beverage Nevada in 2007.

“The success of this program is a testament to the work Drew has done on the ground. He has created a demand,” said Roberts. “Adding an extra arm to support these efforts will only contribute to our ability to provide best-in-class service.”

As one of the most winning cocktail competitors in Las Vegas, Pollard has garnered significant attention and acclaim nationwide. Accolades include “Most Inspired Bartender 2009, Las Vegas” by Bombay Sapphire/GQ Magazine and “Best Up and Coming Mixologist” by Vegas Seven.  Additionally, Pollard and his cocktails have been featured in trade and news publications across the country, including Food & Wine, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Tasting Panel, Cheers, Nightclub & Bar and Las Vegas Sun. Pollard is the current Vice President of the USBG’s Las Vegas Chapter, a role he has held since 2010.

Wirtz Beverage Nevada, with offices in Las Vegas and Reno, is a statewide leader in distribution of fine wine, spirits and beer brands.  The company is a member of Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the country’s leading wholesalers of wine, spirits and beer brands. Statewide affiliates also include operations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Today, Wirtz Beverage Nevada employs more than 600 people and its revenues exceed $330 million.

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