Brendan Dorr, head bartender at Kimpton’s B&O American Brasserie, brings an artistic approach to the craft of making cocktails, using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients as well as a flair of creativity with every creation. Dorr’s impressive resume includes posts at the former Ixia Restaurant, Black Olive and Aureole, Charlie Palmer’s renowned restaurant in New York.
Under Dorr’s leadership, B&O American Brasserie has been recognized by Baltimore magazine as one of the area’s “Best Bars” and Baltimore’s City Paper has recognized his cocktail menus as the “Best of Baltimore”. He has been featured in Imbibe Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Chilled Magazine, in the Mix magazine, Arrive magazine, Southwest The Magazine, Market Watch Magazine, Baltimore magazine, Style Magazine, Maryland Beverage Guide, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, StarChefs.com, CityEats.com and ShakeStir.com. He has also been a featured guest on WJZ-TV (CBS), WBAL-TV (NBC), WBFF-TV (FOX), WMAR-TV (ABC) and WBAL-AM’s “The Sipping Point”, WYPR-AM Baltimore.
In 2011, Dorr founded the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild in an effort to build the local bartending community and help put Baltimore’s cocktail scene on the national level. He also is a co-founder of the Forgotten Cocktail Club, which hosts pop-up events once a month with a focus on cocktails from the pre-Prohibition era.
In November 2011, Dorr was named the winner of the Vinos de Jerez Cocktail Competition, a national competition sponsored by the AKA Wine Geeks and B.A.R. In September 2010, Dorr won the 2010 Barenjager Honey Liqueur Cocktail Contest, beating out hundreds across the country with his El Oso cocktail. The winning cocktail is featured in Gary Regan’s Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011 and Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide. In September 2008 he won the Baltimore/DC regional finals of the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup, an international cocktail competition that features some of the best mixologists in the world. His East Coast win propelled him to an international competition in Queenstown, New Zealand. There, he competed against 45 other bartenders from around the world in the finals of the Cocktail World Cup, a contest that uses grueling cocktail challenges in the areas of flair and drink creation, among other things, to assess each mixologists’ raw talent. During the contest Dorr was named “People’s Choice Bartender of the Year.” Aside from competition, in April 2009 Dorr traveled to Vail, Colorado to be part of the Grand Marnier Cocktail Summit and had been a judge in numerous cocktail competitions.
In 2013, Dorr attended the BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) five-day intermediate certificate program in New York lead by the premier global experts in spirit knowledge and bar education. In 2008, he completed the first step of his sommelier degree, an honor given only to trained and knowledgeable wine professionals. Dorr is also an honorary member of the United States Bartender’s Guild.
Dorr has presented his skills and cocktail creations through demonstrations and as a panelist at several events including the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging EXPO and the National Kidney Foundation’s annual fundraiser Santé.
Dorr was born in Frederick, Md. and graduated from the Peabody Conservatory with a degree in Vocal Performance (yes, he can sing opera). He currently resides in Mt. Vernon.
Brendan is dedicated to creating adventurous seasonal cocktails and changing the Baltimore cocktail scene.