WFA Flair Bartending Certificate – Yellow
“Flair bartending is the theatrical art of manipulating bar tools with style and grace whilst making exquisite cocktails with precision and speed”.
To be a competent Flair Bartender, skill, dedication, motivation and a thriving passion to entertain others are required from any bartender who can create multiple, complex cocktails with speed and consistency. “Without the abilities of a good bartender, a flair bartender is simply a juggler.”
With this new string to your bow you will notice an increase in bar intake, an increase in tips and an increase in your technical ability behind the sticks. You will also notice a new, confident bartender with a higher level of concentration and determination to get better and better. High levels of practice are required to reach the number one spot at the top of the WFA gradings. Which is why we have created a course specifically designed for the eager bartender in mind. With this course you will receive, a Mixology group certification accredited by the World Flair Association, proving you have what it takes to perform behind any bar with character and skill, knowledge of the history of flair, and actual ability to manipulate multiple objects in mid flight, safely and professionally.
The earliest record of flair bartending was bartender Jerry “The Professor” Thomas, who poured fiery streams of boiling water and flaming whisky to mix an original cocktail called the Blue Blazer in the late 19th Century. Flair really came into it’s own in the 1980’s when T.G.I Fridays hosted the first national flair bartending competition in 1986 called “Bar Olympics”. John JB Bandy was the winner of this competition and went on to train Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown for the 1988 film, Cocktail.
The head instructor Brandon has nearly 10 years experience behind the sticks. With many accomplishments in the competitive field, working alongside the greatest flair bartenders in the world, in some of the best venues in the world, and with his Yellow Grading Teaching Certification, he has dedicated his time, knowledge and passion to create this course fit for all abilities.
You will walk away from these exhausting two days with the knowledge of:
- WFA Yellow Certification
- Theory behind flair
- Competition and bar setup
- Safety and accident prevention
- Pours and cuts
- Flair pouring
- Garnish and ice flair
- Bottle – tin moves
- Simple craft flair techniques
- Practice with plastic bottles
- Practice with real bottles and liquid
- Fluid body movements
- Speed flair
- Working flair moves
- Exhibition flair moves
- Guest interactions
- A simple flair routine combining the whole course.
The World Flair Association (WFA) realised that throughout the world, the standard of bartending differs from country to country. So they created gradings to set standards that can be used no matter where in the world you are. These gradings are colour coded, much like in Karate, Yellow is the first grading with Black being the top grading (1st Place in a grand slam).
This WFA Certification will expand on and perfect the techniques learnt in the introductory course. The WFA exam will cover a timed working flair routine, a timed exhibition flair routine and a timed speed round as well as a free pour test.
The course will run during the week but the exam will take place on a date on which the student will feel comfortable; wether it be the same day, 2 days, 2 weeks or 2 months after the course has run, as the exam requires practice and patience to get right.
This course is designed as an entry level course and as such is suitable for complete beginners, up to those who have little flair experience and wish to certify their knowledge of flair.
Cost £160 – Price includes exam and White WFA tins
Yellow tins and WFA accredited Certification are awarded on passing of the exam.