The House of Thomas Henry brings together the European bar scene in the German capital for two days
20 international bars, 40 bartenders, thousands of visitors, numerous innovative drinks and the bitter-lemon experts from Berlin: on 18 and 19 May, the historic Kaufhaus Jandorf was transformed for the first time into „The House of Thomas Henry“. Thousands of visitors swarmed to the dazzling Bar Market in 1920s style; among them were many well-known faces from the bar scene, such as Sven Riebel and Roger Breitenegger. A total of 20 top bars from all over Europe had travelled there to celebrate the premiere and serve their latest drink innovations. An expert jury including Alex Kratena, Simon Difford and Thomas Henry Brand Ambassador Phum Sila-Trakoon named the drink ‘Old But Gold’ from Boris Gröner and Jan Nicolas Jehli (One Trick Pony, Freiburg) as the best in the Henry’s House Competition.
Alongside delicious drinks and a varied entertainment programme, the audience were curious to attend the expert workshops, such as that by Christian Balke, Havana Club Ambassador, on the topic of barrel-ageing, and danced energetically to the beats of DJ Senay on Friday.
‘We are delighted that The House of Thomas Henry has been met with such a positive reaction by Berlin residents, the bar scene and our international guests. We are simply overwhelmed. This has to be repeated next year,’ said bartender and Thomas Henry Brand Ambassador Phum Sila-Trakoon about the two days in the historic department store.
NO COINS, NO DRINKS, NO CHARITY
The Golden Twenties also stand for tolerance and respectful coexistence. It is only when people are curious about each other and act without prejudice that rousing parties such as ‘The House of Thomas Henry’ are possible. That is why Thomas Henry is using part of the takings to support ‘Gastronomie gegen Rassismus e.V.’. The association donates money to organisations that support and facilitate the integration of immigrants and refugees through language courses. Thomas Henry considers itself firmly committed to this cause and is happy to be able to help the association. www.ggr-ev.de