Exclusive: Winner of 2020 Fernet Branca Coin Design Challenge announced

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

15 May 2020

Bréagha Wolfgang of Draffens cocktail bar, Dundee, has been chosen out of 170 entrants to win the annual competition

This year's competition asked UK bartenders to create a coin that encapsulated 'what makes the industry great' in a move to celebrate the drinks industry during the covid-19 pandemic.

Bréagha Wolfgang's winning design
Bréagha Wolfgang's winning design

'My coin design was inspired by reflecting on the tough times and stress we all go through in this industry and how incredible it is that our communities support and lift each other during those times,' said Wolfgang of her winning design's inspiration. 

'The "cheers" around the edge of the coin is about seeing each other as an equal part in life, drinking to new friends and to those we've lost along the way, which I think defines our industry well,' she continued. 'Winning this means a whole lot to me, getting given a Fernet coin was such an incredible relief after working so hard for so long and now having my own coin design! That's something I will never forget.'

The top 12 entries
The top 12 entries

The judges for the top 100 coins consisted of Nicola Olianas, the global brand ambassador, and Poppy Croft, UK brand manager for Fratelli Branca.

'Bréagha's design really stood out,' said Croft, 'reflecting the camaraderie in the industry in the face of stark adversity, a truly well-deserved win and I'd also like to congratulate all the runners up for their incredible designs, we hope to raise a Fernet with them all soon!'

Fernet Branca coins were first introduced in 2010 and are carried by a select number of bartenders worldwide. If a bartender presents their coin to another and they don't have one, then they have to buy the drinks.

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