Last Sunday saw a week of London cocktail madness draw to a close, and what better way to ease the sadness, and imminent gin-withdrawal, than the inaugural Bulldog Brompton Challenge.
'We're going to end London Cocktail Week on a real high with the very first Bulldog Brompton Challenge,' said James Coston, Bulldog's UK brand development manager, before the competition got underway. 'Riders and spectators can expect ferocious and fast-paced action, swinging mallets, a shed-load of goals and the odd mishap as one of the boldest events at this year's festival gets underway.'
And he wasn't wrong...
Taking place at The Bike Shed in Shoreditch, east London, six boozy-biking teams went head-to-head to be crowned Bulldog's bike polo champion.
Mallets were swinging and balls went flying as wobbly gin-fuelled trade teams representing London Cocktail Club, Campari, Steely Fox, Imbibe and Bulldog Gin battled it out.
The games were pretty high in action, ginthusiasm and aggression with plenty of goals and falls, but all was smoothed over by Bulldog Gin-infused nibbles, pints of G&Ts and cocktails. These included the Drizzle's Reviver – named in honour of Prince Harry's deceased polo horse, which helped to refresh riders in between matches.
The brutally competitive final saw Team Campari battle it out against Team Imbibe (going by the name 'The Onion Smugglers'). Who came out victorious? Imbibe, of course, who each won cocktail kits and a Bulldog-branded Brompton Bike each.
'I'm surprised, knackered, bruised and very happy' said Team Imbibe's Ed Butcher on his glorious win.
'Turns out that Gin, Brompton bikes and polo sticks equals a pretty exciting but crazy sport,' added fellow rider Ed Warr. 'I Loved it all, winning was a massive cherry on top of a brilliant day. Bring on next year!'