When the Olympics arrive, men the world over will bask in the glory of athletes they have little in common with, other than loving the snug comfort of a singlet. Now, 42BELOW vodka wants you to bask in the glory of athletes you share everything in common with: bartenders, at Boston's 5th Annual Cocktail World Cup Qualifier.
Named for its motherland's geographic coordinates, 42BELOW is New Zealand's proudest non-dairy export -- pulled from a spring underneath an extinct volcano, its water is so pure, vile Australians aren't even allowed to look at it. Because they're very friendly, these Kiwis are giving select Thrillist readers VIP passes to The Qualifier*: a secret-location battle royale pitting 10 of Beantown's scrappiest mixologists against each other for the right to represent the US in Queenstown, NZ -- a determination that you, as an audience member, get to cast a vote on. As a guest you'll also hear a Flight of the Conchords cover band, witness circus acts, grub on free food, and sample all ten of the entrants' elixirs, which can't be revealed yet, but check out 2007's overall winner, the Amplextrino: