PHOTOS: Stoli Guy San Diego Concocts A Winning Cocktail


It was just as hot inside Rich’s as it was outside at The Most Original Stoli Guy San DiegoWinner Matt M took the gold with his carefully layered rainbow shots that would have turned brown if one drop splashed out of place. He wasn’t the only creative surprise at the show; another contestant used a hand-carved piece of wood during his talent–and the straight marine judge certainly had some creative input.

The evening’s charity was St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation. Stoli donated $5 for every person in attendance was donated to help countries where it is a crime to be openly gay.

Be sure to cast your vote starting August 25th for who should be sent to the finale in New York City on September 19th.

Click through all the pictures from San Diego and other Stoli Guy events in our online galleries.

Photos credit Stefani Schreurs Photography



Stoli Guy San Diego Winner Matt M

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  • mjcc1987

    Stoli? Really. Hate much?

  • luyten

    A good time was had by all. That’s what really matters.

  • etseq

    Sure hope that Russian money is worth selling out your own people…During the holocaust, Jews who helped the Nazi’s in the camps were called Kapos – I guess we can repurpose that for gays who help their oppressors kill other gay people….

  • PipDeePeep

    seriously, while stoli does have its Russian roots, it is now owned by some company in Luxembourg. Heck, the drink is even banned in russia and now that the LGBT community is banning stoli would probably make the russians happier. You guys should do some research before bashing stoli.

  • David Groff

    Why the constant shilling for Stoli? (Well, we know why.) Writer John Weir reports on Russian lesbian activist Masha Gessen’s belief in the effectiveness of the boycott against this Russian-based vodka and other Rusian products: “Russian and American journalist Masha Gessen, a Russian resident for the past 20 years, endorses any and all movements and campaigns (vodka dumps, calls for boycotts, etc.) currently drawing international attention – including, significantly, Russian attention – to Russia’s “campaign of hate” against LGBT Russians.

    “Gessen says the vodka boycott *has* worked, in for instance shaming the Russian government on the international stage; and while, according to Gessen, it’s impossible, from the “outside,” to pressure Russia to repeal its already-passed anti-gay laws – laws banning “gay propaganda”; laws banning any statement or belief that homosexuality is socially, morally, politically equal to (“as good as”) heterosexuality; laws banning the adoption of Russian children not just by same-sex parents or LGBT single parents, but by people from any country with laws that allow same-sex marriage – nonetheless, Gessen says, protests by people and countries around the world may well influence the Russian government/media to “dial back the campaign of hate” that has been intensifying over the the past two years, particularly on television and social media.

    “Gessen also says, in this 22 August interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, that protests in countries around the world may well influence Russian politicians to table proposed legislation that would legally remove all children from LGBT parents or families. Furthermore, international pressure can force the Russian government to be less aggressive in enforcing anti-gay laws.

    “It’s not enough, of course, Gessen says, but it’s more than anyone had hoped for during the 18 months in which no one around the world was paying attention to the “campaign of hatred” of LGBT people that the Russian government and its media outlets had been successfully mounting, deploying.

    “The vodka boycott is one of the strategies that has helped make the Russian government ‘squirm,’ Gessen says – further evidence, from a native informant, that the boycott has been and continues to be an effective intervention against homophobia in Russia.”

  • Dipsey

    Exept the drink is not banned in Russia. It’s produced and processed there too. The only point you have right is that it’s owned by a company in Luxembourg.

  • david groff

    See posts above for some real information.

  • AndyinChicago

    Seriously, Queerty? Why are you advertising for Stoli? This boycott only works to show that our community around the world has solidarity for the LGBT community in Russia that’s being abused, tormented, and silenced by Putin and his cronies. If you’ll compromise that solidarity for a couple of dollars, I don’t understand how you sleep at night.

  • AndyinChicago

    Great points, Dipsey. And more than anything else, the boycott also is telling Russia that the LGBT community around the world cares about what they’re doing to our brothers and sisters in Russia. Stoli is a Russian product, and we should be boycotting all Russian products to stand in solidarity.

  • RTRR

    It’s not at all banned in Russia. Google before you speak.

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