Now Hiring: Bushmills Mini-Internship for You and a Friend [Video]
Okay, so the gig only lasts two weeks, but who knows where working with Master Distiller Colum Egan, at the Old Bushmills Distillery in Ireland, could lead? And who knows what kind of a business you could start with the $8,000, you'll get for your efforts
The program allows two friends to work alongside Egan for two weeks to learn the skills of whiskey-making that have existed in the Bushmills area for over 400 years. The pair will also receive 5,000 pounds spending money and luxury accommodation on Ireland's north coast.
The position is more about friendship than whiskey making knowledge or ability, and it's a bit of a competition. Two friends from each competing country will be voted by the public to go forward to a "Bushcamp," for three days, where the winning pair will be selected.
"At Bushcamp we are looking for the two people who best represent the Bushmills spirit of friendship," says Egan. "We will be challenging our finalists to [sic.] together try some of the things the team here love to do such as taking part in sport or playing music. We will also test their palettes with a series of whiskey tastings."
The winning pair of friends will then be given behind-the-scenes access to the distillery, the cash, luxury penthouse accommodations and the chance to make their own unique blend of Bushmills Irish Whiskey.
But wait -- there's more. Egan will pack up some of the equipment, people and whiskey from the distillery and bring them to the winners' home country for a huge Bushmills bash, where the winners and their friends will be the guests of honor. "We're looking for real friends, with a genuine love for life and wicked sense of humor," said Egan.
If you're the American team chosen, you'll be competing against others from Belgium, Bulgaria,Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Russia and South Africa.
To get entry information, visit Bushmills' Facebook page. Entry opens, appropriately enough, on St. Patrick's Day.