By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Sep 13, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Brew City may be well-known as the city of suds, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to enjoy a cocktail from time to time.

Effen Vodka is on a mission to find the best mixologists in the country and this Thursday, Sept. 16, the search brings it to Milwaukee.

The Effen Art of Design pits bartenders against each other to create the tastiest vodka drink possible with the winners receiving an invitation to join the official Effen Mixology Panel where they can share their winning recipes with the drinking masses.

You, Milwaukee, are invited to witness the competition at Moct Bar, 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., and while you're there you'll be among the first to try some new Effen vodkas before they are released to the public.

Interested? Register here.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”