Tequila-inspired chess set wins national contest
By Diane Bell
6:12 p.m.July 1, 2013

We’ve come a long way from 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

Spring Valley artist Brandon Montgomery crafted 52 empty bottles of Patrón tequila into a glass chess set and table worth $10,000. That was his prize for winning the tequila maker’s first national bottle art contest. His chess table includes players made of mini Patrón bottles with hand-carved corks.

It competed against a Patrón bottle floor lamp, a bottle bee mosaic, a footed bowl, a chandelier with bottle globes and other creative entries evaluated by judges including Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief of Interior Design magazine, and Evette Rios, correspondent for ABC’s “The Chew.”

A Navy lieutenant with a college degree in art, Montgomery, 31, says he didn’t drink all that tequila. “I went to 35 different bars asking for empty bottles.” He’ll drink some now to celebrate, though.

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