Spirited Awards® Judges

West Coast Committee:

Brooke Arthur
Director of On Premise Education & Outreach, House Spirits Distillery
Los Angeles, CA

Jason Asher
Director of Beverage Program Development, Youngs Market Company of Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

Zahra Bates
Bartender, The Pikey
Los Angeles, CA

Jacques Bezuidenhout
National Partida Tequila Brand Ambassador and Kimpton Hotels Spirit & Cocktail Specialist
San Francisco, CA

Jen Prout Boelts
Account Executive  |  Imbibe Magazine
Portland/Seattle, WA

Lou Bustamante
Freelance Spirits and Cocktail Writer
San Francisco, CA

Andrew Calisterio
Bartender and founder of Pop!
Sacramento, CA

Erick Castro
POLITE PROVISIONS Bartender/Co-Owner
San Diego, CA

Paul Clarke
Executive Editor, Imbibe Magazine
Seattle, WA

Aidan Demarest
Owner/Partner, Tello/Demarest-Liquid Assets.  (TDLA)
Los Angeles, CA

Daniel Djang
Founder, Thirsty in LA
Los Angeles, CA

Dan Dunn
The Imbiber
Los Angeles, CA

Trevor Easter
English Gins Brand Ambassador
Los Angeles, CA

Camper English
Writer, Alcademics.com
San Francisco, CA

Ryan Fitzgerald
Proprietor, ABV San Francisco & West Coast Juez
San Francisco, CA
 
Tony Abou-Ganim
The Modern Mixologist
Las Vegas, NV

Josh Harris
The Bon Vivants and Trick Dog
San Francisco, CA

Tracy Howard
Senior Editor, Imbibe Magazine
Portland, OR

Justin Lew
Proprietor, High-Proof
San Francisco, CA

Ryan Magarian
Head Bartender/Co-proprietor, Oven and Shaker (Portland, OR); Co-Founder, Aviation Gin
Portland, OR

Virginia Miller
Drink Writer, The Perfect Spot
San Francisco, CA

Lindsay Nader
Absolut Ambassador
Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Pollard
Beverage Development Specialist, Wirtz Beverage Nevada; President, USBG Las Vegas Chapter
Las Vegas, NV

Jon Santer
Owner/Operator, Prizefighter
Emeryville, CA

Dave Stolte
Author & Illustrator, “Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)”
Orange County, CA

Arsalun Tafazoli
Co-Founder, Consortium Holdings
San Diego, CA

Daniel Warrilow
West Coast Brand Ambassador, Olmeca Altos Tequila
Los Angeles, CA

Rocky Yeh
Spirits Portfolio Ambassador, Cooper and Sons
Seattle, WA

Central USA Committee:

Bridget Albert
Regional Director of Mixology-SWS
Chicago, IL

Neal Bodenheimer
Founder & Partner of Cure Collective
New Orleans, LA

Chris Bostick
General Manager and Partner, Half Step (Austin, TX)
Austin, TX

Bryan Dayton
Proprietor, OAK at Fourteenth & Acorn Denver
Boulder, CO

Daniel DeOlivera
Brand Ambassador, Olmeca Altos Tequila
Chicago, IL

Josh Durr
Founder: Hawthorn Beverage Group
Louisville, KY

Brian Ellison
Founder & President, Death’s Door Spirits, LLC
Dallas, TX

Doug Frost
MS, MW, founding partner BAR (beveragelacoholresource)
Kansas City, MO

Chad George
President, Colorado Bartenders Guild; Bar Manager, Marin Restaurant and Bar
Denver, CO

Kate Gerwin
BarMagic of Las Vegas
Albequerque, NM

Chris Hannah
Head Bartender at French 75 bar
New Orleans, LA

Eric Hay
Beverage Development Manager, Wirtz Beverage Illinois
Chicago, IL

Bobby Heugel
Owner & Bartender, Anvil Bar & Refuge and The Pastry War
Houston, TX

Charles Joly
Beverage Director, The Aviary
Chicago, IL

Sean Kenyon
Barman / Proprietor, Williams & Graham
Denver, CO

Nick Kosevich
Proprietor: Bittercube
Minneapolis, MN

Chad Larson
Consultant at CL Consultations
Minneapolis, MN

Michael Martensen
Proof + Pantry Barman/ Proprietor
Dallas, TX

Ryan Maybee
Owner/Bartender, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Manifesto
Kansas City, MO

Bill Norris
Beverage Director, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Midnight Cowboy and the Highball
Austin, TX

Mike Ryan
Head Bartender, Sable Kitchen and Bar; Co-owner, Just Ice Chicago, and Brand Ambassador, 86co Chicago
Chicago, IL

Jared Schubert
Monkey Wrench Bar Manager
Louisville, KY
 
Matt Seiter
Bartender at BC’s Kitchen & Bar Consultant
St. Louis, MO

Courtney Wilson
Bartender at Williams and Graham and Steuben’s Food Service
Denver, CO

Jimmy Yeager
Propietor, Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant & Bar, Aspen
Aspen, CO

East Coast Committee:

Jenny Adams
Bar Journalist
New York, NY

Derek Brown
Writer and Bar Owner
Washington, DC
 
Jackson Cannon
Bar Director Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar, Owner/Bar Director The Hawthorne
Boston, MA
 
Dale DeGroff
Author, The Craft of the Cocktail
New York, NY

Elayne Duff
Head Mixologist & Ambassador for Diageo Wine and Spirits Luxury Division
New York, NY
 
Adam Fox
Account Development Specialist, Domaine Select
Atlanta, GA

John Gertsen
General Manager, Drink
Boston, MA

Misty Kalkofen
Director Vino de Mezcals; East Coast Juez
Boston, MA
 
Kate Krader
Restaurant Editor, Food & Wine Magazine
New York, NY

Guillaume Lamy
Vice President – Americas at CognacFerrand
New York, NY

John Lermayer
Bartender
Miami, FL

Jim Meehan
Managing Partner, PDT
New York, NY

Galena Mosovich
Cocktail culture, food and visual arts writer for The Miami Herald, Miami.com, and Ocean Drive
Miami, FL

Steve Olson
aka wine geek and founding partner of Beverage Alcohol Resource
New York, NY
 
Chris Patino
Director of Brand Education
New York, NY

Dave Pickerell
Master distiller and founder, Oak View Spirits
Louisville/Vermont/New York

Gary Regan
Author of The Joy of Mixology
New York, NY

Julie Reiner
Owner, Clover Club & Mixtress Consulting
New York, NY
 
Todd Richman
Whiskey Ambassador, Diageo
Miami, FL
 
Noah Rothbaum
Author of The Business of Spirits
New York, NY

Andy Seymour
Owner/Liquid Productions, Partner/Beverage Alcohol Resource , Partner/ShakeStir
New York, NY

Robert Simonson
Journalist
New York, NY
 
David Suro-Pinera
President of Siembra Azul Tequila and President of the Tequila Interchange Project
Philadelphia, PA
 
Charlotte Vosiey
Portfolio Ambassador, William Grant & Sons USA
New York, NY
 
Josh Wagner
Managing Partner, Rec Room | The Regent Cocktail Club;LDV Hospitality
Miami, FL

Liza Weisstuch
Freelance writer & US Contributing Editor to Whisky Magazine
Boston, MA

 

International Committee:

Helmut Adam
Publisher, Mixology Magazine
Germany

Sven Almenning
Director, Speakeasy Group
Australia

Ben Belmans
Owner, Ben’s Bar Cocktail Catering & Genever aficionado
Benelux

Stephan Berg
The Bitter Truth
Germany

Arijit Bose
Spirits consultant – India and South-east Asia,  Partner / Bartender at  PCO
India

Adam Brewer
Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador Hong Kong & Macau and Guinness Greater China
Hong Kong

Jacob Briars
Global Director of Trade Advocacy – Bacardi
Global

Jared Brown
Author and Cocktail historian, Mixellany
London

Ian Burrell
The Global Rum Ambassador for the category of Rum
Global

Salvatore Calabrese
Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy, Mayfair, London, UK
London

Michael Callahan
Founding Bartender, 28 HongKong Street;  Spirits Evangelist, Proof & Company Spirits
Singapore

Dean Callan
Monkey Shoulder Global Brand Ambadassador
Global

Kevin Chang
Johnnie Walker House Manager and former Sr. Reserve Brand Ambassador in Korea
Korea

Tony Conigliaro
Owner 69 Colebrooke Row and Drink Factory
London

David Cardoba
Brand Ambassador Bacardi Rums
Global

Jason Crawley
Managing Director of “Crawley’s Imperial Shakers”
Australia

Thierry Daniel
Co-founder of Cocktails Spirits Paris
France

Simon Difford
C.E.O. & founder diffordsguide.com
London

Philip Duff
Spirits Educator, Director of Education for Tales of the Cocktail and Owner of Door 74 (Amsterdam)
Netherlands

Adam Elmegirab
Director & Founder at Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters
Scotland

John Gakuru
On Trade Manager, Think Spirits Australia
Australia

Tony Harion
Founder of the Mixing Bar consultancy and Grey Goose Brand Ambassador in Brazil
Brazil

Richard Irwin
Brand Ambassador Middle East & Africa – BACARDI MARTINI
Africa/MEA

Tim Judge
Reserve Brand Ambassador – Africa
Africa

 

 

 

Alan Kavanagh
Spirits Ambassdor Edward Dillon – Bacardi Brown-Forman and LVMH brands Ireland.
Ireland

Nick Koumbarakis
Bartender at The House of Machines , Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa

Alex Kratena
Head Bartender, Artesian Bar
London
 
Max LaRocca
Diageo World Class Ambassador  – Western Europe
Italy

Sandrae Lawrence
Publisher/Editor – The Cocktail Lovers Magazine
London

Erik Lorinzc
Head bartender, American Bar at the Savoy,London
London

Joerg Meyer
Owner, Le Lion • Bar de Paris and The Boilerman Bar
Germany
 
Simon McGoram
Writer and Bar Consultant
Australia

Joseph Motera
Hendrick’s Gin Brand Ambassador México
Mexico

Bek Narzi
Founder & Creative Director, Russian Cocktail Club
Russia

George Nemec
International Ambassador, Becherovka
Europe

Xavier Padovani
Orfeus Ltd
Europe

Ago Perrone
Connaught Director of Mixology
London

Dan Priseman
Owner, NOLA London; Owner, bitters&twisted; European Brand Ambassador, Four Roses Bourbon
London

Sebastian Reaburn
Bacardi Lion Manager
Australia

Claire Smith
Head of Spirit Creation, Belvedere Vodka
Global

Marcio Silva
Consultant at Spiritual Advisors, Sāo Paulo
Brazil

Shawn Soole
GM/Proprietor, Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Canada

Tim Stones
Beefeater Gin Global Brand Ambassador
Global

Hidetsuego Ueno
Bar High Five, Tokyo
Japan

Camille Vidal
Madame St Germain global ambassador
France

Frankie Walker
Luxury Spirits Ambassador, Lion, NZ
New Zealand

Dan Warner
The 86 Company
London

Max Warner
International Brand Ambassador, Chivas
Global

Theo Watt
Co-Founder of DRiNK Magazine Asia
China

Writing Committee:

Lew Bryson
Author of Tasting Whiskey
Philadelphia, PA

Fernando Castellon
Owner – Propriétaire : GINGER MAGAZINE / BAREXPERTISE / PARIS COCKTAIL FESTIVAL
Lyon, France

Beppi Crosariol
Wine and Spirits Columnist, The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper, and co-author of The Flavour Principle
Toronto, Canada

Wayne Curtis
Freelance Journalist & Author
New Orleans, LA

William Grimes
Author
New York, NY

 

 

 

Robert Hess
Cocktail Evangelist
Seattle, WA

Alice Lascelles
Hard Liquor Columnist for The Times and Imbibe (UK) Contributing Editor
London, UK
 
Pat Nourse
deputy editor and chief restaurant critic, Gourmet Traveller
Sydney, Australia

Gary Regan
Author of The Joy of Mixology
New York, NY

Dave Wondrich
Cocktail Historian and Author
New York, NY