Voting Procedures and Protocols for Judging of the Spirited Awards® 2014

Voting Procedures and Protocols for Judging of the Spirited Awards®

2014 Regional Committee Judging Leaders:

  • West Coast Committee Chairman – Erick Castro
  • East Coast Committee Chairman – Jackson Cannon
  • Central USA Committee Chairman – Sean Kenyon

Territories by State: 

  • East Coast:  Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.
  • Central USA:  Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
  • West Coast:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington.

Process
Nominations close on Sunday, March 30, 2014.  On Saturday, April 5,2014, judges will receive the list of nominees for the categories they will judge on along with all pertinent information (supporting statements, menus, writing samples, etc.)

The judges are broken out into three committees: USA, International Writing. They will vote on the categories as follows:

USA Committee:

  • American Bartender of the Year
  • Best American Brand Ambassador
  • Best American Cocktail Bar
  • Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
  • Best American Restaurant Bar
  • Best American Hotel Bar
  • Best New American Cocktail Bar
  • Best American Bar Team
  • Best Bar Mentor
  • Best New Product
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu
  • World’s Best Drinks Selection

International Committee:

  • International Bartender of the Year
  • Best International Brand Ambassador of the Year
  • Best International Cocktail Bar
  • Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Restaurant Bar
  • Best International Hotel Bar
  • Best New International Cocktail Bar
  • Best International Bar Team
  • Best Bar Mentor
  • Best New Product
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu
  • World’s Best Drinks Selection

Writing Committee:

  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Author
  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
  • Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
  • Best Bar Mentor
  • Best New Product
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu
  • World’s Best Drinks Selection

Upon receiving all of the nominees and information for each category, each judge will vote using a ranking system of their top five choices in each category. This will result in a weighted system in which their first choice will get five points, their second choice four points, their third choice three points, their fourth choice two points and their fifth choice one point. These votes will be due on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Once all the votes have been received, each category will be narrowed down to the top ten nominees. These top ten will be announced on the Tales of the Cocktail® website on Friday, May 16, 2014. Once each category has the top ten nominees fairly chosen, the numbers will be tallied to determine the top four. These will be announced on the Tales of the Cocktail® website on Friday, June 6, 2014. The winner is the nominee in each category with the highest number of points. If there is a difference of five points or fewer between candidates in any category, there will be a re-vote among only those candidates.

Protocol

  • Judges may not vote in any category in which they are nominated.
  • Judges may only vote on the categories their committee is assigned.
  • Judges may not receive solicitations from any nominees and if they do, must report it to the Board Round Table and Claire Bertin-Lang.
  • Judges are encouraged to conduct outside research if they deem it necessary.
  • Judges are expected to keep the final three nominees confidential until the official announcement.
  • Judges should not discuss any tiebreakers for the winner (if necessary) except with the other judges.
  • The judges will not be notified of the final winners until the Spirited Awards®.