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Bartender Spirits Awards 2019




The Bartender Spirits Awards will take place in San Francisco on May 19-20, 2019. This event will become the first spirits competition within the United States judged entirely by top bartenders within the industry. Using the tagline “Judged By Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers For The On-Premise Industry,” the Bartender Spirits Awards will recognize, encourage, promote and celebrate excellence in the U.S. drinks industry.

The aim of the new competition is to provide independent and honest reviews for brands targeting the U.S. bar trade. The judging panel consists of some of the most renowned names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise industry. The result will be a relevant and practical source of reference for bartenders, bar managers, bar owners, and other industry professionals when making purchasing decisions for their establishments.

Medals will be awarded to those spirits that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying spirits that should become additions to bar inventories. Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the best-performing spirits based on the following three factors: taste; packaging; and price. The goal is to isolate those spirits that not only score well in terms of mixability, versatility, and mouthfeel but also are priced attractively and have superior branding and packaging.

Medal winners will be showcased in the Bartenders Spirits TOP 100 SPIRITS Guide, distributed to thousands of bartenders in the U.S. In addition, the Bartender Spirits Awards will provide extensive promotional support for all winners in the competition, including press releases, listings on the competition website, and social media updates.


Super Early Bird Ends: October 31, 2018
Domestic Registration Ends: April 10, 2019
International Registration Ends: February 28, 2019
Warehouse closes: April 20, 2019
Judging: May 19-20, 2019
Winners announced: June 10, 2019

For further information: Bartender Spirits Awards

Location & Dates

From: 19/05/2019
Up to: 20/05/2019
Location: South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080, United States

Organizer & More Info

Beverage Trade Network (BTN) is a global media and B2B networking platform servicing suppliers, buyers and beverage professionals in the global beverage industry. BTN also owns BevRoute, a magazine for Importers and Distributors and runs a lineup of trade


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