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Bartender Spirits Awards Gets Bigger in 2020

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08/07/2020 Bartender Spirits Awards gives bigger rewards for a bigger competition!

The 2019 Bartender Spirits Awards witnessed an overwhelming submission of spirits from all across the world. BSA is organised by the Beverage Trade Network, a venture that is a veteran in organising competitions across the planet.

In the very first edition, Bartender Spirits Awards observed participants from USA, UK, France, Australia, Japan and many other nations. The level of participation sought to make the upcoming 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards even bigger and better.

The 2019 Winners!

The Humboldt Distillery Organic Vodka from USA stood strong with a 2 point lead scoring 96 points earning the Double Gold Award! A spirit from Humboldt County, its organic vodka was described as a dry clean finish, with a neutral character.  Humbold was founded by Abe Stevens for his devotion and love towards the County.

The second position was wrestled between Amrut Fashion Single Malt Whisky from India that scored 94 points and the Pier View Gin which scored a very close 93 and tied with Early Times Bottled-In-Bond which also scored a 93.

Why was Bartender Spirits Awards created?

Sid Patel, CEO of Beverage Trade Network understands that the spirit industry is extremely competitive. The motive behind starting BSA was to create a quality competition which simultaneously served actual business value.

How was this achieved?

Judging Criteria

BSA instead of going along with the traditional criteria on the basis of which spirits are judged in other spirit competitions decided to create its own which gave a much more fair, and holistic approach of scoring.

The spirits competition is judged on the basis of 5 criteria i.e.:


Balance and Versatility

Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish



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Judges are Buyers

Most competition judges are writers and journalists and celebrities which give good press awareness to the winners. But that only gives good press awareness and not a direct possibility of getting in touch with top buyers in the country.

Bartender Spirits Awards judges are Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers for the on-premise industry. Keeping your bottle of spirit in front of these big boys of the liquor town will give you 3 things that you are generally looking for if you are in the industry:

  1. Get your liquor tasted by the top buyers in US

  2. Get individual attention for your liquor bottle by the top buyers in US

  3. Get a tasting feedback from these veteran buyers for your spirit

A unique marketing weapon

This is exactly how Bartender Spirits Awards adds not only competition but true business value.

Tasting feedback is a calibrated tasting note discussed among the top bartenders, bar managers and off-premise managers. BSA 2020 will allow its participants to use this tasting note in marketing and sales materials with the logo of BSA without any additional fee whatsoever.

“Whether bartenders are looking to plug a very specific gap in their existing spirits inventory, or construct an entirely new cocktail menu from scratch, what better advice could they get than from fellow bartenders?”

Sid Patel, CEO, Beverage Trade Network


With the 2nd Edition becoming even bigger, BSA expects to receive more number of participants this year. With new judge additions the competition will only become that much more stringent this year making it a competition that gives bigger rewards for big wins!

Beverage Trade Network has always tried to push the envelope in the field of trade shows and competitions may it be with the USA Trade Tasting in New York or the International Bulk Wine Show in San Francisco or with the upcoming 2nd Edition of Bartender Spirits Awards 2020.

Sid Patel coming from the shoes of a private label owner selling his label by the case from very early on wanted to create the perfect platform which gave spirit owners a fair chance of growth considering the already established big players in the liquor industry. Through competitions like the 2nd edition of Bartender Spirits Awards 2020, Sid intends to give every spirit label a golden chance to showcase their bottles in front of the biggest buyers all across USA.

Find below the dates for the competition


Submissions Ends July 20, 2020

Warehouse Closes July 30, 2020

Judging: August 13, 2020

Winners Announced: August 31, 2020

Winning a Double Gold for Humboldt became a point of prestige at the BSA 2019 and hence made a clear market statement to their competitors and dealers.

Major changes have unfolded for Winners of the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards which are talked about in detail under “WINNING IMPACT” and the categories that you can win on can be found under “AWARDS”! Cheers!