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Gear up for the 2nd Edition of Bartender Spirits Awards

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06/11/2019 Are you ready for the 2nd edition of the Bartender Spirits Awards?

The 2nd annual Bartender Spirits Awards will take place in San Francisco on August 13, 2020. 

Organized and hosted by the Beverage Trade Network, the aim of the Bartender Spirits Awards is to provide independent and honest reviews for brands targeting the U.S. on-premise trade. 

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Judged By Bartenders, Bar Managers and On-Premise Buyers, and Bar Managers, the Bartender Spirits Awards recognizes, encourages, promotes and celebrates excellence in the U.S. drinks industry.

Our 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. When buyers are looking for new spirits to add to their bar inventory, the first place they look is the Bartender Spirits Awards. 
There is no better way to reach bartenders at top U.S. hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs than to win an award that is by and for other bartenders. 

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Medals are awarded to those spirits that meet the specifically crafted judging criteria, with a goal of recognizing spirits that should become additions to bar inventories, restaurant lists, and other on-premise platforms. 
Spirits entered in the Bartender Spirits Awards will be assessed on the basis of quality, value, and packaging. The goal is to shine the light to 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.

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Medals and Awards

Spirits that excel in all three parameters (quality, value, and packaging) will result the spirits to earn medals including Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. All judging is done by leading bartenders with on-premise buying expertise, ensuring that all awards and scores earned within the competition are backed by a guarantee of quality. 

Double Gold (96 Points and Above)
Gold (90 Points - 95 Points)
Silver (80 Points - 89 Points)
Bronze (70 Points - 79 Points)

Along with medals, the Bartender Spirits Awards also has a range of 11 special category awards, which are awarded to spirits that meet the judging parameters and stand out. The special category awards include:

⦁ Spirit of the Year
⦁ Distillery of the Year
⦁ Best Value of the Year
⦁ Best Package of the Year
⦁ Liqueur of the Year
⦁ Gin of the Year
⦁ Vodka of the Year
⦁ Tequila of the Year
⦁ World Whisky of the Year
⦁ Brandy/ Cognac of the Year
⦁ Rum of the Year

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.
Click here to view 2019 BSA results

Check out the highlights from 2019 Bartender Spirits Awards


$ 165 - Registration ends on July 20

Warehouse Closes July 30, 2020

Judging: August 13, 2020

Winners Announced: August 31, 2020


For entry details and to sign up for the Bartender Spirits Awards, click here.

ABOUT Beverage Trade Network

The Bartenders Spirits Awards is organized by the Beverage Trade Network, a leading platform that connects the alcohol beverage world. BTN are also the organizers of Sommelier’s Choice Awards, Cannabis Drinks Expo, USA Trade Tasting, IBWSS (San Francisco, London, China).

Bartender Spirits Awards gathers the top on-premise buyers, bar managers, and bartenders who have a direct influence on the US on-premise market.

Grow Your On-Premise Brand Presence In The US Market by put your spirits in front of them and get rated by Mixability, Balance & Versatility, Price, Packaging, and Taste, Mouthfeel, & Finish. 

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Deadline For Submission Is Approaching Fast

Leading spirits brands from around the world now have an opportunity to grow their business and gain the attention of on-premise buyers, Bar managers, bartenders, and influencers within the U.S. on-premise industry. Time to submit your spirits in the 2020 Bartender Spirits Awards.

2023 Bartender Spirits Awards Submissions Are Now Open! Enter Your Spirits Here.