Bartender Spirits Awards

Bartender Spirits Awards
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Matt Grippo

General Manager at blackbird bar San Francisco, California

Has been managing and tending bar at Blackbird Bar in San Francisco for  10 years. East Coast transplant. Traveler and purveyor of all things food and beverage. Most recently focused on using his experience from both sides of the bar with his consulting company he created with his partner Shirley Brooks, Bottom of the Barrel. On a quest to take the pretension out of cocktail culture one drink at a time.

Meet our Judges

Mike Ryan

Global Beverage Director, Acurio International, Chicago

Lee Zaremba

Owner, De La Nonna and Enzo Discoteca De La Nonna, Los Angeles

Sam Garcia

Beverage Manager at Tre Dita at the St. Regis, Chicago

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations & Beverage Director, Le Colonial, Chicago