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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.

Judges

Yong Zhu

Lead Mixologist at China Live Ventures Limited LP

Zachary Faden

Lead Bartender & Manager at Brasserie Liberté, Washington DC, United States

Nicky Beyries

Bar Director at Foreign Cinema, San Francisco and San Francisco Chronicle Bar Star of 2018