Bartender Spirits Awards

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Nora Furst

Partner at West Beverage Consulting and Beverage Director of Uma Casa, San Francisco, CA

Nora Furst, originally from Seattle, grew up in a restaurant family.  She began her career in hospitality at age 15 washing dishes.  She continued to grow in the Seattle restaurant and bar scene while finishing her degree in Education and creative writing.  At 24 she began bartending and quickly took on a management role, opening Local 360 in Belltown under acclaimed club owner and restaurateur Marcus Charles.  

She has spent the last 12 years establishing herself in San Francisco.   She cut her teeth as bar manager at Lolinda and beverage consultant for Belga and Delarosa.  She consulted on the beverage programs at Dosa among mant others, and opened a bar in Brazil from the ground up in just 10 days .  In 2016 she was heralded Bartender of the Year by 7x7 Magazine.  More recently, as operating partner and beverage director, she opened Uma Casa Restaurant in San Francisco's Noe Valley alongside chef Telmo Faria.   She currently is partner at West Beverage Consulting, Furst Beverage (a canned Spritz company) and Buddy (her new brick and mortar in SF).

Meet our Judges

Timothy King

President, Bar Consultant at Prohibition Bar Group, Cincinnati

Trudy Thomas

Corporate Director of Beverage at Southworth Development, Spirits Educator and Mixologist, Nashville

Lee Zaremba

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

Jared Givens

Director of Restaurants, Bars, and Events at The Thompson, Hyatt Hotels, Dallas

Chris Barna

Bar Manager at Proof, 2022 Top 50 US World Class 2023 Top 30 US World Class, Charleston

Ariel Neal

Vice President United States Bartenders Guild- Chicago Chapter, Chicago