Bartender Spirits Awards

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Alex Velez

Beverage Director at Lost Spirits Distillery, LLC., Las Vegas

Alex Velez is currently working as the Beverage Director at Lost Spirits Distillery, LLC., Las Vegas. He has previously worked as a Bar Lead at The Battery. Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alex Velez has been working in restaurants for more than two decades! Around this time, working behind the bar at some of Puerto Rico’s well-known establishments was when he also started competing and winning in Cocktail Competitions. It was these years that laid the foundation for his success in the bartending scene, even after he moved to San Francisco in 2013.


Meet our Judges

Terence Mathews

Food and Beverage Manager at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, San Francisco

Alan Schuman

Beverage Director, The Hero Ranch Kitchen, Campbell, California

Kate Gerwin

Hospitality Consultant, World Champion Bartender, Bar Rescue TV Show, Drink Masters

Milan Gautam

Food and Beverage Manager, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, San Francisco, California