Bartender Spirits Awards

Bartender Spirits Awards
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Kate Gerwin

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

Experienced Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry as a design and operations consultant. Skilled in concept development, ergonomic design schematics for higher employee retention and maximum guest enjoyment, team building, community building, marketing strategies, world renowned beverage operations specialist. Strong arts and design professional graduated from Bar 5 Day. First female to win a world bartending championship, inducted into the Tales of the Cocktail Dames Hall of Fame 2015, honored as one of the world’s most influential persons in the Bar World 2019, all while specializing in secondary/tertiary market projects.

Kate Gerwin, born in California is currently the Owner of Happy Accidents Bar, Albuquerque, who recently won “Best New Bar 2022” at the Liquor Awards and 2022 Spirited Awards “Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar”. Kate Gerwin’s success with Happy Accidents has years of experience and passion for bartending behind it.

Meet our Judges

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations & Beverage Director, Le Colonial, Chicago

Jared Givens

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

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