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

Chris Barna

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

Timothy King

President, Bar Consultant at Prohibition Bar Group, Cincinnati

Mike Ryan

Global Beverage Director, Acurio International, Chicago

Jared Givens

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