Bartender Spirits Awards

Bartender Spirits Awards
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Katie Renshaw

2019 US World Class Bartender of the Year

When Katie started working as a bartender in Chicago after quitting her "day job." She loves cocktails which motivated her to seek guidance behind and bar and she has never looked back since then. Her genuine passion for the industry propelled her career forward quickly, and her creativity helped her achieve quick success. 

She has held positions at some of Chicago's most renowned establishments, such as Billy Sunday, Moneygun, and Drumbar. Katie has also won numerous bartending competitions, like the Midwestern Speed Rack and Heaven Hill Bartender of the Year. Additionally, in 2018 she won the Italicus Bar Artist of the Year and in 2019 she bagged the US World Class Bartender of the Year awards. Her innovativeness, love for cocktails, and attention to detail made High Proof's digital content and cocktail classes a reality. Today she is not only one of the best mixologists you will get around Chicago but also in the entire world. 

Meet our Judges

Makenzie Helem

Top 30 bartenders in the US for USBG World Class 2023 and Bartender at Spilt Milk, Chicago

Elliott Ernst

Country's Top 100 World Class Bartenders and Mixologist, Rockford

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations & Beverage Director, Le Colonial, Chicago

Lee Zaremba

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

Martin Duffy

Whisky Educator and Ex Sr. Master of Whisky for the entire Diageo whisky portfolio