Good Spirits are made by distillers committed to their craft, making responsible choices at every step of the process. Spirits that meet the criteria for entry will be able to trace all of their ingredients, from base distillate to added ingredients, without the use of genetically modified crops and without artificial additives. New this year, Cocktail Modifiers will make their debut as a Spirit Subcategory. The Good Food Awards seal will be given in the categories of Whiskey, Gin, Vodka, Agave-based, Sugarcane-based, Fruit distillates, and Liqueurs. View the full criteria for entry.
Brittany Smail became a champion of American craft spirit producers while working as a bartender and bar manager in Boulder, Colorado. Now a resident of San Francisco, she joined the Good Food Awards in 2011 to run the Spirits Blind tasting and to oversee the creation of the Good Food Awards’ first Beer & Spirits Garden at the Ferry Building Marketplace. In 2012 she co-chaired the Spirits Committee with David Driscoll.
Amanda Womack moved to New York City the very day after her 21st birthday, where she found herself in the unique position of working side by side with the illustrious LeNell Smothers at her Wine & Spirits Boutique, named accordingly, LeNellâ€™s. She completed studies at the Sommelier Society of America, then packed up her things and headed out to Seattle. While there, she bartended at the craft cocktail lounge Naga and served as a local brand ambassador for Plymouth Gin, teaching bartending staff across the city on Gin and all of its complexities. Almost one year later she relocated to San Francisco for the position of manager at Cask Store, where she currently resides. She guest bartends at Bourbon & Branch with her Cask counterpart Amy Murray, and continues to share her spirits knowledge through educational courses with the Beverage Academy.
JUDGES FOR 2014 AWARDS
Aaron Gregory Smith, General Manager and Operating Partner at 15 Romolo
Brandon Clements,Bar Director at Bacchus Management
Caleb Zigas, Director at La Cocina
Craig Lane, Mixologist at Bar Agricole
David Othenin-Gerard, Spirits Buyer at K&L Hollywood
Eric Lecours,Wine & Spirits Director at Donato Enoteca
Erik Adkins, Bar Director at Slanted Door Group
Erik Ellestad, Proprietor at Savoy Stomp
Gibson Thomas, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Edible Marin & Wine Country
Gina Chersevani, Bartender & Member of D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild
Greg Lindgren, Founder at Rye on the Road
Jennifer Colliau, Bartender at Small Hand Foods
Jennifer Seidman, Owner of Acme Bar & Company
Jon Gasparini, Founder of Rye on the Road
Nicolas Palazzi, Owner of PM Spirits
Owen Thompson, Head Shaker Monkey at Range
Peter Hertzmann, Author of Knife Skills Illustrated & Butchers Guild Member
Richie Bradenburg, Director of Culinary Strategy at Edens
Scott Beattie, Spoonbar and Artisanal Cocktails
Thad Vogler, Owner of Bar Agricole