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. The Good Food Awards seal will be given in the categories of Whiskey, Gin, Vodka, Agave-Based, Sugarcane-Based, Fruit Distillates, Liqueurs and Modifiers. View the full criteria for entry.


Brittany Smail, as a bartender and bar manager, helped curate one of the best bourbon programs in Colorado before relocating to San Francisco in 2008 to join its thriving cocktail and food scene. She quickly joined forces with the Good Food Awards to promote the growing wave of responsibly and passionately made American spirits. She helped found the inaugural Good Food Awards Beer and Spirits Garden, and this will be her sixth year as a member of the Spirits committee. When not tinkering with cocktail recipes, you can find her assisting for educational food, wine, and beer classes at 18Reasons.


2016 Committee Members will be posted in June.


Nima Ansari, Spirits Buyer, Astor Wines & Spirits
Dario Barbone, Co-Founder, Baia Pasta
Moke Berg, Moke Barrels
Andrew Bohrer, Vice President of Sales, Novo Fogo Organic Chacaça
Lou Bustamante, Writer, The Village Drunk
Yuseff Cherney, Chief Operating Officer, Head Brewer & Head Distiller, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Forrest Cokely, Minister of Culture, Haas Brothers
Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change
Alexandra Farrington, Director of Wine & Spirits, Mouth.com
Jon Gasparini, Co-Owner, 15 Romolo, Rye & Rye On The Road
Avery Glasser, Co-Founder, Bittermens & DALA Spirits
Steve Livigni, Bartender & Owner, Scopa Italian Roots
Ismael Macias, Co-Owner, Four Star Seafood
Benito Martinez, Assistant Wine Director, Michael Mina Group
Jeffrey Meisel, President & Founder, Merchants of Beverage
Jessie Rogers, Director of Marketing, Bi-Rite Market
Steve Ury, Lawyer & Independent Writer, Sku’s Recent Eats

Thad Vogler, Owner, Bar Agricole & Trou Normand