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, LeNell’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 2015 AWARDS
Caleb Zigas, Director at La Cocina
David Othenin-Gerard, Spirits Buyer at K&L Hollywood
Eric Quilty, Bar Manager at Jupiter Olympus
Erik Ellestad, Proprietor at Savoy Stomp
Gwyneth Borden, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Janice Greenwood, Senior Vice President, Direct to Consumer at Williams-Sonoma
Jennifer Seidman, Owner of Acme Bar & Company
John Ottman, Bar Manager at Holy Water
Jon Gasparini, Founder of Rye on the Road
Joseph Kaulbach, Regional Specialty Foods Coordinator at Whole Foods Market
Kinson Lau, Manager at Alchemist
Moke Berg, Barrel Buyer, Knox Barrels
Thad Vogler, Owner of Bar Agricole
Virginia Miller, SF/Bay Area Editor at Zagat