Judging of Craft American Spirits


The 9th Annual Judging of Craft American Spirits

The nations oldest and largest organization representing craft distilleries opened registration for the 2015 judging on February 23-25, 2015, in San Francisco, CA. Every class of distilled spirit was evaluated. We will let you know when you can submit your spirits for ADI’s 10th Annual Judging event. Stay tuned!

Judging Protocols

Before the judging begins, all spirits are received by a member distillery and put in a secure area. Boxes remain sealed upon arrival until the week prior to judging. The judging team opens the boxes to sort the spirits by class before being moving them to the judging venue.

Past Winners

View winners from past years of judging:  20142013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Submission Guidelines

The American Distilling Institute will judge artisan American gins, rums, fruit infusions, brandies, moonshines and whiskies. Select judges will perform a blind tasting of spirits submitted.

List of Judges

ADI is pleased to announced the panel of esteemed experts that will evaluate the spirits.

Nima Ansari – Astor Wine and Spirits


Luis Ayala – Got Rum magazine


Christopher Carlsson – Spirits Review


Martin Cate – Smuggler’s Cove SF


Wayne Curtis – Journalist/Author


Flavien Desoblin – The Brandy Library


H. Joseph Ehrmann – Elixir SF


Nancy Fraley – Nosing Services


Andrew Friedman – Liberty Bar Seattle


Cornelius Geary – Drink Me magazine


Hubert Germain-Robin – Master Distiller, Master Blender


Robert Hess – Drinkboy.com


Monique Huston – Stoller Wholesale 


Brett Pontoni – Binny’s Beverage Depot


Henry Preiss – HPSepicurian


Audrey Saunders – Pegu Club


Brendan Wheatley – Saint Augustine Distillery


Richard Wolf – Wolf Consulting


David Wondrich – Spirits Guru


more to be announced soon, …