Judges The best in the industry judging excellence in the glass Judging – How to Enter – Benefits – Protocols – Sponsors – FAQ – Award Winners Nancy Fraley Nancy Fraley is a whiskey and rum blender and consultant. She runs a firm called Nosing Services in Berkeley, CA, where she provides custom blending, … More Info Billy Abbott Billy Abbott is a drinks writer and judge specializing in whisky and fine spirits. Once a computer programmer with more than a decade of experience … More Info Steven Beal Steven Beal is one of the most respected whiskey experts in the world. He has worked as a brand ambassador for some of the largest whiskey brands … More Info Dan Farber Distiller Dan Farber has been involved in brandy production since the mid-1980s, studying in Cognac and other brandy-producing regions around … More Info Peter Holland Peter Holland is one half of the husband and wife team behind the TheFloatingRumShack.com; their onetime hobby, the world of rum has become their … More Info Monique Huston Monique Huston entered the beverage/hospitality industry waiting tables at the age of 14. She spent 10 years curating the whiskey collection … More Info Aaron Knoll Gin expert, Aaron Knoll is the author of the spirits blog “the Gin is in” and co-author of The Craft of Gin (White Mule Press, 2013). Knoll’s … More Info Virginia Miller Virginia Miller has traveled the world in pursuit of her love of good food and drink. She was the former Vice President of Content/ Senior Managing … More Info Julia Nourney Julia Nourney is an independent spirits consultant based in Germany who has been working in the industry for almost 20 years. For the last decade … More Info Henry Preiss After his father’s wine-importing business changed hands, Henry Preiss founded Preiss Imports, bringing some of the best small liqueurs and … More Info Keli Rivers Keli Rivers started bartending in Tokyo’s Roppongi nightclub district and has lived on every continent except Antarctica. A veteran of some … More Info Matthew Rowley Historian and former museum curator Matthew Rowley is author of Moonshine! (2007). He is on the editorial board of the forthcoming Oxford Companion … More Info Kristiane Sherry Kristiane Sherry is the editor at Master of Malt, an award-winning drinks eCommerce site. She adores whisky, gin, Tequila, cocktails (pretty … More Info Natasha Bahrami Natasha Bahrami is the owner of The Gin Room, a gin-centric bar in Saint Louis, MO. She is dedicated to teaching and creating robust education … More Info Todd Buckley Trading in silicon chips for copper stills, Todd Buckley is a technologist turned distiller. He has worked at Intel and Microsoft and has been … More Info Ben Capdevielle Ben Capdevielle is the founder and distiller at Captive Spirits Distilling in Seattle,Washington. Ben has been distilling Captive’s flagship … More Info Paul Clarke Paul Clarke is Imbibe Magazine’s Executive Editor and the author of The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, … More Info Wayne Curtis Wayne Curtis is a freelance journalist and contributing editor at The Atlantic. He has written hundreds of articles for dozens of magazines and … More Info Flavien Desoblin A native of Burgundy, Flavien Desoblin owns two bars in Manhattan: Brandy Library in Tribeca and Copper & Oak on the Lower East Side, which have … More Info Angela D’Orazio Angela D’Orazio is the current CNO, Chief Nose Officer and Master Blender for Mackmyra whisky, where she has worked since 2004. In 1992, D’Orazio … More Info Elayne Duff Jet-set mixologist turned on-trade consultant, New York native Elayne Duff is an accomplished professional with more than 15 years within the … More Info Philip Duff Philip Duff is one of the cocktail community’s best-loved educators. As a renowned expert on all distilled spirits (but especially gin & genever) … More Info Elana Effrat Elana Effrat is Spirits Brand Manager for New York-based Martin Scott Wines, a division of Winebow Group. Previously Effrat has been an ambassador … More Info H. Joseph Ehrmann H. Joseph Ehrmann, better known as H. is the 11th Proprietor of Elixir, San Francisco’s second oldest continually operating saloon. H. is recognized … More Info Jake Emen Jake Emen is a freelance journalist whose spirits coverage has been published in outlets including USA Today, Whisky Advocate, Maxim, GQ, The … More Info Arne Hillesland Arne Hillesland is the head distiller at Distillery No. 209 in San Francisco, CA and he is responsible for developing their gin recipe. He learned … More Info John David Jeffery Originally from Chicago, John David Jeffery studied food chemistry at Michigan State University, performing research and development in their … More Info Jennifer Massolo Jennifer Massolo started in the beverage industry in 1994 with Cognac giant, Remy Martin, in her hometown of Vancouver, BC. In 1997, exploring … More Info Bernadette Pamplin After working in a gin bar, Bernadette Pamplin created and began writing the gin website, undertheginfluence.com, in April 2015. Pamplin fell … More Info Lauren Patz As Spirit Works Distillery head distiller, Lauren Patz oversees all development and production of the distillery’s range of grain-to-glass … More Info Brett Pontoni Brett Pontoni is Spirits Buyer for Binny’s Beverage Depot, in Chicago, the largest liquor retailer in the Midwest. He has been a supporter … More Info Danny Ronen Almost 20 years ago, Danny Ronen founded DC Spirits, a food, wine, & spirits educational organization with a focus on small producers and sustainability. … More Info Alain Royer Alain Royer, 6th generation of a Cognac family, born in Bordeaux, raised in Cognac, educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, has been involved all … More Info Michael Sherwood Michael Sherwood comes from a family that owned a beer and wine distributorship in southern Oregon. At a tender age, he ascended to the role … More Info Donald Snyder Donald Snyder has been in the distilling industry for over 12 years. As the Barrel Warehouse Manager at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, Donald … More Info Peggy Noe Stevens Peggy Noe Stevens has worked for over 20 years in hospitality and experiential marketing. Stevens is the world’s first Master Bourbon Taster … More Info Lara Victoria Lara Victoria is a WSET Certified Educator and Certified Sherry Educator teaching all levels of certification in wine, spirits and sake for Cru … More Info Andie Ferman Andie Ferman has been working in hospitality for over 20 years and has established a name for herself by crafting memorable experiences for industry … More Info Lenny Gotter Lenny Gotter founded Eastside Distilling and was the CEO from 2008 to 2014 when the company was the first craft distillery to go public on NASDAQ … More Info Peter Vestinos Peter Vestinos With over 16 years of experience in the bar and restaurant industry, Peter he has worked at all levels of the business including … More Info David Warter David Warter joined the Gallo winery in 1999. He earned both an MS in Viticulture and Enology and an MBA from the University of California, Davis … More Info Stewards ADI is very proud that we are able to use some of the very best palates in the spirits industry to organize our flights and serve as stewards.