Enter the 2019 Competition

To make a great spirit you bring all of your artistry, dedication, science and passion to the table. We bring the most respected judges from around the world to the other side of that table.

OUR GOAL IS TO INCREASE AWARENESS IN YOUR DISTILLERY AND HELP YOU SELL MORE GREAT SPIRITS!

 

MAY 4-5, 2019

About us

To make a great spirit you bring all of your artistry, dedication, science and passion to the table. We bring the world's most respected judges from around the world to the other side of that table. Competition on a truly international scale – all for the best of reasons – Giving Back. 

Our Judges

WE HAVE THE BEST JUDGES. Our judges include the most influential people in the spirits industry, including Masters Distillers, Certified Spirits Educators, Brand Ambassadors, retailers, importers and spirits industry writers and consultants.

Spirits Judge, Blogger - The Traveling Cocktailian

Courtney Crockett

Courtney Crockett has been a resident of KC since 2005 but is currently consulting and building a program in Bismarck, ND
Growing up in the Midwest she was steeped in the tradition of hospitality. She decided to re enter the hospitality/bartending industry in 2011 after volunteering for The Greater KC Bartending Competition and has served as the FOH organizer for Paris of the Plains cocktail festival for the last seven years. In addition to festival planning she has also worked to build craft cocktail scene within the KC Community as well as the national scene by building bar programs and advancing the craft through continued bar education. An alumni of Camp Runamok, a week long camp in Bourbon Country KY to learn about bourbon distillation, and Bar Institute focusing on continuing bar education in Baltimore, Phoenix, Austin and Portland, Juniper Harvest in Wisconsin learning about gin production and spirit distillation. She received her Tequila CRT certification in May 2016.
As an active member of the local and national chapter of United States Bartender's Guild she focuses on growing the local trade community and recruiting others to do the same
She started her independent brand of bartending in February 2016 with the creation of The Traveling Cocktailian, a project dedicated to spreading education, hospitality and passion to other cities while documenting and writing of the comraderie that exists behind the bar as well in the other side of the wood.
Today she continues to educate bar professionals and enthusiasts about all subjects spirit related focusing heavily on cocktail and bar history throughout the country.