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Chris Barna, 2023 Top 30 US World Class, Joins the Bartender Spirits Awards Judging Panel

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09/01/2024 Bartender Spirits Awards extended the warmest welcome to Chris Barna, 2022 and 2023 Top 30 US World Class, as a judge for the 2024 BSA Edition in Chicago.

Bartender Spirits Awards just welcomed Chris Barna, Bar Manager, well- known industry professional, to the panel of judges for the upcoming 2024 Bartender Spirits Awards, which is scheduled to take place in Chicago on May 20th, 2024.

Chris's substantial industry background is marked by a successful tenure as a Bartender at Big Gun Burgers for over five years, followed by a noteworthy as Bar Manager at Proof in Charleston, South Carolina, US, where he also currently works. His achievements include securing positions in the 2022 Top 50 US World Class and the 2023 Top 30 US World Class.

His inclusion in the judging panel underscores BSA's commitment to assembling a team of accomplished professionals with a keen understanding of the beverage industry. We are highly anticipating his valuable insights and contributions to the Bartender Spirits Awards this May.

The 2024 judging panel includes some top names in the US bar industry.

They include:

Renato M. Tonelli - 2023 US Bartender of the Year and Founder at Sustainable Bartender

Charles Joly - World Class Global Bartending Winner and Official Mixologist of the Emmys and Oscars.

Julieta Campos - Beverage and Bar Operations Director at The Fifty/50 Group, Chicago.

Katie Renshaw - 2019 US World Class Bartender of the Year.

Mike Ryan - Global Beverage Director, Acurio International, Chicago.

Trudy Thomas - Corporate Director of Beverage at Southworth Development, Spirits Educator and Mixologist, Nashville.

Abraham Vucekovich - Beverage Director, Meadowlark Hospitality, Chicago, Meadowlark Hospitality.

Guillermo Bravo - Beverage Director at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Chicago.

Danny Shapiro - Founding Partner in Scofflaw Group, Chicago.

Elliott Ernst - Country's Top 100 World Class Bartenders and Mixologist, Rockford and more.

You can check the full list of judges here.

The judging panel consists of some of the most renowned names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise industry. The result will be a relevant and practical source of reference for bartenders, bar managers, bar owners, and other industry professionals when making purchasing decisions for their establishments.

If you are a spirits brand anywhere in the world and are looking to grow into the USA’s on-premise channels, Bartender Spirits Awards is the competition that you should enter. Brands are rated by the best in class and real trade buyers with the judging criteria that the bar managers and bartenders use when they buy for their bars.

Brands are encouraged to enter before the early bird deadline of January 31, 2024.

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