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Jared Givens, Director at The Thompson, Hyatt Hotels, Joins 2024 Bartender Spirits Awards as a Judge

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04/01/2024 Exciting news just in for the Bartender Spirits Awards 2024. Jared Givens, Director at The Thompson, Hyatt Hotels, joins as a judge. With over 15 years of expertise, his passion for spirits guarantees a thrilling evaluation of the finest entries.

The Bartender Spirits Awards just announced an exciting addition to their panel of judges for the 2024 edition, and it is none other than Jared Givens, Director of Restaurants, Bars, and Events at The Thompson, Hyatt Hotels, Dallas.

Jared Givens brings with him years of experience, having served as the General Manager for Georgie’s by Curtis Stone and as the Beverage Director for renowned establishments such as Le Bilboquet, Up on Knox, and Georgie’s. With a remarkable career spanning over 15 years, Jared has seamlessly navigated both guest-facing and support roles, establishing himself as a true master in hospitality.

What sets Jared apart is not just his extensive experience but his passion for elevating the beverage experience. As an avid wine and spirit educator, he has dedicated himself to the art of crafting one of the finest beverage programs in the city of Dallas. His commitment to innovation has consistently set new standards, making him a respected figure in the drinks industry.

Now, as he steps into the role of a judge for the 2024 Bartender Spirits Awards, we are certain that Jared Givens will bring a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to their esteemed judges' panel.

We look forward to the invaluable contribution he will make in recognizing and celebrating the best spirits at the 2024 Bartender Spirits Awards.

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 Emmy's 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.

Chris Barna - Bar Manager at Proof, 2022 Top 50 US World Class 2023 Top 30 US World Class, Charleston.

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

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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