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Aaron Joseph

Beverage consultant, Vice President Rum Club Baltimore, CRT and WSET 2 certified, Authentic Caribbean Rum Certification, Cognac Experience Certification, award-winning bartender.

Alexandria Bowler

Lead bartender, James Beard Award Winner Outstanding Bar Program, Women in Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, Court of Master Sommeliers Certified, Certified Sherry Specialist. 

Brad Coburn

Bar owner and Principal Bartender Pangea Alchemy Lab, founder of Sarasota Network of Bartenders, mentor, educator, and innovator in the beverage and hospitality community.

The Judges

The Judging Event

The Judging Process

Our handpicked Chilled 100 bartender expert judges span across the country working in some of the hottest cocktail-making markets. Our proprietary judging process includes a blind tasting with experts in each field deliberating, reviewing, and scoring your products using a rating system that speaks to other bartenders.

Products We Judge

All alcoholic liquids including but not limited to whiskey, whisky, scotch, bourbon, rum, rhum, tequila, mezcal, vodka, gin, genever, cachaca, pisco, soju, sake, raki, shochu, baijiu, calvados, mead, liqueurs, cordials, aperitifs, amaro, brandy, cognac, vermouth, specialty spirits, some wines, and more.

The Chilled 100 Spirits Awards Gala at Bar Convent Brooklyn

Our Chilled 100 Judges review, rate, and rank all entered spirits during an exclusive judging event held the days before BCB, June 14, 2022. Directly following the first day of BCB, we will celebrate and honor spirits earning The Bartender Seal of Approval and other select awards during our Awards Gala. Select members of the Chilled 100 will present winning recipients with their awards, medals, and emblems, which can proudly be displayed on their bottles at their exhibitor booths during BCB. 


Bar Convent Brooklyn is one of the world's premier bartender and craft spirits events. Held in NYC, BCB attracts thousands of attendees each year. For more information, please visit barconventbrooklyn.com.

Christina M. Mercado

Founder ShakeStirPour, M.B.A in Hospitality, A.S. and B.S. in Culinary Arts, Developer Master Mixology Cocktail Class, CSWS Sherry and CRT Tequila Certified.  

Davíd León Jr.

Caribbean rum and whiskey expert, Executive Whiskey Steward Certification Stave & Thieves, Canadian Whiskey Certification, Tequila Producers Certification. 

Dustin Haarstad

Bar owner and founder of Blind Tiger Cocktail Company, Certified Spirits Profession, Certified Mezcaler Level ll Cicerone, celebrated bartender Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium.  

Jon Mateer

Food & Beverage manager, Founder of the Bardtenders podcast, Diploma in Scotch Edinburgh Whisky Society and Canadian Whisky, CSWS Sherry, WSET Level 1 Spirits. 

Juyoung Kang

Lead bartender, consultant and spokesperson Cocktail Artist Mint Syrup, Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, Bartender of the Year award-winner.  

Maxwell Berlin

Rare and unique spirits expert, Certified Sherry Specialist, Certified Cicerone, Sommelier, Award T, educator, mentor, expertise in tea blending and beer brewing guide.  

Michele Hamilton

Beverage menu and bar program consultant, BarSmarts, Ananas Certified, award-winning bartender, mentor, finalist Great Bar Race Houston.  

Nigal Vann

Founder Vannity Cocktails, mentor, educator, Beverage Tasting Institute Spirit Moderator, Hospitality Management certified, American Whiskey Steward, Moonshine University. 

Paula Lukas

Beverage consultant, bar manager, Certification in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Certificate in Beverage Excellence, Bartender Spirits Awards, Best Global Bartending Talent.  

Robin Wolf

Bar owner and Certified Spirits Professional, Certified Sommelier and Cicerone, mentor, expert in locally focused and sustainable mixology. 

SC Baker

Spirits Mentee of The LEE Initiative, Executive Bourbon Steward, Stave & Thief Society/Moonshine University, Diploma in Single Malt Whisky, Canadian Whisky Certified.

Alternate Judges

Brenda Riepenhoff

Brenda first embarked on her craft upon moving to New York City to supplement her income from her job in the music industry.

Ana Gonzalez

Head bartender at Williamsburg, New York, cocktail bar; Shelter, where she currently is creating beautifully crafted and fashionable cocktails.

Garvey Alexander

He is most known for his cocktail recipe book BRUNCH GOD, which was featured on NBC's Today Show and Fox News for the holiday book recommendation segment.