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8th San Diego Spirits Festival

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The 2016 San Diego Spirits Festival International Spirits Competition is now open for entries from emerging craft distillers, American merchant bottlers and large distillers alike, the competition will bring renowned experts from the worlds of spirits and hospitality together to determine the best tasting spirits in a blind analysis which will be held at the 8th San Diego Spirits Festival on August 27, 2016 and results will be announced at the festival on August 28, 2016.

The integrity of San Diego Spirits Festival International Spirits Competition starts with the quality and expertise of our Esteemed Judges. Our Judges have a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds and this facilitates a true, unbiased quality of judging of all the brands that have entered.

2016 Judges:

Philip Dobard – Museum of the American Cocktail
Andrew Faulkner – American Distilling Institute
Brain Christensen – Artisan Spirits Magazine
David Rippentrop –  Americas Executive Beverage Consultancy
Rich Manning – Writer, Blogger, all round expert
Forrest Cokley – Writer, Blogger, all round expert
Brian Cary –  Content Producer, MicroShiner Magazine
John Fluke – Placed4Success LLC (P4STV)
Roberto Loppi – Montage Beverly Hills/Beverage Mgr. & Independent Spirits Consultant
Christine Crnek- CEO Arsillica Inc. co-inventor of the NEAT glass
Paula Dezzutti Hewlette-CEO Local Choice Spirits-Founder of #Pour It Forward Celebrity Brands

The competition will be conducted in the Upstairs View Room during the day. The View Room is a closed location and only the Judges and Advisory Council George Manska  will be admitted.

Spirits will be  presented to judges in coded NEAT glasses in a blind tasting format. No spirits bottles will be visible to judges at any time until the competition is finished. Staff members will be prohibited from mentioning any spirits brand names entered in the competition.

Awards will be announced and presented during the Private Networking breakfast to be held at the festival on Sunday August 27.


27 (Saturday) 01:00 - 28 (Sunday) 01:00


Port Paviliion Broadway Pier

1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, United States

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