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Competition Information

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2017 Judging Panel

The 2017 judging panel, led by Head Judge Sam Bygrave of Australian Bartender Magazine, includes leading Australian spirits educators, buyers, and experts in spirits and liqueurs from across the industry.


Sam Bygrave

Editor, Australian Bartender Magazine


Adam Jenkins

Head Business Manager, Spirits – Dan Murphy’s

Geoff Fewell

Whisky Manager - Speakeasy Group

Julian White

Co-owner - Whisky + Alement

Russell Johnson

Beverage Consultant

Seb Raeburn

Cocktail Historian

Sebastian Costello

Owner - Bad Frankie

Shaun Byrne

Good Measure Liquor Consultants


Caroline Childerley

The Gin Queen

Clare Burder

The Humble Tumbler, and author of ‘Tipsy’

Ev Liong

Freelance Beverage Consultant

Lee Potter Cavanagh

Hospitality, Management, Beverage & Brand Consultant

Luke McCarthy

‘Smart Sipping’, Executive Style - Fairfax Media

Michael Chiem

2016 Winner of Bartender Magazine ‘Bartender of the Year’ Competition

Note: Associate Judges participate in the judging under the guidance of their Panel Chair to aid their professional development as judges.  Their Exhibit scores and commentary are not included in the final score, but assist in the development of the Associates’ judging ability and their understanding of the judging process.


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