John Barleycorn Awards 2020

John Barleycorn Award



Dallas, TX -- John Barleycorn Society of Spirits Writers & Marketers today released results for the Spring 2020 John Barleycorn Awards Taste and Marketing + Design competitions.

The John Barleycorn Awards is a different kind of awards program which was created by writers and marketers to honor creative excellence in all aspects of the spirits industry - from formulating and distilling products - through innovative imaging, promotion, sale of the products, and supporting the industry. Due to the pandemic hitting distilleries and bartenders particularly hard, half of all Spring Taste entry fees were donated to the United States Bartenders' Guild COVID-19 Relief Fund.

In the 2020 competition, there were several hundred entries from throughout the spirits industry. Entries came from a wide range of distillers from huge conglomerates like Brown-Forman and Beam-Suntory to new up and comers like Sagamore Spirit and Oak & Eden. Brands ranged from old mainstays like Four Roses, Jim Beam, and Corazon to new products from Black Button Distilling, Hollystone Distilling, and Distillery 291.

Each Taste entry was blind-tasted and scored on a 1DO-point scale for appearance, aroma, taste, and finish. Marketing entries were judged on creative excellence. Awards were determined based on points.

  • Caffe Del Fuego GOLD TASTE WINNER
  • Caffe Del Fuego  GOLD MARKETING + DESIGN | Social Media Engagement
  • Remington Family Distillers  GOLD MARKETING + DESIGN | Charitable Campaigns

A complete list of winners and comments from judges can be found at Best of winners will be determined in December following the Fall competition. The Taste judging was conducted under the leadership of noted author and spirits writer John McCarthy who oversees some of the world's top spirits writers. Judges include well-known journalists Leslie Sbrocco, Fred Minnick, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Robin Robinson, Wayne Curtis, Frank Caiafa, Jack Robertiello, G. Clay Whittaker, Rachel DelRocco Terrazas, Brad Japhe, and Tony Sachs.

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Austin Monthly Front Porch Series

Front Porch Sessions

Join Austin Monthly for our concert series streaming live from our front porch to your living room.

This month’s Front Porch Session features Jackie Venson accompanied by cocktails from Remington Family Distillers.

RSVP to reserve a free cocktail kit* from Remington Family Distillers that can be picked up at the Austin Monthly office from noon-5 p.m. on July 20.

On the evening of the event, visit Austin Monthly’s Facebook page, IGLive or YouTube channel to listen and sip along!*Limited quantities are available. Must be 21+ and have a valid ID available at pickup.

AO5 Opening Reception Featuring Brandon Snow and Caffe Del Fuego

Opening Reception with the Artist
Saturday, June 8th 7-9pm

Brandon Snow is a self-taught Austin-based printmaker, and the youngest artist represented by Ao5 Gallery. Snow merges his original film photography with a large format silkscreen process. This hand-pulled printing method allows for unique and serendipitous characteristics to develop in each piece. His newest body of work is inspired by the struggle to find balance in all aspects of our lives.

Event sponsored by Caffe del Fuego. Please enjoy responsibly.

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