Pictured above from left – Head judge Wayne Curtis, Director of Operations Matthew Sharpe, Managing Partner Andrew Faulkner, and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at Tales of the Cocktail 2023 in New Orleans.
On this The NOLADrinks Show, we convene with the guys behind the New Orleans Spirits Competition, which culminated at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans recently. We chat with noted cocktail industry luminaries Wayne Curts, Andrew Faulkner, and Matthew Sharpe.
We taped this episode in two parts. The first was before Tales (the first two segments of the featured interview) where we let you know about the competition in an overview sense, how it works, who the judges were, and more. From there, we regrouped at Tales during the week of the event to reveal the big winners and put a bow on things.
Pictured above from left – taping the wrap-up segment with The New Orleans Spirits Competition presented by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, July 2023. Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show along with Andrew Faulkner, Matthew Sharpe, and Wayne Curtis of the New Orleans Spirit Competition at Tales of the Cocktail 2023 in New Orleans.
Pictured above from left – Andrew, Wayne, and Matthew present some of the top winners of the New Orleans Spirits Competition during Tales of the Cocktail 2023 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Throughout the conversation we weave in some thoughts and observations about the submittals and insights into the spirits industry. We also talk about the judging methodology and our guests share some ideas on the New Orleans Spirits Competition moving forward. And rest assured, we have some good laughs along the way, as well!
Thanks to our friends at the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation for helping put this together for us!
Cheers and Be Well, You All!