Tales’ Spirited Awards Announces Top Ten Lists For Writing Prizes

By Neat Pour Staff |

On Thursday (6.20), Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards announced the long list semifinalists for their annual writing prizes. Neat Pour was honored to receive a nod in the Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication category.

“The Spirited Awards® judges received a surprising number of exceptional submissions this year,” said Paul Clarke, Writing & Media Chair for the Spirited Awards, in a statement. “From newspapers to podcasts, to magazines and online media, the Spirited Awards® give us an opportunity to celebrate some of the most creative, insightful and perceptive voices working today in drinks journalism.”

Top 4 announcements will follow on June 24. The actual awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 20th.


This award recognizes outstanding journalism (magazine, newspaper, online media) that features bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews and drink trends in the industry.

  • CLASS magazine
  • Cocktail Wonk
  • CocktailSafe.org
  • Collectif 1806 Magazine
  • Difford’s Guide
  • Drinkmagazine.asia
  • Neat Pour
  • Scotchwhisky.com
  • SevenFifty Daily
  • thirsty.


Great journalism is one of the best ways to communicate to the general public the value and significance of great bars, bartenders, cocktails and related products. This award recognizes an outstanding author (magazine, newspaper, online media) who highlights bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews and drink trends in the industry.

  • Wayne Curtis, Imbibe Magazine, The Daily Beast, Garden & Gun
  • Dan Q. Dao, Liquor.com, Food & Wine, VICE
  • Camper English, Alcademics.com, CocktailSafe.org
  • Aaron Goldfarb, Esquire, PUNCH, VinePair
  • Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Wall Street Journal, PUNCH
  • Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk
  • Kathleen Purvis, Imbibe Magazine, Garden & Gun
  • Clay Risen, The New York Times
  • Robert Simonson, The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, PUNCH
  • Hamish Smith, CLASS magazine


This award recognizes the best book published in the past year regarding cocktails, bars, bar design, or bartending in general.

  • Batched & Bottled: Cocktails to Make Ahead by Max and Noel Venning
  • Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald
  • I’m Just Here for the Drinks: A Guide to Spirits, Drinking and More Than 100 Extraordinary Cocktails by Sother Teague
  • Kitchen Cocktails: Recipes of the London Cocktail Club by JJ Goodman
  • Northern Hospitality with The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club: A Celebration of Cocktails, Cooking, and Coming Together by Andrew Volk and Briana Volk
  • The Art & Craft of Coffee Cocktails: Over 80 Recipes for Mixing Coffee and Liquor by Jason Clark
  • The Aviary Cocktail Book by Allen Hemberger, Grant Achatz, and Nick Kokonas
  • The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem: The Story of John Morrissey and the World’s Best Cocktail Menu by Jack McGarry, Jillian Vose, and Sean Muldoon


This award recognizes the best long-form nonfiction published in the past year, including works on drinks culture, cocktail history, drinks-related personal memoir, spirits and distillation, or other aspects of the drinks world.

  • A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene
  • Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Female Bartenders by Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen
  • From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover’s Guide to Ireland by Jack McGarry, Sean Muldoon, and Tim Herlihy
  • Hacking Whiskey: Smoking, Blending, Fat Washing, and Other Whiskey Experiments by Aaron Goldfarb
  • Pisco Patrimonio by Adam L. Weintraub
  • Sakepedia:A Non-Traditional Guide to Japan’s Traditional Beverage by Jeff Cioletti
  • Spirit of the North: Cocktail Recipes and Stories from Scandinavia by Selma Slabiak
  • The Bourbon Bible by Eric Abram Zandona
  • The Gin Dictionary by David T. Smith
  • The Vermouth of Turin by Fulvio Piccinino


This award recognizes the best broadcast, podcast or online video series regarding bars, bartenders, cocktails, spirit reviews, drinks trends in the industry and bartending in general.

  • Bartender at Large
  • Bourbon Up with Fred Minnick
  • Cocktails For You
  • Delightful Drinks
  • Living Proof: Conversations for Bartenders
  • Lush Life Podcast
  • Music and Booze with Mo
  • Shift Drink Podcast
  • The Speakeasy
  • WhiskyCast
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