LA International Spirits Competition

L.A. International Spirits Competition

Setting the Gold Standard

Welcome to the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition website. Since introducing a spirits category in 2007, the LAISC has set the standard for judging distilled beverages. Each year an esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method to award medals to the best spirits from around the world, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism set 80 years ago by its partner wine competition.

Competition Dates

MAY 5 - 6, 2020

Deadlines

Early Bird Deadline: March 15
International Deadline: April 3
Domestic Deadline: April 15
(All products must be at the Pomona address no later than April 30)



Judges

Judges Bio's Coming Soon

Spirits That Bewitch

Its time has come, again, and there is no looking back. Once relegated to your grandfather’s drink or the libation of stuffed shirts, the cocktail has made a resurgence the last few years. Hip, cool, there are even cocktail specialists (mixologists - snazzy!).

The Los Angeles International Spirits Competition recognizes the finest in spirits, flavored and not, mixed and straight up. Celebrating its Fourteenth year, this budding yet distinguished event rivals senior contests with a cutting edge judging panel comprised of the discerning palates of mixologists, spirits journalists, esteemed bar owners and educators.

The Fourteenth annual spirits judging takes place May 5-6. That’s right around the corner. Have you entered? Don’t hesitate. Early bird registration deadline is March 15 (early bird entry fee $300; $310 after March 15). Final deadline for entries is April 3, 2020 for International entries April 15 for Domestic entries.

Beginning with Tequilas in 2007 and opened to all distilled beverages in 2010, more than 400 of the world's best vodkas, tequilas, gins, rums, mescals, whiskeys and mixers were tasted last year, with judges giving the Best of Show Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila - 96 points and the Best of Show mixers to Nimble Nectar Tart Cherry Lime Mixer - 97 points.

The spirit competition partners with the renowned wine competition each spring. For 80 years, our wine competition has showcased the finest vintages from countries throughout the world, and illustrated time and again why the Los Angeles International Wine Competition is considered one of the most prestigious. Our rich history is a strong foundation upon which we are building with greater consumer outreach. We look forward to your participation in this great event.

The Los Angeles County Fair Association guarantees greater exposure for the event’s winning entries offering consumers access to some of the world’s finest wines, extra virgin olive oils and the wide world of spirits.



Publicity

How to enter the Spirits Competition

  • Determine the spirits you wish to enter
  • Read Special Rules and Information
  • Note entry deadline and entry fee
  • Determine Division and Categories
  • Complete the entire entry form

Ship or deliver your spirits with a copy of the entry form and entry fees by April 15 for domestic entries and April 30 for international entries to (download shipping label):

Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
Attn: Spirits Department
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact Colene Nath (909) 865-4230. Fax (909) 629-2067. Email nath@fairplex.com

Competition Calendar

January 4 – April 15
Spirits deliveries will be accepted in our wine cellar Jan. 4 – April 15, 2019 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

March 31
Early Bird Registration Deadline Spirits entry forms must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2019 to get the Early Bird Special

May 2 
Spirits Competition Deadline

May 7 - 8
Judging of spirit entries in the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel

June
2019 Spirits medal winners will be posted to the website.

August 30 - September 22
2019 LA County Fair. Display of all award winning wines, extra virgin olive oils and spirits. The tasting of gold medal wines, beer, spirits and extra virgin olive oils, and education seminars will take place in the Los Angeles International Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace during the LA County Fair.

And the Medal goes to...

The 2019 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition received 399 Spirits entries from 147 producers. For the past several years we have made Mixers its own competition being that we receive so many entries in this non-alcoholic product category. There were a total of 3 Best of Show Awards given this year, 1 Best of Show was awarded to Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila with 96 points, 1 Best of Show in the Mixers Competition was awarded to Nimble Nectar Tart Cherry Lime Mixer with 97 points and 1 Best of Show in Packaging Design which was awarded to Empress 1908 Gin. We awarded 47 Best of Category Awards, 9 Best of Division Awards, 236 Gold Medal Awards, 111 Silver Medal Awards, 10 Bronze Medal Awards and 34 Packaging Design awards. This year’s competition received spirits from 24 different countries, Mexico, Poland, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Belarus, Brazil, Japan, UK, Ireland, England, Caribbean Islands, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela, USA, Myanmar, Netherlands, Scotland, Philippines, Italy and London. We had 19 prestigious judges from all over the United States from on and off-premise as well as Young’s Market, Wine Warehouse, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Mutual Trading.



Award Winning Spirits

This is when being a sellout is good thing!

In Thirteen short years the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition has proven that a win here is a win for entrants in the consumer market - more publicity, greater exposure and, most importantly, a spike in sales. Our competition showcases the finest spirits from throughout the world, and the growth we’ve experienced in our brief existence illustrates why this event is rivaling our senior competitors. If there is just one spirits competition you want to enter, this is it.

We aren’t resting on our laurels – we stand by our history. For 80 years, our wine competition has honored the most outstanding vintages from around the world, and proven time and again why this wine competition is one of the most prestigious. Our rich history is a strong foundation upon which we are building with greater consumer outreach. We look forward to your participation in this great event!

The Los Angeles County Fair Association guarantees greater exposure for the event’s winning entries, offering consumers access to some of the world’s finest wines, spirits, and extra virgin olive oils.

The Los Angeles International Spirits Competition provides award winners with an additional marketing opportunity, with the ability to purchase spirit award stickers identifying bottles as medal winners. This kind of fame lasts a lot longer than 15 minutes!



2019 Spirits Competition Downloadable Materials

2019 Spirits Competition Award Seals

The award seals are available for purchase after the award winners have been announced. The award seals will signify the medal won, and help to guide the consumer in their quest for quality spirits. The seals come 1,000 count per roll and can be ordered from Los Angeles International Spirits Competition Phone (909) 865-4230. Fax (909) 629-2067

Download sticker/seal order form



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Contact Us

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact:

Colene Nath
Phone: (909) 865-4230
Email: nath@fairplex.com
Fax: (909) 629-2067