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2024 Awards of Excellence Recipients in Tasting & Tap Rooms and Craft Beverage Announced


Five recipients will take away best-in-class awards during the Tasting & Tap Room Expo and Craft Beverage Expo & Conference in May.

Reno, NV (April 23, 2024) – The Tasting & Tap Room Expo and Craft Beverage Expo & Conference are excited to reveal the 2024 Awards of Excellence recipients. In its inaugural year, the Awards of Excellence seek to inspire excellence in tasting and tap rooms and the craft beverage industry and provide wider recognition and visibility to those who contribute significantly to the overall customer experience and in the adult beverage community.

Select members of the Tasting & Tap Room Expo and Craft Beverage Expo & Conference Advisory Board along with industry professionals, evaluated the top nominations. Evaluations and winner selection were based on a scoring and rating system, considering the specific criteria for each category.

Tasting & Tap Room Awards

Tasting Room Manager of the Year


  • Demonstrate expertise in curating a diverse and exceptional beverage selection
  • Active in pursuing higher education in adult beverage via classes, certifications, events, conferences, etc.
  • Implement or managed innovative tasting experiences and events
  • Contribute to the overall success and growth of the establishment

Tasting or Tap Room of the Year


  • Atmosphere: Ambiance, decor, and overall aesthetic appeal
  • Service: Staff knowledge/education, friendliness, and customer engagement
  • Beverage Selection: Diversity, quality, and uniqueness of offerings
  • Innovation: Introduction of creative tasting experiences or events
  • Customer Feedback: Positive reviews and testimonials

Craft Beverage Awards

Best Packaging Design Award


  • Creativity: Uniqueness and originality in bottle design
  • Branding Alignment: Integration of design with the overall brand identity
  • Functionality: Practicality and suitability for the beverage it contains

“We’re honored to announce the winners of the 2024 Awards of Excellence,” commented Michelle Metter, partner at Fast Forward Events, producers of the Tasting & Tap Room Expo and Craft Beverage Expo & Conference. “These awards are designed to recognize the remarkable accomplishments achieved by both establishments and individuals. This year, every submission dazzled us, and we hope in future years, the awards will continue to put a spotlight on the abundance of talent within our industry.”

2024 Award of Excellence Recipients

Tap Room of the Year

Synthestruct, Zymarium Meadery

Tasting Room of the Year – Spirits

Keeper’s Heart Whiskey

Tasting Room of the Year – Wine

Haywire Winery

Tasting Room Manager of the Year

Tara Meineke, M Cellars Winery

Best Packaging Award

Hall of Fame Spirits

Look for features on this year’s winners throughout the year on SommGo, SommCon’s on demand streaming education resource for the professional adult beverage community.

The inaugural 2024 Awards of Excellence will be presented by, OJ Lima of Taste, Select, Repeat.

Join us for the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 8th

  • Date: May 8, 2024
  • Time: 2:20 pm
  • Place: Expo Hall

Tasting & Tap Room Expo and Craft Beverage Expo & Conference are co-locating at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, May 7-8, 2024. This collaboration brings together turn-key solutions for owners, operators, and managers of tasting and tap rooms of all sizes alongside unique and unforgettable experiences that intersect with producers of craft beverage.

Tasting & Tap Room Expo and Craft Beverage Expo & Conference invite all industry professionals to attend May 7-8, in Reno, Nevada. View more information, register or exhibit.

About Tasting & Tap Room Expo

The Tasting & Tap Room Expo is the premier event for tasting and tap room professionals bringing together owners, operators and managers from wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries to explore the latest trends, innovations, and strategies for creating exceptional tasting room experiences.

About Craft Beverage Expo & Conference

Craft Beverage Expo & Conference is a leading industry event that provides craft beverage producers with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. It serves breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries, and other craft beverage producers by offering educational sessions, networking opportunities, and access to industry suppliers.