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Elle Maeyaert got her start as a bartender 16 years ago, and is still as passionate about her career as ever. Just this year she won the St. James Gate Perfect Pint award for her work at The Local in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She's proud to have her name on cocktails and house-made liqueurs on menus at the iconic Dakota Jazz Club and other bars across the city. This summer Elle will spend a month traveling around Ireland (courtesy of Guinness) and Europe, enthusiastic to sample regional spirits and learn any bit of history she can get her hands on.
Stephen Berry—a bartender for the last decade, but in the industry since 1999—manages the bar program at Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine in Sacramento, California, where he helped curate one of the city's extensive whiskey selections, along with an incredibly innovative cocktail menu and wine program. He was until recently a member of the exceptional bar team at Ella Dinning Room and Bar, and is currently working toward his certified sommelier certificate (having just received his intro sommelier certification). Stephen is extremely passionate about whiskey, wine, and all things tiki.