Bernhard Schäfer

Bernhard Schäfer
Started his professional Spirit carreer behind a Cocktailbar 1985, during his studies of sociology. Some years later he began giving lectures on different spirits, mainly Whisky. Where he got the highest accolades as he became a Keeper of the Quaich in 1996, and a Master in 2007. He is a cofounder of ENSE (European Network of Spirit Experts). Since 1997 Bernhard is a panel Member at different Spirit Competitions in Europe, and since 2010 in the US. He became a proud member of RumXP 2012. His friends say of him,: “I would once like to pass holidays as what you are calling work” and “why are you wearing Hawaiian Shirts all Summer”

  • Since 1997 he is a professional Spirit Taster, being on the panel of the IWSC in UK,
  • the Belgian Concours Mondial Spirit selection
  • the Miami Rumfestival
  • the German Rum festival
  • the German ISW, (–~en~isw~isw_allgemein~isw_allgemein.html)
  • the Indian Indspirits Award
  • and for some special interest Magazines like the Whiskymagazine and their awards
  • in Germany he is giving lectures on Rum, Gin, Whisky and Champagne, on and off trade and for the
  • Contributing Editor for several Bar and Drinks magazines in the GSA countries.

Education in Spirits
1984-1990 Bartender
1991-1999 General Manager au Freudenpark Bar (1999 Best Classical Cocktailbar in Germany)
1996 Keeper of the Quaich
2007 Master of the Quaich
2011 Founder of ENSE, European Network of Spirit Experts
2012 RumXP
2014 Cognac Educator
2016 Rectifier of the Gin Guild

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