Jamie Boudreau
I bet Jamie Boudreau is pretty tired of us using this photo.

Major congratulations are in order for barman and Canon proprietor Jamie Boudreau, who is nominated for the American Bartender of the Year at the Tales of the Cocktail’s annual Spirited Awards. The James Beard Foundation may have (finally) added a cocktail category to its restaurantcentric awards extravaganza, but for people who serve, sell, or mix spirits for a living, this is the big time.

Boudreau is one of ten final nominees, along with major names like Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common in Portland. Most of the list of nominees reads like a love letter to New York and Los Angeles, so cheers to some Seattle representation. Local spirits writer Paul Clarke, whose grasp of all things booze is both fearsome and inspiring, is nominated in the Best Cocktail Writing – Author category, and former Seattleite Brad Parsons is getting more kudos for his book Bitters: The Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All.

The winners will be announced July 28, at Tales of the Cocktail. This is the tenth year for this epic industry event, which blends seminars and brand education with lots of good old-fashioned New Orleans hijinx.