SHAKERS + MAKERS


With a combined 10 years experience in the hospitality industry, Spirit Forward prides itself on exceptional service through awareness and anticipation of needs. 

 
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DAN HAMM // BARTENDER/OWNER

Dan Hamm has been an active force within the Philadelphia bar community for over five years. He is formerly the Bar Manager/Head Bartender of a.bar in the AKA Hotel Philadelphia and Bartender at the Rittenhouse cocktail lounge, 1 Tippling Place. As a craft bartender who bridges his love of cocktails with his love for cooking and DIY, Dan’s background is in high-volume bar service that never compromises product quality. His expertise ranges from classic recipes and methodology to unique flavor profiles and hand-carbonated sodas.

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STEPHANIE SMITH // CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Stephanie is the creative mastermind behind the visual voice and aesthetics of Spirit Forward. Acting as graphic designer, photographer, marketing director and social media curator, she’s fully committed to sharing the culture of craft cocktails. As a visual artist specializing in graphic design, specifically focused in the food and drink industry, and with a keen eye for spacial design, Stephanie ensures your Spirit Forward experience exceeds just what’s in your glass.

 
 

Dan's ACCOLADES

  • Vice President, United States Bartender's Guild - Philadelphia Chapter, Present
  • Instructor, “The Home Bar Project” Series - Drink Philly/Drink Nation
  • Beer Cocktail Consultant, "Beer Cocktail" Series - Origlio Beverage + Draught Lines Mag
  • Battle For The Negroni Cocktail Competition, Philadelphia  First Place, 6/8/16
  • Roca Patron Bartender Exhibition, Philadelphia  First Place, 5/11/2015
  • Bombay Sapphire + GQ’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, Philadelphia  First Place, 2014
  • W/N W/N Coffee Cocktail Competition  First Place, 1/22/2015
  • Hendricks Boozy Bar Crawl Competition  Third Place, 6/5/2014
  • Hurricane Sandy Cocktail Throw Down  First Place, 11/18/2012

     

    AFFILIATES/CLIENTS

    • Whole Foods
    • Malcolm Jenkins Foundation
    • WeWork
    • Philadelphia Magazine/Be Well Philly
    • The Union League of Philadelphia
    • Drink Philly/The Drink Nation
    • NOSHHH Craft Food & Drink Vendor Showcase
    • Beam Suntory
    • The Brewer’s Plate
    • Philadelphia Distilling
    • Manatawny Still Works
    • Pure Fare/Agno
    • Wok Works
    • The Renegade Company
    • Chaddsford Winery
    • Origlio Beverage/Draught Lines Mag