Kyle McHugh

Kyle McHugh | Toronto Cocktail Conference

Spearheading all aspects of Advocacy in the Americas on behalf of CVH’s portfolio of Single Malts is 25+ year industry veteran Kyle N. McHugh. From 2016-2023, Kyle was the Global Director of Advocacy & Education for the craft spirits collective Samson & Surrey, where he oversaw all aspects of education and ambassadorship for FEW Spirits, Bluecoat Gin, Brenne Single Malt, Widow Jane, Mezcal Vago, and Tequila Ocho. From 2011-2016, Kyle worked as a Diageo Master of Whisky. In 2015, Kyle earned his General Certificate in Distillation from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling based in London, England. He is a spirits judge for the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, World Whisky Awards, TAG Global Spirits Awards, & the Beverage Testing Institute.

Kyle is a Certified Spirits Professional with the U.S. Bartender’s Guild (USBG), where he also served as National President (2018-2020) and Chairman of the Board (2017- 2021). He is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Cicerone Certified Beer Seller, a trained BJCP beer judge, and an Executive Bourbon Steward, to name a handful of his certifications. Kyle is also a graduate of the IBA Bartender Training Center Europe (Tallinn, Estonia 2016) and the BAR 5-Day program (New York, NY 2017). In 2021, Kyle joined the Board of Directors of the USBG National Charity Foundation, where he currently serves as President & Chairman of the Board.

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