Suzanne Long is an international spirits judge, specializing in rum and cane spirits. As the founder of Rum Academy, she provides in-depth spirits training for bar and restaurant teams, as well as consumer focused educational seminars and tastings. With over 20 years of hospitality industry experience, her speed and efficiency training programs give FOH staff the tools they need to succeed in high volume craft cocktail environments. She also offers consulting for rum-focused bar and restaurant projects, backed by her experience building award-winning tropical and craft cocktail menus.
Especially passionate about pur-jus and agricole rhums, Suzanne is proud to work to promote awareness and appreciation of sugar cane juice distillates produced worldwide.
Suzanne and her original cocktails have been mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Tiki Magazine, Honolulu Magazine, Oakland Magazine, Alameda Magazine, the East Bay Express, 7×7, Diablo Magazine, The Island, Imbibe Magazine, Eater, Tablehopper, Zagat, the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Rumporter, and many more.
• Judge @ San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) 2020; American Distilling Institute (ADI) 2017-2020; German Rum Festival, 2015-2019; Martinique Rhum Awards, 2019; Rhum Fest Paris, 2017-2018; Miami Rum Festival 2015-2016; Angostura Cocktail Challenge; Don Q Colada Competition; Daiq in the Bay Cocktail Competition; Ohana Luau at the Lake Cocktail Competition
• Speaker @ California Rum Festival; Agricole Tour; Tiki Oasis; Hawai’i Cocktail Week; Bar Convent Brooklyn; Bourbon and Branch Cocktail Academy; Longitude Spirit Salons and independently
• Founder @ The Rum Academy