Next Monday, Eater will present the 2014 Eater Awards, our fifth annual celebration of all that's made America's restaurant world run-and run wild-in the past twelve months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, the voting for which continues today with Maine's bartender of the year. To answer one possible question in advance, Yes, some of the nominees in this category are non-traditional, with one tending a coffee bar and another tending bar at his brewery's tasting room.
Here's how the voting works across the board: Eater editors have named nominees for each of five major categories. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.