Matt Seiter started in the world of cocktails by taking on the opening bar manager position at In Fine Spirits located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood in February of 2008. From there, he was formally trained at the Academy of Spirits, created and led by Master Mixologist Bridget Albert. He joined the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) while living there and upon returning to St. Louis, he founded a USBG chapter.
From the moment he returned home, Matt has taken the cocktail scene in St. Louis to new level. In October of 2009, he was one of six people selected to compete at the Iron Bar Chef of America Competition at the Santé Restaurant Symposium in upstate New York. He was voted St. Louis’ Best Bartender in 2010 by the Riverfront Times and won the St. Louis Magazine’s A-List Mixologist! Award of the same year.
Along with creating house made liqueurs, bitters, tincures, tending to the on-site garden, and shaking cocktails like a madman, he founded the Sanctuaria Cocktail Club in December of 2010. The Club Menu of 150 cocktails was nominated for World’s Best Cocktail Menu at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards in 2011 and World’s Best Drinks Selection in 2012. Matt also has been leading seminars around the country regarding the up & coming trend of Cocktails On Tap, most recently at Tales of the Cocktail in 2012 and VIBE conference in Las Vegas in early 2013.
Matt is on the board of the National USBG Master Accreditation Program, currently in charge of producing a study guide for all members for those exams and practicals. He is one of seven people in the nation to hold the title Advanced Bartender through the MA Program and is currently working on his thesis to be certified as a Master Mixologist. He writes a monthly column for Feast Magazine and is the recent author of the acclaimed cocktail book Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars.