Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Michigan aquavit named 'best in show' by craft spirits judges

An aquavit made by Long Road Distillers of Grand Rapids, MI, took "Best of Show" honors in the recent judging of craft spirits by the American Craft Spirits Association.

Long Road, Grand Rapids' first distillery, has been raking in numerous top awards in spirits judging since its creation several years ago. It operates as a distillery, restaurant and cocktail bar

Here are the top results. Go here for the full list of medalists in all categories. (Attention New Yorkers: Scroll down to see how your state's entries fared.)


BEST OF SHOW

Long Road Distillers Aquavit (also won Best Specialty Spirit)

Best of Vodka & Grain Spirits
Du Nord Craft Spirits L’etoile

Best of Gin
Tattersall Distilling Barreled Gin 


Best of Brandy
Huber’s Starlight Distillery Apple Brandy


Best of Rum
Artisan Grain Distillery Gold Rum


Best of Whiskey
Sonoma County Distilling Co. Straight Tye Whiskey


GOLD MEDALS

Vodka & Grain Spirits
• Caledonia Spirits -- Barr Hill Vodka
• Du Nord Craft Spirits -- L’etoile Du Nord

Gin
• Ann Arbor Distilling Co. -- Arbor Fall Gin
• Backwards Distilling Co. -- Strong Man Navy Strength Gin
• Du Nord Craft Spirits -- Fitzgerald #1
• One Eight Distilling -- Untitled Gin No. 2
• Tattersall Distilling -- Tattersall Barreled Gin

Brandy
• Huber’s Starlight Distillery -- Apple Brandy
• Huber’s Starlight Distillery -- Starlight Distillery Grappa

Rum
No gold medalists

Whiskey
• Corsair Distillery -- Tennessee Single Malt Single Barrel
• Corsair Distillery -- Nashville
• Corsair Distillery -- Triple Smoke Single Barrel
• Mingo Creek Craft Distillers -- Liberty Pole Spirits Peated Bourbon Whiskey
• Sonoma County Distilling Co. -- Sonoma Straight Rye Whiskey Cask Strength
• Still 630 -- RallyPoint Maple Sunset
• Virginia Distillery Company -- Virginia Highland Malt
• Westland Distillery -- Westland Winter
• Westland Distillery -- Westland Sherry Wood

Specialty Spirits
• Long Road Distillers -- Long Road Aquavit
• Tattersall Distilling -- Tattersall Orange Crema

NEW YORK MEDALISTS

Vodka & Grain Spirits
Bronze
Niagara Distilling Co. 1812 Vodka

Gin
• Silver
Niagara Distilling Co. 1812 Vodka
• Bronze
New York Distilling Co. Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin

Whiskey
• Silver
Finger Lakes Distilling's Mckenzie Rye Whiskey
New York Distilling Co. Mr. Katz’s Rock & Rye
Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon
• Bronze
Hillrock Estate Distillery Hillrock Single Malt Whiskey
Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon
Kings County Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Kings County Bourbon Whiskey
Myers Farm Distillers John Myer New York Straight Bourbon
Myer Farm Distillers Whiskey - Single Barrel
Myer Farm Distillers J. Earl Myer Honey Lake
Van Brunt Stillhouse Rye

Specialty Spirits 
• Silver
Black Button Distilling Bespoke Bourbon Cream
St. Lawrence Spirits La Fée Rouge Absinthe

• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Dowd On Drinks
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook


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