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Brewery wins gold for craft spirits

March 18, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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A company that earned its name for beer is receiving national recognition for its craft spirits.

New Holland Artisan Spirits took home three medals at the American Craft Distillers Awards in Denver last week.

New Holland Brewing Co. started its distillery program in 2005.

"It was great to be in Denver with so many craft distillers," said Joel Armato, New Holland Brewing, beer and spirits sales manager. "We're thrilled to see our spirits get such tremendous recognition from a peer-based judging and amongst such great company."

Winning spirits

The company’s Knickerbocker Gin and Walleye Rye took home gold medals, while Zeppelin Bend Single Malt Whiskey brought home a silver medal.

Zeppelin Bend and Walleye Rye are both seasonal releases.

Kinckerbocker is the distillery’s year-round gin, and New Holland will soon release a barrel-aged variation of the spirit.

“We’re so proud to have received three awards from ACDA,” said Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland Brewing. “We’ve worked hard to create a line of craft spirits that live up to the New Holland name, but, in the end, it’s our amazing distilling team who deserve the recognition. They put time, energy and passion into each bottle of craft spirits we produce.”

Valentine Distilling in Ferndale also won a silver for its Liberator Gin.

A best brew

On the beer front, Paste Magazine named New Holland Brewing’s The Poet the nation’s best American stout last week. 

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