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Spirit makers medal at American Craft Distillers Awards

February 26, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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A pair of craft spirit makers recently brought home a total of 10 medals from the American Craft Distillers Awards.

New Holland Artisan Spirits brought home seven medals and two awards from the ceremony last week in Austin, Texas, while Coppercraft Distillery in Holland brought home three medals.

“It was great to be in Austin with so many craft distillers we respect,” said Rich Blair, sales manager, New Holland Artisan Spirits. “We’re thrilled to see our spirits get such tremendous recognition from a peer-based judging and amongst such great company.”

New Holland Artisan Spirits is a brand of New Holland Brewing Co.

New Holland medals and awards

New Holland took home four golds, a silver and a pair of bronze medals for a variety of its spirits.

The company also won a Best in Class award and a Best in Category award.

Knickerbocker Barrel Gin won a gold medal and Best in Class award in the gin category. Gin is the second-largest category in terms of entries. The regular Knickerbocker Gin also took home gold.

Two of the distillery’s whiskeys took gold as well: Zeppelin Bend Straight Malt Whiskey and Bill’s Michigan Wheat Whiskey, which also took home the Best in Category award in the wheat whiskey category. Whiskey was broken down into several categories due to the large amount of entries.

Cask & Smoke Whiskey won the silver medal.

Double Down Barley Malt Whiskey and Freshwater Michigan Amber Rum won bronze medals.

“It’s really amazing to have received these seven medals and two awards from ACSA,” said Brett VanderKamp, co-founder and president, New Holland. “Our distilling team amazes me every day, and this hardware is due to their passionate commitment."

Coppercraft medals

Coppercraft Distillery won a silver medal for its High Wheat Whiskey.

The distillery’s Rye Malt Whiskey also won a bronze, and its Coppercraft Gin won a bronze.

Other Michigan winners

Detroit’s Two James Spirits took bronze for its Johnny Smoking Gun, and its 28 Island Vodka won silver.

Birmingham’s Griffin Claw Brewing Company won a gold medal for its Vodka Distilled From Grain, bronze for Vodka Distilled From Potato and bronze for its Krupnik.

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