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Craft spirits maker medals at international competition

July 15, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Long Road Distillers in northwest Grand Rapids features cocktails, farm-fresh food and to-go bottles. Photo via

A local craft spirits maker has added more awards to its collection at an international competition judged by consumers.

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers said yesterday that it won platinum, the highest award, for its gin at the 2016 SIP Awards in Newport Beach, California this spring.

Long Road’s aquavit and its vodka won gold at the competition.

Long Road's gin was the highest-rated domestic gin, while its aquavit was named Best Aquavit in the competition.

About 500 spirit brands were represented from across the globe at the SIP Awards, as 98 “pre-qualified” consumer judges evaluated and awarded medals in 59 categories.

The distillery has also earned the best aquavit title at competitions in Denver, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle.

Long Road’s spirits are made with locally grown grain at its distillery on Leonard Street NW.

“Every one of our spirits start from the finest, locally sourced ingredients,” said Brian Pribyl, head distiller, Long Road Distillers. “We owe a ton of credit to our suppliers, like Heffron Farms and Pilot Malt House, who continue to provide us with top-notch wheat, rye, corn and barley, grown right here in West Michigan.”

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