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Craft spirits makers earn national medals

April 4, 2018
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Long Road Distillers original aquavit spirit bottle
Long Road Aquavit was one of the medal winners at the ACSA Distillers Convention. Courtesy Long Road Distillers

Beer City? Not always.

Three West Michigan distillers recently earned medals at a national spirits event.

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers, Gray Skies Distillery and Holland-based New Holland Artisan Spirits took home numerous awards at the fifth annual American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Distillers Convention in Pittsburgh during the association’s awards gala.

Award winners were selected from more than 500 entrants from 38 states and four countries.

Long Road Distillers took home three bronze medals, one for Long Road Dry Gin in the gin category, and two for Long Road Aquavit and Old Aquavit in the specialty spirits category.

“We're incredibly proud for all that our team has accomplished over the past few years,” said Long Road co-owner Kyle VanStrien. "To be recognized by our peers for our continued hard work and dedication to the craft is truly an honor."

Gray Skies Distillery took home two bronze medals for its Finished Gin in the gin category and for Gray Skies Coffee Liqueur in the specialty spirits category.

New Holland won silver in the gin category for Knickerbocker and Barrel Knickerbocker, and bronze for Knickerbocker Grapefruit. In the whiskey category, New Holland won silver for Zeppelin Blend reserve and bronze for Zeppelin Blend, Beer Barrel Bourbon and Beer Barrel Rye.

ACSA

The American Craft Spirits Association is a registered nonprofit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. Membership is open to anyone.

The association is governed by a board of directors elected by eligible voting members of the association.

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