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Spirits maker wins platinum medal

July 12, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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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

A Grand Rapids distillery has won a platinum award at an international competition.

Long Road Distillers won the medal and a Consumer’s Choice Award for its aquavit at the SIP Awards this spring in Newport Beach, California.

More than 700 spirits were tasted at the “world’s largest consumer tasting event,” and a panel of 118 judges evaluated each spirit.

Platinum is the highest honor, followed by gold, silver and bronze medals. Medals were awarded in 59 categories.

Long Roa Distillers was founded in 2015, and the distillery’s aquavit has won multiple best-of-show and best-of-category awards at a variety of international competitions: the American Craft Spirits Association Awards; American Distilling Institute’s Annual Judging of Craft Spirits; and similar competitions in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Denver and San Diego.

Bronze medalist

Bryon Center-based Brewt’s Bloody Mary won a bronze medal for its Bloody Mary mix.

Other Michigan winners

Ann Arbor Distilling won gold medals for its Arbor Fall Gin, Arbor Winter Gin and Arbor Spring Gin. Ann Arbor Distilling also won a bronze medal for its Arbor Wheat Vodka and a gold medal for its Water Hill Cherry Eau de Vie.

Detroit Vodka won a gold medal for its Our/Detroit.

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