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Spirit makers bring home medals
West Michigan’s craft spirits scene is once again flowing into the national spotlight.
Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers, Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery and Holland-based New Holland Artisan Spirits took home several awards at the 12th-annual American Distilling Institute Awards, or ADI, in Portland, Oregon this spring.
“We're incredibly proud of our team for the continued success of our spirits," said Kyle VanStrien, co-owner, Long Road Distillers. "To be recognized at the ADI judging by our peers and industry professionals is a big deal, and it really reinforces our commitment to innovating with locally sourced ingredients and to taking the long road in all that we do."
Over 800 spirits from independently owned distilleries around the world were entered into the ADI judging. The double-blind competition is based on a 100-point scale, and spirits are judged within price categories.
Long Road Distillers:
- Aquavit: silver medal in the aquavit category
- Dry Gin: silver medal; best of category in the grain-to-glass gin category
- Michigin: bronze medal in the grain-to-glass gin category
- Nocino: silver medal in the nut liqueur category
- Old Aquavit: gold medal; best of category in the aquavit category; best of class in the specialty spirit category
New Holland Artisan Spirits:
- Barrel Knickerbocker Gin: silver medal in the aged gin category
- Beer Barrel Bourbon: bronze medal in the bourbon category
- Blue Haven Gin: sliver medal; best of category in the flavored gin category
- Knickerbocker Gin: silver medal in the contemporary rectified gin category
- Knickerbocker Grapefruit Gin: sliver medal in the flavored gin category
- Straight Bourbon Whiskey: silver in the bourbon category
- Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskies: bronze in the blended bourbon category
The American Distilling Institute was founded in 2003 and has since grown from a membership of a few dozen to over 1,000 small-batch, independently owned distillers.