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Michigan Distilleries Win 16 National Awards

Five Michigan distilleries were honored with 16 individual awards last week at the 2nd Annual American Spirits Competition, presented by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA)—a not- for-profit trade association dedicated to protecting and promoting American craft spirits.

According to the Michigan Craft Distillers Association, New Holland Artisan Spirits received “Best of Class” in the Gin category for its Barrel Aged Knickerbocker. Other awards included:

Gold Medals                

Zepplin Bend - New Holland Artisan Spirits*

Pitchfork - New Holland Artisan Spirits*

Silver Medals               
Coppercraft High Wheat Whiskey - Coppercraft Distillery*

Cask & Smoke - New Holland Artisan Spirits*

Bronze Medals             
Coppercraft Rye Malt Whiskey - Coppercraft Distillery

Double Dawn Barley - New Holland Artisan Spirits

Two James Johnny Smoking Gun - Two James Spirits


Gold Medals                

Griffin Claw Vodka Distilled from Grain - Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Silver Medals

Two James 28 Island Vodka - Two James Spirits

Bronze Medals             

Griffin Claw Vodka Distilled from Potato - Griffin Claw Brewing Company



Gold Medals                

Barrel Aged Knickerbocker Gin - New Holland Artisan Spirits

Knickerbocker Gin - New Holland Artisan Spirits

Bronze Medals           
Mum’s Ruin - Bier Distillery @ Cellar Brewing

Coppercraft Gin - Coppercraft Distillery

DSS (Distilled Spirits Specialty)                      

Bronze Medals             

Griffin Claw Krupnik - Griffin Claw Brewing Company

The ACSA reports that 329 entries were submitted from more than 200 craft dispirit distillers from across the country in six main categories: Whiskey, Brandy, Rum, Gin, Liqueurs, Distilled Spirits Specialty (DSS), and Vodka. Almost half (155) of all the spirits entered were whiskeys.
“We’re seeing more whiskies than ever,” states Ted Huber, ACSA vice president and Judging Committee co-chair. “They are literally and figuratively ‘coming out of the woodwork,’ as these spirits have now been aging for up to four years and are ready to be appreciated. It’s a clear sign of the maturing of our craft industry.” 

The Michigan Craft Distillers Associationwas formed in 2014 as a non-profit organization charged with marketing the individual member businesses, their products and events, but also help bring a voice for the industry when it comes to legislative issues that affect the overall beverage industry. 

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