Long Road Distillers wins 25 awards at national spirits contests

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Courtesy Long Road Distillers

Long Road Distillers took home dozens of medals from the recent American Distilling Institute and American Craft Spirits Association awards competitions, including several “best of” honors.

The Grand Rapids-based distillery on Wednesday, Sept. 1, shared its results from the ACSA and ADI awards.

Honors included double gold recognition for Long Road Original Aquavit and Raspberry Liqueur and gold for Long Road Amaro Pazzo and Dry Gin. The distillery’s Aquavit also earned the title of Best of Class Specialty Spirit and Best of Category, taking home another “Best Aquavit” honor from a major spirits competition. Amaro Pazzo also earned Best of Class and Best of Category accolades as “Best Liqueur” and “Best Coffee Liqueur” in the U.S.

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) held its annual Judging of Craft Spirits Awards virtually on Aug. 24, and results were announced from over 500 entrants in eight categories.

On Aug. 25, the American Distilling Institute (ADI) held an in-person ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky, to announce the results of its annual Judging of Craft Spirits competition. Over 1,000 entrants vied for honors in 12 categories.

“It’s always an honor to earn this sort of recognition from the ACSA and ADI competitions,” said co-owner and co-founder of Long Road Distillers Kyle VanStrien. “The judging panels from both are comprised of our peers and industry professionals who are working with top-quality spirits on a daily basis.”

Long Road’s 2021 ADI awards

Amaro Pazzo — gold medal, Best of Category (Coffee Liqueur), Best of Class (Liqueur)

Original Aquavit — double gold, Best of Category (Aquavit), Best of Class (Specialty Spirit)

Raspberry Liqueur — double gold, Best of Category (Fruit Liqueur)

Dry Gin — gold

Nocino — silver

Old Aquavit — silver

Canned Cocktail — silver

Silver Rum — silver

Teta’s Lemonade Canned Cocktail — silver

Grand Absinthe — bronze

GnT Canned Cocktail — bronze

Orange Liqueur — bronze

Long Road’s 2021 ACSA awards

Raspberry Liqueur — silver

Dry Gin — silver

MICHIGIN — silver

Silver Rum — silver

Apple Brandy — bronze

Orange Liqueur — bronze

Grand Absinthe — bronze

Old Aquavit — bronze

Aquavit — bronze

Straight Bourbon — bronze

Straight American Whisky — bronze

Polish Falcon Canned Cocktail — bronze

Teta’s Lemonade Canned Cocktail — bronze

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