Long Road Distillers wins eight medals at 2020 American Craft Spirits Awards

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Long Road Aquavit won gold at the 2020 American Craft Spirits Awards. Courtesy Facebook.com

Long Road Distillers captured eight new honors at the 2020 American Craft Spirits Awards, presented by the American Craft Spirits Association, including two gold medals for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Raspberry Liqueur.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to be part of an organization that is member owned and member driven,” co-owner and co-founder Kyle VanStrien said. “These awards don’t come easily — those of us in the craft spirits industry are our own harshest critics.”

Usually, the winners of the American Craft Spirits Awards are announced at the annual convention for the American Craft Spirits Association. However, with COVID-19 and events around the country being canceled or postponed, this year’s winners were announced via livestream with distillers and spirit enthusiasts tuning in to hear the results.

The judging process was chaired by Maggie Campbell, president of Privateer Rum in Ipswich, Massachusetts. A group of more than 30 expert judges evaluated more than 500 entries in seven different categories.

In addition to gold medals for Aquavit and Raspberry Liqueur, Long Road won silver medals for Long Road Grand Absinthe, Long Road Amaro Pazzo and Long Road Old Aquavit, and bronze medals for Long Road Rum, Long Road Nocino and Long Road Apple Brandy.

“The annual ACSA conference and awards banquet is always a highlight of the year,” said Jon O’Connor, co-owner and co-founder of Long Road Distillers. “It’s truly an honor to have the hard work of our team recognized again this year, despite the circumstances that postponed the event.”

The ACSA Annual Convention was scheduled to be held in Portland, Oregon, but will now be rescheduled for later in the year.

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