Craft spirit makers medal at national show


Aquavit is a traditional Scandinavian spirit. Photo via

A local distillery was named Best of Show at a national trade show.

Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids was awarded Best of Show for its aquavit at the 2017 Craft Spirits Awards dinner at the fourth-annual American Craft Spirits Association Convention & Vendor Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We’re incredibly humbled by this award,” said Kyle VanStrien, co-owner, Long Road Distillers. “The ACSA is made up of our peers — craft distillers from across the country who share our values for honesty and transparency in the industry, all while making some of the best spirits in the world.”

Long Road’s aquavit also won Best of Class and a gold medal.

The distillery also won a silver medal for its gin and a bronze medal for its cherry brandy.

There were more than 550 entries from 39 states in the awards program.

New Holland

Holland-based New Holland Artisan Spirits won two bronze medals for two of its gins, Knickerbocker Gin and Knickerbocker Barrel Gin.

New Holland also brought home a silver for its Freshwater Michigan Rum and bronze medals for Zeppelin Bend and Zeppelin Bend Reserve.

In the specialty spirits category, the brand won a bronze medal for its Clockwork Orange.

Other Michigan winners

Grand Rapids-based Gray Skies Distillery took home a bronze medal for its Barrel Finished Hopped Gin.

Ann Arbor Distilling Company won two medals in the gin category, a gold for its Arbor Fall Gin and a bronze for its Arbor Winter Gin.

Detroit City Distillery won two bronze medals for its Butcher’s Cut Bourbon and Homegrown Rye Whiskey, as did Detroit-based Two James Spirits for J. Riddle Peated Bourbon and Catcher’s Rye Whiskey.

Motor City Gas Whiskey also won a bronze medal for Royal Oaked Rye.

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