A craft spirits maker in the region has earned national critical acclaim.
USA Spirits Ratings has granted Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery its 2018 Spirit of the Year designation for its straight bourbon whiskey.
The spirit also won the Best Spirit of the Year by Quality and Best Spirit of the Year by Package designations.
It also won gold in the whiskey category.
“This recognition is exciting on many levels,” said Brandon Joldersma, general manager, Coppercraft Distillery. “Our production team deserves the credit. Their passion for producing and blending the best spirits is what has made us successful and will continue to fuel our growth.”
Judges included top-level spirit buyers and spirit consultants and experts who are directly involved in buying spirits for commercial sale.
Spirit makers were judged based on distilling ability and technical expertise, and spirits were judged on quality, appearance and value.
The USA Spirits Ratings competition was launched in late 2017 by Beverage Trade Network, which organizes alcohol beverage industry events all over the world.
Coppercraft Distillery was also awarded Michigan Bourbon Distillery of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition earlier this year.