2015 ACSA SPIRITS JUDGING AWARDS

Best of Show

Best of Class: Whiskey & Best Bourbon Whiskey
.36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Best of Show

Best of Class: Brandy

Brandy
Kings County Distillery and Brooklyn Winery

Brandy

Best of Class: Gin

Barrel Aged Knickerbocker 
New Holland Artisan Spirits

Gin

Best of Class: Rum

Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share Double Barrel 
Allegheny Distilling

Rum

Best of Class: Distilled Spirits Specialty

Barrel Aged Blueberry Liqueur
Huber’s Starlight Distillery

DSS

Best of Class: Vodka

Starlight Vodka 
Huber’s Starlight Distillery

Vodka

About 50% of all entries submitted for this year’s American Craft Spirits Association spirit competition were whiskies.  As a result, it was decided that the whiskey entries would be subdivided into categories for judging.  Several of these categories were actually larger than other classes of spirits being judged.  As a result, it is appropriate that these category winners be recognized for their performance.  The best in category winners in the whiskey class are:

Bourbon:  Ranger Creek .36 Single Barrel Straight Texas Bourbon Whiskey  (Also best in class and best in show)
Corn:  Wood Hat Spirits Blue Corn Whiskey
Malt:  Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey
Oat:  High West Distillery Valley Tan Oat Whiskey
Rye:  Wigle Whiskey Deep Cut Rye Whiskey
Wheat:  New Holland Artisan Spirits Pitchfork Wheat Whiskey
White:  Vermont Spirits Black Snake Whiskey

Congratulations are in order for all of these fine spirits as well as for all of the medalists in this year’s competition.

Whiskey

Gold Medalists Spirit Distillery
Widow Jane Straight Bourbon Whiskey Cacao Prieto
Stillwrights Straight Bourbon Whiskey Flat Rock Spirits
Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel Garrison Brothers Distillery
Solera Aged Bourbon Hillrock Estate Distillery
O.K.I. Straight Bourbon Whiskey New Riff Distilling
.36 Texas Bourbon Whiskey Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
.36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Blue Corn Whiskey Wood Hat Spirits
Balcones ‘1’ Texas Single Malt Balcones Distilling
Balcones FR.OAK Balcones Distilling
Devil’s Share Single Malt Whiskey Ballast Point Spirits
Whiskey Del Bac – Classic Hamilton Distillers
Whiskey Del Bac – Clear Hamilton Distillers
Single Malt Whiskey Hillrock Estate Distillery
Zeppelin Bend New Holland Artisan Spirits
Black Snake Whiskey Vermont Spirits
Single Malt Whiskey Wasmunds Single Malt
Westland American Single Malt Whiskey Westland Distillery
7 Year Barrel Proof Bardstown Barrel Selections
Redemption Rye Barrel Proof Bardstown Barrel Selections
Ryemageddon Corsair Distillery
Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey Kindred Distilled Spirits
Rye Kings County Distillery
Rallypoint Maple Sunset Still 630
Deep Cut Rye Whiskey Wigle Whiskey
Pitchfork New Holland Artisan Spirits
Snowfall Vermont Whiskey Appalachian Gap
Lead Mine Moonshine Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
White Whisky Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Silver Medalists
Big Bottom Barlow Trail Port Finish Big Bottom Distilling
Beechtree Tennessee Whiskey Beechtree Distillery
Widow Jane Bloody Butcher Bourbon Whiskey Cacao Prieto
Widow Jane Wapsie Valley Bourbon Whiskey High Rye Cacao Prieto
Defiance Whiskey Defiant Spirits
Palm Ridge Reserve Florida Farm Distillers
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Garrison Brothers
Van Brunt Stillhouse Bourbon Whiskey Van Brunt Stillhouse
Small Barrel Bourbon Whisky Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Woodinville Straight Bourbon Woodinville Whiskey
Minnesota 14 Panther Distilling
Buck Yeah! Corsair Distillery
Whiskey Del Bac – Dorado Hamilton Distillers
Cask & Smoke New Holland Artisan Spirits
The Emerald Ransom
Valley Tan High West Distillery
Dark Horse Distillery Reunion Rye Whiskey Dark Horse Distillery
Dark Horse Distillery Reunion Rye Whiskey Barrel Strength Dark Horse Distillery
Railroad Rye Hidden Marsh Distillery
Double Cask Rye Hillrock Estate Distillery
Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Skip Rock Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey Skip Rock Distillers
Malted Rye Wigle Whiskey
Coppercraft High Wheat Whiskey Coppercraft Distillery
Beechtree White Whiskey Beechtree Distillery
Shorty’s White Whiskey Chicago Distilling Company
Bronze Medalists
Two James Johnny Smoking Gun Two James Spirits
Prototype Series: Bourbon 11 Wells Spirits
Devil’s Share Bourbon Whiskey Ballast Point Spirits
Widow Jane Chocolate Malt Bourbon Whiskey Cacao Prieto
Dark Horse Distillery Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Dark Horse Distillery
Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey Tenn South Distillery
Outlaw Bourbon – Distillers Reserve Yellow Rose Distilling
War Horn Whisky Barrel Select Appalachian Mountain Spirits
Balcones Baby Blue Balcones Distilling
Double Down Barley New Holland Artisan Spirits
Battle Cry American Single Malt Whiskey Sons Of Liberty Spirits
Uprising American Single Malt Whiskey Sons Of Liberty Spirits
Van Brunt Stillhouse Malt Whiskey Van Brunt Stillhouse
Tenderfoot Whiskey Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
Prototype Series: Rye 11 Wells Spirits
Coppercraft Rye Malt Whiskey Coppercraft Distillery
Midwinter Night’s Dram High West Distillery
Rye Whiskey Mad River Distillers
John Myer Wheat Whiskey Myer Farm Distillers
Organic Wheat Whiskey Wigle Whiskey
Organic Wheat Whiskey Finished With White Ash Wood Wigle Whiskey
World’s Best Moonshine Dark Corner Distillery
SS Sorghum Whiskey Still 630
Long Shot White Whiskey Dark Horse Distillery
Moonshine Kings County Distillery

Brandy

Gold Medalists Spirit Distillery
Reserve Brandy Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Brandy Kings County Distillery and Brooklyn Winery
Silver Medalists
Reserve Apple Brandy Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Raspberry Brandy Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Grappa Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Bronze Medalists
Dutch’s Spirits Peach Brandy Dutch’s Spirits
Applejack Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Woody Creek Distillers Pear Brandy Woody Creek Distillers

Vodka

Gold Medalists Spirit Distillery
Griffin Claw Vodka Distilled From Grain Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Bee Vodka Hidden Marsh Distillery
Starlight Vodka Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Vixen Vodka Mile High Spirits
Silver Medalists
Fugu Horchata Vodka Ballast Point Spirits
Hellfyre Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka Savvy Distillers
Badger Pocket Black Peppercorn Vodka Skip Rock Distillers
Ringleader Vodka Backwards Distilling
Big Thicket Dog Trot Vodka Big Thicket Distilling Co.
Two James 28 Island Vodka Two James Spirits
Stark Vatten Wildwood Spirits
Bronze Medalists
Bellewood Raspberry Flavored Vodka Bellewood Distilling
Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka Savvy Distillers
Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka Savvy Distillers
Bellewood Honeycrisp Vodka Bellewood Distilling
Blaum Bros. Vodka Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Colorado High Mtn. Vodka Colorado Gold Distillery
Glacial Lakes Vodka Glacial Lakes Distillery
Griffin Claw Vodka Distilled From Potato Griffin Claw Brewing
La Luz Vodka Left Turn Distilling
BFD Lunar
Bonn Oir Vodka O’Shevlin
Florida Cane Vodka St. Augustine Distillery

Gin

Gold Medalists Spirit Distillery
Old Tom Barrel Aged Counter Gin Batch 206 Distillery
Finn’s Gin Chicago Distilling Company
Copperworks Malt Barrel Gin Copperworks Distilling
Wire Works Special Reserve Grand Ten
Barrel Aged Knickerbocker New Holland Artisan Spirits
Dry Gin Ransom Dry Gin
New World Gin St. Augustine Distillery
Big Bottom Gin Big Bottom Distilling
Knickerbocker New Holland Artisan Spirits
Aria Portland Dry Gin Martin Ryan Distilling
50 Fathoms Gin Port Chilkoot Distillery
Old Tom Gin Ransom
Silver Medalists
Old Grove Barrel Rested Gin Ballast Point Spirits
Copperworks New Barrel Gin Copperworks Distilling
Barrel Gin Few Spirits
Hat Trick Barrel Rested Gin High Wire Distilling Co.
Green Hat Gin – Ginavit Fall/Winter Seasonal New Columbia Distillers
Healy’s Reserve Trailhead Spirits
Old Grove Gin Ballast Point Spirits
Hat Trick Botanical Gin High Wire Distilling Co.
Starlight Distillery Gin Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Bronze Medalists
Mum’s Ruin Bier Distillery @ Cellar Brewing
Citrus Forward Gin Black Button Distilling
Finn’s Gin Chicago Distilling Company
Coppercraft Gin Coppercraft Distillery
American Few Spirits
Kentucky Wild Gin New Riff Distilling
Wheeler’s Santa Fe Spirits
Coppers American Style Gin Vermont Spirits
Mountain Hopped Gin Wood’s High Mountain Distillery
Wigle’s Ginever Wigle Whiskey

Rum

Gold Medalists Spirit Distillery
Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share Double Barrel Allegheny Distilling
Silver Medalists
Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share Aged Allegheny Distilling
Belle Rose Amber Rum Skip Rock Distillers
Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share Unaged Allegheny Distilling
Dorymen’s Rum Cannon Beach Distillery
Bronze Medalists
Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum Ballast Point Spirits
Stillwrights Bourbon Barrel Aged Rum Flat Rock Spirits
Medford Rum Grand Ten
Michigan Amber Rum New Holland Artisan Spirits
Rogue Dark Rum Rogue Spirits
Belle Rose Rum Skip Rock Distillers
Soulard Island Rum Still 630
Due North Van Brunt Stillhouse
Small Barrel Rum Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Coconut Rum Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery
Maggie’s Farm White Rum Allegheny Distilling
Stillwrights Silver Rum Flat Rock Spirits

Distilled Spirits Specialty

Gold Medalists Spirit Distillery
Barrel Aged Blueberry Liqueur Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Silver Medalists
Opah Ballast Point Spirits
Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur C88 Holdings
Raspberry Liqueur Skip Rock Distillers
Satin & Lace – Loganberry Liqueur Virgin Island Distilleries
Bronze Medalists
KaffevÃn Appalachian Gap Distillery
Balcones Rumble Balcones Distilling
Bellewood Pumpkin Spice Liqueur Bellewood Distilling
Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine Dutch’s Spirits
Griffin Claw Krupnik Griffin Claw Brewing
Blueberry Huber’s Starlight Distillery
Nocino Skip Rock Distillers
Movados Cinnfull Stilljoy Spirits
Movados Ginger Stilljoy Spirits
Movados Vanilla Sky Stilljoy Spirits
Vikre Ovrevann Aquavit Vikre Distillery
Landlocked Oaked Wigle Whiskey
Black Walnut Wood Hat Spirits