Monday, March 07, 2016

New Holland Artisan Spirits Scores Six Medals – Plus a Best in Class for the Second Consecutive Year – at American Craft Distillers Awards

Written by  Paul Starr
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American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) hosted their Craft Spirits Judging Awards ceremony on March 2 to celebrate some of the finest craft spirits in the country. Prior to the event in Chicago, IL, craft distillers submitted spirits in the categories of whiskey, gin, brandy, rum, liqueurs, and vodka to an expert panel, who in return awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in each category.
New Holland Artisan Spirits proudly took home six medals:
  • Gold Medals – Knickerbocker Barrel Gin, Knickerbocker Gin
  • Silver Medals – Zeppelin Bend Single Malt Whiskey, Cask & Smoke Whiskey, Pitchfork Wheat Whiskey, Freshwater Michigan Amber Rum

Knickerbocker Barrel Gin also took home the prestigious Best in Class award in the Gin category, for the second consecutive year.

“It was great to be in Chicago with so many craft distillers we respect,” says New Holland National Spirits Sales Manager, Rich Blair. “We’re thrilled to see our spirits get such tremendous recognition from a peer-based judging and amongst such great company. We’re particularly proud – two years running – to claim the Best in Class award for our Knickerbocker Barrel Gin. It’s an amazing spirit.”

Knickerbocker Barrel Gin first released to market in 2014 and is aged in a mix of new oak barrels and spent New Holland whiskey barrels that provide a deep, smooth contrast to the lively aromatics of the gin. In 2016, it became a year-round release in New Holland’s lineup.

“It’s really amazing to be recognized with these six medals from the ACSA,” says Brett VanderKamp, co-founder and president of New Holland. “Our distilling team is a passionate, creative, talented bunch and this hardware proves it.”

About New Holland Artisan Spirits

New Holland Artisan Spirits' deep roots in the craft distilling industry go back to 2005. Their role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something they take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly. They believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for their customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for their creativity and artistry, their mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in their diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.