Artisan Spirit: Summer 2014

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...and the

AWARD GOES TO...

We are pleased to publish the results of American Craft Distillers Association’s inaugural Judging Competition alongside a few words from this year’s Judging Commitee Co-Chairs, Dave Pickerell and Ted Huber. Congratulations to all the winners, and we eagerly look forward to what 2015’s competition will have to offer. — Artisan Spirit Magazine

BEST IN SHOW TED HUBER:

BALCONES CASK STRENGTH TRUE BLUE CORN WHISKEY BEST CLASS

The winners

should

feel

very

proud

to

receive

an

award

from

the

IN

WHISKEY

the quality lineup of judges and the overall integrity of the competition. The ACDA team that protocols were established, maintained,

and

followed

dozens. This year, there were a

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off and running! The dates are

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being established, judges are being secured, and some minor

GIN

CAPTIVE SPIRITS Bourbon Barreled Big Gin

adjustments are being made with the advisory board to ensure another successful competition.

want to miss.

MOONSHINE

BRANDY

Next year’s event is already

proud to be a part of and will not

In the beginning, there were only

a

couple

of

straight

whiskies entered; now, there are substantial number of entrants that compared favorably with anything the more established

competition.

that all artisan distillers will be

in craft spirits competitions.

BALCONES Cask Strength True Blue Corn Whiskey DARK CORNER DISTILLERY Moonshine

through from all aspects of the

This is sure to be a competition

impressed with the improvement year after year of the entrants

ACDA competition because of

works very diligently to ensure

DAVE PICKERELL: I have been

RUM

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For the full list of ACDA winners visit

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and larger companies have to offer. Every judge was impressed with the quality of the spirits presented. I find that the entries give indication of the direction that the spirits market in the U.S. is headed, since the epicenter of innovation is found at the craft level. The explosion of entries in the gin and malt whiskey categories

was

of

particular

interest to me.

www.americancraftdistillers.org/craft-spirits-judging-results.html

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