The American Craft Distillers awards were just announced, and seven distilleries in Washington state placed for their spirits. Most notably, six out of the 13 gold medalists for gin were from Washington.
Over 300 spirits were entered for the whiskey, gin, rum, brandy/liqueur and moonshine categories. While ten of Washington's spirits placed throughout the categories, it's interesting to note a couple of trends:
- Washington swept the gin competition. No joke - out of the thirteen gold medalists in that category, six were from Washington (as well as two silver medals and one best in class).
- Whiskey could be "the next gin" with it's popularity rising (as we called out yesterday). One of those favorite distilleries on our list, Woodinville Whiskey Co., was the only Washington distillery to place in the whiskey category.
- Similar to whiskey, brandy seems to be growing in popularity. Only one WA brandy placed in the competition, from San Juan Islands Distillery, although it won both a Gold Medal and Best in Class. (Note: They're doing a small, limited release of their winning Apple Brandy to celebrate the award).
- We have a long ways to go with rum and moonshine. No Washington spirits placed in either category, in any award.
Congrats to all the Washington distilleries who placed! We've very proud of you. Cheers!
- Wildwood Spirits Co.: Kur
- Oola Distillery: Oola Gin
- Oola Distillery: Oola Waitsburg Barrel Gin
- Copperworks Distilling: Copperworks Gin
- Captive Spirits: Big Gin
- Captive Spirits: Bourbon Barreled Big Gin
Best In Class
Best in Class