Internationally recognized Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, has been awarded the highest honors at this year’s American Craft Spirits Association 2017 Craft Spirits Awards, taking home “Best of Show”, “Best of Class” and a Gold Medal for Long Road Aquavit. The awards were announced at the Awards Dinner as part of the Fourth Annual American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, TN on Thursday evening.
Award winners were hand-selected from a record-breaking pool of more than 550 entrants – up more than 20 percent over last year – from across 39 states.
The award-winning-90-proof spirit is made from 100 percent locally grown red winter wheat, milled, mashed, fermented and distilled on-site at the Westside distillery, then redistilled with a dozen different botanicals to impart the traditional Scandinavian-inspired flavors of caraway, dill, fennel and more. Local ingredients, combined with the industry-leading equipment and proper distilling and filtration techniques give all of Long Road spirits a smooth, handcrafted taste.
“We’re incredibly humbled by this award,” said Co-Owner Kyle VanStrien. “The ACSA is made up of our peers, craft distillers from across the country who share our values for honesty and transparency in the industry, all while making some of the best spirits in the world!”
“We’re fortunate to have such a talented team at Long Road,” added Co-Owner Jon O’Connor. “They’re committed to the vision of creating world-class spirits, from locally-sourced ingredients, right here on the West Side of Grand Rapids, Michigan!”
In addition to honors for Long Road Aquavit, the distillery was awarded a Silver Medal for Long Road Gin and a Bronze Medal for Long Road Cherry Brandy.
Long Road Distillers has garnered a multitude of international honors for their line of spirits. The most notable accolades were earned at the world’s largest spirits competitions and include several “Best in Show” awards, nearly a dozen double-gold medals, and numerous gold, silver and bronze medals. The West Michigan Distillery has also expanded distribution to over 450 Michigan grocers, specialty retailers, and bars and restaurants in the past year.