Grand Rapids Distillery Awarded Best of Class at American Distilling Institute Awards

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers has been awarded several new honors, this time coming from the 11th Annual Judging of Craft Spirits, presented by the American Distilling Institute. The distillery was awarded Best of Class Specialty Spirit, Best of Category and a Gold Medal for Long Road Aquavit. They also won a Gold Medal for Excellence in Packaging for Long Road MICHIGIN and Bronze Medals for Long Road Gin and Malt Whisky. The awards were presented at the American Distilling Institute’s Annual Gala which was held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday evening.

Over 800 spirits from around the world were entered into the ADI Judging, all from independently owned distilleries. The double blind competition is based on a 100 point scale and spirits are judged within price categories. Judges cast their votes for the best spirit entries and award medals for first (Gold), second (Silver), and third (Bronze) place for each qualifying category.

Last month, Long Road Aquavit took home Best of Show and Best of Category awards at the American Craft Spirits Association Awards in Nashville, TN. It has won similar honors in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Aquavit is a traditional Scandinavian spirit flavored with a variety of botanicals, similar to gin. However, rather than juniper being the predominant flavor, Aquavit requires that caraway or dill are the predominant flavors. Long Road Aquavit incorporates caraway, fresh dill, dill seed, cumin, star anise, and a handful of other botanicals to offer a unique twist on the traditional favorite.

“The American Distilling Institute has been a champion of our small but growing industry for over a decade,” said Kyle VanStrien, Co-owner of Long Road Distillers. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for the work we’re doing by our peers and other industry professionals. It reaffirms our commitment to doing things the right way, without taking shortcuts, while using local ingredients to create world-class spirits right in our neighborhood.”