The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), a national nonprofit aiming to support and elevate the U.S. craft spirits community, released the results of their Fifth Annual Judging of Craft Spirits, with a few notable nods to Minnesota distillers in the mix.
Meal winners were selected from 500 entries across 39 states, including D.C., with the best entry of each individual category named Best In Class, and the overall top entry amongst all as Best In Show. The six categories included Whiskey, Gin, Rum, Vodka, Brandy, and Specialty Spirits. Scores were decided on a scale of 0–100; bronze fell in the range of 70–79, silver 80–89, and gold 90–100.
The coveted gold medal was ostensibly difficult to come by this year, as none were awarded in the categories of Vodka, Gin, or Brandy.
But Minneapolis’ Tattersall Distilling came out on top with a gold and Best In Class award in the Specialty Spirits category, for their Bitter Orange Liqueur. On top of that, Tattersall walked away with three silver medals in Specialty Spirits for their Fernet, Amaro, and Aquavit. They also received five bronze medals, for their Gin, Barrel-Aged Gin, Orange Crema, Creme De Fleur, and Sour Cherry Liqueur.
Other Minnesota distilleries to walk away with some accolades were J. Carver Distillery, which received a silver for their Runestone Straight Rye and two bronzes for their Island View Brandy and Everlasting Absinthe Verte; and RockFilter Distillery, taking two bronzes for their Giants Of The Earth Bourbon Whiskey and Stone’s Throw Bourbon Whiskey.
View the full list of winners at the American Craft Spirits Association’s website.