Press Release: Grand Rapids Distillery Claims New Honors at American Craft Spirits Association Awards

Grand Rapids Distillery Claims New Honors at American Craft Spirits Association Awards

Long Road Aquavit, Old Aquavit, and Gin Awarded Medals in Crowded Field of 500+ Entrants

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Internationally recognized Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers, brought home three new honors from the American Craft Spirits Association 2018 Craft Spirits Awards, announcing Bronze Medals for Long Road Gin, Long Road Aquavit, and Long Road Old Aquavit. The awards were announced at the Annual Awards Gala as part of the Fifth Annual American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday evening.

Award winners were hand-selected from a crowded field of more than 500 entrants from across 38 states and 4 countries.

All three of Long Road’s award-winning spirits were made from 100 percent locally grown red winter wheat, milled, mashed, fermented and distilled on-site at the Westside distillery. The honors add to a growing list for the distillery, including recently being named “Best Specialty Craft Spirits Distillery in the Country” by USA Today readers.

“We’re incredibly proud for all that our team has accomplished over the past few years,” said Co-Owner Kyle VanStrien. “To be recognized by our peers for our continued hard work and dedication to the craft is truly an honor.”

The West Michigan distillery continues to expand distribution of their spirits, and is now available in over 750 Michigan grocers, specialty retailers, and bars and restaurants. They plan to release several new products in the coming months, including Long Road Straight Bourbon Whisky on April 10.


About Long Road Distillers:

Long Road Distillers was born from the belief that making world-class spirits means never taking shortcuts along the way. After becoming the first craft distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Long Road Distillers formed relationships with local farmers to bring that mission to Grand Rapids’ West Side neighborhood. Each spirit produced at Long Road Distillers is milled from locally sourced ingredients, fermented, and distilled on-site. The result is an uncompromised lineup of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Whisky and more. Their spirits, along with a handcrafted collection of cocktails and a wide variety of food can be enjoyed at their tasting room on Leonard Street.

About ACSA

The American Craft Spirits Association is the only registered non-profit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. Its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers, and membership in ACSA is open to anyone.

ACSA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the eligible voting members of the Association. Voting members must be independent, licensed distillers (DSPs) annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond (the amount on which a Federal Excise Tax is paid.)

Posted on March 8, 2018 in News, Press Release

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