Vermont Business Magazine The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), announced the winners of its Third Annual Judging of Craft Spirits on March 3, 2016. Caledonia Spirits, the Hardwick-based producer of Barr Hill, submitted three products to the competition. All three products earned awards. The leader of the pack, Barr Hill Gin, was awarded a gold medal with an additional “Best in Category” designation. Barr Hill Vodka received a silver medal, and a bronze medal was awarded for the category-bending Tom Cat Barrel-Aged Gin. The event was hosted at the Palmer House Hotel, in downtown Chicago. Winners were hand-selected among a record-breaking pool of nearly 450 entrants – up more than 30 percent over last year.
Left: Back to Front, Left to Right: Justin Bergeron - Packing Assistant (black long sleeve), Ryan Christiansen - President and Head Distiller (Blue long sleeve), Andrew Pinault - Production Manager (Green plaid button down), Scott Emery - Apprentice Distiller (holding barrel on his knee), Krzysztof Krysztoforski - Bottling Line Supervisor (wearing black Barr Hill t-shirt). Top, from Left to Right: Barr Hill Vodka (silver medal) distilled entirely from raw honey, Barr Hill Gin (gold medal and “Best in Category”) distiller with juniper berries and finished with raw honey, Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin (bronze medal) Tom Cat is made by aging Barr Hill Gin in Oak Barrels. The bottles are pictured on our barrels that are custom made by Bob Hockert of US Barrel in Wilmington, NY. He uses American White Oak that we source in Vermont.Barr Hill has won medals in the last three competitions entered (American Craft Spirits 2016, San Diego Spirits Festival 2014, New York International Spirits Competition 2012). Caledonia Spirits photos.
“This is a great accomplishment for our company. We have a devoted team who works hard to keep product quality as a top priority in our distillery,” Said Ryan Christiansen, President and Head Distiller at Caledonia Spirits. “It’s a great honor to be recognized, and to share the stage with great distillers from across the nation.”
Barr Hill Gin is no stranger to recognition and gold medals. This is actually the third gold medal for this honey-inspired gin. Barr Hill Gin won Gold and “Gin of the Year” at the 2013 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition, and ”Double Gold” at the 2012 New York International Spirits Competition.
The American Craft Spirits Association is the only registered non-profit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. The judges know the industry and know it well. All eyes are on the award winning spirits and distillers who push the envelope every day with innovation and quality.
Hardwick, Vermont (March 10, 2016) – Caledonia Spirits. On facebook Barr Jill is listed as "Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits" and on Instagram and Twitter it is @caledoniaspirits