BC craft distilleries have taken home several distinctive awards beating out a number of distilleries across the Pacific Northwest. Sip Northwest released its fifth annual Best of the Northwest issue. This collector’s edition showcases the winners of the grand tasting competition from wine, beer, spirits and cider, along with top Northwest travel locations, locally focused restaurant and bars, upright industry influencers and more.
An open call for submissions last spring drafted 524 wines, 282 beers, 151 spirits and 139 ciders that were sampled blind and judged by over five dozen leading beverage experts, from master sommeliers and cicerones to certified spirit judges and cider buyers, who determined the top three in each respective beverage category.
BC produced spirits had a strong showing in several categories, with Liberty and Long Table taking home several awards. The BC winners were:
Best Barrel-aged Gin:
1st Place: The Liberty Distillery Endeavour Old Tom
2nd Place (tie): OOLA Distillery Waitsburg Barrel-Finished Gin; Captive Spirits Distilling, Bourbon Barreled Big Gin
3rd Place (tie) Dry Fly Distilling Barrel Reserve Gin; Long Table Distillery, Bourbon Barrel Aged Gin
Best White Whiskey
Best Speciality Spirit
Best Fruit Liqueur
1st Place: Odd Society Spirits Crème de Cassis
2nd Place: Temple Distilling Co. Bookmark Limoncello
3rd Place (tie): OD Beverage Co. deZir Premium Dark Black Cherry Liqueur; OD Beverage Co. deZirPremium Raspberry Liqueur
The full list of winners can be found here.