Monday, March 02, 2015

Griffin Claw Brewing Company Receives Three Medals at First Spirits Competition!

Written by  Paul Starr
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Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Birmingham’s popular taproom, biergarten, brewing and distributing facility, is pleased to announce it’s been awarded a Gold Medal and two Bronze Medals from the American Crafts Spirits Association (ACSA) during the organization’s Second Annual Craft Spirits Competition held on February 15, 2015 at the ACSA Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Austin, Texas.
Three hundred and twenty-nine entries were submitted from over 200 craft spirits distilleries from across the country in six main categories: Whiskey, Brandy, Rum, Gin, Liqueurs, Distilled Spirits Specialty (DSS), and Vodka. Griffin Claw Brewing Company won a Gold Medal for its Griffin Claw Vodka Distilled From Grain and Bronze Medals for its Griffin Claw Vodka Distilled From Potato and its Griffin Claw KRUPNIK, a polish style honey liqueur.

“This is the first competition we have entered for our spirits and we’re extremely happy with the results,” said Dan Rogers, Head Brewer, Distiller and Director of Brewing Operations at Griffin Claw Brewing Company.” “A new door has been opened for us and we are proud of the fact that Griffin Claw Brewing Company’s spirits are made in-house from scratch. We mash, ferment, strip, the whole shebang ourselves and are not buying neutral grain spirits from another distiller or supplier.”

Griffin Claw Brewing Company began offering its vodka and gin by the glass in the Taproom in April 2014. Last December, Griffin Claw spirits became available for purchase in 750ml-sized bottles just in time for the holiday season. Griffin Claw Grain Vodka, Griffin Claw Potato Vodka, Griffin Claw Botanical Gin and Griffin Claw Black Strap Rum and KRUPNIK all retail for $20 each. “We will be adding more spirits down the road and plan on coming out with different rums next,” added Rogers.
Griffin Claw Brewing Company’s Taproom is open Tuesday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from noon to 12 a.m., Saturdays from noon to 12 a.m., Sundays noon to 10 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

About Griffin Claw Brewing Company:
With a mission to serve the best craft beer, Griffin Claw Brewing Company is located at 575 S. Eton Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s emerging Rail District. Dan Rogers, Head Brewer, Distiller and Director of Brewery Operations, oversees all the brewing, distilling, distributing, and operations at the 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Griffin Claw Brewing Company is one of the first breweries to begin using Meura’s Micromash filter to deliver incredible quality with efficiencies unmatched by other brewing systems. The brewery also recently added a centrifuge and high-gravity brewing system to make even more consistent beer faster to reach their desired capacity. For more information, call 248.712.4050, visit or find us on facebook at

About American Craft Spirits Association:
ACSA is a not for profit trade association dedicated to protecting and promoting American craft spirits. On behalf of our staff, our board of directors, and the more than 300 ACSA members nationwide, we congratulate this year's winners for their passion and commitment to quality and authenticity.
Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.