Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Holland Artisan Spirits Scores Seven Medals – and Two Awards – at Austin’s American Craft Distillers Awards

Written by  Paul Starr
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American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) hosted their Craft Spirits Judging Awards ceremony on February 16 to celebrate some of the finest craft spirits in the country. Prior to the event in Austin, TX, craft distillers submitted spirits in the categories of whiskey, gin, brandy, rum, liqueurs, and vodka to an expert panel, who in return awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in each category.
New Holland Artisan Spirits proudly took home seven medals:
  • Gold Medal – Knickerbocker Barrel Gin
  • Gold Medal – Knickerbocker Gin
  • Gold Medal – Zeppelin Bend Straight Malt Whiskey
  • Gold Medal – Bill’s Michigan Wheat Whiskey (aka Pitchfork Wheat Whiskey)
  • Silver Medal – Cask & Smoke Whiskey
  • Bronze Medal – Double Down Barley Malt Whiskey
  • Bronze Medal – Freshwater Michigan Amber Rum
  • Knickerbocker Barrel Gin also took home the prestigious Best in Class award in the Gin category, the second largest category in number of entries.

Bill’s Michigan Wheat Whiskey (aka Pitchfork Wheat Whiskey) also took home the prestigious Best in Category award in the Wheat Whiskey category. Whiskey was broken into seven categories for judging, due to the large number of entries.

“It was great to be in Austin with so many craft distillers we respect,” says New Holland National Spirits Sales Manager, Rich Blair. ”We’re thrilled to see our spirits get such tremendous recognition from a peer-based judging and amongst such great company. We’re particularly proud to win the Gin – Best in Class award for our Knickerbocker Barrel Gin. We love it here at New Holland and are glad to see others do too.”

Knickerbocker Barrel Gin first released to market in 2014 and is aged in a mix of new oak barrels and spent New Holland whiskey barrels that provides a deep, smooth contrast to the lively aromatics of the gin. It releases twice a year in March and September.

Bill’s Michigan Wheat Whiskey (aka Pitchfork Wheat Whiskey) first released in 2013 and is distilled from wheat grown and malted in our home state of Michigan. It is a year round release.

New Holland’s whiskey program continues to grow and makes the distillery one of the largest producers of whiskey in the state.

“It’s really amazing to have received these seven medals and two awards from ACSA,” says Brett VanderKamp, co-founder and president of New Holland. “Our distilling team amazes me every day and this hardware is due to their passionate commitment to creating craft spirits that inspire the palates of our customers.”

About New Holland Brewing Co.


New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Their role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something they take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly. They believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for their customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for their creativity and artistry, their mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in their diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits.

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.