Thursday, May 01, 2014

New Holland Artisan Spirits Scores Three Medals at Denver’s American Craft Distillers Awards

Written by  Paul Starr
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American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) hosted their ACDA Awards Ceremony on March 14 to celebrate some of the finest craft spirits in the country. Prior to the event in Denver, CO, craft distillers submitted spirits in the categories of whiskey, gin, brandy, rum and moonshine to an expert panel, who in return awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in each category.
New Holland Artisan Spirits proudly took home three awards:
Gin – Gold Medal – Knickerbocker Gin
Whiskey – Gold Medal –Walleye Rye
Whiskey – Silver Medal – Zeppelin Bend Single Malt Whiskey

"It was great to be in Denver with so many craft distillers," says New Holland Beer and Spirits Sales Manager, Joel Armato. "We're thrilled to see our spirits get such tremendous recognition from a peer-based judging and amongst such great company."

Zeppelin Bend and Walleye Rye are both seasonal releases. Due to Zeppelin Bend’s popularity it has gone from just one to two releases annually. Walleye Rye, a part of the Brewers’ Whiskey series, releases this year in August with brand new packaging.

Knickerbocker is New Holland’s year round gin offering, that receives kudos for its citrus and floral notes and light-handedness with the juniper. In spring 2014 – New Holland will release Knickerbocker Barrel Gin, a barrel-aged variation on the popular spirit that lends toasty notes from spirit-soaked oak, providing tasty contrast to the lively aromatics.

“We’re so proud to have received three awards from ACDA,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland. “We’ve worked hard to create a line of craft spirits that live up to the New Holland name, but in the end it’s our amazing distilling team who deserve the recognition. They put time, energy and passion into each bottle of craft spirits we produce.”

About New Holland Brewing Co.

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

New Holland brews and distills at two locations in Holland, Michigan: our production facility on the north side and our Pub & Restaurant in downtown Holland. The restaurant welcomes guests seven days a week and production tours are on Saturday afternoons. We welcome visitors and locals alike, and appreciate the opportunity to share our artisan approach through warm hospitality and enriching education.

With just under 150 employees, New Holland Brewing Co. sells its beer and spirits across a growing regional landscape, while anchored in the upper Midwest. In 2012, our production facility underwent substantial development including the tripling of our brewing capacity through outdoor fermentation, the addition of a centrifuge and the expansion of our Dragon’s Milk cellar. In 2013, the company is expanding its distilling capabilities, renovating the downtown Holland Pub & Restaurant and focusing on the integration of Michigan agriculture; hops, wheat and barley, into several new and existing brands.
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.