Founding Spirits received two major international distilling awards at the American Distilling Institute’s 2018 Craft Spirits Conference: a GOLD medal for our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro and a BRONZE medal for our Founding Spirits Vodka.

To our restaurant guests, our spirits have a become well-known and beloved by many on our drinks menu. Our craft vodka is a favorite in our What About Bob? and Cucumber Delight. Our amaro brings its “never bitter” interest to the Amaro Sour and Buck’s Classic, just to name two. We are all thrilled to be recognized beyond our walls for how we have taken our company’s scratch-made mission and craft cocktail wizardry into distilling some very tasty and apparently award-winning spirits. We think this is a pretty big deal for our barely-a-year-old distillery.

Known as The Voice of Craft Distilling, every year the American Distilling Institute hosts a Judging of Craft Spirits, which includes U.S. and international entries in a range of categories. Our Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro won GOLD in the Certified Craft Blended Spirit category for an herbal/botanical/spice liqueur; and our Founding Spirits Vodka won BRONZE in the Certified Distilled Spirit category for vodka.

Our Founding Spirits team was excited to venture west to Portland, OR to receive these prestigious awards. They had the opportunity to meet and share distilling tales with craft distillers from across the globe. This included a lot of discussions about the latest and greatest in distilling, and of course, a bit of sipping and sampling too.

The American Distilling Institute is dedicated to running rigorous and professional spirit judging that strives to promote craft distillers and blenders that are producing the finest quality, artisan spirits and to give participating producers valuable, unbiased, third-party feedback on the quality and process of their spirits. Their annual judging program accepts entries in all classes and categories of craft spirits from small, independently owned distillers, blenders, bitters makers, and producers of aperitif and fortified wines. U.S. and international entries are tasted blind and evaluated by expert panels of judges made up of distillers, journalists, bar owners, bartenders, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers. All spirits entered receive written tasting notes and are considered for awards both for the spirit itself and the packaging.