Welcome to Imbibe Magazine's between-issues look at liquid culture with drink recipes, news and more. From coffee to cocktails, Imbibe celebrates your world in a glass.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

7 Batched Cocktails for Springtime Imbibing

Photo: Vianney Rodriguez

The day are getting longer and increasingly sun-soaked, which means it’s time for more outdoors imbibing. For picnics and backyard parties, pitcher cocktails and punches can take the stress out of mixing drinks, allowing you to make big batches at once (and sometimes even ahead of time). From sparkling punches to julep-filled pitchers, here are seven recipes ready for your next gathering.

The talented duo behind New York City’s popular Employees Only bar offer up this reworked classic in their book, Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined From New York’s Employees Bar. It combines bright citrus, berries and tangy pineapple with gin, Champagne and crème de framboise.

Pepper Watermelon Margarita Juicy watermelon makes a terrific foil for tequila, lime juice and Serrano chiles in this spicy twist on the traditional Margarita.

Hosting a Derby Day party? Streamline the Mint Julep-making with this super-simple, classic pitcher from Denise Gee's Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining. Just add ice!

Rosy pink, freshly squeezed grapefruit elevates this otherwise-classic Margarita to heavenly heights.

This crowd-pleasing tiki punch combines generous amounts of rum, allspice syrup, pineapple juice and sparkling wine.

This whiskey and lemon concoction is pure sunshine in a glass.

This iced tea cocktail is light on alcohol and incredibly refreshing. The recipe suggests using a combination of fresh citrus, stone fruits and kiwi, but feel free to substitute your favorite seasonal fruits. 

Imbibe's 4-Ingredient Cocktail Challenge Begins!

The best cocktails are not necessarily the most complicated. In Imbibe's May/June 2013 issue, we challenge four of the country's most creative bartenders to create an original cocktail using just four easy-to-find ingredients. The players? Matthew Lipsky of Chicago’s Charcoal Bar, Erick Castro of San Diego’s Polite Provisions, Naren Young of New York City’s Saxon & Parole and Daniel Shoemaker of Portland, Oregon’s Teardrop Lounge. The results? Four simple cocktails that are big on flavor.

The challenge doesn’t stop there! We want you to try your hand at creating your own original four-ingredient cocktail using our guidelines found here. Share your results on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and use the hashtag #MixTheMag, and we'll pick some our favorites to share.

In the May/June issue, we also offer up simple recipes for homemade sodas, celebrate the return of the easy-drinking cream ale, tour New Orleans’ expanding cocktail scene, explore a new cadre of free-thinking California winemakers and scout out Cleveland’s budding Ohio City District.

This issue will be on newsstands from April 29 until June 30, and the issue is available for purchase at imbibemagazine.com/shop.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Drink of the Week: Torre dei Beati “Rosa-ea” Cerasuolo 2011

With May around the corner, we’ve got rosé on our minds, especially today’s Drink of the Week—the Cerasuolo rosato from Torre dei Beati. Made entirely from the Montepulciano grape grown organically in Italy’s Abruzzi region, this wine is plump, vibrant and deliciously more concentrated than the pale pink rosés typical of late-summer drinking. It’s that hearty freshness (and flavors of sun-ripened strawberries, tangy pomegranates and fresh cherries) that makes it an ideal season-straddler with enough nuance to entice even devout red-wine drinkers. Pair it with antipasti, fish and a back patio parked in the sun. $16, astorwines.com

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

How to master the Martini. Serious Eats 

Beer brewed with elephant dung? MSN

History shows how wine has literally left its mark on the page. NPR

Rosie Schaap on the joys of staying out until, or past, last call. The New York Times

The cat is out of the bag. Fifteen things craft beer fanatics think but don’t say, until now. First We Feast

Friday, April 19, 2013

Drink of the Week: Ceremony Coffee Barrel-Conditioned Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Wine, bourbon and even some beers get barrelled, but what about coffee? More roasters are aging green, un-roasted coffee beans in boozy barrels that once held anything from wine to whiskey, and today’s Drink of the Week—the Barrel-Conditioned Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from Maryland-based Ceremony Coffee Roasters—is a recent discovery from the bean-to-barrel bandwagon. Can you actually taste a difference? Absolutely. We brewed up both Ceremony’s barrel-aged and regularly roasted versions of the coffee, and the distinctiveness of the barrelled bean was clear. Heady, whiskey-soaked, sugar-crusted aromas and woodsy flavors of dark dried fruit, baking spices and burnt sugar meet with a hint of lemony brightness, making for a dynamic cup from start to finish. Who says you can’t have a little nip out of the bourbon barrel before breakfast? $25/12 oz., ceremonycoffee.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Does the taste of beer send an automatic trigger to the brain? Fox

This year’s Bordeaux futures are about to hit the market—but is anybody buying? Wine Spectator

Know what the fastest-growing wine region in the world is? PRI’s The World

Summer vacation plans? Check out these wine-fueled music fests. Wine Spectator

Vietnamese coffee farmers tap into mobile technology to help them sell. The Raw Story

Wine class on campus? Soon underage students may be able to take a taste. Spokesman Review



Friday, April 12, 2013

Cocktails for Coachella

Down in the dusty, sun-drenched California desert, thousands of music lovers and the bands they adore are converging for the two-weekend long music bonanza known as Coachella. Sculptures stretch into the sky over the campers, and music plays from first light into the night across multiple venues. In honor of the festivial’s kick-off, we’ve put together a play list of cocktails inspired by a few of Coachella’s headline acts, so even if you’re not there, you can sip away in the comfort of your own home. It may not be 100 degrees, and the music may not be live, but if you crank the stereo, close your eyes and sip one of these cocktails, we’re pretty sure you’ll be happy right where you are.

Tipperay No. 2 (Band Match: Dropkick Murphys)
And Irish whiskey-soaked cocktail for an Irish whiskey-soaked crew.

Dry and Spicy Daiquiri (Band Match: Red Hot Chili Peppers)
We went literal for this pairing and chose a spicy riff on a classic Daiquiri.

Among Dreams: (Band Match: Sigur Ros)
Culty, Icelandic powerhouse Sigur Ros’ music is slow and otherworldly, just like this dreamy cocktail.

The Smoking Gun: (Band Match: Franz Ferdinand)
A straightforward, Scotch-based, Fernet-spiked cocktail for a straightforward, Scottish indie band.  

Brooklyn Shandy: (Band Match: Grizzly Bear )
Our perfect match for a Brooklyn band? A Brooklyn Shandy!

Drink of the Week: Michter’s Sour Mash

Today’s Drink of the Week—Michter’s Sour Mash whiskey—takes its name from an old-fashioned production method in which a small amount of the previously fermented mash is used as a starter for the new batch (a la sourdough bread). Established in 1753, Michter’s whiskey kept Washington and his troops warm during the Revolutionary War, and though it looked like it was headed for closure in the 1980s, the brand was revived in the 1990s and relocated to Kentucky. Their new sour mash (released in December) is an updated, rye-strong version of the label’s original and is smooth and approachable with nutmeg spice followed by sweet tea and tobacco flavors and a bright, citrusy finish. Sip it neat, mixed in whiskey cocktails like the Algonquin or Red Hook, or in the honey-sweetened Springtime Sour below. $42, astorwines.com


Springtime Sour
2 oz. Michter’s Sour Mash
1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. honey syrup (1:1)
1 fresh egg white (pasteurized if you like)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail or sour
Garnish: fresh grapefruit twist

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quick Sips: tasty Bits from Around the Web

Know the purpose of the world’s first webcam? We’ll give you a hint—it involves coffee. Gizmodo

Archeologists unearth a 1,500 year-old wine press. Fox

Care for a side of arsenic in your beer? NPR

One brewery unveils a new topless can. Huffington Post

Is this barista the Willy Wonka of latte art? The Atlantic

Will Bordeaux soon to be a wine of the past? RT News

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Join Us for Swig 'N' Swine at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

We're excited to be partnering with The Bon Vivants—you may remember them from our Imbibe 75 People To Watch list—to bring you Swig 'N' Swine, the "on tour" New York stop of their charitable event series Pig & Punch.

Marking its second annual stop at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, this incredibly fun event is the culminating party and fundraiser to cap off a longer-lead volunteer effort by a group of bartending pros who, earlier in the week, will have donated their time to help the KIPP Charter School organization.

Swig 'N' Swine takes place Sunday, May 19, from 12-5 p.m. at Union Pool in Brooklyn, and we'd love to see you there for lots of delicious punch, spit-roasted pork, prizes and more! We'll also be offering subscriptions onsite, with 20% of proceeds going back to KIPP.

Be sure to check out the Facebook page for details and RSVP here.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Drink of the Week: Shrub & Co. Grapefruit


In the drinks world, what’s old tends to be new again, one example of which is the resurgence of shrubs. Enter today’s Drink of the Week—the Grapefruit Shrub—which comes from newly launched Shrub & Co. Dating back to Colonial days, shrubs are traditionally a combination of fresh fruit, vinegar and sugar, and Shrub & Co. modernizes the method using all organic, California-grown Ruby Red grapefruit, organic white wine vinegar and organic cane sugar. The results are bright and zingy—definitely more tart than sweet—with fresh grapefruit flavors (including a friendly hint of pith), palate-sweeping acidity and a kiss of sweetness on the finish. And while they’re delicious mixed simply with a glass of seltzer, co-creator Deborah Marskey says they’re also formulated with cocktail mixing in mind: “We pair each with everything from bourbon to gin to mezcal to make sure it works.” Try it in the Bitter Ruby with gin and a splash of chocolaty Cynar. $22/16 oz. shrubandco.com

Bitter Ruby
1 1/2 oz. gin
1 oz. Shrub & Co. Grapefruit
1/2 oz. Cynar
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon
Glass: cocktail or coupe
Garnish: grapefruit twist

Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish. 


Thursday, April 04, 2013

April’s Where to Drink Now

Bottles and bottles at Plan B. Photo courtesy Plan B.
Spring has sprung in the drinks world, with a new crop of cocktail spots popping up across the country. Here are five places we’re especially excited about at the moment.


This Safeco Field cantina and bar opened just in time for the first pitch of the Seattle Mariner’s new season. Named after Mariner’s Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez, Seattle bar star Anu Apte (owner of Rob Roy) stepped up to the beverage program plate, creating game-day refreshers like a reworked Paloma, a pineapple- and cayenne-spiked Michelada, and the .312 Campari cocktail (named after Martinez’s batting average, of course).
Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave., Seattle // mariners.com

.312 Cocktail
Photo: Katie Abram
A tequila-spiked twist on a Campari and Soda, this refresher, “is easy-going, caters to the Pacific Northwest palate, and is easy to prepare in large batches for an extreme number of people,” says its creator Anu Apte.

1 oz. reposado tequila (Apte uses El Zacatecano)
1 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Club soda
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: double rocks
Garnish: lime wheel

Combine all ingredients, except club soda, and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass, top with soda and garnish.

Anu Apte for Edgar’s Cantina at Safeco Field, Seattle


Drinking in the Midwest gets more interesting by the day, and just last week Society Cleveland opened its basement doors offering a menu imbued with close to 50 classic cocktails, ranging from the Blinker and Brandy Crusta to the Ramos Gin Fizz and the Singapore Sling.
2063 E. Forth St., Cleveland, Ohio // 216-781-9050 // societycleveland.com



Photo: Courtesy Plan B.
No, you didn’t just walk into a modern art museum, but Plan B’s whimsical design and decor (think a “forest” of cut olive branches, horsehide-upholstered banquettes, and jarred octopi specimens) may have you feeling like you’re somewhere other than a Nolita tapas bar. The food and drink menus (with cocktails designed by co-Imbibe 75 Drinks Ambassador of the Year Ivy Mix) are distinctively northern Spain-inspired with an adventurous edge—think chile-spiced shrimp heads and python sausage and cocktails like the Sangre Mixto with Spanish wine and brandy, Chartreuse, citrus and soda.
244 Mulberry St., New York City // 212-775-0111 // planbtapas.com


Houston is a hotbed for great drinks these days (check out our March/April Texas Issue for more proof), and last week it got even better with the opening of Anvil alum Justin Burrows’ downtown cocktail den. With a dark-wooded, 25-stool bar that nearly runs the length of the joint, chandeliers, plush furniture and the requisite taxidermy, the aesthetic is part Victorian cocktail parlor and part old western saloon. “We’re trying to give great service and make great drinks,” says Burrows, “and avoid the pretense people perceive at a lot of cocktail bars.” Belly up for one of Borrows’ favorites, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which combines an amaro with rum, pineapple and lime juice and two types of syrups, or try one of our favorites, the Soanso Collins.
308 Main St., Houston // twitter.com/badnewsbar

The Soanso Collins

Bourbon, citrus and ginger beer—summertime is calling!

2 oz. bourbon

3/4 oz. fresh lemon
 juice
3/4 oz. turbinado syrup
 (1:1)
1/4 oz. Angostura
 bitters
2 oz. ginger beer
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lemon wheel

Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with ginger beer and garnish.



Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of this Georgia bar and resto for what feels like months now, but as of last week, the wait is over. Cozied into a space behind Victory Sandwich Bar’s new Decatur location, this retro diner-esque cocktail den features meaty bites, like barbequed quail, smoked chicken and braised shortribs, and a Paul Calvert-designed drinks menu that includes the cachaça- and Curaçao-rich Cocktail 44 and the peppermint- and cacao-infused Trouble in Paradise.
340 Church St., Decatur, Georgia //vicsandwich.com

Cocktail 44
Cachaça and Curaçao combine in heady sipper from Paul Calvert. 

1 1/2 oz. gold cachaça (Calvert uses Novo Fogo)
1/2 oz. dry Curaçao (Calvert uses Pierre Ferrand)
1/2 oz. Punt e Mes
1/2 oz. Aperol
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 barspoon grenadine 
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: coupe

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.

Paul Calvert, Paper Plane, Decatur, Georgia

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

American Distilling Institute 2013 Award Winners

The American Distilling Institute has announced its 2013 Artisan American Spirits Awards. Last month, ADI judged 317 artisan American spirits at Huber Orchard and Winery in Starlight, Indiana: 127 whiskies, 66 gins, 36 moonshines, 47 rums and 41 fruit spirits were submitted from 124 independently owned, small-batch distillers. Judges awarded 23 gold, 44 silver and 46 bronze medals, awarding medals to only 37% of participants. Following are the results.


BEST OF CLASS 

WHISKEY
Ballast Point Spirits - Devil's Share Malt Whiskey

GIN
Valentine Distilling Co. - Liberator Gin

RUM
Balcones Distilling - Texas Rum

MOONSHINE
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine - Apple Pie Moonshine

BRANDY
Jepson Vineyards - Old Stock Mendocino Brandy

Excellence in Packaging - Craft Distilled Spirits
Sidetrack Distillery - Cassis Liqueur

Excellence in Packaging - Merchant Bottled Spirits
35 Maple Street - Kirk and Sweeney


Award-Winning Spirits

WHISKEY
CLEAR WHISKEY
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Myer Farm Distillers - White Dog Corn Whiskey

Silver Medal
Dark Horse Distillery - Long Shot White Whiskey

Bronze Medal
Middle West Spirits - OYO Rye Whiskey
High West Distillery - Silver Whiskey - Western Oat
Indian Creek Distillery - Elias Staley
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery - White Owl Whiskey
Asheville Distilling Co. - Troy & Sons Platinum Heirloom Moonshine

AGED CORN WHISKEY
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Balcones Distilling - True Blue

BOURBON (under two years)
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Yellow Rose Distilling - Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon

Silver Medal
Kings County Distillery - Kings County Bourbon

Bronze Medal
Rock Town Distillery - Arkansas Young Bourbon Whiskey
Cacao Prieto - Bloody Butcher Bourbon Whiskey

STRAIGHT BOURBON
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Balcones Distilling - Fifth-Anniversary Texas Straight Bourbon

Silver Medal
Dallas Distilleries - Herman Marshall
   
AGED RYE WHISKEY  
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Grand Traverse Distillery - Ole George Rye Whiskey

Silver Medal
Mountain Laurel Spirits - Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey

Bronze Medal
Distillery 291 - Colorado Rye Whiskey
Catoctin Creek Distilling - Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

MALT WHISKEY (under 2 years)
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Balcones Distilling - Texas Single Malt

Gold Medal
Deerhammer Distilling Company - Down Time Single Malt Whiskey

Bronze Medal
Long Island Spirits - Pine Barrens Single Malt Whisky

STRAIGHT MALT WHISKEY
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits - Devil's Share Straight Malt Whiskey

Silver Medal
New Holland Artisan Spirits - Zeppelin Bend Straight Malt

WHEAT WHISKEY
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Middle West Spirits - OYO Wheat Whiskey

Bronze Medal
American Craft Whiskey Distillery - Low Gap Whiskey Single Barrel No. 1
American Craft Whiskey Distillery - Low Gap California Whiskey

WHISKEY NON-TYPICAL
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Glacier Distilling Company - Wheatfish Whiskey

Silver Medal
Rogue Spirits - Dead Guy Whiskey
  
SMOKED WHISKEY
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Corsair Artisan – Wildfire

Silver Medal
Corsair Artisan - Salamander

HOPPED WHISKEY
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Corsair Artisan – Demeter

Silver Medal
Corsair Artisan - Falconer's Flight

Bronze Medal
Corsair Artisan - Centennial
Corsair Artisan - Pacifica
Corsair Artisan - Titania
Corsair Artisan - Amarillo

FLAVORED WHISKEY
Best of Category - Bronze Medal
Sons of Liberity Spirits Company - Seasonal - 2012 Winter Release

MERCHANT BOTTLED WHISKEY
STRAIGHT BOURBON
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Cacao Prieto Distillery - Widow Jane Bourbon Whiskey

Silver Medal
Tatoosh Distillery & Spirits - Tatoosh Bourbon

BOURBON (cask finished)
Best of Category - Bronze Medal
Hillrock Estate Distillery & Malthouse - Solera Aged Bourbon
Bronze Medal

Big Bottom Whiskey - Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Zinfandel Cask

STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY
Best of Category - Silver Medal
35 Maple Street - Masterson's 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey

MALT WHISKEY
Best of Category - Bronze Medal
Virginia Distillery - Virginia Highland Malt Whisky

GIN
CLASSIC DISTILLED GIN
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Rock Town Distillery - Brandon's Gin

CLASSIC RECTIFIED GIN
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Captive Spirits Distilling - Big Gin

Gold Medal
Bull Run Distilling - Aria Portland Dry Gin

Silver Medal
Veracity Spirits - Vivacity Native Gin

CONTEMPORARY DISTILLED GIN
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Myer Farm Distillers - Myer Farm Gin
Silver Medal
Dancing Pines Distillery - Gin
Dancing Tree Distillery - Gin
Treaty Oak Distilling - Waterloo Gin

Bronze Medal
Corsair Artisan - Steampunk
Maine Distilleries - Cold River Traditional Gin
StilltheOne Distillery - Jarhead Gin

CONTEMPORARY RECTIFIED GIN
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Valentine Distilling Co. - Valentine Liberator Gin

Gold Medal
Maison De La Vie - Golden Moon Gin

Silver Medal
San Juan Island Distillery - Spy Hop Gin

Bronze Medal
Sweetgrass Farm Distillery - Back River Gin
Southern Artisan Spirits - Cardinal American Dry Gin
Spring 44 Distilling - Spring44 Gin

GENEVER
Best of Category - Bronze Medal
Oregon Spirit Distillers - Merrylegs Genever Style Gin

Bronze Medal
Corsair Artisan - Genever

NAVY STRENGTH GIN
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Few Spirits - Standard Issue Gin

OLD TOM GIN
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Ransom Spirits - Old Tom Gin

Silver Medal
Downslope Distilling - Ould Tom Gin

Bronze Medal
Corsair Artisan - Major Tom

BARREL-AGED GIN
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Corsair Artisan - Barrel Aged Gin

Silver Medal
Wood's High Mountain Distillery - Treeline Gin, Barrel Aged


RUM
WHITE RUM
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Cape Spirits - Wicked Dolphin Rum – Silver

Bronze Medal
Dancing Pines Distillery - Rum
Donner-Peltier Distillers - Rougaroux Sugarshine

AMBER RUM
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Ballast Point Spirits - Barrel Aged Three Sheets Rum

Silver Medal
Montanya Distillers - Montanya Oro Rum
Van Brunt Stillhouse - Due North Rum

DARK RUM
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Real McCoy Spirits - The Real McCoy

Bronze Medal
Turkey Shore Distilleries - Old Ipswich Lab & Cask Reserve

OVERPROOF RUM
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Balcones Distilling - Texas Rum

Gold Medal
New Holland Artisan Spirits - Freshwater Superior

FLAVORED RUM
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Dogfish Head - Brown Honey Rum

SPICED RUM
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Dancing Pines Distillery - Spice

MERCHANT BOTTLED RUM
Best of Category - Silver Medal
35 Maple Street - Kirk and Sweeney


MOONSHINE
CLEAR MOONSHINE
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Dark Corner Distillery - Moonshine Corn Whiskey

Silver Medal
King's County - Corn Whiskey

Bronze Medal
Deerhammer Distilling Company - Whitewater Whiskey

AGED MOONSHINE
Best of Category - Bronze Medal
Fog's End Distillery - Monterey Rye

FLAVORED MOONSHINE
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine - Moonshine Apple Pie

Silver Medal
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine - Moonshine Blackberry

Bronze Medal
Pinchgut Hollow Distillery - Captain Mick
Pinchgut Hollow Distillery - Rise N Shine


BRANDY
PEAR EAUX de VIE
Best of Category - Gold Medal
(McMenamin's) Edgefield Distillery - Pear Brandy

Bronze Medal
Peach Street Distillers - Jack and Jenny Pear Brandy
Harvest Spirits - Harvest Spirits Pear Brandy

EAUX de VIE
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Coppersea Distilling - Peach Eau de Vie

Bronze Medal
Bellewood Distilling - Apple Brandy Eau de Vie

APPLEJACK/BRANDY
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Huber's Starlight Distillery - Huber's Applejack

Silver Medal
Tom's Foolery - Applejack 

BRANDY (Other than Grape)
Best of Category - Silver Medal
Peach Street Distillers - Pear Brandy

AGED BRANDY - Other
Best of Category - Bronze Medal
Dakota Spirits Distiller - Bickering Brothers Neutral Brandy

BRANDY (Aged less than 6 years)
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Huber's Starlight Distillery - Huber's Brandy – Reserve

Bronze Medal
Colorado Gold Distillery - Colorado Gold Brandy

BRANDY (Aged more than 6 years)
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery - Old Stock Brandy

Silver Medal
Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery - Signature Reserve Brandy
Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery - Rare Brandy

GRAPPA
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Peach Street Distillers - Muscat Grappa

Gold Medal
Maison De La Vie - Golden Moon Colorado Grappa

Bronze Medal
Peach Street Distillers - Viognier Grappa
Magnanini Farm Winery - Magnanini Grappa

FLAVORED LIQUEUR
Best of Category - Bronze Medal
Sidetrack Distillery – Nocino

Bronze Medal
Cacao Prieto - Chamomile Liqueur
Bottle Tree Beverage Company - Hoodoo Chicory

FRUIT INFUSION
Best of Category - Gold Medal
Huber's Starlight Distillery - Huber's Raspberry Infusion

Silver Medal
Huber's Starlight Distillery - Huber's Blueberry
Sidetrack Distillery - Cassis Liqueur

Bronze Medal
Stone Barn Brandy Works - Quince Liqueur