The 2018 California Craft Spirits Competition Unveils Winners

Posted on Jul 30 by SEASONS Magazine

California Craft Spirits Competition Winners, courtesy photo.

California Craft Spirits Competition Winners, courtesy photo.

The 2018 California Craft Spirits Competition (CCSC) has unveiled the winners from the California Mid-State Fair. The third annual competition had a record number of entries, stressing the quality of the ever-growing California distilling movement. The CCSC highlights and celebrates craft distillers, producing the best quality artisan spirits, both inside and outside California.

Best of Show went to: Re:Find’s Limoncello (Paso Robles), after winning a Double Gold Medal and the Best Fruit Liqueur award.

The Best of Class winners:

Best Rye Whiskey: KroBar Craft Distillery Cask Strength Rye Whiskey (Paso Robles)
Best Vodka: Tripp Distillery Unflavored Vodka (Pacifica)
Aged Grape Brandy: Bethel Road House Brandy (Templeton)
Best New Western Gin: Calwise Spirits Big Sur Gin (Paso Robles)
Best American Dry Gin: Loch & Union Distilling Gin (American Canyon)

“It seems that each year, the submissions get better and better,” said returning Chief Judge, Tim McDonald, president of Wine Spoken Here. “The American craft distilling movement is big and still gaining steam and these entries prove that California is a leader.”

The competition took place June 19 at Estrella Hall at the California Mid-State Fair. The panel of judges’ blind-tasted all 51 entries in the different categories of craft spirits. They then awarded gold, silver and bronze medals and the Best of Show was chosen.

“We are glad to see how the California Craft Spirits Competition continues to display and promote the exciting and fast-growing California craft distilling movement,” said California Mid-State Fair CEO, Michael Bradley. “Join us on Sunday, July 22 for Get Crafty Mixology Contest and Tasting – to taste how our local mixologists use these award-winning products.”

For more information check out California Craft Spirits Competition on Facebook.

Delaney Mayfield


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