Middle West Spirits wins Best Bourbon

Written by on April 17, 2018 in Liquor - No comments

 2018 American Distilling Institute’s International Judging of Craft Spirits Medals for Middle West SpiritsAnd it’s not even from Kentucky! *winks*

Middle West Spirits took home a gold medal and “Best of Category” for the Double Cask Collection OYO Sherry-Finished Bourbon Whiskey at the 2018 American Distililing Instititute’s international Judging of Craft Spirits.

The 12th Annual ADI Judging of Craft Spirits was held in March 2018 with recognitions announced at the trade group’s recent national conference in Portland. The competition includes some of the industry’s biggest craft brands and a judging pannel comprised of master distillers, journalists, bar owners, bartenders, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and importers. Over 40 judges evaluated entries from the US and beyond.

Middle West Spirits was awarded a gold medal and “Best in Category” for the OYO Double Cask. The distillery received a total of six medal recognitions for its OYO branded spirits overall, including a second gold medal for OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey, a silver medal for its flagship OYO Vodka, and 3 bronze medals for its OYO Wheat Whiskey, OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon, and OYO Stone Fruit Vodka.

“The entire craft industry is fixated on the meteoric growth of the whiskey market,” said Brady Konya, co- owner and General Manager of Middle West, in a press release. “To take home top honors in the Bourbon category is humbling to say the least.”

Middle West Spirits 2018 ADI Recognitions:

  • Gold Medal & Best of Category, Bourbon — OYO Sherry-Finished Bourbon Whiskey, Double Cask Collection, 86 Proof
  • Gold Medal, Rye Whiskey — OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey, 90 Proof
  • Silver Medal, Grain-to-Glass Vodka Residual Base Character – OYO Vodka, 80 Proof
  • Bronze Medal, Bourbon – OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon, 90 Proof
  • Bronze Medal, Wheat Whiskey – OYO Wheat Whiskey, 92 Proof
  • Bronze Medal, Flavored Vodka – OYO Stone Fruit Vodka, 70 Proof

A special release and bottle-signing of the OYO Sherry-Bourbon will be scheduled later this spring at the company’s recently opened bar and restaurant the Service Bar.  Time and date of the bottle release event will be announced via Middle West Spirit’s social media later in April.

Middle West Spirits is located at 1230 Courtland Avenue. The distillery bottle shop is open Wednesday-Saturday from Noon-6pm and the Service Bar is open Wednesday-Saturday from 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm-Midnight, and Sunday from 5-10pm.


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