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High Wire Distilling Co. Receives Several Significant National Awards For Their Artisan Spirits

on Monday, 14 April 2014. Posted in Magazine, Follow This!, From The Tap



American Craft Distillers Association, American Distilling Institute, and San Francisco World Spirits Competition Award Six Medals to High Wire


CHARLESTON, SC - Three top, national spirit organizations have recently awarded High Wire Distilling Co. medals of distinction for their spirits.  High Wire is the only Charleston based distillery selected in these competitions.


During their inaugural convention in Denver, CO, the American Craft Distillers Association presented High Wire Distilling Co. bronze medals for their Hat Trick Botanical Gin and Quarter Acre Sorghum Whiskey in the gin and whiskey categories. The 2014 ACDA Awards mark the first major spirits competition conducted by craft distillers for craft distillers. Over 300 spirits were entered into the competition with only a little over 100 of them receiving medals.


“The winners within the ACDA competition have achieved a great distinction for the quality of their products, and can assert with authority that, by jury of their peers, they have merited awards of unqualified excellence," said Pennfield Jensen, ACDA executive director.


At the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition held March 20-23, High Wire Distilling Co. received a bronze medal for their Hat Trick Botanical Gin. More than 1,400 spirits were judged—the largest competition in the organization’s 14 year history. Renowned cocktail professional Tony Abou-Ganim assembled a team of 39 of the world’s best spirits professionals to judge the event.


Last, the American Distilling Institute, the oldest and largest membership organization of small-batch, independently owned distilleries, awarded High Wire Distilling three awards.  Their Hat Trick Botanical Gin won a Bronze medal in the Contemporary Gin category as well as a Bronze in Excellence In Packaging. Their Quarter Acre Sorghum Whiskey also received a bronze medal for the Alternative Whiskey category.


“This is a major honor for us and something we have worked hard to accomplish in our first year,” stated Scott Blackwell, head distiller and owner of High Wire

Distilling Co. “We wanted to create a distinctive line of small batch spirits that would be different from the rest. These awards give recognition to the incredible effort we have taken to create extraordinary artisanal spirits.”


About ACDA: The American Craft Distillers Association is a Trade Association organized and operated exclusively by licensed craft distillers to promote the common business and regulatory interests of and to improve the business conditions for craft distilling in the United States. ACDA's mission as a not-for-profit Trade Association is to promote and protect craft distilling in North America. To learn more, please visit:http://www.americancraftdistillers.org/craft-spirits-judging-results.html


About the San Francisco World Spirits Competition:

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is regarded as the most respected spirits competition in the world. The Competition was the first comprehensive, international spirits judging ever held in the United States on an annual basis. Products are evaluated by top spirits professionals and are judged in a blind, consensual procedure ensuring competitive integrity and making this annual competition the most reputable and recognized competition in the spirits industry. To learn more, please visit: http://sfspiritscomp.com/.


About ADI:

The American Distilling Institute is a membership organization of small batch, independent distillers. Their mission is to disseminate essential information regarding the art and science of distilling. To learn more, please visit: http://distilling.com


About High Wire Distilling Co.:

Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, SC, High Wire Distilling Company is dedicated to making premium, handcrafted, small batch spirits including gins, rums, whiskeys and vodkas using premium, specialized ingredients. All of their products are batch distilled in a hand-hammered, German copper still to create the finest Southern spirits available.  The location is as unique as the spirits—a rustic 6,000 square foot warehouse located on Upper King Street next to Butcher & Bee. A place locals and visitors can frequent, High Wire Distilling offers tours and tastings Wednesday-Saturday from 11AM to 5PM.  The space is also available for intimate, private events for up to 100 people. Parking is available onsite. www.highwiredistilling.com




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