Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peach Street: good at making booze

Peach Street Distillers, the sister company of Ska Brewing Co., dominated the awards at the Craft Distillers Conference in Portland, Ore., earlier this month.

Peach Street ran away with the Fruit Spirits category, piling up five gold medal wins — including three best in category awards — and one bronze medal. Peach Street took more medals overall than any other single distillery, the company said in a news release.

“This is truly humbling, and I’m not easily humbled,” said Peach Street Co-Founder Rory Donovan. “But really the credit should go to our phenomenal head distiller, Davy Lindig.”

Donovan owns Peach Street with Ska co-founders Bill Graham and Dave Thibodeau.

Blind tastings were performed by two distinguished panels, one for fruit spirits and one for whiskies. Judging took 19 hours over two long days to determine the medals. Results can be found online at www.distilling.com/cover5.html.

According to Andrew Faulkner, Judging Director for the American Distilling Institute, the quality of the judging panel is one of this competition’s distinguishing features. “[The judges] delighted everyone involved … with their passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of spirits,” said Faulkner. “A medal from this knowledgeable panel was truly earned. To a distiller, acknowledgement from a panel like this is satisfying not only professionally but also personally—to see your peers recognize your work.

“Peach Street took a gold medal in almost every category they entered," Faulkner said. "It was exciting to see one distillery reach excellence in so many categories."

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