Durham Distillery, Caledonia Spirits, Philadelphia Distilling and Trailhead Spirits Distillery also winners
Gin, a spirit made from neutral spirits or other base spirits, gets its name from the word "Genievre," French for "juniper." While juniper berries often take center stage in the flavor profile of gin, modern-day distilleries are adding a host of supporting botanicals to create complex and varied spirits, perfect for crafting a classic gin and tonic.
10Best recruited a panel of spirits experts to help us nominate the best craft gin distilleries in the nation, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites. Many of these distilleries work in small batches using locally-sourced ingredients. Many are family-owned. Many painstakingly distill their spirits using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. All take pride in crafting unique gins that are far from run-of-the-mill.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Gin Distillery are as follows:
- St. Augustine Distillery - St. Augustine, Fla.
- Durham Distillery - Durham, N.C.
- Caledonia Spirits - Hardwick, Vt.
- Philadelphia Distilling - Philadelphia
- Trailhead Spirits Distillery - Billings, Mont.
- Tamworth Distilling - Tamworth, N.H.
- Spirit Works Distillery - Sebastopol, Calif.
- Captive Spirits Distilling - Seattle
- Martin Ryan Distilling Co. - Portland, Ore.
- 3 Badge Mixology - Sonoma, Calif.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Emily Arden Wells (Gastronomista), Brian Christensen (Artisan Spirit Magazine), Erik Holzherr (Wisdom), Laura Johnson (Distillerista)m Arthur Shapiro (Booze Business) and Olivier Ward (Gin Foundry) were chosen based on their expertise in the American craft spirits industry.
Additional nominated distilleries included Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Death's Door Spirits, Distillery No. 209, FEW Spirits, Greenhook Ginsmiths, House Spirits Distillery, Leopold Bros., New Holland Artisan Spirits, New York Distilling Company and St. George Spirits.
Congratulations to all our winning craft distilleries!
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