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Best Craft Brandy Distillery (2021)

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Brandy is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to renewed interest in classic cocktail recipes. The term "brandy" refers primarily to spirits distilled from wine, and more broadly to spirits distilled from fruits (also called eau de vie). Many of these distilleries work in small batches using locally sourced ingredients, including apples, pears and other fruits grown on nearby orchards or in partnership with local wineries. 

  • Huber's Starlight Distillery

    Huber's Starlight Distillery
    Starlight, Indiana

    Located at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, Huber's Starlight Distillery uses estate-bottled wines to produce artisan European-style brandies and ports. Fresh blueberry juice is distilled into a wonderful blueberry liqueur that gets aged in red wine barrels for five to ten years, while a small-batch peach brandy is distilled from home-grown peaches.
    Photo courtesy of Huber's Starlight Distillery

  • Mastrogiannis Distillery

    Mastrogiannis Distillery
    Lakewood, WA

    Mastrogiannis Distillery in Washington offers its Baton Brandy as its first and permanent in-line signature brandy. Utilizing 100% crushed and fermented Washington Riesling grapes, the brandy is pot-distilled and aged in red wine barrels for at least two years. The additional red fruit flavors from the barrels make the Baton Brandy ready to craft great brandy cocktails or easy to drink on its own.
    Photo courtesy of ruslanshramko // Getty Images

  • Spirits of French Lick

    Spirits of French Lick
    West Baden Springs, Indiana

    Indiana’s Spirits of French Lick distillery produces three different brandies, an apple brandy, Catawba grape juice brandy and an eau-de-vie infused with Marion blackberries.
    Photo courtesy of Spirits of French Lick

  • Driftless Glen Distillery

    Driftless Glen Distillery
    Baraboo, Wisconsin

    The 5 Year Reserve Brandy from Driftless Glen Distillery in Wisconsin starts in France, where grapes are barreled and aged onsite for five years in French oak. The spirit is then brought to Wisconsin, where it’s cask-finished in bourbon barrels to add depth of flavor and color.
    Photo courtesy of Driftless Glen Distillery

  • Laird & Company

    Laird & Company
    Scobeyville, New Jersey

    Laird & Company specializes in apple spirits made from Virginia-grown, tree-ripened apples. The distillery makes several brandies, including a single cask selection, bottled-in-bond apple brandy and both aged and un-aged apple brandies.
    Photo courtesy of Laird & Company

  • Tamworth Distilling

    Tamworth Distilling
    Tamworth, N.H.

    Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire uses local grain they mill themselves, pure water from a White Mountain aquifer, local herbs, botanicals, fruits, and vegetables in their 250-gallon copper still to make some of the most unique spirits on the East Coast. Their Corpse Flower Durian Brandy is named for the durian fruit (an ingredient) and the corpse flower, which walk a fine line between florid and putrid. Head distiller Steven Grasse says that his concoction’s unique floral taste is “purely divine when properly diluted.” You’ll have to try it and decide for yourself.
    Photo courtesy of Tamworth Distilling

  • Korbel

    Korbel
    Guerneville, California

    Korbel has been producing California brandy since 1889. This award-winning spirit is made from California grapes, distilled in small batches and aged in fire-charred oak barrels to produce a golden brandy with a rich butterscotch nose and a smooth finish.
    Photo courtesy of Korbel

  • Long Road Distillers

    Long Road Distillers
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Long Road Distillers makes a small-batch brandy from fresh local apples sourced from the Fruit Ridge of West Michigan. The brandy spends nearly a year in used whiskey barrels to allow the flavors to develop and mellow.
    Photo courtesy of Long Road Distillers

  • Santa Fe Spirits

    Santa Fe Spirits
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Santa Fe Spirits takes apples from their own orchard and blends them with fruit of neighboring New Mexico orchards to produce this small-batch brandy, characterized by notes of apple peel, vanilla and cinnamon.
    Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Spirits

  • Copper & Kings

    Copper & Kings
    Louisville, Kentucky

    Copper & Kings in Louisville specializes in pot-still American brandies, distilled low and slow to maximize flavors without added flavors or colors. The Copper & Kings lineup includes three American brandies (made from distilled grapes), two apple brandies (one aged and one un-aged) and several brandies aged in craft beer and tequila barrels.
    Photo courtesy of Copper & Kings

The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Brandy Distillery are as follows: 

  1. Huber's Starlight Distillery - Starlight, Indiana
  2. Mastrogiannis Distillery - Lakewood, WA
  3. Spirits of French Lick - West Baden Springs, Indiana
  4. Driftless Glen Distillery - Baraboo, Wisconsin
  5. Laird & Company - Scobeyville, New Jersey
  6. Tamworth Distilling - Tamworth, N.H.
  7. Korbel - Guerneville, California
  8. Long Road Distillers - Grand Rapids, Michigan
  9. Santa Fe Spirits - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  10. Copper & Kings - Louisville, Kentucky

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning distilleries!

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