Best Craft Gin Distillery (2019)


Gin gets its name from "Genievre," the French word for juniper. This globally popular spirit begins with a neutral base spirit distilled with an array of botanicals–not just juniper berries these days–to give it its distinct aroma and flavor profile.

  • Great Women Spirits

    Great Women Spirits
    Geyserville, Calif.

    Ada Lovelace Gin takes inspiration from the daughter of Lord Byron, recognized as one of the world’s first computer programmers. This dry English-style gin features 10 botanicals, many grown on the Coppola family wine estates of Napa and Sonoma.
    Photo courtesy of Great Women Spirits

  • Long Road Distillers

    Long Road Distillers
    Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Gin lovers will find three varieties on offer from Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids, including a Dry Gin crafted with six botanicals perfect for mixing. Long Road MICHIGIN, a seasonal release, is made from ingredients sourced exclusively from Michigan, like red winter wheat and Beaver Island juniper.
    Photo courtesy of Long Road Distillers

  • Freeland Spirits

    Freeland Spirits
    Portland, Ore.

    Freeland Spirits crafts their gin in small batches using both vacuum and heat distillation to infuse the spirit with the flavors of Pacific Northwest ingredients, like rosemary, mint, fresh cucumber, citrus peel, pink peppercorn and star anise.
    Photo courtesy of Freeland Spirits

  • Santa Fe Spirits

    Santa Fe Spirits
    Santa Fe

    It took over two years for the folks at Santa Fe Spirits in Santa Fe, New Mexico to perfect their Wheeler's Gin. The resulting spirit, made with the best desert botanicals, exhibits an aroma of fruit and spice with flavors of cucumber, sweet nectar and a light perfume.
    Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Spirits

  • Griffo Distillery

    Griffo Distillery
    Petaluma, Calif.

    The London-style Scott Street Gin from California’s Griffo Distillery is blended with botanicals in a pot still for a single distillation. Ingredients include wild-grown juniper, Meyer lemons, grains of paradise, coriander and water from the Russian River Valley.
    Photo courtesy of Michael Woolsey / Griffo Distillery

  • Durham Distillery

    Durham Distillery
    Durham, N.C.

    Durham Distillery crafts their small-batch Conniption Gins in a custom-designed German copper pot still. Botanicals are individually vacuum-distilled to maximize their flavor. Conniption American Dry Gin exhibits floral notes of cucumber, honeysuckle and citrus, while the Navy Strength Gin is made with botanicals like Indian coriander, cardamom, rosemary, caraway, citrus and fig.
    Photo courtesy of Felicia Perry Photography / Durham Distillery

  • Boot Hill Distillery

    Boot Hill Distillery
    Dodge City, Kansas

    Boot Hill Distillery crafts a New Western-style dry gin, vapor-distilled in small, 100-gallon batches. Botanicals like juniper, coriander, bitter orange peel, angelica, orris, licorice, chamomile and sarsaparilla give the finished product bright juniper and floral notes, as well as a soft sweetness.
    Photo courtesy of Boot Hill Distillery

  • Spirit Works Distillery

    Spirit Works Distillery
    Sebastopol, Calif.

    Northern California-based Spirit Works Distillery crafts grain-to-glass spirits made from California-grown organic red winter wheat. This slightly sweet base spirit gets combined with juniper berries and fresh California botanicals to create their flagship gin. The Barrel Gin spends several months in new American white oak, while the Sloe Gin and Barrel Reserve Sloe Gin are made by steeping sloe berries in gin.
    Photo courtesy of Spirit Works Distillery

  • Alpine Distilling

    Alpine Distilling
    Park City, Utah

    Alpine Distilling’s Summit Gin is distilled in a handmade Detroit still using vapor extraction to yield a balanced gin perfect for both sipping or mixing. The botanical spread includes juniper berry, coriander seed, angelica root, ginger, cardamom and citrus peel.
    Photo courtesy of Alpine Distilling

  • Port Chilkoot Distillery

    Port Chilkoot Distillery
    Haines, Alaska

    50 Fathoms Gin, a London dry-style gin from Port Chilkoot Distillery in Alaska, is made with hand-harvested local spruce tips, whole juniper berries, cinnamon and coriander, as well as tangerines grown at a family orchard in California.
    Photo courtesy of Port Chilkoot Distillery

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

  1. Great Women Spirits - Geyserville, Calif.
  2. Long Road Distillers - Grand Rapids, Mich.
  3. Freeland Spirits - Portland, Ore.
  4. Santa Fe Spirits - Santa Fe
  5. Griffo Distillery - Petaluma, Calif.
  6. Durham Distillery - Durham, N.C.
  7. Boot Hill Distillery - Dodge City, Kansas
  8. Spirit Works Distillery - Sebastopol, Calif.
  9. Alpine Distilling - Park City, Utah
  10. Port Chilkoot Distillery - Haines, Alaska

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning distilleries!

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