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Best Craft Gin Distillery (2022)

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Gin gets its name from "Genievre," the French word for juniper. This spirit, popular worldwide, begins with a neutral base spirit distilled with an array of botanicals (no longer just juniper berries) to give it its distinct aroma and flavor profile. Many of these distilleries work in small batches using locally-sourced ingredients, some are family-owned, and most distill their base spirits using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. All take pride in crafting unique gins worthy of sipping as well as mixing into a classic gin and tonic.

  • Revivalist Botanical Gins

    Revivalist Botanical Gins
    Elverson, Pennsylvania

    Housed in what they affectionately have nicknamed the "Hippie Barn," the Revivalists are shaking things up with their award-winning gin. The philosophy behind their dry, juniper-forward gins is "is rooted in radical curiosity, bold experimentation, and love for one-of-a-kind experiences.
    Photo courtesy of Revivalist Botanical Gins

  • Gray Whale Gin

    Gray Whale Gin
    Sebastopol, California

    Gray Whale Gin begins with a six-times distilled corn spirit, infused with organic-farmed and wild-foraged botanicals in the potstill or a vapor basket. The spirit then undergoes a seven-step botanical distillation. One percent of sales go toward environmental causes.
    Photo courtesy of Gray Whale Gin

  • Barr Hill

    Barr Hill
    Montpelier, Vermont

    Barr Hill Gin, craft distilled by Caledonia Spirits, uses pure grain spirits infused with juniper berry and raw northern honey, added just before bottling to impart a subtle floral quality. Tom Cat Gin gets barrel-aged for four to six months in new charred American oak to give it whiskey-like notes.
    Photo courtesy of Caledonia Spirits

  • McClintock Distilling

    McClintock Distilling
    Frederick, Maryland

    Gin enthusiasts have three varieties to choose from at McClintock Distilling. The botanical-forward Forager Gin is vapor-infused with ingredients inspired by the Appalachian wilderness. The bright and light Gardener’s Gin is made with citrus peel, lavender, cucumber and hibiscus, and rests in Madeira wine casks. Sipping-style McClintock’s Reserve rests in XO cognac casks imported from France.
    Photo courtesy of McClintock Distilling

  • Limestone Branch

    Limestone Branch
    Lebanon, Kentucky

    Created at the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky, Bowling & Burch is a small-batch gin made with a combination of agriculture and experimentation. Nineteen different botanicals, many grown at the distillery, are blended to produce this high-quality gin. With herbal notes of rosemary, thyme, and a variety of citrus, plus other botanicals such as honeysuckle and lemon verbena, this botanical blend has been called “a garden party in a glass.”
    Photo courtesy of Limestone Branch

  • Young & Yonder

    Young & Yonder
    Healdsburg, California

    Young and Yonder’s family-owned and operated distillery in the heart of Sonoma County, California, offers a modern craft gin they call H.O.B.S., or Harbor of Broken Souls. With its balance of citrus, floral elements, and rich juniper, its name pays tribute to the long-standing connection between gin and its role in naval history. The gin is handcrafted with the finest ingredients and includes non-GMO corn and 4x filtered water.
    Photo courtesy of Sarah Fiske

  • 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 Sara Sergent

  • A. Smith Bowman Distillery

    A. Smith Bowman Distillery
    Fredericksburg, Virginia

    A. Smith Bowman Distillery has produced hand-crafted spirits in Fredericksburg, Virginia, since 1935. 10Best Expert Ziggy Eschliman raves, "This place is super epic. The oldest distillery in Virginia, and it's still a craft distillery. Their gin selections are so good!" The Sweet Spice gin, which features nutmeg, is perfect for winter cocktails, while Citrus Supreme is sure to be a summer favorite.
    Photo courtesy of fortyforks // Getty Images

  • Du Nord Social Spirits

    Du Nord Social Spirits
    Minneapolis, Minnesota


    Du Nord is more than just a spirits company distilling great booze. While our experts specifically chose to highlight Du Nord's Prominence Gin as outstanding, we also consider Du Nord's philanthropic efforts worth noting. Following the murder of George Floyd and amid the stress of the pandemic, the founders of Du Nord created the Du Nord Foundation to help provide relief for those in need and invest in entrepreneurs and business leaders of color. Simply put Du Nord believes its mission is to make "real good booze that does real good."
    Photo courtesy of Ken Friberg

  • Sipsong Spirits

    Sipsong Spirits
    Windsor, California

    Indira Gin from Sipsong Spirits is made with a combination of 13 botanicals and a grape spirit, distilled in a copper Arnold Holstein pot still. The resulting spirit has juniper and lime on the nose, with notes of juniper, coriander, lavender, lime and pink peppercorn.
    Photo courtesy of Sipsong Spirits

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

  1. Revivalist Botanical Gins - Elverson, Pennsylvania
  2. Gray Whale Gin - Sebastopol, California
  3. Barr Hill - Montpelier, Vermont
  4. McClintock Distilling - Frederick, Maryland
  5. Limestone Branch - Lebanon, Kentucky
  6. Young & Yonder - Healdsburg, California
  7. Alpine Distilling - Park City, Utah
  8. A. Smith Bowman Distillery - Fredericksburg, Virginia
  9. Du Nord Social Spirits - Minneapolis, Minnesota
  10. Sipsong Spirits - Windsor, California

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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10Best Editors

10Best Editors

10Best Editors

Marla Cimini

Marla Cimini

Marla Cimini

Melanie Reffes

Melanie Reffes

Melanie Reffes

Ziggy Eschliman

Ziggy Eschliman

Ziggy Eschliman

Dennis Malcolm "Ale" Sharpton

Dennis Malcolm "Ale" Sharpton

Dennis Malcolm "Ale" Sharpton

Dynie Sanderson

Dynie Sanderson

Dynie Sanderson

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith

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