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Best Craft Whiskey Distillery (2021)

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The American craft whiskey scene has really come into its own over the past few years, expanding beyond the traditional Tennessee and Kentucky bourbons to include ryes, single malts, blends and white whiskeys made with a combination of old-world and new-school techniques.

  • Ironroot Republic

    Ironroot Republic
    Denison, Texas

    Ironroot Republic mashes, ferments, distills, ages and bottles all their spirits in Denison, Texas for a true grain-to-glass experience. The lineup includes three whiskeys – two straight bourbons and a limited release straight corn whiskey.
    Photo courtesy of Ironroot Republic

  • Limestone Branch

    Limestone Branch
    Lebanon, Kentucky

    The award-winning family of whiskeys from Limestone Branch Distillery in Kentucky includes Yellowstone Select (a straight blended bourbon), Yellowstone Limited Edition (another blended bourbon used the best of Limestone Branch’s own stock) and Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey finished in sherry casks.
    Photo courtesy of Limestone Branch

  • Breckenridge Distillery

    Breckenridge Distillery
    Breckenridge, CO

    Founded in 2008, the Breckenridge Distillery is known as the “World’s Highest Distillery.” Their top brand is their blended bourbon whiskey, a high-rye mash American-style whiskey, aged three years or more in charred, American-oak barrels. This whiskey provides aromas of butterscotch and candied orange, with flavors of brown sugar, vanilla, and white pepper.
    Photo courtesy of MarianVejcik // Getty Images

  • Belfour Spirits

    Belfour Spirits
    Dallas, Texas

    Hockey legend Ed Belfour has turned to whiskey making through Belfour Spirits. These small-batch spirits include a rye whiskey, bourbon whiskey finished with Texas pecan wood and a limited edition straight rye whiskey.
    Photo courtesy of Belfour Spirits

  • Wigle Whiskey Distillery

    Wigle Whiskey Distillery
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    American whiskey was born in Western Pennsylvania, and Wigle Distillery, which opened in 2011, is named for Phillip Wigle, a pioneering Colonial distiller. Today, this distillery uses regional organic corn, wheat, and malted barley milled on-site in the first distillery in Pittsburgh since Prohibition. They ferment and pot-distill all of their products at the family-owned distillery, including a variety of specialty and barrel-finish whiskies, plus lines of Pennsylvania ryes and bourbons.
    Photo courtesy of Wigle Whiskey Distillery

  • Wyoming Whiskey

    Wyoming Whiskey
    Kirby, WY

    The Mead family established themselves in Wyoming as ranchers in 1890 and have branched into sourcing local ingredients and producing the “Whiskey of the West.” Some of their most popular beverages include a Small-Batch Bourbon with hints of caramel and vanilla; a Single-Barrel Bourbon with impressions of butter crème and candied orange peel; and the aromatic and spicy Barrel Strength Bourbon Whiskey which reminds the drinker of fudge and anise.
    Photo courtesy of Wyoming Whiskey

  • Traverse City Whiskey Co.

    Traverse City Whiskey Co.
    Traverse City, Mich.

    Traverse City Whiskey Co. makes five grain-to-bottle whiskeys, including a straight bourbon, barrel proof bourbon, rye and a port barrel finished whiskey. One of the more unique offerings is the American Cherry Edition, a whiskey steeped with Montmorency cherries grown on the distillery’s own family farm.
    Photo courtesy of Traverse City Whiskey Co.

  • Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

    Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
    Galena, Illinois

    Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. was founded in 2013 by two brothers who bonded with each other over whiskey. The lineup includes a straight bourbon, straight rye, cask-strength bourbon and a series of limited edition reserve whiskeys.
    Photo courtesy of Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

  • Redwood Empire Whiskey

    Redwood Empire Whiskey
    Graton, California

    The cool climate of the Northern California Coast allow for slow extraction of flavor in aging barrels, a process that Redwood Empire Whiskey takes full advantage of when crafting their lineup. Pipe Dream is a bourbon named after the 14th tallest tree on the planet, while Emerald Giant is a rye named after the fastest growing Redwood. Lost Monarch, named after the largest coastal Redwood, is a blended bourbon-rye whiskey with a balance of sweetness and spice.
    Photo courtesy of Redwood Empire Whiskey

  • Treaty Oak Distilling

    Treaty Oak Distilling
    Dripping Springs, Texas

    Treaty Oak in Texas makes three different whiskeys. Red Handed Bourbon takes Kentucky bourbon from Heaven Hill Distillery in Kentucky and ages it for two years. Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon is mashed, fermented and distilled on-site using local heirloom grains. Schenley Reserve Rye is sourced from Canada and aged for 10 years before hitting the bottle at 100 proof.
    Photo courtesy of Treaty Oak Distilling

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

  1. Ironroot Republic - Denison, Texas
  2. Limestone Branch - Lebanon, Kentucky
  3. Breckenridge Distillery - Breckenridge, CO
  4. Belfour Spirits - Dallas, Texas
  5. Wigle Whiskey Distillery - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  6. Wyoming Whiskey - Kirby, WY
  7. Traverse City Whiskey Co. - Traverse City, Mich.
  8. Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. - Galena, Illinois
  9. Redwood Empire Whiskey - Graton, California
  10. Treaty Oak Distilling - Dripping Springs, Texas

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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