The 17th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) took place April 20th through April 23rd. This year’s competition was the biggest in its history featuring more than 2,100 entries. A SFWSC medal has become a recognized affirmation of high quality and one of the most reliable and universal indications of spirits excellence.
New Holland submitted two spirits, achieving high marks for both. Knickerbocker Gin took home a double gold medal in its category, followed by Beer Barrel Bourbon, which was awarded a Gold Medal in its category.
“We are thrilled to receive such a great response from the judges in San Francisco,” stated Brett VanderKamp, President and co-founder of New Holland. “This competition is held in such high regard by drinkers and distillers alike.”
Knickerbocker Gin is infused with more than a dozen herbs and spices, and has been a staple for New Holland since the initial release in 2008. “This gin is so balanced and approachable,” says Ryan Cioffi, who runs the gin program at The Knickerbocker facility in Grand Rapids. “If you don’t like gin, you have not tried Knickerbocker Gin.”
Beer Barrel Bourbon is aged in new American Oak before being finished in beer casks. It was first released in 2012, and quickly became the most popular spirit made by New Holland. “Finishing in a beer barrel, especially a beer as special as Dragon’s Milk, makes our Bourbon unique to us,” says Shaun McLarty, Head Distiller at the Holland location, who manages the whiskey program. “The rich malt sweetness found in our Bourbon is simply amazing.”
New Holland Spirits awards:
Double Gold Medal: Knickerbocker Gin
Gold Medal: Beer Barrel Bourbon
Double Gold: Awarded to the very few entries that receive a Gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel; among the finest products in the world.
Gold: An exceptional spirit that is near the pinnacle of achievement; sets the standard for its category.
New Holland Spirits has proudly distilled spirits since 2005.