Indiana distilleries earn medals in competition sponsored by Indiana Corn Marketing Council

Three Rivers Distillery’s Early Bourbon Claims Indiana’s Top Craft Whiskey at the 2017 Heartland Whiskey Competition
CHICAGO, Ill. (MAY 25, 2017) – In a blind judging supervised by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) last week in Chicago, Three Rivers Distillery’s Early Bourbon was judged Indiana’s top craft whiskey. The competition, sponsored in part by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, drew more than 75 whiskey entries from 10 states. 
The day-long competition required judges to evaluate each spirit within its appropriate category (bourbon, corn whiskey, etc.). Top state medals were awarded to those achieving the highest scores in their respective states, regardless of category.
“Competition entries exceeded our expectations by quite a bit so medalists persevered from a large pool,” stated Margie A.S. Lehrman, executive director of ACSA. “Today, each of these states has a group of craft spirits distillers that produce high-quality whiskey, so claiming best of state is a significant achievement.” The competition was limited to spirits that use corn as an ingredient in the distillation process.
It was a strong showing for several Indiana distilleries. Huber’s in Starlight won four total medals including a gold. 12.05 Distillery in Indianapolis picked up a silver and bronze medal. Hotel Tango, also in Indianapolis, earned a silver medal. Three Rivers in Fort Wayne added a bronze to the gold medal that also won “State’s Best.” 
The competition was underwritten by several state corn marketing associations. 
“Our goal was to send a message that corn is used in a diverse range of products and our industry supports those who support us,” stated Lauren Taylor, ICMC communications program manager. “We are pleased that Indiana performed well at the competition.” 
“ACSA thanks the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the other corn groups for supporting our burgeoning industry and the small businesses that compose it,” Lehrman added. “Our members’ products are made from grain, largely from the states in which they manufacture, and oftentimes our producers have personal relationships with the farmers planting the seeds. High quality ingredients, with a bit of ingenuity from the producers, result in stellar spirits. We greatly appreciate the interest and support from groups like Indiana Corn.”

HeartlandFest_Indiana.jpgChris Montana (American Craft Spirits Association Board Member), Travis Kraick (Three Rivers Distilling Company), Lauren Taylor (Indiana Corn Marketing Council), Don Duvall (Illinois Corn Marketing Board Director) 

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About ICMC: 
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting farmer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
About ACSA: The American Craft Spirits Association is the only registered non-profit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. Its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers, and membership in ACSA is open to anyone.
ACSA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the eligible voting members of the Association. Voting members must be independent licensed distillers (DSPs) annually removing fewer than 750,000 proof gallons from bond (the amount on which a Federal Excise Tax is paid.) For information about ACSA, call 202-669-3661.
This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.