Big Win for Utah-Made Bourbon Whiskey

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Sugar House Distillery’s Bourbon Whiskey won two highly coveted Gold Medals at the 2016 American Distilling Institute (ADI) annual conference in San Diego, CA

“We take so much time and care to make all of our products from grain to glass right here at our distillery in Utah, so it’s an absolute honor to win in two very competitive categories.”

Sugar House Distillery’s Bourbon Whiskey won two highly coveted Gold Medals at the 2016 American Distilling Institute (ADI) annual conference in San Diego, CA earlier this month. Judges awarded the Utah-made whiskey “Best Bourbon” and “Best of Category” for their Certified Craft Distilled Bourbon, a designation recognizing artisan spirits made by independently-owned distilleries where the product is physically distilled and bottled on-site and which sell fewer than 100,000 proof gallons annually. Sugar House Distillery also won a Bronze Medal for their Silver Rum, a Certified Craft Distilled white rum made from Grade A Molasses.

“We’re very pleased to have this kind of recognition for our bourbon,” says Sugar House Distillery owner James Fowler. “We take so much time and care to make all of our products from grain to glass right here at our distillery in Utah, so it’s an absolute honor to win in two very competitive categories.” Fowler estimates that over 350 bourbons entered this year’s competition, and a committee of twenty-three experts independently judged all spirits. “They’re a jury of our distilling industry peers, so that means a lot to us,” says Fowler.

In operation since 2013, Sugar House Distillery makes vodka, silver and gold (aged) rum, a malt whiskey and their award-winning bourbon. All of their products are fermented, distilled and bottled on-site with no artificial colors or flavorings added, and their vodka and whiskies are made from regionally sourced grain. Within the liquor industry, many companies purchase their base spirits from large distilling conglomerates in the Midwest and then flavor or merely rebottle their products in other states, a practice that Sugar House Distillery eschews in order to specifically control the ingredients, high quality and flavor of their products from start to finish. Says lead distiller Eric Robinson, “you can change the flavor profile of spirits at so many points in the process; depending on the grains in your mash bill, the yeast strain you pick for fermentation, and the type of still you use.” Sugar House Bourbon Whiskey is available in fifteen Utah State Liquor stores, and all of their spirits are sold at the distillery’s licensed package store on site. The South Salt Lake City-based company welcomes tours and tasting of all their products at the distillery, though visitors must be over 21 years of age and must register in advance for a tour via their website: http://www.sugarhousedistillery.net/distillery-tours/

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