July is NY Distilled Spirit Month
New York State Distillers Guild Declares
July “NY Distilled Spirits Month” to Promote
Second Annual Spirits Competition and Events Across the State
For Immediate Release, June 27, New York, NY - To salute the inspiring results of the second annual NY Distilled Spirits Competition, and to recognize a variety of diverse and dynamic events taking place at farm distilleries across the state, the New York State Distillers Guild (NYSDG) has declared July “New York Distilled Spirits Month”, and invites spirits, cocktail, and farm-to-table enthusiasts to join in the celebration by attending a happening at a tasting room near them.
NYSDG partnered with the Raise a Glass Foundation to stage the spirits competition in May. The competition is a way of raising the bar of spirits being distilled in New York state, and to raise funds to support collective promotional, research, and legislative activities NYSDG executes on behalf of the state’s distillers. CLICK HERE to see complete results of the second annual competition.
This year’s Best in Show winner was Yankee Distillers Straight Wheat Whiskey, which is hosting a Fourth Anniversary party on Saturday, July 27, with exclusive releases, food, and live music. Saint Lawrence Spirits won Distillery of the Year based on the cumulative points of all of their medaling entries, and are planning an event for Wednesday, July 31, with hors d'oeuvres from Chef Christian Ives from the Saint Lawrence Spirits Château Restaurant and live entertainment by Travis Rocco.
Other events include a Brooklyn Public Library Archive “Barchive” conversation, “Moonshine, Speakeasies and Local Stills”, held at Van Brunt Distillery on Thursday, July 25, a “Moonshot Party” toasting the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Moonshine cocktails and barbeque at Buffalo Distilling on July 20, and a fundraiser for Rochester-area charity focused on children with heart disease, Mended Little Hearts, at Black Button Distillery on July 19. Additionally, Brooklyn’s Barrow’s Intense Tasting Room will feature a different NY distillery each day in July, with 10% off tastings and bottles of the products of that day’s featured distillery.
The complete calendar of NY Distilled Spirits Month events is:
NYSDG Treasurer and Marketing Committee Chair and Olde York Farm owner Louise Newsome said, “From the North Country, through the Hudson Valley, down to New York City, and out to Western New York, by hosting these coordinated events in July, New York’s farm distilleries are helping drinkers draw the connection between our guild members, New York agricultural products, and high-quality spirits.”
Craft distilleries across New York State support and contribute to the revitalization of local agriculture and New York’s inner cities. Founded in 2014, the NYSDG’s mission is to promote and advocate for the distilling industry in New York State through the collective voice of our members and to generate high quality, reputable and successful distilled spirits in New York State. In addition to great shaping pro-distillery legislation, and educating trade and consumers, NYSDG has supported the development of several regional spirits trails, developed nydistilled.com, and contributed to the success and growth of the Taste NY Program.
For Media & Press inquiries, please contact NYSDG Director Jenn Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org; 917.714.4274
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