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Ballast Point Spirits Earns Top Awards for Whiskey, Aged Rum

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

San Diego company wins Best of Class for whiskey, two Best in Category prizes at American Distilling Institute Conference in Colorado

April 10, 2013 (San Diego, CA) –Ballast Point Spirits has again been recognized as one of the top craft distillers in America, including winning the top honor, Best of Class, for its Devil’s Share Single Malt Whiskey at the 7th Annual American Distilling Institute Conference in Denver, CO.

Devil’s Share Single Malt Whiskey also earned a gold medal and was awarded Best of Category for straight malt whiskey for the second year in a row. Three Sheets Barrel Aged Rum also received a Best in Category distinction, with a silver medal in the Amber Rum category.

“For our whiskey to be honored as best of class among all whiskeys is incredibly humbling,” said Jack White, Ballast Point CEO and Founder, “We start by making what we like to drink, and we are thrilled that others enjoy it as well.”

Ballast Point—World Beer Cup’s Small Brewery of the Year in 2010—is already well known for its award-winning beers, and they have found similar success with their line of craft spirits.

“For us, distilling is a very similar endeavor to brewing, and we take both equally seriously,” explained Yuseff Cherney, Ballast Point COO/Head Brewer and Distiller. “It’s very rewarding to be recognized for that dedication.”

Ballast Point is scheduled to release its long-awaited Devil’s Share Whiskey in late spring, along with Devil’s Share Small Batch Bourbon and Devil’s Share California Moonshine. Three Sheets Barrel-Aged Rum is currently available at area retailers, as well as Three Sheets White Rum, Old Grove Gin and Fugu Vodka.

The American Distilling Institute was founded in 2003 to promote the craft distilling renaissance. Today the group counts 240 members. Award winners represent the best of America’s craft distilleries—artisans who are making excellent products that enhance the authenticity and heritage of the communities in which they thrive.

About Ballast Point

What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the adventurers known as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating a breakthrough gold-medal winning IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there’s a better way. Today an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing and spirits industry, the company makes over 40 styles of beer and bottles six spirits. For more information, visit

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