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Ballast Point Spirits Recognized as One of the Nation’s Best Artisanal Distillers

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

San Diego company wins top prizes for whiskey, rum and bourbon at American Distilling Institute Conference in Kentucky

April 4, 2012 (San Diego, CA) – Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits has been recognized as one of the top craft distillers in America, winning three medals and two Best of Category awards at the 9th Annual American Distilling Institute Conference in Louisville, KY.

Devil’s Share Single Malt Whiskey won a gold medal and was recognized as Best of Category for straight malt whiskey. Three Sheets White Rum earned Best of Category for clear rums along with a silver medal. And Devil’s Share Bourbon was awarded a silver medal in the straight bourbon category.

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 natural extension from brewing,” said Jack White, Ballast Point CEO and Founder, “And just like we do with our beers, we want to add our own style to the centuries old craft of distilling.”

“With our spirits, we try to balance tradition and originality,” explained Yuseff Cherney, Ballast Point Head Brewer and Distiller. “Being recognized here, in Kentucky, by people who have been doing this for generations means the world to us.”

The American Distilling Institute was founded in 2003 to promote the craft distilling renaissance. Today the group counts 240 members. The conference included hands-on workshops and tours of the Kentucky Bourbon Distillery and Maker’s Mark, culminating in the awards banquet on Tuesday evening. 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 five spirits. For more information, visit

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