The 2021 American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Judging of Craft Spirits took place in Louisville, Kentucky on August 23-25. More than 900 of the world’s best craft spirits from over 300 craft distilleries participated, 48 expert judges conducted blind taste tests and scored the entries.
Red River Brewery’s handcrafted Silver King Vodka was judged 2021 Best American Craft Vodka. It was awarded the 2021 Best of Class award for American Craft Vodka, the 2021 Double-Gold Medal for Craft Vodka, and the 2021 Best of Category award for Neutral Character Vodka.
The Best of Class is awarded to one spirit identified by ADI as being the best example of its class, such as Best Whiskey, Best Vodka, etc.
The Double Gold Medal is awarded to a spirit of superior quality in which every judge on the panel independently gave a score of at least 90 and for which the panel believes the spirit to be of exceptional quality for its class and category.
“We’re just thrilled to be recognized like this. This means a lot to our business, our community, and to New Mexico. I’m so proud of everyone who has worked so hard to get us here,” says owner Sharon Calhoun. Her husband and co-owner Michael Calhoun adds, “Clearly there’s something about Red River, NM that’s great for making distilled spirits, and beer, too. It starts with the water. It’s really great… clean, clear, cold mountain water. Our water source isn’t downstream from anyone.”
In addition to the top honors taken by Silver King Vodka, Bronze Medals were awarded to their Mallette Bros. Gin, Purkapile Rum, and Cabresto Cañon Agave Spirit.
All their spirits are made by hand, in small batches, using only the best ingredients and clean, cold Red River mountain water. Red River Brewing Company & Distillery, at 8750’ elevation is one of the highest elevation distilleries in the world. Try Silver King Vodka and you’ll agree it’s the best craft vodka in America!