Minnesota's craft brewers were big winners at some national awards last week, and this week has seen Minnesota's craft distillers emulate them.
No fewer than eight Minnesota distilleries were lauded at the American Craft Spirit Association awards, which was held at the group's annual conference, fittingly, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.
The big winners from Minnesota was Northeast Minneapolis' Tattersall Distilling, which won an impressive 15 medals including two golds.
It won golds for its Barreled Rum, for which it was also named Best in Class, along with a gold for its Bitter Orange Liquor.
It then won 13 bronze medals for drinks including its Vodka, Straight Rye Whiskey, Gin, Blackstrap Rum, Amaro, Grapefruit Crema, and Lime Crema.
Another best in show came from J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, whose Apple Brandy was named the best brandy.
Also winning big was Northfield's Loon Liquor Co., which won five bronze medals for its Lac Couer ginger, blueberry, and coffee liquors, its Wheaton Barley, and its Loonshine.
Other winners from Minnesota include 11 Wells Spirits Company, of St. Paul, which won silvers for its Barrel Aged Boiler Room Rum and Allspice Liquor; Vikre Distillery, of Duluth, which won bronze for its Lake Superior Vodka; Far North Spirits, of Hallock, which won silver for its Roknar Minnesota Rye Whiskey.
Rounding out the Minnesota winners was RockFilter Distillery in Spring Grove, which won silvers for its Organic Barrel Roll Rye Whiskey and bronze for Dessa's Time & Distance Organic Bourbon Whiskey.
The competition saw more than 500 distillers enter from 38 states, with each liquor judged on a score of 0-100, with gold medals given for liquors scoring 90 or more.
You can find a full list of winners here.