Eau Claire Distillery’s Parlour Gin Wins Three International Awards Including San Francisco World Spirits Silver Medal

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Canada Gin Distillery of the Year Win at Berlin International Spirits Competition

Turner Valley, Alberta – April 11, 2016 – Alberta’s original craft distillery, Eau Claire Distillery has won at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, considered to be the most influential spirits competition in the world. From more than 1,850 spirits, the largest number in the competition’s 16-year history, Parlour Gin received the Silver Medal in the gin category. The distillery has also won Canada Gin Distillery of the Year at the Berlin International Spirits Competition, where Parlour Gin was also named third overall gin internationally across 22 countries. The San Francisco World Spirits win will be included as one of top medal winners in the May 2016 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine.

One of the most reliable and universal indications of spirits excellence, a San Francisco World Spirits medal has become a recognized affirmation of high quality. The win by Eau Claire Distillery at the prestigious competition conveys Parlour Gin is among the finest spirits in the world.

“The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the most influential in the industry and winning a medal here is very meaningful,” says competition director Anthony Dias Blue. “We have the industry’s most respected experts serving as judges, and every entry is blind-tasted under highly focused conditions. There is no better way to discern quality and identify trends.”

The 39 expert judges of the 2016 competition included:

  • Tony Abou-Ganim, Master Mixologist
  • Charles Joly, named Diageo’s “Best Bartender in the World”
  • David Wondrich, Spirits Writer
  • Anthony Dias Blue, Lifestyle Writer, Editor, and Publisher
  • Charlotte Voisey, Director of Brand Advocacy for Wm. Grant and Sons
  • Dale DeGroff, Master Mixologist

“We are clearly producing something very special to be recognized at this level on the world stage,” says Eau Claire Distillery President and Founder, David Farran. “It is a testament to Alberta barley that is the foundation of Parlour Gin, to the terroir of the Alberta foothills, and the importance we place on farm-to-glass production. I hope Alberta is proud that one of its own has won such a prestigious international award as the World Spirits Competition.”

Already a 2015 American Distilling Institute Award winner, Parlour Gin, is a medium gin that derives its flavourful characteristics from Eau Claire Distillery’s unique distillation technique. A recipe of natural botanicals is used to enhance the juniper berry induced dryness and to give it a special exotic nose of flowery essence, Saskatoon berries, rosehips and traditional London Dry style spices.

Produced and bottled in the building that once housed Turner Valley’s only movie theatre, Parlour Gin like all Eau Claire spirits, is handcrafted in small batches; its distinguishing character a testament to the traditional artisanal methods and ‘farm-to-glass’ philosophy practised by Eau Claire. Parlour Gin’s name reflects the great history of prohibition-era gin parlours in Turner Valley and throughout the world.

“For some time, we were receiving wonderful feedback from customers in Alberta and we thought it would be fun to see where we stood on the world stage,” explains Farran about entering the competitions. “I’m sure glad we did, as we’re now the Canada Gin Distillery of the Year.”

A silver medallion from the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition will be added to bottles of Parlour Gin in the coming weeks.

As well as Parlour Gin, Eau Claire Distillery produces Three Point Vodka; itself an Alberta Beverage Award winner, and Spring Equinox, a citrus-like clear spirit distilled from prickly pear cactus.  All three can be found in liquor stores across Alberta, and are served in select restaurants and bars, as well as at the distillery’s on-site tasting room.

Alberta’s first craft single malt whisky is currently maturing in barrels at Eau Claire Distillery and will be reflective of the same exceptional quality of all the brand’s products.

For further information, please visit eauclairedistillery.ca.

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About Eau Claire Distillery
Devoted to hand-crafted, artisanal and fine sipping spirits, Eau Claire Distillery is Alberta’s original craft distillery located in Turner Valley on the touristic Cowboy Trail, not far from Calgary. Made using ingredients harvested from farms in Southern Alberta, Eau Claire Distillery’s Parlour Gin and Three Point Vodka have set the bar to be included among Canada’s most premium spirits. Housed in a 1929 converted movie theatre building, the distillery’s visitor centre and tasting room is open for public tours as well as available for private events. Find out more at eauclairedistillery.ca @eauclairecraft

About San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Since its introduction in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world. Emphasizing integrity and impartiality, the SFWSC takes great pride in ensuring that all entries are treated with equal care and consideration by our panels of carefully selected spirits-industry experts. The 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was conducted March 17th through 20th at the Hotel Nikko in Downtown San Francisco.

An SFWSC medal has come to be the most reliable indication of spirits excellence, and spirits recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are understood around the world by both the trade and consumers to be the best the industry has to offer.

About Berlin International Spirits Competition
The Berlin International Spirits Competition is the first major international spirits competition with trade only judges comprised of buyers from the top retail stores, restaurant owners, cocktail bars, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers. In 2016, its third annual year, trade buyers from more than seven countries in Europe judged the spirits in a blind taste test by their category and actual price.

The Berlin International Spirits Competition is part of the International Beverage Competition Group, which also includes the New York International Spirits Competition and the Melbourne International Spirits Competition. The International Beverage Competition Group was founded by Adam Levy, the Alcohol Professor.

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