Eau Claire Distillery’s Parlour Gin and Prickly Pear EquineOx Win International Awards Including San Francisco World Spirits Gold Medal
Alberta craft spirits maker, Eau Claire Distillery grabs U.S. Sip Awards title – 2017 Consumer Choice Award, adding to growing international medal count
Turner Valley, Alberta – June 13, 2017 – Alberta’s original craft distillery, Eau Claire Distillery has won five prestigious awards.
Eau Claire Distillery was honoured at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, considered to be the most influential spirits competition in the world. From more than 2,252 spirits, the largest number in the competition’s 17-year history, Prickly Pear EquineOx received the Gold Medal in the flavoured Vodka category, while Parlour Gin received the Bronze Medal in the Gin category. This year’s competition experienced some of the most significant growth in the Gin category, which this year brought in 268 entries, up from 197 in 2016, and 136 in 2015.
The distillery’s internationally acclaimed spirits were also recognized at the 2017 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards, where Parlour Gin was awarded one of two Consumer Choice Awards out of the 45+ gins in the Gin category and a Best in Class – Platinum award. Prickly Pear EquineOx won Silver in the infused/flavoured Vodka category. The SIP Awards, are a unique and internationally respected blind tasting competition with over 673 spirit brands and 118 member Consumer Judging Panel.
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 that Prickly Pear EquineOx and Parlour Gin are among the finest spirits in the world. This is Parlour Gin’s second successful year in the San Francisco medal count. The 43 judges of the 2017 Competition were established spirits-industry experts, including:
- Anthony Dias Blue, Editor-In-Chief of The Tasting Panel, The SOMM Journal and The Clever Root, Los Angeles.
- Tony Abou-Ganim, Master Mixologist, “The Master Mixologist” Beverage Consultant and Educator, Las Vegas.
- David Wondrich, Spirits Writer, Author and Cocktail Historian, New York
- Julie Reiner, Co-Owner & Mixologist, Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club, New York.
- Jeffery Moregenthaler, Bar Manager & Founder of Clyde Common at Portland’s Ace Hotel, America’s Bartender of the Year and the country’s Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer at the 2016 Spirited Awards, Portland.
“Winning the Consumer Choice award is the greatest honour, because it is an honest reflection of customer taste, with no pre-conceived notions or biases,” says Eau Claire Distillery President and Founder, David Farran. “We have invested heavily in quality and taste – I am thrilled that an Alberta product continues to win prestigious international recognition, year upon year. We’ll share this one with the barley farmers of Alberta!”
The SIP Awards is unique in its extensive screening and security measures which ensure the Judging Panel is comprised purely of every‐day spirit consumers, without influence from the spirit industry. Key elements include presentation of unmarked, temperature controlled, undiluted samples, each precision poured in its own eat glass, vessels scientifically designed to amplify the tasting experience. Winning a SIP Award is a critical milestone that signifies to the market that the most discerning and unbiased group, who eventually vote with their wallets, have pre‐selected their favorites.
Prickly Pear EquineOx is a sweet, barley based, alternative to gin or vodka that can be served on ice, with soda water and mint, or as a complement to a cocktail like a Moscow Mule. Creatively distilled from Prickly Pear cactus like those that grow in Southern Alberta, it was designed to be a refreshing patio drink, and is a must-have for any liquor cabinet during barbecue season.
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.
As well as Parlour Gin and Prickly Pear EquineOx, Eau Claire Distillery produces Three Point Vodka; itself an Alberta Beverage Award winner. 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.
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 Rocky Mountain water and ingredients harvested from farms in Southern Alberta, Eau Claire Distillery’s Parlour Gin, Prickly Pear EquineOx 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 are open for public tours as well as available for private events. Find out more at eauclairedistillery.ca and @eauclairecraft.
About San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Founded in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is America’s most respected and influential international spirits event. Products are evaluated in a blind, consensual procedure ensuring the SFWSC maintains its reputation for the highest level of integrity. Winning participants receive the awards of double gold, gold, silver or bronze, marking their product as one of the highest quality in the world. 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. www.sfspiritscomp.com
About SIP Awards
The SIP Awards provides a unique judging competition for spirit brands to gain exposure, feedback, and recognition from unbiased consumers. As the only blind tasting competition of its kind, the SIP Awards offer a fair platform for top brands to showcase their products to their most discerning audience. To learn more about the SIP Awards beverage competition, venue partnerships, or for a complete list of 2017 winners, visit https://sipawards.com/.