Ballast Point Spirits Named “California Distillery of the Year” at New York International Spirits Competition

San Diego distillery also wins four medals in New York International Spirits Competition

November 19, 2013 (San Diego, CA) – Last week, the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC) named Ballast Point Spirits “California Distillery of the Year,” in addition to medal wins for four of the San Diego distillery’s spirits.

Ballast Point’s Old Grove Gin and Devil’s Share Moonshine each earned silver medals, while Three Sheets White Rum and Devil’s Share Bourbon each took home a bronze. Earning four medals across four different spirits categories helped garner the “California Distillery of the Year” distinction for Ballast Point.

“It’s always humbling to win individual awards for each of our spirits,” explained Yuseff Cherney, Ballast Point’s COO & Head Brewer/Head Distiller, “but winning this distinction for the distillery as a whole speaks to the quality we strive to create across the board.”

Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits established its production brewery in 1996; the distillery was added in 2008.  The first craft distillery in San Diego, Ballast Point Spirits is one of over 30 operating distilleries in the state of California.

“Following the tradition of our award-winning beers with recognition for our new spirits business is inspiring,” continued Cherney, “especially when we are up against some of the best distilleries in the world.”

The New York International Spirits Competition was held on October 21st. Over 400 entries from 37 countries were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and finish.

“We are excited to award Ballast Point ‘California Distillery of the Year,’” said Adam Levy, founder of the NYISC. “The craft market continues to grow and mature and Ballast Point is a perfect example of a craft distillery that distills what the trade buyers and consumers will buy.”

About Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today 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 seven spirits. For more information, visit