Young State America Awarded at New York International Spirits Competition

Artisan Distillery Located in LA Arts District Recognized for its handcrafted Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Young State America (YSA), a small batch distillery located in the bourgeoning downtown LA Arts District, today announced that its Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka was awarded a silver medal at the New York International Spirits Competition, held October 20 and 21 in New York City.

The judging panel for the competition is composed of buyers, retails stores, restaurant and bar owners, distributors, importers and trade influencers with spirit purchasing power. Winners are selected based on criteria including appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and finish. The selection process at the NYI Spirits competition is rigorous, with less than half of entrants receiving awards.

“Our limited batch, handcrafted vodka is developed to please a broad range of audiences, whether they are looking to sip a quality spirit or mix their vodka into a cocktail,” said Paul Ryan, Master Distiller and Creator at YSA. “We pride ourselves on delivering an authentic, artisanal product developed through carefully crafted, original recipes. We’re honored to receive a medal at the New York International Spirits Competition.”

Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka is characterized by its sweet, rich aroma and a silky smooth mouth feel, followed by a whisper of licorice. The spirit features an understated, light and clean flavor derived from soft winter wheat grains. Designed as a “whisky drinker’s vodka” it can be sipped straight on the rocks or because of the unique flavor characteristics, mixed perfectly in a fresh cocktail.

“We’re very excited to award YSA with a silver medal at this year’s New York International Spirits Competition,” said Adam Levy, Founder of the New York International Spirits Competition, “Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka’s award represents the true quality and craftsmanship that is delivered when you open the bottle.”

The silver medal received by Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka in the 2013 New York International Spirits Competition is the highest medal given to a vodka from the Ultra Premium category ($41+) since the competition’s inception.

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About Young State America

YSA (Young State America) is located in the bourgeoning downtown LA Arts District. Designed to be an innovative ode to the art of distilling, YSA uses authentic processes and original recipes, resulting in a product that is truly artisanal. One of the core missions at YSA is to promote social awareness within the community of downtown Los Angeles. We approach our community outreach with the same energy, determination and accountability as we do our day-to-day business. Through YSA’s Distill.Drink.Donate. program, YSA will donate 5% of our profits to programs and charitable organizations whose principles support distressed families, veterans’ affairs and human services.