Door County Distillery Awarded in Two International Spirits Competitions

Door County DistilleryDoor County Distillery’s gin, Luminous vodka and single-malt whisky have garnered awards in two prestigious international competitions this spring.

The distillery’s gin and Luminous vodka were both named Double-Gold medal winners in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, with the single-malt whisky scoring a silver medal.  These honors came days after the same spirits were recognized at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City. There, the distillery’s gin scored a 91 out of a possible 100 points, the Luminous vodka earned a score of 90 and the single-malt whisky an 88. Door County Distillery’s gin was the highest-rated North American gin in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge competition. It was also a finalist in the gin category and was classified a “Great Value.”


The San Francisco World Spirits Competition held its 14th annual competition at the Hotel Nikko on March 20–23.The competition is regarded as one of the nation’s premier judging events on the spirits calendar. The judging panels were comprised of 34 spirits experts from noted restaurants and hotels, well-known spirits journalists from major national media, spirits buyers for large purveyors, and spirits consultants.


Now in its fifth year, the New York-based Ultimate Spirits Challenge has raised the standard for competitive beverage evaluation by instituting a more rigorous judging methodology. Each entry is evaluated blind by panels in multiple stage assessments (to remove any bias) and under ideal tasting conditions over a period of time. All entries are rated on a 100-point scale by the spirits industry experts including award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants.

Door County Distillery is the first in Door County, Wisconsin to produce vodka, gin and fruit-infused vodka. Using a copper still imported from Germany, Door County Distillery creates unique small-batch spirits, produced entirely in Door County. Door County Distillery spirits pay homage to the waters surrounding the county and are distilled with clean, limestone infused waters.