MISCellaneous Distillery Wins Two Double Gold Awards at San Francisco World Spirits Competition


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Linda Roth Associates, Inc.



MISCellaneous Distillery Wins Two Double Gold Awards at San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Maryland distiller is recognized for its small batch gin & barrel-aged rum

Mount Airy, MD (May 9, 2019)MISCellaneous Distillery (114 S. Main Street, Unit B103; 240-394-6472) is pleased to announce that the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) awarded the family owned distillery four medals as part of the 19th annual competition including double gold for both the Gregarious Gin and Popi’s Finest Rum. The distiller also took home silver for the Risky Rum and bronze for the Gertrude’s 100% Rye Whiskey.  

Founded by husband and wife duo Dan and Meg McNeill, the distillery team is thrilled to be recognized globally at this prestigious international competition. These medals come only two years after Dan McNeill began distilling, continuing a two-year winning streak since the Maryland distiller made their first time wins at the 2018 SFWSC.

“My goal from the beginning has been to make the best damn spirits, and I am really proud of how well Popi’s and Gregarious Gin have been received,” said Dan McNeill. “Last year, we were honored to take home three medals for three spirits entered, including gold for our Risky Rum. Getting medals for all our entries again this year is a huge win and we want to maintain this momentum of creating exceptional products.”

Recognized for being the most influential and largest spirits competition in the world, the SFWSC attracts the attention of distillers and renowned judges from around the globe. Through blind tastings, judges focus solely on the characteristics displayed by each spirit. Judges range from noted mixologists to national beverage reporters. Entries that receive a gold medal from all judges on a panel earn a double gold award. This year, SFWSC received its largest amount of entries to date with over 2,400 submissions from 65 different countries.

The double gold-winning and refreshingly friendly Gregarious Gin is made from a Domino Sugar molasses base, which is vapor-infused with six botanicals. The unique blend gives the gin a prominent juniper nose, tinged with a sweet, citrusy and slightly woody flavor. 

MISCellaneous Distillery’s first-ever release, Risky Rum is a vivacious white rum made with blackstrap molasses and dark brown sugar, with notes of butterscotch and toffee. The same spirit serves as the base for the brands two additional rums – the golden Dew Point Rum and the wildly popular Popi’s Finest Rum.

Popi’s Finest Rum’s, which also earned a double-gold, pays homage to co-founder Dan McNeill’s great-grandfather, who grew up in Cuba and serves as the inspiration behind the 600-day barrel aged spirit. Guests at retailers and restaurants in Maryland and Washington, DC, can enjoy its balanced notes of salted caramel, dark chocolate, and a hint of herbs.

Since 2016, MISCellaneous Distillery has grown its manufacturing and barrel storage, offering an array of artisanal, handcrafted spirits to sophisticated drinkers in the mid-Atlantic. MISCellaneous Distillery is currently available in premium locations around metropolitan Washington, DC, Baltimore City, and surrounding counties. The distillery is open for tours, tastings, and retail shopping on Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, or by appointment. MISCellaneous Distillery values and supports the community through donations and partnerships. In lieu of charging for tours and tastings, visitors are invited to make a $5 donation. 100% of this donation is contributed to a quarterly non-profit partner.

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About MISCellaneous Distillery

MISCellaneous Distillery is an artisanal distillery located on Main Street in Mount Airy. At MISCellaneous Distillery, we encourage others to “Live and drink by your own rules”. Our bottles are filled with only the best, using ingredients grown on local farms. Offerings include rum, rye whisky, corn whisky, bourbon, vodka, and gin. Our spirits are available in select retail stores in Maryland and DC, as well as bars and restaurants listed at www.miscdistillery.com/where-to-find-us. Interested in carrying our spirits? Reach out to sales@miscdistillery.com to set up a tasting. For more information, visit www.miscdistillery.com.