Quietly during the beginning of RCR week, before all of the parties and merriment that fills the weekend, we hosted the first annual RCR + Taste NY Farm to Shaker Spirit Competition, where 6 judges, under the supervision of Artisan Spirit Magazine publisher Brian Christensen, tasted 48 NY state spirits over two days, and awarded these six winners:

Lockhouse Distilling - Barreled Gin

/ Best in Class Whiskey: 
Hillrock Estate Distillery - Double Cask Rye

/ Best in Class Gin: 
Lockhouse Distillery - Barreled Gin

/ Best in Class Vodka:
Harvest Spirits - Core Vodka

/ Best in Class Brandy:
Apple Country Spirits - 2 year Applejack

/ Best in Class Liqueurs:
Black Button Distilling - Bespoke Bourbon Cream

Congrats to these winners, and raise a glass to local craft!