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  1. Registration for ADI's 2018 Judging of Craft Spirits is Open Now! The purpose of this judging is to help promote the craft spirits industry and the people who are producing the finest quality artisan spirits, bitters, aperitif and fortified wines and to give participants valuable, unbiased, third-party feedback on the quality and process of their spirits. WHO CAN ENTER? ADI accepts entries in all classes and categories of craft spirits from US and International distillers, blenders, bitters makers, and producers of aperitif & fortified wines who are: Independently Owned: Less than 25% of the producer is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by alcoholic beverage industry members who are not themselves a craft distiller, blender, bitters maker, or producer of aperitif & fortified wines. Small-Scale: Producer has maximum annual sales of 100,000 proof gallons (about 473,000 liters/52,500 9-liter cases). WHAT DO I GET FOR ENTERING? Double-gold, gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded with certificates for spirits judged worthy of recognition. All entrants will receive tasting notes with comments from the spirits judges. All entrants will also be considered for our Packaging Awards and be evaluated to see if they if they meet the standards for ADI’s Certification of Craft Spirits at no additional cost or paperwork. Award winners will receive a physical awards as well as a digital renderings of all applicable medals, awards and certifications. Judges reserve the right to not award medals when, in their opinion, no spirits in that category merit an award. Medals and Packaging Awards will be announced at the American Distilling Institute’s Annual Conference & Vendor Expo, March 26-29, 2018 in Portland OR. NOPTIONAL ADD-ONS During registration entrants can choose to purchase professional bottle image(s) of any of the spirits entered and entrants can submit one or more of their registered spirits for testing and receive a certificate of chemical analysis which is valid for all major retailers, most countries import/export and tender purposes. A $700 value offered to judging entrants for $150 per spirit. For more details check out our submission guidelines. Download and example certificate here to get an idea of what information is included. DEADLINES Deadline for International Spirits Registration: January 5, 2018 Deadline for US Spirits Registration: January 19, 2018 Deadline for Receiving Entries: January 25, 2018 ENTRY FEES: Early Bird Registration Up through December 24, 2017 ADI Members $200 per spirit for US entries $250 per spirit for international entries Bulk discount for members who enter more than 10 spirits Non-Members $300 per spirit for US entries $350 per spirit for international entries Standard Registration After December 25, 2017 ADI Members $250 per spirit for US entries $300 per spirit for international entries Bulk discount for members who enter more than 10 spirits Non-Members $350 per spirit for US entries $400 per spirit for international entries DISCOUNT FOR AFFILIATE ASSOCIATIONS Members of the following Affiliate Associations: The Gin Guild Ontario Distillers Association Australian Distillers Association may enter their spirits at the ADI Member price even if they are not current members of ADI. For more information download the attachments or go to ADI's Judging Page TO ENTER YOUR SPIRITS, CLICK THE LINK TO REGISTER TODAY 2018 ADI Judging Shipping Label.pdf 2018 ADI Submission Guidelines.pdf cola_waiver_2018 ADI Judging_template.doc 2018 ADI Judging Fact Sheet.pdf
  2. Registration is now open for the American Distilling Institute is pleased to announce the 2012 Judging of Artisan American Spirits at Huber’s Starlight Distillery February 27-28, 2012. Rums, Brandies and Whiskies will be judged in a blind tasting by a panel of select judges. Deadline to register spirits is Friday January 27, 2012. Rums will be judged in the following categories; Clear Rum Amber Rum Aged Rum Overproof Rum Spiced Rum Fruit-flavored Rum Whiskies will be judged in the following categories: Malt Whiskey Bourbon Wheat Whiskey Corn Whiskey Rye Whiskey Un-aged Whiskey Other Whiskey Brandies will be judged in the following categories; Brandy from grapes Grappa Aged brandy from other fruits (apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry and other) Un-aged brandy from other fruits (apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry and other) Fruit Infusions (fruit infusions into a fruit-based spirit) ADI will evaluate spirits made in one DSP in separate categories from those from products that include spirits distilled at other facilities. Packaging Award -- ADI will also award innovative packaging. Bottles will be judged on overall originality, creativity, graphic design, integration of bottle design to label style, and aesthetic appeal. Each spirit submitted for judging will also be considered for the packaging award. Producers who wish to enter spirits for whom there is no category, may enter bottles for only the packaging award. Deadline for sprits registration is Friday, January 27, 2012. All spirits must arrive in Indiana for judging by Friday February 10, 2012 to be considered - no exceptions. Judging will be held Monday-Tuesday, February 27-28 at Huber’s Starlight Distillery in Borden, IN. Medals will be announced at ADI’s annual conference, April 1-4, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. For complete information go to http://www.distilling.com Only craft producers who are 2012 ADI members are eligible for entry. For questions that are not answered there, contact ADI’s Judging Director Andrew Faulkner drew@distilling.com, 415-517-7377.
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