Awards announced for spirits featured at Breckenridge craft spirits festival |

Awards announced for spirits featured at Breckenridge craft spirits festival

Tom Fischer, voice-over and on-camera talent and the face behind, carefully considers an entry in the Still on the Hill craft spirits festival competition at Briar Rose in Breckenridge.
Krista Driscoll / |

2013 “Judgment on the Hill” Spirits Awards


Double Gold — J & L Sno Vodka

Silver — Spring 44 Vodka

Flavored vodka

Gold — Spring 44 Honey Vodka


Gold — Spring 44 Gin

Silver — J & L Sno Gin

Silver — Rob’s Mountain Gin


Double Gold — Peach Street “Jack & Jenny” Pear Brandy

White rum

Gold — Montanya “Platino” Rum

Flavored rum

Gold — Breckenridge Distillery Spiced Rum

Silver — Fore Castle “Red Chile” Rum

White whiskey

Silver — Deerhammer “White Water” Whiskey


Gold — Colorado’s Own Corn Whiskey

Silver — Distillery 291 Rye Malt Whiskey

Malt whiskey

Double Gold — Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

Silver — Santa Fe “Colkegan” Whiskey

Bourbon whiskey

Gold — Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey

Gold — Distillery 291 “Bad Guy” Bourbon Whiskey

Silver — Peach Street Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Silver — Spring 44 Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey


Gold — J & L Fyr Liqueur

The fourth annual Still on the Hill Craft Spirits Festival in Breckenridge in early October gave the public an opportunity to taste spirits produced by 25 craft distillers from Colorado and beyond.

New this year, the festival added the element of industry judging. Each distillery could enter two spirits in a variety of categories. The spirits were judged in a double-blind taste test by an esteemed panel of industry experts, including Tom Fischer, host and producer of BourbonBlog; Penfield Jensen, head of the American Craft Distillers Association; Dave Pickerell, of Oakview Consulting and formerly of Makers Mark; and Richard Wolf, industry consultant formerly with the Kentucky Distillers Association and Buffalo Trace.

In this inaugural “Judgment on the Hill,” 20 distinctions were awarded in 11 categories. The panel bestowed three Double Gold, eight Gold and nine Silver judgments. The awards were based on the quality of each spirit with regard to taste, smell, integrity and smoothness and not as a ranking of spirits against one another.

“This format of judging helps raise the quality of the emerging craft spirits industry as a whole because our products are being judged on their intrinsic merit,” said Jordan Via, master distiller at Breckenridge Distillery.

The public was able to meet the distillers, try the various spirits and vote for their favorite spirit at the festival’s grand tasting.

Many of the distillers made up cocktails featuring their spirits so that guests could experience how the products can be used.

Attendees received poker chips used to vote for their favorite distillery. They could purchase additional votes by placing a dollar in the bucket of their favorite.

The funds raised from people’s-choice voting were donated to American Red Cross for flood-relief efforts, following the devastating Colorado floods in September. Peach Street Distillery, from Palisade, won the coveted People’s Choice award.

The Still on the Hill festival raised money for the Breckenridge Restaurant Association.

For more information on the event, visit

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User