Johnstown – King’s Lock is proud to announce that the two spirits they submitted to the San Francisco World Spirit Competition have both brought home medals.
“It is such an honour to have our fine product recognized again in an International Competition”, said co-owner/distiller Rob Heuvel. “Winning medals in San Francisco is a great achievement for a new small distillery like ours. We focus on producing all natural, certified organic, local products and winning at such a prestigious competition defines our spirits with that premium rank.”
The San Francisco World Spirit Competition is one of the most recognized competitions in the spirit industry and is considered one of the most influential competitions. Medals are only awarded to quality spirits recognized for excellence and reliability. This year’s competition was the largest with over 2,200 entries in all categories. King’s Lock signature spirit, 1000 Islands Moonshine received a silver medal making it the third medal in less than one year for this amazing and unique spirit made from organic cane sugar (1000 Islands Moonshine took Silver in the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition 2018 and Bronze in 2017 International Spirit Challenge in England). Silver medals in San Francisco are given to spirits that show finesse, refinement and complexity and are considered outstanding in their product class.
“We believe it will be the best Moonshine you will ever taste”, co-owner Laura Bradley enthusiastically declared.
In addition, Canada’s Whiskyjack Rye, an aged 100% all natural, organic rye spirit was awarded a bronze medal. This is a fantastically bold rye with a spicy kick created by using un-malted organic rye grain, which makes it unique in Ontario. A bronze is given to products that deserve to be recognized as amongst the best in their category. This is the second medal this year for Canada’s Whiskyjack Rye which brought home a Silver from the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition. King’s Lock released Canada’s Whiskyjack Rye on July 1, 2017.
King’s Lock offers tours on site as well as sample tastings of their spirits, which offers an element of education for many who are less familiar with the process of distilling. Four of their fine products can be found in select LCBO stores. King’s Lock is proud to complete the full process of mashing, fermenting and distilling on site for all their products.
“We are committed to our local production ensuring we control the process from start to finish”, commented
King’s Lock is not only focused on creating certified organic premium spirits but is also a green company. They focus on minimizing energy consumption and waste production and work to recycle as much of their spent distillers’ grains as possible. They purchase their grains from local farmers and after they have distilled send the spent grain mash back as feed or fertilizer. The intent in starting a new business in the 21 st Century was to ensure that the environmental impact was minimal. King’s Lock is working toward a carbon neutral status and purchase all
their energy from Bullfrog Power.
King’s Lock Craft Distillery is thrilled to have received seven medals for the four spirits entered in three different competitions. “Having so many different industry experts tasting our products in three countries, and awarding us medals, in less than 2 years of business is more than a dream come true”, stated Heuvel. Each product is carefully handcrafted from organic grains or organic sugar and double distilled in their copper pot/column still.
“Double distilling is one of the foundations for our products, as it is key in making smooth, quality spirits.” Commented Bradley. “We want consumers to be able to enjoy our products in cocktail or straight up, this takes time and attention in the distillation process”.
King’s Lock Craft Distillery is a small batch, local distillery established in 2016. Our focus in on producing quality certified organic spirits with as many local ingredients as possible. We are a green company using Bullfrog power and minimizing waste and impact on the environment. We are located at 5 Newport Dr. , Johnstown Ontario. We offer tours and sampling in our tasting room. Soon we will also be offering service by the glass for cocktail sampling.