Wisconsin Corn Growers Association: J. Henry & Sons claims Wisconsin’s top craft whiskey at 2017 Heartland Whiskey Competition

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Lisbon, Wisconsin -Wisconsin Corn is pleased to announce that J. Henry & Sons Patton Road Reserve was judged as Wisconsin’s top craft whiskey in a blind judging supervised by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) in Chicago earlier this month. The competition was sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, and drew more than 75 whiskey entries from ten states. Spirits were evaluated within appropriate categories (bourbon, corn whiskey, etc.), and top state medals were awarded to those achieving the highest scores in their respective states.

“Competition entries exceeded our expectations by quite a bit so medalists persevered from a large pool,” stated Margie A.S. Lehrman, executive director of ACSA. “Today, each of these states has a group of craft spirits distillers that produce high-quality whiskey, so claiming best of state is a significant achievement.” The competition was limited to spirits that use corn as an ingredient in the distillation process.

Other Wisconsin craft distilleries to medal included Great Northern Distillery, Dane, 45th Parallel Distillery, New Richmond, and Driftless Glen Distillery, Baraboo.

“Our goal was to send a message that corn is used in a diverse range of products and our industry supports those who support us,” said Cal Dalton, Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board President. “We are pleased that Wisconsin performed well at the competition and we encourage all our neighbors to sample our state’s craft spirits products responsibly.”

“ACSA thanks the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board and the other corn groups for supporting our burgeoning industry and the small businesses that compose it,” Lehrman added. “Our members’ products are made from grain, largely from the states in which they manufacture, and oftentimes our producers have personal relationships with the local farmers planting the seeds. High quality ingredients, with a bit of ingenuity from the producers, result in stellar spirits. We greatly appreciate the interest and support from groups like Wisconsin Corn.”