Beak & Skiff vodka striking gold (and silver and bronze)

“We were thrilled with that win,” Brennan said of the NYISC. “That put us up against some of the best vodkas in the world.”

The recent gold medal from the American Wine Society Spirits Competition in Oregon was another meaningful win since this was the first year the AWS had ever judged distilled spirits, and, perhaps more importantly, the awards — especially the gold medals — have increased Beak & Skiff visibility and demand, Brennan said.

“As a result of winning all of these medals … we’ve had a dramatic boost in business,” he said. “We’ve been hard at work filling requests from a wide variety of local retailers.”

Brennan said that three-and-a-half months ago Beak & Skiff products were available in about 15 local locations. Now, as a direct result of the recent awards, their products are in more than 70 locations locally.

“This is bringing a lot of people to our doorstep,” he said.

Beak & Skiff Apple Farms, located at 4472 Cherry Valley Turnpike in LaFayette, is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. They will be closed Dec. 24 through 26 for Christmas, but will reopen Dec. 27 through Dec. 31.

For more information on the Beak & Skiff distillery, visit thespiritedapple.com.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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