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Media Release: Junction 56 Distillery Wins Big at the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition

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Stratford, Ontario craft distillery Junction 56 brings home multiple medals, including a Best in Class for Vodka, from the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition. Media Release (02/07/2018) Stratford, ON - Junction 56 Distillery is thrilled to announce Junction 56 Vodka has come out on top at the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition (CASC). Junction 56 Vodka won a Gold Medal and has been named Best in Class as the highest scoring entry in its category. Junction 56 Distillery also won the most medals of any Ontario artisan distillery, being awarded six medals, including one gold, two silver, and three bronze.

"It's always exciting to be recognized, especially within Canada, for the time and effort we put into crafting spirits of the highest quality and taste. It reaffirms we are on the right track," shares Mike Heisz, Distiller and Owner of Junction 56 Distillery. "These awards are important because they heighten public awareness about the craft industry in Canada. They let people know that great stuff is being distilled in their own backyard, hopefully inspiring them to seek out and try our spirits."

Alex Hamer, CASC's founder, has a similar view: "It's gratifying to see the depth and breadth of spirits produced by small, artisan distilleries across Canada. These awards demonstrate that there are outstanding spirits being made in every region of the country."

Starting with Canadian grains, award-winning Junction 56 Vodka puts a spin on this neutral spirit by showcasing the naturally occurring sweetness of its grain base, while maintaining a focus on purity. Modern distilling techniques create a smooth and lightly sweet vodka with a clean finish.

While Junction 56 Vodka was the distillery's biggest winner, Junction 56 won a medal for each of the six spirits it chose to enter into the competition. The full list of awards is as follows:

Gold Medal and Best in Class for Junction 56 Vodka

Silver Medal for Junction 56 Gin

Silver Medal for Eclipse - Moonshine Anisette

Bronze Medal for Junction 56 Moonshine

Bronze Medal for Fireshine - Cinnamon Moonshine

Bronze Medal for Sugarshack - Maple Moonshine

About Junction 56 Distillery: Established in Stratford, Ontario in 2015, Junction 56 Distillery is proudly local, using Ontario grown grains and locally sourced ingredients to create small batch, high quality spirits. An on-site retail store features an ever-evolving collection of handcrafted spirits. Select products including Junction 56 Vodka, Gin, Moonshine, and Fireshine are available at various LCBO locations. Visit for more information.

For inquiries please email: or call: 519-305-5535

Facebook: @junction56distillery
Instagram: @junction56distillery
Twitter: @junction_56


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