The Alchemist Award for continually bending the creative curve to make new spirit flavors goes to broVo Spirits, of Woodinville, WA. With their broad range of unique products, ranging from Orange Curacao, Falernum, and Douglas Fir liqueurs to Vermouths, broVo Spirits never stops creating. BroVo developed more than a dozen amaro recipes in cooperation with bartenders from around the nation. They have shown the distilling community a new model for working with bartenders in both flavor creation, packaging and marketing. The playful nature of founding partner Mhairi Voelsgen brings even more fun to the business of imbibing.

Lost Spirits Distillery Co-founders Bryan Davis and Joanne Haruta have always mixed art with their distilled spirits. Their new Los Angeles distillery is a unique experience with an internal “river” where visitors must ride a small boat to reach the tasting room and animatronic birds guide the way. When informed he had received this award, which may potentially lead more visitors to his distillery, Davis commented, “We are going to need a bigger boat.”

Five Saints Distilling converted a historic firehouse building into a distillery in Norristown, PA. The Humane Fire Engine Co. #1 was chartered in 1852 and moved into the building in 1888. In 1973, the community fought off attempts to turn the property into a parking garage. ADI thinks that a distillery is a much better fate for this historic property.

Sourland Mountain Spirits is located on the Double Brook Farm property in Hopewell, NJ. It shares the property with Troon Brewing and the Brick Farm Tavern, a hub for locally-sourced, sustainable food.  The distillery’s location, surrounded by farms, gives ample opportunities to develop a distilled-spirits program incorporating the freshest ingredients.

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Andrew Faulkner
Andrew Faulkner has been with Distiller magazine since its inception, rising from Photography Editor to Managing Editor. He has served many roles for the American Distilling Institute, from Curriculum Coordinator for Hands-on Distilling Workshops to helping plan the Annual Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo. Faulkner is the architect of the ADI’s International Judging of Craft Spirits and served five years as Vice President. He is the co-author, along with Bill Owens and Alan Dikty, of “The Art of Distilling Whiskey” (2019, Quarry Press), and has edited five distilling books for White Mule Press. In his free time, Faulkner enjoys playing chess with his son, dancing with his daughter, and laughing with his wife.