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Led by Baltimore Whiskey Company, Maryland distilleries win medals at major national competition

Baltimore Whiskey Company co-owners Max Lents (left) and Eli Breitburg-Smith stand next to whiskey barrels in 2016. The brand's Epoch Straight Rye Whiskey won Double Gold in a national competition.
Baltimore Whiskey Company co-owners Max Lents (left) and Eli Breitburg-Smith stand next to whiskey barrels in 2016. The brand's Epoch Straight Rye Whiskey won Double Gold in a national competition. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

The Baltimore Whiskey Company waited three years to release its aged rye whiskey. Last month, the wait paid off in a major way.

The distillery, which is in the process of moving to Medfield's Union Collective from Remington, won the San Francisco World Spirits Competition's Double Gold, the highest honor from the national competition, for its Epoch Straight Rye Whiskey.

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Founded in 2000, the SFWSC took place April 13-15 in San Francisco, where nearly 2,500 entries were judged by 47 expert judges from more than 65 countries, according to a spokeswoman for the competition. The Baltimore Whiskey Company was the only Maryland distillery to win Double Gold.

On Friday, the Baltimore Whiskey Company will host a release party for its Epoch Rye whiskey that will double as a goodbye party to its Remington space.

Other Maryland distilleries were also awarded, including Risky Rum by Mount Airy's MISCellaneous Distillery, which won gold.

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Here's a complete list of the Maryland winners from the competition, per the spokeswoman:

Bronze

  • 318 Vodka, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery
  • Fumus Pumila Wood Smoked Apple Spirit, The Baltimore Whiskey Company
  • Lavender Vodka, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery
  • Maryland-Heritage White Whiskey, McClintock Distilling
  • Restless Rye Whiskey, MISCellaneous Distillery
  • Small Batch Patriot Rum, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery
Baltimore Whiskey Co. is building a state of the art geothermal system for its new distillery at Union Collective in Medfield.

Silver

  • American Single Malt Whiskey, Old Line Spirits
  • Cask Strength American Single Malt Whiskey, Old Line Spirits
  • Asimina Pumila Pechuga Style Apple Brandy, The Baltimore Whiskey Company
  • Dew Point Rum, MISCellaneous Distillery
  • Forager Gin, McClintock Distilling
  • Epiphany Vodka, McClintock Distilling
  • Maryland Rye Whiskey, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery
  • White Collar Bourbon, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery
  • Reserve Cognac-Finished Gin, McClintock Distilling
  • Reserve Double Oak Rye Whiskey, Sagamore Spirit

Gold

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  • Risky Rum, MISCellaneous Distillery

Double Gold

  • Epoch Straight Rye Whiskey, The Baltimore Whiskey Company

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