Nominees attending the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards will celebrate one of the industry’s biggest nights on June 24, in Los Angeles with handcrafted gin from Chemist Spirits, an artisan distillery located in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
“Women are such a large part of the Daytime Emmy Awards. As a female-founded and owned spirits brand, Chemist is proud to be the official gin of the 2022 ceremony,” said Debbie Word, who established Chemist Spirits in 2018 alongside her daughter, Danielle Donaldson, who is a chemist by training.
Word is one of the few female distillery founders in the United States. According to industry data, less than 19% of American distillers are female and only 2% of distilleries are owned by women. Word and Donaldson aim to challenge the industry norm by growing their business and mentoring other women and minority groups in the distilling profession.
“Our goal is to help more women and people of color to join the distilling community to make it stronger and more inclusive,” says Word, who hosts women’s entrepreneurial events at Chemist Spirits and is a member of the Distilled Spirits Council. “We plan to use the spotlight as the official gin of the Daytime Emmy Awards to help advance this conversation on the national stage.”
Chemist Spirits is the recipient of multiple accolades, including winning Double Gold at the Women’s Wine and Spirits Awards in London, Best In Class at the Berlin International Spirit Awards, and Double Gold at the John Barleycorn Awards. Chemist’s American Gin was also chosen as the ‘Gin of the Month’ for the popular Craft Gin Club of London.
For Word, spotlighting the art and science of distilling at the Daytime Emmy Awards complements the ceremony’s celebration of the television arts and sciences.
“Every bottle of Chemist Spirits represents an amazing balance that takes a lot of time, patience, and understanding of the art and science of distilling to actually achieve,” says Word. “At the end of the night, we look forward to seeing the nominees and their guests toast their achievements with Chemist Spirits gin to celebrate this incredible evening, and we hope our message of female ownership and inclusivity resonates throughout the event.”
Chemist Spirits gin will also be featured in the 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards gift bag.