Honey Spirits Competition Returns

Registration for the National Honey Board’s free Honey Spirits Competition is open now through Friday, June 30. The Honey Spirits Competition, hosted by the National Honey Board, recognizes the best spirits in the United States that use honey.

This year’s competition features 12 categories:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Bourbon/whiskey
  • Moonshine
  • Rum
  • Tequila/mezcal
  • Liqueurs/specialty spirits
  • Brandy
  • Spirits distilled from honey
  • Spirits distilled from honey — flavored
  • Packaged cocktails
  • Design/packaging

Entries must be commercially available in the United States, and distilleries may submit multiple entries per category, but each spirit may only be entered in one category. To register, visit http://honeyspiritscompetition.com/.

“We’re thrilled to see the return of the Honey Spirits Competition,” Catherine Barry, National Honey Board’s director of marketing, says. “The made-with-honey spirits category has certainly expanded beyond our wildest expectations in the past two years, and we’re ready to see the best of the best compete.”

At the last Honey Spirits Competition, more than 80 made-with-honey spirits competed for honors, and Egg Harbor, Wis.-based Hatch Distilling Co.’s aptly-named Gin took home the top prize. It was the first time a spirit distilled from honey won Best of Show.

For more information on the Honey Spirits Competition, contact Jasmyne Harris at Jasmyne@honey.com.

The National Honey Board (NHB) is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs. The Board’s work, funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey, is designed to increase the awareness and usage of honey by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers. The 10-member-Board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, represents producers (beekeepers), packers, importers and a marketing cooperative.

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