First Awards Received for the Young Brand
Kihei, Hawaii (April 9, 2020) – Less than one year after its launch, Kupu Spirits announces it has earned four medals at the prestigious American Distilling Institute (“ADI”) Conference. The brand’s three ready-to-drink cocktails and its Certified Craft Distilled Gin each earned a Bronze Medal in their respective category and class.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our craft beverages. Creating Kupu Spirits in the light of Maui Brewing and approaching our distilled beverages with the same aloha spirit, pun intended, has clearly been the right path to follow.” stated MBC Founder, Garrett Marrero. “Special mahalo to our Distiller Nick Reiss, Brewmaster Kim Brisson-Lutz and the entire Kupu Spirits/Maui Brewing team for making killer beverages for us all to enjoy.”
A brand extension of Hawaii’s largest independent craft brewery, Kupu Spirits debuted in Summer 2019 with the launch of a ready-to-drink craft canned cocktail collection including Whiskey Ginger, Whiskey Cola, and Gin & Tonic varieties. The craft cocktails blend Kupu Spirits Whiskey and Gin with Maui Brewing Company’s Island Sodas, which are created in-house using all-natural ingredients such as cane sugar, local island honey, and Hawaii-grown ginger.
Kupu Spirits Gin is distilled from grain and a proprietary blend of botanicals including juniper, kaffir lime, local oranges, lemon peel, licorice root and hibiscus. It is gluten free and 88 proof. Kupu Spirits is set to launch on the mainland this summer in markets where Maui Brewing Company can be found.
Since 2007, the American Distilling Institute began the annual “Judging of Craft Spirits,” the oldest and largest competition dedicated to craft spirits. The competition recognizes distillers providing the finest quality artisan spirits. This year, 885 entries were received from the US and international countries for evaluation across 95 categories and classes within those categories.
For a complete list of the ADI’s 2020 Judging of Craft Spirits Winners, visit https://distilling.com/events/judging/awards/