Middle West Spirits Earns National Recognition


Columbus, OH (February 14, 2019) — Middle West Spirits recently received national honors at the 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards in Minneapolis, MN.  This year’s trade event attracted nearly 1,000 producers and suppliers from across the U.S.

As part of the 2019 awards and distinctions, the ACSA introduced an “Innovation” category that aims to recognize remarkable spirits with flavor profiles that may stray from their category’s signature notes while demonstrating category innovation.  The coveted “innovation” honor is bestowed to only one producer in each major spirits category.

In the highly competitive whiskey category, Middle West Spirits was awarded the inaugural Innovation Award for its OYO Sherry Finished Bourbon, an 86.5 proof signature three-grain bourbon whiskey first matured in American white oak barrels, and then transferred to finish the aging process in sun-blackened sherry casks.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized by the ACSA for something that has taken over a decade to create,” said Ryan Lang, owner and head distiller at Middle West.  “Our team works exceptionally hard every day with the hope that products created today mature into something special years down the road.  We are humbled to receive the accolades and congratulate all of this year’s winners.”

The Columbus based distillery also received a total of five medals across its high-proof whiskey portfolio: a Silver Medal for Middle West Spirits Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey, Michelone Reserve, 95 Proof and Bronze Medals for Middle West Spirits OYO Sherry Finished Bourbon Whiskey, 86.5 Proof; Middle West Spirits Straight Rye Whiskey, Dark Pumpernickel, 96 Proof; Middle West Spirits Straight Wheat Whiskey, 92 Proof; and Middle West Spirits Oloroso Wheat Whiskey, 102 Proof.

The ACSA recognitions follow a strong year of industry honors for Middle West Spirits, including Gold Medals and Best in Category recognitions for its whiskeys and vodkas at the 2018 American Distilling Institutes Review of Craft Spirits.  All of Middle West’s award winning whiskeys, OYO Vodkas, and Vim & Petal Gin, can be found in select state liquor agencies and in the Columbus distillery’s Short North Bottle Shop.

Founded in 2008, Middle West Spirits, LLC is Central Ohio’s award-winning craft distillery located in the Short North Arts District of Columbus. The artisan distillery, which recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion of its production facilities, produces OYO vodkas, Middle West Spirits Whiskeys and Vim & Petal Gin.