WESTON— MannCave Distilling, Inc., located in Weston, recently received international accolades with four John Barleycorn Awards. The international competition based in Dallas, Texas was created by spirits writers to recognize the top distillers, marketers, and designers of the spirits industry. The John Barleycorn Society of Spirits Awards is a different kind of awards program, in which writers and marketers honor creative excellence in all aspects of the spirits industry – from formulating and distilling products, to innovative imaging, promotion, sale of the products, and supporting the industry. This award honors those whose work is “truly exceptional and deserving of industry recognition,” according to the John Barleycorn Team.
MannCave Distilling, Inc. received a Gold Award for their MannCave Vodka, and three Silver Awards for their MannCave Moonshine, MannCave Black Raspberry Gin and MannCave Whiskey. Gold Award distinguishment represents an excellent product that meets very high standards. The Silver Award is bestowed for a “finely crafted spirit deserving recognition.” MannCave also previously received two awards from the San Diego Spirits Festival. The local distillery has now impressively received six awards in less than two years of business.
For the 2020 competition, there were several hundred entries from throughout the spirits industry, according to a press release from John Barleycorn. Each taste entry was blind-tested and scored on a 100-point scale for appearance, aroma, taste and finish. The taste judging was completed under the leadership of noted author and spirits writer John McCarthy, who oversees some of the world’s top spirits writers. Judges included renowned journalists Leslie Sbrocco, Fred Minnick, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Robin Robinson, Wayne Curtis, Frank Caiafa, Jack Robertiello, G. Clay Whittaker, Rachel DelRocco Terrazas, Brad Japhe and Tony Sachs.
MannCave’s Owner Stephen Mann explained, “We hoped for a win with one or two products but were stunned when we won with all of them. It was a validation of all our hard work…It really means a lot to us to have a competition as large as this, recognize us.”
In September, MannCave will add a 129 proof Cinnamon Infused Moonshine to their product line.
MannCave Distilling, Inc. is open for tastings and tours. They are located at 851 Left Millstone Road in Weston, West Virginia and can be reached at (681) 533-1001. If you are interested in purchasing hand sanitizer, their newest product, but aren’t able to physically visit the distillery, follow the link: https://www.manncave.com/shop/ to shop online.