This distillery started as a dream in my head 5 years ago, and in that time, through relentless hard work and an indomitable spirit, I've manifested this dream into reality. And today, I got word that StilL 630 is now an AWARD-WINNING DISTILLERY!!!
We won medals at the American Craft Spirits Association's spirit judging at their conference in Austin, TX! To be more specific, our S.S. Sorghum Whiskey won a Bronze Medal! Our Soulard Island Rum won a Bronze Medal! And our RallyPoint Maple Sunset won a GOLD Medal!!
I could not be more thrilled. Sidni and I were literally jumping for joy (and quickly toasting in celebration!). It's simultaneously humbling and incredibly validating to receive such honor. For me personally, it's validation that I was right for pursuing my dream; that I AM good at this, that there IS a bright future for StilL 630. And also, it is objective proof that all her love and support of me and my dream was well-founded. I am so incredibly excited!!
And though I'm the one in here making the spirits by hand, this could never have come to fruition without the support and help from countless people. If I tried to thank them all here, I would fail and forget many people whose help was crucial, and I don't want to forget anyone. So instead, I'd just like to send a special thank you to a special few.
My wife, Sidni, for supporting me and allowing me to chase this dream for our family. To my Dad, for all his hard work helping in the distillery and support in general. To Jennifer and Jeffrey, for their volunteering and encouragement. To Jim, Dyke, & Ben, for believing in me and stepping up to join this crazy venture. And perhaps most of all, to Troy & Dana, without whose support, advice, and encouragement this would not have happened. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. And I hope these medals are just another reassurance that you were right to believe in me.
And of course, a huge THANK YOU to all our fans and supporters out there who love our spirits! Cheers to StilL 630 and even better times ahead!!