PARKVILLE, MO – Parkville’s own S.D. Strong Vodka competed against nearly 100 spirits to win a Silver Medal in the Washington Cup Spirits Competition. There were more vodkas judged in this competition than any other spirit category. S.D. Strong Vodka was one of only 5 vodkas to earn this award. “I was confident we were making a high-quality vodka,” says Steve Strong, founder of S.D. Strong Distilling. “Winning the silver medal is a wonderful validation for all the blood, sweat and tears we have put into our distillery.”
The Washington Cup Spirits Competition, the only competition of its kind, is exclusively for American-made spirits and liqueurs. The competition includes assessment and judging by top spirits professionals as well as practical testing by seasoned mixologists. The goal of the Washington Cup is to bring attention to new and established high-quality spirits and liqueurs.
Strong, a long time musician and guitar salesman, turned his artistic focus to distilling vodka after a former band member introduced him to homemade moonshine. “I started researching the logistics of creating a distillery and became convinced it would be an interesting idea,” Strong says. “Vodka is my wife’s favorite drink, so I decided to start there.” Founded, in January of 2012 the distillery is tucked away in a limestone cave, 65 feet underground – the perfect atmosphere for distilling and aging hand-crafted spirits. “The initial buzz about Strong Vodka revolved around our underground location, creating a vintage bootlegger vibe,” Strong says. “Our local status generates interest since most people see the advantages to supporting local business.”
Strong continues to develop his distillery. Currently, he is barrel-aging a new whisky made with rye and malted barley. He also is in the process of perfecting his gin recipe. “The response to the taste of our vodka has been overwhelmingly positive,” Strong says. “I’m working to build on that, to create unique whisky and gin recipes that will live up to the high standard we set with our vodka.”
S.D. Strong Distilling creates small-batch, hand-crafted spirits. The distillery’s cave maintains an ambient temperature of 72 degrees, allowing for a consistent process during fermentation throughout multiple distillations. The result is an extraordinary vodka that is as smooth as it is Strong.
Congrats to everyone involved in this monumental award!