S.D. Strong Vodka takes home the SILVER @ 2013 Washington Cup

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.”

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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!

Strong Summer Nights w/ Strong Vodka; Local KC Mixologist Brock Schulte!

Screen-Shot-2013-05-12-at-10.10.55-AMJoin us for a Central Exchange networking event from 530P to 7P on October 24th featuring SD Strong Vodka and local mixologist Brock Schulte! Live music, appetizers, and special cocktail drinks using SD Strong Vodka! Tickets in advance are $20.

Brock Schulte to mix it up!

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Local Mixologist Brock Schulte

With an interest in chemistry, Brock Schulte leveraged his educational background to a career in mixology that has helped shape some of Kansas City’s top restaurants and bars. Brock enjoys creating unique, one-of-a-kind cocktails that offer a sense of surprise to guests. Carving his own path in the bartending industry in Kansas City, Brock will bring his unique twists on cocktails to Providence New American Kitchen located in the historic Hilton Hotel President in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Brock came to Kansas City from Copeland, Kan. to attend school at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and minor in chemistry. While enrolled in college, Brock worked at Buca di Beppo, located on the Country Club Plaza, where he learned how the craft of bartending. After polishing his skills, Brock left to serve and eventually bartend at M&S Grill on the Country Club Plaza. While at M&S Grill, he was trained in craft cocktails and grew an interest in Prohibition-era bartending skills from fellow co-workers. As he further immersed himself in the local cocktail industry, he was asked by a group of local restaurant entrepreneurs and cocktail experts to open The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and Manifesto in the Crossroads district in downtown Kansas City. After a year bartending at the new restaurant location, he began to bartend at Grunauer, a German restaurant also in the Crossroads district, every Sunday.

Brock was drawn to the art of mixology and bartending based on the ability to service and bring others happiness. Throughout his career in the cocktail industry, he has built relationships that have continued to further his accomplishments and professional career. He received the award of Kansas City’s Most Inspired Bartender in 2010, present by Bombay Sapphire, and was chosen to compete in a cocktail competition in Las Vegas. He also won the Experience Cognac Competition and competed in the national finals taking place in New York in April.

When not behind the bar, Brock enjoys going to Westport’s Harry’s Bar & Tables, golfing and spending time with friends. Brock resides in Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood.

Go to https://www.centralexchange.org/Event.aspx?ceId=1568 for more information.

Be Strong!