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Award Winning Dark Sky Distillery Part of the Sturgeon County Community

If you’re looking to support local but have award-winning taste, you need look no further than Dark Sky Distillery, located right in Sturgeon County.

If you’re looking to support local but have award-winning taste, you need look no further than Dark Sky Distillery, located right in Sturgeon County.

In 2021, owners Jim and Kristina Craig decided to put their Stormy Vodka and Aurora Gin to the challenge and entered them in two prestigious competitions: the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Sip Awards.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the largest and most prestigious industry judged competition in North America, and quickly closing in on the world.  Suffice it to say it was a proud moment for the Craigs when Dark Sky received Gold for their wonderfully delicious, silky smooth Stormy Vodka and Bronze for their Aurora Gin!

Next up – the Sip Awards, the largest and most respected consumer-based judged competition in the world.  As David Farran of Eau Claire Distillery said, “Only those brave enough to let their product speak for itself compete in the Sip Awards.” Dark Sky once again proved they were up to the challenge and brought home a Platinum for the Stormy Vodka and a Silver for the Aurora Gin.

Both competitions are highly respected for their fair and honest evaluation of the products they judge.  Both competitions rely on blind taste testing to evaluate and rank the entrants but the difference between these two organizations really comes down to the judges.  San Francisco gathers some of the industry’s best for the evaluations, whereas the Sip Awards relies on the most critical judge of all, non-industry affiliated and independent consumers. These competitions are open to any distillery from around the world, including big corporate brands and smaller Craft brands.  

To receive these accolades from two of the most elite competitions in the world has really validated to Jim and Kristina that they are on the right track with their products. And now the world stage recognizes that Dark Sky Distillery really is doing better so their customers can drink better!

Interested in sampling their award-winning spirits? Check out their many retail partners located across Alberta. Be sure to visit their website for awesome drink recipes as well!

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