gettyimages-486298818Whiskey has taken over the top selling liquor and one of the reasons is its popularity with millennials. Most millennials these days are opting out of big brands and the stuff their parents drank. Craft distilleries, local products, and cocktail culture are all part of the whiskey craze. Instead, millennials are throwing it back to the generation before their parents, when whiskeys were crafted instead of rolled out in mass quantities. According to an article from the New York Post, millennials are saying, “We want to drink what Grandpa drank.” Even if you’re not a millennial, for smaller batch and craft distilleries, check out the whiskeys that topped the American Craft Spirits Association award list.

Best of Class: Whiskey & Best Bourbon Whiskey
.36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Gold Medal Winners:

Widow Jane Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Cacao Prieto

Stillwrights Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Flat Rock Spirits

Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel, Garrison Brothers Distillery

Solera Aged Bourbon, Hillrock Estate Distillery

See the full list here.