Crystal Spirit named Distillery of the Year in Ohio by the NY International Spirits Competition

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December 3, 2012 – Dayton, OH: The New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC) named Dayton-based Crystal Spirits LLC, the distiller of Buckeye Vodka, the 2012 Ohio Distillery of the Year.  Buckeye Vodka also earned a Silver Medal in the tasting competition, adding to its Gold Medal and Best Buy Award from the Beverage Testing Institute’s International Competition in 2011.  The judging, conducted by members of the spirits trade, occurred in New York City on October 21, 2012.

“The Buckeye Vodka family could not be more proud of the Ohio Distillery of the Year award,” said Jim Finke, CEO of Crystal Spirits.  “Our team works incredibly hard to ensure superior quality, taste and consistency in every small batch of Buckeye Vodka. To receive recognition from the NYISC for our company is absolutely wonderful.”

Finke hopes the Silver Medal will continue to help Ohio consumers understand the quality of local spirits saying, “The medal adds yet another reason for people who have never tried Buckeye Vodka to give it a shot.  And for our many customers and fans, the medal validates what they already know – we make a great vodka that stands up to any of the imported and more expensive brands.”

“We congratulate the Finke family and all of the members of the Crystal Spirits team,” said Robinson C. Cooper, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Wine and Spirits of Ohio, distributor of Buckeye Vodka.  “We’re proud to promote Buckeye Vodka as one of the premier vodkas available in Ohio, especially when priced at under $20 per 750ml bottle.”

The NYISC recruits a panel of industry experts to award its annual ratings.  These panelists of trade volunteers are not involved for publicity or for their industry position as critics or members of the press. They are the decision makers and experts who have an authentic understanding of the business of buying and selling spirits.


About Buckeye Vodka
Capping its first batch by hand in spring, 2011, Buckeye Vodka is a family-owned artisanal vodka company with a vision of bringing an ultra-premium vodka to consumers at a price that reflects Ohioan sensibilities. Handcrafted in the rolling hills of the Miami Valley, Buckeye Vodka utilizes distilled water sourced from The Crystal Water Company, which has been supplying the Miami Valley with a better water option since 1919.  Its state-of-the-art distillation process ensures an extraordinary purity and exceptional taste. We invite you to make Buckeye Vodka part of your next great Ohio celebration. To learn more, visit us online at