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USA Today Selects St. Louis Distillery as the Best Craft Vodka Distillery in US



St. Louis Distillery, makers of the award-winning Cardinal Sin Vodka and Cardinal Sin Starka, has just been selected by USA TODAY as the best craft vodka distillery in the US. The announcement came Friday afternoon, Sept. 16.

"It's a great honor to be selected as the best craft vodka distillery in the country," said Distiller Bill Schroer. "We set out to create a truly exceptional vodka. As a craft distillery, we've been able to experiment and follow a different path than the major labels.  This award validates the work and decisions that we have made to build something different." 

"Over the past five years, there has been a boom of craft distilleries, so this award comes as an even greater recognition. We know we've got something special; it's rewarding to know others recognize that as well," said Greg Deters, distiller. 

Twenty craft vodka distilleries from across the country were selected by a panel of experts including expert contributors and editors from USA TODAY and to participate in the 4-week online contest. The contest was promoted across USA TODAY Travel Media Group's digital and mobile products, as well as social media to encourage voting.

St. Louis Distillery was not the only regional craft distillery selected for having quality vodkas. Pinckney Bend Distillery out of New Haven, Mo. came in at number four and Mastermind Vodka in Pontoon Beach, Il. was selected seventh. Square One Brewery and Distillery in St. Louis received a nomination.

"We really couldn't have done this without the support of our customers and craft spirits lovers," said Distiller Steve Herberholt. "We are grateful for the consumers who continue to choose our products and have made our distillery such a great hit."

About St. Louis Distillery Vodkas
Cardinal Sin Vodka pushes the envelope of artisan distilling and delivers an absolutely smooth, ultra-pure vodka that's hand crafted in the St. Louis region. Two-row malted barley contributes to its slightly sweet toasted flavor profile.
Cardinal Sin Starka is the United States' first barrel-aged starka vodka. Cardinal Sin Vodka is placed in new Missouri white oak medium-charred barrels and aged for a minimum of six months. This transforms the clear spirit into an amber colored spirit with an enhanced flavor profile reminiscent of other barrel-aged products. Starkas are traditional Polish celebratory barrel-aged vodkas that date back to the 15th century.

The St. Louis Distillery was founded in 2012 by three friends; Greg Deters, Steve Herberholt, and Bill Schroer. The distillery is located at 755 Friedens Rd., St. Charles, 63303. For inquiries about hosting a private event at the space, contact  Learn more about us at

About St. Louis Distillery
St. Louis Distillery pushes the envelope of artisan distilling with the intent to produce absolutely smooth, ultra-pure vodkas. Hand-crafted in the heart of the Midwest since 2012, the distillers of Cardinal Sin Vodka and Cardinal Sin Starka have gone to great lengths choosing the finest ingredients and creating a one-of-a-kind distillation process to craft the most flavorful vodka you've ever tasted. St. Louis Distillery products are distributed in Missouri by Major Brands, in Illinois by BreakThru Beverage, in Western Illinois by Haubrich Enterprises and In Georgia by Artisan Beverage of Georgia.  Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.

About USA TODAY's contest
After 4 weeks of voting, the contest closes on the 28th day at noon. On the Friday after voting ends, winners are revealed. Rules allow the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest is accessible on the website.

While the 10Best Readers' Choice Award contest lives on - a standalone travel media site - it is promoted across USA TODAY Travel Media Group's digital and mobile products, as well as via social media. Nominees are also announced and/or promoted across relevant USA TODAY departments, and through Gannett media outlets, including the websites of its 81 local newspapers and 43 television stations.

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