Texas Corn Producers (TCP), along with other state corn associations, is excited to announce its sponsorship of the 2021 Heartland Whiskey Competition and invites Texas distilleries to compete for state and national awards!

The biennial competition is a blind-tasting judged event that is sanctioned and supervised by the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA). This year’s contest will take place July 22-23 in Louisville, Ky.

“We are thrilled to once again work with the state corn associations and support a competition that highlights small distilleries in their individual states which this covers over 90 percent of all U.S. craft distilleries,” Margie A.S. Lehrman, the chief executive officer of ACSA, said. “Ours is a rapidly growing industry that requires continual support, which corn growers have so graciously provided these last several years. This competition provides craft distilleries —many of which are independent, family-run businesses — a unique opportunity for visibility among consumers and distributors.”

The 2021 Heartland Whiskey Competition will judge multiple whiskey categories and award a “best of state” trophy to the top-rated whiskey in states with a corn organization sponsor. While the competition is limited to only those whiskeys that utilize some corn as an ingredient, most U.S. craft whiskey use corn.

In the most recent competition held in 2019, Balcones Distilling’s True Blue 100 Proof won best in the state. The awards are important for distillers to attract the interest of customers and also distributors who legally market and sell spirits to retailers

Competitors must enter the competition by July 14 and deliver their whiskey by July 18. ACSA will select judges from accomplished mixologists who have experience with craft spirits. The competition will take place July 22-23 and winners will be announced in early August. Complete competition details are available HERE.

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