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Far North Spirits Wins Good Food Award

Gustaf Navy Strength Gin Singled Out for Flavor, Production Methods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Over 800 people gathered January 15 to pay tribute to 176 Good Food Award Winners of 2016. By the majestic Golden Gate Bridge on the San Francisco Bay numerous farmers, chefs, journalists, and activists united to celebrate the exceptional food crafters including luminaries Alice Waters, Nell Newman and Slow Food Founder, Carlo Petrini.

Named for the distiller's great grandpa who started the family farm almost 100 years ago, Gustaf Navy Strength Gin is made from estate farmed, non-GMO AC Hazlet Winter Rye planted and harvested by head distiller Michael Swanson on the family farm. Every step of production for this farm-to-bottle gin is done by hand.

Gustaf Swanson (right) and his son Albert

"Gustaf was a stoic, stubborn Swede who insisted that anything worth doing was worth doing well," noted Swanson. "He had a powerful bearing, and I thought a navy strength gin would live up to his namesake."

The winners come from 33 states, having risen to the top amongst 1,937 entries in a Blind Tasting with 203 judges held in September. The highest scoring entries were submitted to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Awards – with over two dozen ultimately disqualified. This year’s winners represent the forefront of American craft food, making products that are delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.  As Good Food Awards Founder Sarah Weiner noted in her closing remarks: “Twenty years ago, it took travelling across the globe to encounter something so exquisite that it jolted me into seeing the world with new eyes. Now, you are giving people a taste of how good life can be right here on our own soil…changing America’s definition of Good Food." 

About the Good Food Awards The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. We grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients. Seedling Projects 501 (c) 3 organizes the Awards in collaboration with a broad community of food producers, food writers and passionate food-lovers. Find more information at: seedlingprojects.org and goodfoodawards.org.

The full list of 2016 Good Food Award winners can be found here.