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Valentine Distilling Co. Wins 2019 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award from Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Valentine Distilling Co. Wins 2019 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award from Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Ferndale, MI Valentine Distilling Co. has won a 2019 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award from Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB), the most prestigious, small-business awards program in the state of Michigan. Michigan Celebrates Small Business recognizes small businesses in a variety of different industries and fields whose growth supports Michigan’s economy. The mission of the program is to honor and recognize Michigan’s small business people as well as those champions and advocates that support them.

“We are proud to be selected for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award and be a part of a supportive entrepreneurial culture. As the growth of Valentine Distilling Co. continues, we hope to leave lasting and positive impressions, not only on each customer, but on the next generation of entrepreneurs as well,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder and President of Valentine Distilling Co. 

The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch recognizes 50 companies that are high-potential, second-stage companies in Michigan.

To be considered for selection as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, the enterprise must have met the following criteria for the year ending 2018.

  • Be a privately held, commercial enterprise that has not received the award in the past (not a nonprofit, not publicly traded, not a subsidiary or division of another company).

  • Be past the startup stage and facing issues of growth, not survival.

  • Employ 6-99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees (including the owner).

  • Have between $750,000 and $50M in annual revenue or working capital from either investments or grants.

  • Be headquartered in Michigan.

  • Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on:

o   Employee or sales growth.

o   Sustainable competitive advantage.

o   Other notable successes.

“We at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business organization are proud to recognize these exceptional companies. They are a tremendous part of Michigan’s success, and we are excited to see what the future holds for them,” said J.D. Collins, State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center and a member of the Michigan Celebrates Small Business Board of Directors. 

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities. The selected companies also go through a rigorous due diligence process.

The 2019 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Small business owners and supporters come from across the state to show their support for the awardees and support Michigan’s growing companies.

About Valentine Distilling Co.

Local to Global. It's Better.

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also, in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small-batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in nine states, Ontario, and Quebec. 

Valentine Distilling Co. Production | 965 Wanda Street – Ferndale, Michigan

Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street – Ferndale, Michigan

www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka | Media Kit

 

About Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. The program received nearly 600 award nominations in 2019, which surpassed the last year’s record of 425 nominations.  

Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) is a collaboration of trusted statewide founding organizations who offer resources for small businesses. Since 2005, Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala has placed a spotlight on how small businesses positively impact our communities and state. The MCSB organization is focused on supporting, promoting and celebrating small businesses in Michigan. The Michigan Small Business Development Center is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2019. Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network, and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Founding sponsors are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, AF Group, and Dynamic Edge, Inc. www.MichiganCelebrates.org

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Valentine Distilling Co. Mayor Pingree Red Label Bourbon Whiskey Returns After Being Sold Out for Two Years

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Valentine Distilling Co. Mayor Pingree Red Label Bourbon Whiskey Returns After Being Sold Out for Two Years

Ferndale, MI
 – Demand was rather high for the Mayor Pingree Red Label Bourbon Whiskey when it made its debut release a few years ago as the first bourbon in the Mayor Pingree labeled collection from Valentine Distilling Co.  So much so, that it sold out and hasn’t been on shelves for two years. The reason being, Mayor Pingree Red Label is aged at least 4 years and is a small-batch marriage of Valentine’s finest casks, which are distilled in the Ferndale production facility. Well, it’s time to raise a glass and say cheers, because starting Thurs., Feb. 21 the Red Label is back and in limited quantity. This release of the coveted bourbon yielded 3,900 bottles, and the distribution of this release encompasses nine states including Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Non-chill filtered and bottled at 94 proof, Mayor Pingree Red Label Bourbon’s flavors are delivered in layers that linger long through the finish. Valentine’s triple-pot distillation allows for flavors and textures not commonly found in typical column-distilled bourbons.

Rifino Valentine, President & Founder of Valentine Distilling Co., has always appreciated the American craftsman; working by hand, making one-of-a-kind items that stand the test of time. According to Valentine, “In distillation, this means selecting the best ingredients, distilling in small batches, and taking care in every single step of the process. This leans heavily on employing old-world techniques that haven’t changed in centuries but improving on them through an intimate understanding of the science involved in the complex and dynamic processes.”

Valentine anticipates this production run to sell out rather quickly as it is a limited release. A second release of the Red Label Bourbon is scheduled for fall 2019, which is anticipated to be similar in quantity.   

“Eleven years ago, when I started this company, I made the vow of producing products that compete not only locally, but internationally.  By doing small releases more frequently, it ensures that we only bottle the choicest casks, when they are truly mature,” said Rifino Valentine, President & Founder of Valentine Distilling Co. “These releases are limited, because the whiskey has to tell us when it’s ready.”

So, mark your calendars! And keep an eye out for this coveted product on your local liquor store shelves. Information on locations and distributors can be found on Valentine Distilling’s website. The Mayor Pingree Red Label Bourbon is also available for bottle purchase at the Valentine Cocktail Lounge in Ferndale at one bottle per customer.

Hazen S. Pingree, mayor of Detroit (1890-1897), is considered one of the greatest mayors in U.S. history. He was a champion for the Detroiter, fighting monopolies and corruption. Valentine Distilling Co. honors the enduring spirit of ‘Old Ping’ with its award-winning Mayor Pingree family of spirits.

About Valentine Distilling Co.  

Local to Global. It's Better.

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also, in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small-batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in nine states, Ontario, and Quebec. 

Valentine Distilling Co. Production | 965 Wanda Street – Ferndale, Michigan
Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street – Ferndale, Michigan
www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka | www.instagram.com/valdistill  | Media Kit

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Valentine Distilling Co.’s Ferndale Cocktail Lounge Announces Half-Off Cocktails  to Federal Workers During Government Shutdown

Valentine Distilling Co.’s Ferndale Cocktail Lounge Announces Half-Off Cocktails to Federal Workers During Government Shutdown

Ferndale, MI – Rifino Valentine has a passion for aviation. As a pilot himself, he appreciates the labor of air traffic controllers, TSA workers, and the many more positions within government agencies that keep air travel safe. In fact, Valentine’s Liberator Gin and Liberator Old Tom Gin are named after the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber, which was a well-known aircraft used during World War II.

“I belong to a local flying club and take many short trips, usually with my wife, for fun.  On most of these trips, I’m talking to our local Detroit Approach controllers.  They do a tremendous job of keeping us safe from other traffic and advisories along our route.   They are professional and very helpful.  To think that they are still doing their very important job and not getting paid, I thought that this was the least we can do,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder, Valentine Distilling Co.  

Valentine Distilling Co.’s Cocktail Lounge located in Ferndale is offering half-off cocktails to federal workers every day, through the government shutdown, to those who present their federal ID. The Cocktail Lounge is located at 161 Vester Street in Ferndale. Hours of operation can be found at valentinedistilling.com.

The Beverage Testing Institute awarded Valentine Distilling Co. a Gold Medal for its Liberator Gin during the 2015 International Review of Spirits. And in 2018, Valentine Distilling Co.’s Liberator Old Tom Gin won a Double-Gold medal at the world’s largest gin tasting competition from The Fifty Best. Barrel-aged for two years, Liberator Old Tom Gin is a respectable gin featuring flavors of juniper berries and pine with a touch of vanilla, citrus, cardamom, and cinnamon. Liberator Old Tom Gin has also earned the title of ‘Best Cask Gin in the World’ from the World Gin Awards. It also has received a Gold Medal from the International Craft Spirit Awards. 

Valentine Distilling Co. reminds customers to drink responsibly.

About Valentine Distilling Co.  

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also, in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in nine states, Ontario, and Quebec. 

Valentine Distilling Co. Production | 965 Wanda Street – Ferndale, Michigan
Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street – Ferndale, Michigan
www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka | www.instagram.com/valdistill  | Media Kit
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65 Michigan Applebee’s Locations Enter Craft Cocktail Market with Features from Valentine Distilling Co. 

65 Michigan Applebee’s Locations Enter Craft Cocktail Market with Features from Valentine Distilling Co. 

Ferndale, MI – 
TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR)franchisee and operator of Applebee's in Michigan, announces its entrance into the craft cocktail market with its recently-formed partnership with Ferndale-based Valentine Distilling Co. Two craft cocktails featuring Valentine vodka products are now available in its 65 Applebee’s locations in Michigan. 

A classic Moscow mule featuring Valentine Vodka can now be found on participating Applebee’s menus. And for a twist on the classic mule, a Motown Mule featuring Valentine White Blossom Vodka is also available. Both are served in Valentine-branded, copper mugs.   

“To kick off the New Year, we are extremely excited to share two of our favorite cocktails with innovative restauranteurs at TEAM Schostak,” said founder Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling Co.

As a family-owned company, TSFR purchased the Michigan Applebee’s due to its alignment with their company values of creating a neighborhood dining experience with high-quality food at an affordable price.

“We understand the dining experience often begins with a cocktail.  Having the opportunity to partner with a local, craft brand that’s already won international acclaim was an easy decision to make. This allows us to offer something unique & different from other national dining establishments.” said TSFR Executive Chairman Mark Schostak. “Throughout our more than five years owning and operating Applebee’s, we have remained committed to bringing a local perspective of the market to our Applebee’s locations.”

Recognized as one of The Detroit Free Press’ 2018 Michigan Top Workplace, TSFR is proud to be the local owner and operator of Applebee’s and looks forward to continuing to lead the way both in the restaurant industry and the communities it serves for years to come. 

About TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants 

Livonia-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR) takes pride in creating jobs for today that lead to careers for tomorrow. TSFR is one of Michigan’s largest multi-brand, family-owned restaurant groups with an expansive portfolio of casual dining, quick service and family dining restaurants throughout the state of Michigan including Applebee’s, Olga’s Kitchen, MOD Pizza, and Del Taco. teamschostak.com


About Valentine Distilling Co.  

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also, in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in nine states, Ontario, and Quebec. 

 

Valentine Distilling Co. Production | 965 Wanda Street – Ferndale, Michigan

Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street – Ferndale, Michigan

www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka | www.instagram.com/valdistill  | Media Kit
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Warm Up with Valentine Distilling Co.’s Pumpkin-infused Vodka and Autumnal, Hand-Crafted Cocktail Recipes

Warm Up with Valentine Distilling Co.’s Pumpkin-infused Vodka and Autumnal, Hand-Crafted Cocktail Recipes

Ferndale, MI
– As the cooler weather sets in, Valentine Distilling Co., focuses on cocktails inspired by fall-fitting flavors. Toasty pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, allspice, vanilla, and rich ginger flavors invigorate taste buds and warm up the stomachs of cocktail lovers.

The following recipes include both crisp and refreshing drinks, as well as snug and cozy concoctions. Enjoy these delicious Valentine Distilling Co. fall-inspired cocktails all season. Start off by creating your own Pumpkin-infused Valentine Vodka.

Pumpkin-infused Valentine Vodka Recipe

  • 1 bottle of Valentine Vodka (750 ml)

  • .5 of a raw pie pumpkin (gutted, peeled, and cubed)

  • 5 pieces of whole clove

  • 7 whole allspice 

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine ingredients in a large pitcher, and let it steep for one week at room temperature. Strain off ingredients and keep infusion refrigerated for up to three months.

Now, let’s take that infusion to the next level by mixing up Valentine’s top three favorite fall cocktails. Classic cocktails infused with a twist of traditional fall flavors, these drinks can be enjoyed throughout the season.

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Pumpkin Mule

  • 1.5 oz. Pumpkin-infused Valentine Vodka (see recipe above)

  • .5 oz. lime juice

  • Top with a mildly spiced ginger beer

Espresso Pumpkin Martini

  • 2 oz. Pumpkin-infused Valentine Vodka (see recipe above)

  • 1 oz. cold brew coffee

  • .5 oz. simple syrup

Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • 2 oz. Pumpkin-infused Valentine Vodka (see recipe above)

  • .5 oz. simple syrup

  • .25 oz. Allspice liqueur

  • .75 oz. 1/2 & 1/2 cream

Preparation: Combine ingredients in a mixing tin, add ice, and shake. Rim martini glass by dipping the rim in simple syrup and then into crushed graham cracker crumbs. Strain into rimmed martini glass, and sprinkle ground nutmeg on top.

"The fall season brings some incredible new flavors to our in-house infusions, including our homemade pumpkin vodka,” said Heather DeLiso, General Manager at Valentine Distilling Co. “We've created some impressive new cocktails that we can't wait to share!"

These fall cocktail recipes are sure to please the casual home bartender as well as the experienced cocktail connoisseur.

About Valentine Distilling Co. 

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe, and Ontario.

Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street – Ferndale, Michigan
Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street – Ferndale, Michigan
www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka  |www.twitter.com/ValentineVodka  | Media Kit

 

 

Valentine Distilling Co. Hires National Sales Manager to Take Company to the Next Level

Valentine Distilling Co. Hires National Sales Manager to Take Company to the Next Level
Welcome Sarah Warde to the Valentine Team

Ferndale, MI – Valentine Distilling Co., known for its world-class, high-quality spirits has yet again made another strategic investment in the company. Valentine is pleased to welcome National Sales Manager, Sarah Warde, to the team. Come early November, Warde will be responsible for brand product market distribution.

Warde brings a wealth of beverage industry knowledge acquired from previous experience through her many positions as an Area Manager, District Manager, and On-Premise Sales Director totaling eight years at Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, District Manager for three years at Rodney Strong Vineyards, and as a Sales Consultant for five years at Viviano Wine Importers/J. Lewis Cooper Co.

“I’m honored to take a position with the Valentine Distilling Co. team,” said Warde. “I can’t wait to continue with the success the distillery has already had in its first 11 years.”  

With Warde’s powerful expertise joining the team, the award-winning craft distillery intends to continue to increase its brand posture and expand into various markets.

“During our first 11 years, we have seen tremendous growth in Michigan and select states.  As we embark on establishing a more national and international footprint, it was the right time to bring on an experienced national sales manager.  Hiring Sarah is going to help take Valentine Distilling Co. to the next level,” said Rifino Valentine, president and founder of Valentine Distilling Co. “We’re extremely excited to welcome her to our team, and I know her extensive industry knowledge is exactly what we need to move Valentine further on the map throughout the next 10 years.”

The National Sales Manager position is a newly added position for Valentine Distilling Co.

About Valentine Distilling Co. 

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe, and Ontario.

www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka |www.twitter.com/ValentineVodka  | Media Kit 

Brought to You by Valentine Distilling Co. and McClure’s Pickles: The Bloody Mary Mix Kit is Back for the 2018 Tailgating Season

Brought to You by Valentine Distilling Co. and McClure’s Pickles:  The Bloody Mary Mix Kit is Back for the 2018 Tailgating Season

Ferndale, MI
– It flew off the shelves last fall. So, if you missed it; you’re getting a second chance. The two Detroit-based companies, Valentine Distilling Co. and McClure’s Pickles, have teamed again up to make the perfect Bloody Mary box kit for this season’s football tailgates.

Available in limited quantities, the kit comes with two glasses, a fifth of Valentine vodka (featuring a new-and-improved bottle that recently debuted on shelves), and a McClure’s Bloody Mary mix jar for $29.99. It will hit shelves mid-to-late September at many convenient retailers such as Meijer, Kroger, Walmart, and Costco as well as other area retailers while supplies lasts.

“Our custom tailgating kit is exactly what every fan needs on game day,” said Rifino Valentine, president and founder of Valentine Distilling Co. “Our high-quality ingredients will keep the fan’s spirits up while they cheer on their favorite team.”

Masters of their crafts, Valentine and McClure’s have had a lifelong business relationship. Last fall, these two companies teamed up to stand out on retail shelves.

“Competing for retail shelf space amongst national brands claiming craft status is a challenge,” said Valentine. “We decided to create the Bloody Mary Mix Kit to showcase Detroit craft, quality products in a unique way.”

Working together for years as friends, and now partners as they continue to collaborate on this product, the two companies have extraordinary synergy and strong dedication to Detroit, and aim to share their spirit with football fans this tailgating season.

“Fans loved it last season, and we except them to go crazy for the kit again this season,” commented Valentine. “Looks like a touchdown to me!”

Information regarding locations and distributors can be found on Valentine Distilling Co.’s website.

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About Valentine Distilling Co. 

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe, and Ontario.

www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka |www.twitter.com/ValentineVodka  | Media Kit

About McClure’s

A family-owned and operated company headquartered in Detroit, McClure’s ensures they get the best, freshest produce available. Every jar is hand packed by one of its talented team members. All products are all natural, gluten-free (pickles, relish, bloody mary, all-natural chips, brine), and kosher certified (Michigan Kosher Supervisors, OU). Distributing to more than 4,000 national and independent retailers throughout the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, McClure’s currently produces high-quality, all-natural pickles, specialty drink mixers, and premium salty snacks.

www.mcclures.com | www.facebook.com/mcclurespickles |www.twitter.com/mcclurespickles

 

Valentine Distilling Co. Releases New, Upscale Valentine Vodka Bottle to Share in the Quality of its World-class Status

Valentine Distilling Co. Releases New, Upscale Valentine Vodka Bottle to Share in the Quality of its World-class Status
Valentine Vodka Has a New Look. Don’t Miss this Fabulous Bottle on a Shelf Near You!

Ferndale, Mich. – Well Detroit, the best just got better. Valentine Distilling Co. will release a new-and-improved bottle that reflects the elite sophistication of its award-winning vodka late this spring.

After researching, via several focus groups, Valentine Distilling found that consumers look for a  bottle that embodies a high-quality drinking experience. The consistent theme that Valentine heard was the quality of the product far exceeded the branded look that sat on retail shelves. Valentine determined it was time to have all elements of the branded vodka appeal to the quality that is known as Valentine.

The new design features vertical ridges around the bottle, which adds a touch of class to the look and feel consistent with the world-class taste of what’s inside. The re-designed label is a classic white with light, wavy horizontal lines in the background. The simple, yet elegant text gives consumers a first glance at what kind of quality they are purchasing.

The decision to tone the bottle to a more classic look allows the eye to be drawn to this stand-out design on the grocery or liquor store shelf.  

“We are the top vodka product in the industry. Those who know us, know our products rate among the best in the world, so we made the choice to look the part, too,” said owner Rifino Valentine.

Valentine Distilling’s product distribution is growing at a significant rate year over year. As the brand gains more national distribution, Valentine knew it was imperative to meet consumers’ expectations.

As the bottle hits retail shelves, consumers will notice Valentine’s brand icon, Belle, still included in the redesign. Belle passionately represents a staple of the Valentine brand, as she pays homage to an era of American history, the 1920s through the 1940s, during a time when Detroit was known as the Paris of the Midwest. Belle’s look reflects the work of the Peruvian artist, Alberto Vargas, and her image will draw consumers in and show that Valentine’s traditional roots are still very much present.   

For those who wish to collect the original design of the bottle before it’s gone, act fast, as the brand new-and-improved bottle hits shelves soon.

Valentine Vodka’s new look can be defined as:

●      A simple label with the right balance of information and style

●      Elegant ridges to offer a sleek, high-class feel

The tagline on the bottle speaks for the new design itself: quality above all else.

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About Valentine Distilling Co. 

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.

Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Local to Global. It’s Better.

 www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka  |www.twitter.com/ValentineVodka  | Media Kit

 

 

Valentine Distilling Co. Awarded Double Gold Medal for Liberator Old Tom Gin

Valentine Distilling Co. Awarded Double Gold Medal for Liberator Old Tom Gin
The Fifty Best Announces “Best Gin” Competition Winners

Ferndale, MI – Valentine Distilling Co.’s Liberator Old Tom Gin wins Double-Gold medal this month at the world’s largest gin tasting competition. The Fifty Best recently hosted a gin tasting competition in New York to evaluate and award candidates on the “Best Gin” of 2018.

Judges blind-tasted and rated each of the 68 competing gins individually, based on a five-point system. Double-Gold, Gold, and Silver medals were awarded based on the judge’s impression. The Double-Gold medal is awarded to the best of the entries.

Barrel-aged for two years, Liberator Old Tom Gin is a respectable gin featuring flavors of juniper berries and pine with a touch of vanilla, citrus, cardamom, and cinnamon.

“We know the difference between good and great, and that is what creates a difference in our product. By crafting a mix of high-quality ingredients and exceptional flavors, we stand out from the rest,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder and President of Valentine Distilling Co.

Only a handful of distilleries in the world produce a barrel-aged gin like Valentine’s Liberator Old Tom Gin, which is Valentine’s Liberator Gin aged in American Oak barrels for two years.

Liberator Old Tom Gin has earned the title of ‘Best Cask Gin in the World’ from the World Gin Awards. It also has received a Gold Medal from the International Craft Spirit Awards.

A complete list of The Fifty Best winners can be found here.

About Valentine Distilling Co. 

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.

 

Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Local to Global. It’s Better.

 www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka  |www.twitter.com/ValentineVodka  | Media Kit

 

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EY Announces Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling Co.  as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Finalist in Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region

EY Announces Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling Co.  as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Finalist in Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region

Ferndale, Mich
. – EY recently announced that Rifino Valentine, Founder of Valentine Distilling Co. is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Valentine was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 27 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

“I am honored to be recognized as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Our spirits are known for their numerous accolades internationally, and to be recognized as an outstanding entrepreneur and business owner is humbling,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder of Valentine Distilling Co. “Thank you EY for creating this opportunity and recognition.”

Rifino Valentine is an American entrepreneur who has a vision for the big picture and presses above the competition of the highly competitive imported spirits catalogue across the world. Rifino Valentine has a philosophy about manufacturing in this country and specifically in Detroit – a city well-established as the epicenter of quality manufacturing for more than a century. Valentine shows America what true excellence in manufacturing can be when distilled spirits production meets the most vaunted manufacturing capital in U.S. history.

Valentine has always appreciated the American craftsman; working by hand, making one-of-a-kind products that stand the test of time. In distillation, this means selecting the best ingredients, distilling in small batches, and taking care in every single step of the process. This leans heavily on employing old-world techniques that haven’t changed in centuries, but improving on them through an intimate understanding of the science involved in the complex and dynamic processes.

Valentine focuses on two main goals in his business: to prove the best products are still made in this country – and in Detroit –  and that the end-goal of business does not have to be solely about profit. “You can have both – quality and profit,” Valentine remarks.

“I am taking a stand against mass produced spirits. I am here to prove that American ingenuity and quality American manufacturing is still alive,” says Valentine.

Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

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About Valentine Distilling Co. 
Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.
Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation, and Merrill Corporation. In Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region, sponsors also include Citizens Bank, Colliers International, Foley & Lardner, Oswald Companies and Tanner Friedman.
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Valentine Distilling Co. Cleans Up at Largest National Craft Spirit Competition

Valentine Distilling Co. Cleans Up at Largest National Craft Spirit Competition
American Distilling Institute announces award winners

Ferndale, MI - Valentine Distilling Co., one of the nation’s first craft distilleries, is no stranger to national recognition. The American Distilling Institute’s 2018 Judging of Craft Spirits awarded Valentine Distilling 10 total medals including three Best of Category Winners on March 27 in Portland, Oregon.

“It feels good to know we were up against some of the top distilleries in the world, and even some of our neighbors here in Michigan,” said Rifino Valentine, owner of Valentine Distilling. “These awards are important to us, because I started this company to not only compete on a national level, but with the best brands in the world.  I’ve always said, we’re not a local distillery, we’re a world-recognized distillery that happens to be located where you live.”

The American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Judging of Craft Spirits is known as the largest and most respected competition devoted to craft spirits. While other Michigan distilleries were competing in the event, Valentine Distilling Co. received the highest quality awards.

“We’re beating out spirits from a few cities away to several countries away,” said Valentine.

Valentine Distilling’s complete list of awards from the ADI includes:

  • Best of Category – Aged Gin – Certified Craft Distilled Spirit – Liberator Old Tom Gin

  • Best of Category – Bourbon - Certified Craft Blended Spirit - Mayor Pingree Black Label Bourbon

  • Best of Category – Bourbon - Merchant Bottled - Mayor Pingree Blue Label Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

  • Best of Class – Gin - Certified Craft Distilled Spirit – Liberator Old Tom Gin

  • Gold Medal – Aged Gin – Certified Craft Distilled Spirit – Liberator Old Tom Gin

  • Gold Medal – Bourbon - Certified Craft Blended Spirit - Mayor Pingree Black Label

  • Gold Medal – Bourbon – Merchant Bottled Mayor Pingree Blue Label Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

  • Silver Medal – Rye Whiskey - Certified Craft Blended Spirit - Mayor Pingree Orange Label

  • Bronze Medal – Classic Grain-to-Glass Gin - Certified Craft Distilled Spirit: Liberator Gin

  • Bronze Medal – Flavored Vodka - Certified Craft Distilled Spirit - White Blossom Vodka

The judging process consists of each judge assigned to specific classes of spirit that play to the expertise of the specific judges at the table. The judges are picked to provide a mix of experience between various areas within the spirits industry — distillers, wholesalers, importers, retailers, bartenders, educators, and journalists/writers, according to the ADI website.

By receiving these awards, the spirits listed above are ADI Certified as Craft Blended Spirits and Certified Craft Distilled based on the notoriety.

Valentine products began in a local Michigan community, but has always had the vision to be a globally-recognized brand maintaining quality above all else. Consistently recognized for excellence in national and international competitions, Valentine Distilling Co. continues to produce some of the finest vodka, gin, and whiskeys in the world.

For the full list of award recipients, visit the ADI website.

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About Valentine Distilling Co. 
Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.

Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Local to Global. It’s Better.

 

Valentine Distilling Co. Invests $1 Million in Production Expansion to Meet Consumer Demand

Valentine Distilling Co. Invests $1 Million in Production Expansion to Meet Consumer Demand
Liquor Brand Focused on American Ingenuity and Quality Manufacturing Hosts Ribbon Cutting & Open House on March 22 to Celebrate Announcement

Ferndale, MI – It’s time to mix up a cocktail and offer a toast to one of the country’s first micro-distilleries, Valentine Distilling Co. The 10-year milestone has been completed by Valentine and to celebrate the local distiller is investing $1 million in its production operation to fulfill customer demand.

Founded by Rifino Valentine, Valentine Distilling Co. has seen exponential growth since opening its doors more than 10 years ago. With a constant demand for the ever-growing list of award-winning spirits, an expansion of the production facility has become a necessity. The investment to make such an expansion happen: $1 million.

The expansion begins with the introduction of Sherbert. No, not the sweet treat. A new custom-made, 1,500-gallon still imported from Italian distillation company, Frilli. Named after Valentine Distilling Co.’s resident distillery dog, this still will have the capacity to produce 1,000 barrels of whiskey each year for the award-winning micro-distillery.

“We wanted to build the best still to maintain the quality of our products. Frilli has been building distillation equipment since 1912 and has a phenomenal track record and experience in triple pot distillation, and that’s just what we need to keep up with the demand of Valentine spirits,” said Rifino Valentine, founder and owner of Valentine Distilling Co.

This is the first still Frilli has ever shipped to America, and Sherbert is one of the largest stills being placed in a micro-distillery in the United States.

“We are honored to build this still for Valentine. We are excited to ship to the U.S. for the first time. The creation of this still will allow Valentine to continue to produce even more of their exceptional products,” said Frilli representative Simone Martini.

The whiskey being distilled with Sherbert will be ready to bottle in 2023. So, although the whiskey connoisseurs out there won’t be able to taste this whiskey today, the wait is sure to be worth it.

In 2016, Valentine Distilling Co.’s production relocated and expanded from the Cocktail Lounge location in Ferndale to a 15,000-square foot warehouse down the street from the Lounge. The warehouse is lined with state-of-the-art copper stills and whiskey barrels from floor to ceiling. Since beginning this custom still build with Frilli, Valentine also made the decision to expand once again in the current warehouse facility to add an additional 5,000 square feet for a rick house to store the aging barrels once the product leaves the still.

Valentine has seen immense growth throughout the years, and the addition of this still and additional expansion is critical to keep up with high demand for its award-winning products.  

“The quality of Valentine's distillate is unparalleled. And quality is why the consumer comes back again and again. Rifino and his team understand this and have propelled themselves on the path of authenticity and quality,” comments Christophe Bakunas, Spirits Director at Cream Wine Company in Chicago. “The demand is absolutely there for Valentine, so we were ecstatic about the investment being made to focus on fulfilling demand for their products.”

A Valentine-style “ribbon cutting” ceremony and open house will reveal Sherbert and debut the expansion of the production facility on March 22 at Valentine Distilling Co. The celebration will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Wanda Street location. Registration for a complimentary ticket and details of the event are now available on Eventbrite.

Keeping to his philosophy, Valentine explains that no matter how big they get, Valentine Distilling Co. will keep ingenuity and quality in mind, above all. It takes a dedicated entrepreneur and a continued commitment to creating excellence to be a staple in the distillery industry, and that is exactly what Valentine Distilling Co. has done.  It’s been more than 10 years since Valentine Distilling Co. debuted its first product, its award-winning vodka, and the micro-distillery looks forward to the next 10 years. 

About Valentine Distilling Co. 
Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.

Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
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Valentine Distilling Co. Repeats Highest Honors for Small Batch Bourbons in National Blind Taste Test 

Valentine Distilling Co. Repeats Highest Honors for Small Batch Bourbons in National Blind Taste Test 

Ferndale, MI – If Valentine Distilling Co. is known for one thing, its world-class, high-quality spirits. The Ferndale-based company’s Mayor Pingree ‘Black Label’ Limited Edition Straight Bourbon received among the highest rankings in the North American Whiskey Review this month.

Tastings, host of the North American Whiskey Review, awarded the Mayor Pingree Bourbon Whiskey as an exceptional, Gold Medal winning spirit. With a score of 94 Points out of 100, Valentine’s bourbon was the only Michigan distillery to rank, also beating out other well-recognized brand names such as Jim Beam and Knob Creek while coming in just behind a special release from Wild Turkey.

The blind taste test takes place in a tasting lab in Chicago to ensure consistency and accuracy. According to Tastings, “The room is specially designed to minimize external factors and maximize our panelists concentration.”

“My goal when marrying these releases is to emphasize the characteristics shared by all fine bourbons beyond just great flavor, aroma and color... qualities of mouthfeel, layering, and linger,” said Justin Aden, distiller and blender for Valentine Distilling Co.

“Products breaking the critical 90-point barrier are tasted twice without exception, virtually guaranteeing that they deserve the accolades,” according to Tastings. The Mayor Pingree bourbon whiskey came just one point shy of the overall top spot, but was noted as “A gorgeous and mature bourbon with a bazaar of exotic spices.”

“We are excited to receive this award from The North American Whiskey Review on the heels of our ‘Double Gold’ award from The San Francisco World Spirits Competition that further cements our recognition for the highest quality spirits across our entire product line,” said Rifino Valentine, owner and president of Valentine Distilling Company.

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About Valentine Distilling Co.

Established in 2007 and among the nation’s first craft distilleries, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch, handcrafted spirits.  In early 2016, Valentine Vodka was announced as winner of “World’s Best Vodka” by The World Vodka Awards in London. And most recently, Valentine Distilling Co. shared its first television commercial with viewers around the world to celebrate this award. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old world techniques that create superior products.

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine Distilling Co. and McClure’s Pickles Spice Up the Tailgating Season

Valentine Distilling Co. and McClure’s Pickles Spice Up the Tailgating Season

Ferndale, MI – Not many things go better together than football and tailgating in Michigan. Until now: Valentine Vodka and McClure's Pickles. The two Michigan-based companies have teamed up to make the perfect Bloody Mary box kit just in time for this season’s football tailgates.

Available in limited quantities, the kit comes with two glasses, a fifth of Valentine vodka, and a McClure’s Bloody Mary mix jar for $29.99. It will hit shelves mid-to the end of September at some of Michigan’s most convenient retailers such as Meijer and Kroger while supplies lasts.

“As longtime Detroit-area companies, we knew a collaboration was inevitable,” said Rifino Valentine, Owner of Valentine Distilling Co. “We’re excited to bring a classic cocktail to life, Michigan-style.”

From first place at the Michigan State Fair in the 1970’s to a feature on The Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” McClure’s has been making all the right moves. Pairing up with Valentine’s “World’s Best Vodka” – their best move yet.

“McClure’s and I understand the value in high-quality, local products. Our companies have seen tremendous growth over the past few years and are making a name for Michigan-made products. We want to show football fans what Detroit products are made of. And what better time than Lions tailgating season?” said Valentine.

From production to packaging to placement, Valentine Distilling Co. and McClure’s Pickles are putting every ounce of Michigan into this product. Even the packaging is designed and built by Driven Creative Supply Co., a branding agency located in Pleasant Ridge.

“This kit is unlike any other. The highest quality ingredients of two unique products. It’s a win win-win for Michigan and Detroit,” said Valentine.

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About the Products

Valentine Vodka has a silky medium-to-full body and a creamy, peppery spice and talc finish. It is derived from a proprietary blend of three grains: corn, wheat and barley. The award-winning company is one of the few distilleries in the world to craft vodka from a blend of grains.

McClure’s describes its bloody mary mix as “Bold, tangy, and robust – this bloody mary is nothing ordinary and all extraordinary. Using our spicy pickle brine, dill, garlic, and black pepper, we've created a pucker-up bloody mary mix that will knock your socks off.”

History of the Companies

Some may not see the correlation between spirits and pickles, but these companies did. Valentine and McClure’s have had a lifelong business relationship. Working together for years as friends and now partners as they collaborate on this product release, the two companies have extraordinary synergy and strong dedication to Detroit.
McClure’s company story shows great pride in Detroit – just like Valentine’s. The family pickle company started in Detroit from Grandma Lala’s recipe and making pickles every summer. The family business began to take off in 2006, expanding to a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, where brother Bob McClure facilitated production.

Growing at a rate between 10-25% year-over-year, brothers Joe and Bob McClure remained loyal to Michigan by bringing all production back to Detroit in 2009.  In July of this year, the company invested in a local 20,000 sq. foot manufacturing facility by purchasing the building to keep up with high demand.

The company has added to its supply of automated systems to increase efficiency, and has avoided cutting any jobs in the process. In fact, the company has expanded to more than 20 employees since its beginnings.

“This is two Detroit brands making something pretty damn awesome,” said Joe McClure, Co-owner of McClure’s.

Made in Detroit to celebrate in Detroit. Just the way we like it.

Information on locations and distributors can be found on Valentine Distilling’s website

Valentine Distilling Co. Debuts Rye Whiskey to its Acclaimed Collection

Valentine Distilling Co. Debuts Rye Whiskey to its Acclaimed Collection
Mayor Pingree Rye Whiskey at Local Retailers Now

Ferndale, MI – Valentine Distilling Co. has added a rye whiskey to its award-winning Mayor Pingree family. The Mayor Pingree Rye Whiskey is a distinct, 90-Proof beverage that is sure to contribute excellence to the collection of Valentine products. 

"Mayor Pingree Rye is an archetypal example of rye flavors and aromas, presented impressively through a tremendously smooth and mild body that is very difficult to deliver in a 4-year-old rye,” Valentine’s Head Distiller and Product Manager Justin Aden said. “The 'nature-forward' notes – wild honey, rhubarb, and fresh hayloft – collude very well with traditional notes of caramel, dusty oak and the grains hallmark spice finish to produce a quintessential snapshot of rye whiskey at four years along its aging journey.”

The Mayor Pingree Rye Whiskey has a mild auburn color with freshwater cattail stalks, newspaper pulp, hayloft, dusty oak furniture, and caramel candies scents.

Its mouthfeel has a round, smooth and viscous front bridging sleekly into an abrupt, keynote rye-spice finish. This is a very friendly and informing pour, excellent for classic rye cocktails.

Its Macadamia nut, cashew, rhubarb, and wild honey flavors make it a truly unique beverage that leaves a lasting impression.

The Mayor Pingree Rye Whiskey 90 Proof’s first shipment has made its way to store shelves, and Valentine will continue to release limited quantities sporadically.

“The Rye Whiskey has seen great success in its first couple weeks. I am very excited for the general public to try out our new addition and show what a real rye whiskey is made of,” said Rifino Valentine, President and Founder of Valentine Distilling Co.

Information on locations and distributors can be found on Valentine Distilling’s website.

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About Valentine Distilling Co.

 

 

 

 

Established in 2007 and among the nation’s first craft distilleries, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch, handcrafted spirits.  In early 2016, Valentine Vodka was announced as winner of “World’s Best Vodka” by The World Vodka Awards in London. And most recently, Valentine Distilling Co. shared its first television commercial with viewers around the world to celebrate this award. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old world techniques that create superior products.

 

 

 

Traverse City Restaurants Debut First Ever Single Cask Gin Selection

Traverse City Restaurants Debut First Ever Single Cask Gin Selection
Award-winning, Valentine Liberator Old Tom Gin Comes to Trattoria Stella and The Franklin

Ferndale, MI – Traverse City restaurants Trattoria Stella and The Franklin of Off the Map Hospitality (OTMH) will add the exclusive barrel release of Valentine Distilling Co.’s Liberator Old Tom Gin to its spirits offerings in June. Valentine Distilling Co. released the exclusive single barrel Liberator Old Tom Gin to restaurant owner and sommelier Amanda Danielson in admiration of her dedication to a guest’s dining experience.

“Amanda is a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement in restaurants and in Michigan.

I truly believe and appreciate that Amanda recognizes that the dining experience begins with the guest’s entrance to the restaurant and consumption of their first cocktail,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder and President, Valentine Distilling Co. “First impressions are a real thing and really define the experience of the dining patron. I applaud her for her dedication and investment in the hospitality industry throughout the years.”

With the tagline “Good food. High Spirits.,” OTMH captures the fine cuisine meets small-batched spirits standards of its establishments.  “We are quality in everything we do. Food, drink, service, environment, experience,” stated Amanda Danielson, partner in OTMH.  She sets the bar high through consistency and maintains it for each guests’ experience.

“This barrel of the Liberator Old Tom Gin is completely unique and amazing. It’s a crafted Michigan product from a small company owned by people who give a damn about every customer,” said Danielson. “It is precisely reflective of what we do and who we are at OTMH.”

“Hundreds of places do whiskey single barrel selections every year, The Liberator Old Tom Gin is the first exclusive gin single cask selection in Michigan and perhaps the country.  This selection is a unique addition to the restaurants’ spirits portfolio and to the gin segment in general.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a trend,” said Rifino Valentine.

“I've spent more than 20 years dissecting all things drinkable from mineral water and tea to whiskey and wine. I don't care what is popular—I care what is good. When Valentine released Liberator, it became a staple at home and at Trattoria Stella. I was at the distillery when the first batch of Old Tom was in barrel. As soon as it was released, I started buying it by the case,” said Danielson.

When asked why she chose this gin exclusive, Danielson replied, “Why not? We have several custom cocktails based on the Liberator Old Tom Gin. We now have a new expression: consistency is important, but so is nuance. It's hard to achieve the latter if you don't have the experience and skill. Valentine has both, and so do we.”

What makes this barrel so unique? This barrel was aged in new American oak barrels, just as the Liberator Old Tom Gin is, only for about a year. This gin was then transferred and finished in a used gin barrel that previously housed mead from Ferndale meadery, B. Nektar. This process gives the exclusive barrel of Liberator Old Tom Gin an edge that has never been tasted before.

The Liberator Old Tom Gin was previously named “World’s Best Cask Gin” at the World Gin Awards. It is known for its aroma of juniper and pine with hints of oak, woody spices, and citrus peel. Aged in American Oak barrels for two years, Liberator Old Tom Gin has initial bursts of juniper berries that are mellow and tame, and are followed by touches of vanilla, citrus, cardamom, and cinnamon.

OTMH welcomes those traveling to Traverse City this summer season to stop in and enjoy this exclusive gin and, of course, a bite or two as well. “We take everything from a wine dinner to a meal to the next level believing boldly in quality from beginning to end. Research, time, and dedication separates us from everyone else. We are proud of raising the bar for restaurants in Michigan every day,” said Danielson.

Trattoria Stella has been a part of the Traverse City dining scene for 13 years. It was the first restaurant to open in the old state hospital/Building 50, which is the country’s largest restoration project to date. The Franklin is located downtown in the only LEED Certified Gold building in Traverse City complete with a second-floor patio allowing guests to watch the world go by from above.

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About Valentine Distilling Co.

Established in 2007 and among the nation’s first craft distilleries, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch, handcrafted spirits.  In early 2016, Valentine Vodka was announced as winner of “World’s Best Vodka” and “World’s Best Varietal” by The World Vodka Awards in London. In 2017, Valentine once again brought home the “World’s Best Varietal” vodka award. Most recently, the company received the highest honors for Mayor Pingree Blue and Black Label Bourbons from San Francisco World Spirits Competition, both earning a Double Gold.  Valentine Distilling Co. shared its first television commercial with viewers around the world to celebrate being named ‘World’s Best Vodka.” The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe, and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old world techniques that create superior products.

Valentine Vodka Wins “World’s Best” Two Years in a Row

Valentine Vodka Wins “World’s Best” Two Years in a Row
“World’s Best” Named at 2017 Drinks Awards

Ferndale, MI–The judging for the World Drinks Awards 2017 has taken place, and the results are in. Valentine Distilling Co. has done it again! Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” for the second year in a row. In 2016, Valentine took home the awards for “World’s Best Vodka” and “World’s Best Varietal” in the vodka category. This year, Valentine brings home the “World’s Best Varietal” vodka award for the second time.

“To win World’s Best Varietal two years in a row is an amazing feat,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder and President, Valentine Distilling Co.

The varietal category is defined as “Vodka intended to be consumed neat or in cocktails whereby a little character determined by the base ingredient is acceptable, desirable even. A pure, clear and clean vodka, but not necessarily totally neutral.”

The tasting note for Valentine Vodka reads as follows: "Bright, lifted aromas, clean and a touch leafy. Classical style, with a mouthwatering liveliness to the mid-palate, and good, balanced length."

“While we didn't win the overall best category this year like we did last year, we ended up losing to a distillery in the Ukraine that started making vodka in 1872.  As far as I can tell, it's not a product currently available in the U.S., so that's good company to keep,” shared Valentine.

The final results for all spirit categories and styles were announced by World Drinks Awards 2017 Chair Felicity Murray, editor and founder of TheDrinksResport.com, at the Whiskies & Spirits Conference during the World Drinks Awards on March 30 at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London. During the awards, each product is judged according to style and country. The full list of this year’s World Drinks Awards winners can be viewed here

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About Valentine Distilling Co.

Established in 2007 and among the nation’s first craft distilleries, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch, handcrafted spirits.  In early 2016, Valentine Vodka was announced as winner of “World’s Best Vodka” by The World Vodka Awards in London. And most recently, Valentine Distilling Co. shared its first television commercial with viewers around the world to celebrate this award. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old world techniques that create superior products. 

 

 

Passionate Craft Cocktail Mixologist Laura Shortt Joins Valentine Distilling Co. as Cocktail Lounge Manager. Cocktail Lounge Looks Forward to Valentine’s Day with Launch of New Cocktail Creations

Passionate Craft Cocktail Mixologist Laura Shortt Joins Valentine Distilling Co. as Cocktail Lounge Manager. Cocktail Lounge Looks Forward to Valentine’s Day with Launch of New Cocktail Creations

Ferndale, MI – With 14 years of experience in the restaurant hospitality industry, Laura Shortt has spent six of them bartending and the past two and a half years mastering the art of the craft cocktail. In her new role with Valentine Distilling Co. as Cocktail Lounge Manager, she looks forward to the opportunity to create more cocktail offerings for guests including fresh infusions and in-house made syrups.

Shortt is known for her recent award in Detroit art event Plexus, hosted by Jagermeister, where she won the mixology competition with her cocktail “Sheep’s Clothing.” She won this award while working as a bartender at Antietam in Detroit.

Laura enjoys cooking and uses the culinary landscape to inspire her liquid creations behind the bar. She is quite the enthusiast of the book Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold and looks to it often for new concepts and the science behind the craft.  Classic cocktails root back to the basics of the craft and Shortt enjoys turning to those classics and adding a modern twist to them for today’s cocktail scene.

“Often people don’t believe in what they are doing and/or what they are selling, but with Valentine products, it’s easy,” says Laura Shortt, Cocktail Lounge Manager at the Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge in Ferndale. “It’s quality within the business as well as the product that one can stand behind.”

Shortt adds that founder, Rifino Valentine’s passion for the product is that of quality and consistency. “It makes him a great owner and businessman and one whose values are equally aligned with his product.”

Shortt loves to experiment and devise new cocktail creations as part of her passion for bartending. Her newest addition to the lounge cocktail menu includes egg whites. And for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, the Valentine Cocktail Lounge has a special treat for patrons to try. Laura has whipped up a mashup of a Ramos Fizz cocktail with elements of strawberry cheesecake. The cocktail consists of strawberry infused White Blossom Vodka, lemon, honey, mascarpone cream, egg white, and soda served in a Collins glass.

For those of you intimidated by the egg white cocktail concept, Valentine has a few options being served up for you as well this coming month.  The "Sweetheart" made with strawberry infused White Blossom Vodka, Sweet Vermouth, lemon, and vanilla. As well as the "Black Heart" created with blackberry Infused Valentine Vodka, lemon, beet juice, a dash of balsamic, and ginger beer served in Collins glass. Featured cocktails range from $10-$12 and can be enjoyed exclusively at the Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge located at 161 Vester Street in Ferndale.

Her outlook to the spirits industry on a national level includes vodka making a comeback as the spirits drink of choice in the next year or so. For a while vodka became less popular and the world revolved around whisky, gin, and rum. But vodka is making a return to the craft cocktail scene; and Shortt is excited to see its comeback.

About Valentine Distilling Co.

Established in 2007 and among the nation’s first craft distilleries, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch, handcrafted spirits.  In early 2016, Valentine Vodka was announced as winner of “World’s Best Vodka” by The World Vodka Awards in London. And most recently, Valentine Distilling Co. shared its first television commercial with viewers around the world to celebrate this award. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old world techniques that create superior products.

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Valentine Distilling Company Reveals First Television Commercial

Valentine Distilling Company Reveals First Television Commercial
Lenin Sheds a Tear for the “World’s Best Vodka”

Ferndale, MI – Just as its award-winning products are made in Detroit, so was Valentine Distilling Company’s first television commercial. The 30-second ad presents Valentine Vodka as the “World’s Best Vodka” to viewers.

Earlier this year, on March 17, The World’s Best Spirits 2016 were presented by Felicity Murray, editor and founder of TheDrinksResport.com, at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. It was at this award’s presentation that Valentine Vodka was announced as winner of “World’s Best Vodka” by TheDrinksReport.com. The final tasting note for Valentine Vodka from the 2016 awards reads as follows: “Lots of complex flavor through the nose and palate — a wonderful example of multigrain vodka. Sweet, smooth and creamy on the tongue with a clean and supple finish.” 

To celebrate this victory, Valentine Distilling Co. has been working the past few months with some very talented individuals who have one thing in common – they’re all Detroiters - to create a spirits advertisement to be remembered.

“Being able to create our first commercial locally to celebrate this milestone speaks to exactly what Valentine stands for - dedication to making quality products and showing the world that American craftsmanship and manufacturing exists today,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder & President of Valentine Distilling Co.

The commercial features a visit to Vladimir Lenin’s tomb in Moscow. When the “World’s Best Vodka” is announced a tear is shed by Lenin, Russian communist revolutionary and politician, as it is made clear the “World’s Best Vodka” comes from Detroit. 

Writer Jon Stewart of Huntington Woods and art director Bill Whitney of Oxford teamed up to develop the idea for the commercial. Director Thomas Drew, known for his work for Cadillac, Michelin, the AdCouncil, USPS, and many more, was then added to the team to bring the commercial to life. The set for the commercial was built and the commercial shot at Drew’s studio in Royal Oak. Flynn Drew, Tom’s son, joined the team as Director of Photography for the commercial.

After weeks of casting for a good “dead Lenin lookalike,” Jeremy Verdusco happened to ride his bike down Stewart’s street. Verdusco was quickly flagged over and the awkward proposition was made: “You look like dead Lenin, how would you like to play him in a commercial for Valentine Vodka?” Verdusco, already a fan of Valentine spirits, was happy to join the crew. Verdusco, who was officially cast as Lenin in the commercial, also resides in Huntington Woods.

“He just happened to be an innocent pedestrian in the wrong place at the wrong time: the shoot required him to spend 10 hours in facial prosthetics and makeup,” remarked Stewart.

“It was a long day on set, but worth it for a product I believe in,” Verdusco said. “Southeast Michigan has a lot of talent, and it shows in Valentine’s products and in the crew that brought this commercial to life.”

Makeup and special effects artist Dan Phillips is a nationally-renown practitioner of his art. He has worked on a variety of high-profile productions including The Hobbit. Dan is also a Detroiter. Also on the production team is Kurt Kulas, agency producer, from Birmingham.

All post-production was completed in Detroit. Editing, visual effects, audio, and final assembly were executed at Ringside Creative in Oak Park, with artwork by Gecko Imaging in Royal Oak.

After many long days of work by the crew, Valentine Distilling Co. is officially ready to share its first television commercial with viewers around the world.

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About Valentine Distilling Company

Established in 2007 and among the nation’s first craft distilleries, Valentine Distilling Company is an American pioneer of small batch, handcrafted spirits.  The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available throughout the United States and in six other countries. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Company is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old world techniques that create superior products.