Who needs all those high-priced, name-brand bottles of booze out there when, especially if you like Gin, Aquavit or Vodka, you can have the best in the country made right here at home.

Congratulations to Grand Rapids distillery, Long Road Distillers. It was just announced that they have been awarded three awards from the world's largest consumer tasting competition. At this year's SIP Awards, the distillery won a Platinum Medal, the highest honors, for Long Road Gin, and added two new Gold Medals for Long Road Aquavit and Long Road Vodka.

Long Road's award-winning line-up of spirits are made from 100 percent locally grown grain and are made 100 percent on-site at the distillery on Grand Rapids' West Side. Both Long Road Gin and Long Road Aquavit have been recognized as "Best in the World" at recent international competitions; recognition that the Long Road team attributes to several factors, locally grown ingredients.

Brian Pribyl, Head Distiller at Long Road,  said, "we owe a ton of credit to our suppliers, like Heffron Farms and Pilot Malt House, who continue to provide us with top-notch wheat, rye, corn and barley, grown right here in West Michigan."

Nearly 500 spirits brands from around the world were entered into the 2016 SIP Awards, held in Newport Beach, California. A panel of 98 pre-qualified, consumer judges evaluated each spirit separately, in a double blind manner, based on preset tasting rules, using the SIP Awards' patented delivery system to ensure a consistent, focused, and accurate survey of consumer impressions in each category. Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals were awarded in 59 categories.

Long Road Gin was the highest rated domestic gin, winning a Platinum Medal, and Long Road Aquavit was awarded a Gold Medal and named Best Aquavit, an honor the spirit also won in Denver, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle.

For more information about Long Road Distillers please visit: www.longroaddistillers.com.

For more information about the SIP Awards please visit: www.SIPAwards.com