Corsair Artisan Distillery Named 'Innovator of the Year' Again

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Thanks to yet another year of ingenious experimentation and novel product releases, Nashville's Corsair Artisan Distillery was awarded the prestigious title of "Innovator of the Year" as part of Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whiskey awards. This is the second year in a row that Corsair has been recognized by the magazine, winning second place for "Craft Distillery of the Year." Co-founder, owner, and distiller Darek Bell was also nominated for “Whiskey Distillery Manager of the Year” and “Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year.”

Here's what Whisky Magazine had to say about the mad scientists of Marathon Village in the announcement:

Taking the trophy home for another year, Nashville, Tennessee, based Corsair has been pushing the boundaries of whiskey making since its inception. Throwing away the rulebook and experimenting with everything from whiskies distilled from exotic grains like quinoa. These guys are not afraid to try anything.

Bell is rightly proud of the accomplishments of his team at Corsair, “Creativity is free. We are a small distillery, but we have a big imagination. Our philosophy from day one has been to make inventive and ground-breaking spirits. We set out to expand the horizons of whiskey-making, and this award recognizes that success.”

For those of you keeping score, 2013 has been a heckuva year for Corsair. Their Triple Smoke was awarded “Artisan Whisky of the Year” in Whisky Advocate , and Corsair won 12 awards, the most of any distillery at this year’s America Distilling Institute’s Awards of Excellence. Corsair has won 67 medals and awards at international spirits competitions since its inception. We're lucky to have them in town.

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