New Riff Distilling Earns 10 Medals at 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

May 1, 2024

Newport distillery returns with high marks from prestigious competition

Newport, KY (May 1, 2024) – – – New Riff Distilling continues to welcome a year of growth and achievement as the distillery announced it was awarded 10 medals at the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In the 2024 awards announced Tuesday, April 30, New Riff earned one Double Gold, six Gold and three Silver medals. 

“Receiving these medals and recognition at San Francisco World Spirits Competition is not only an honor, but also a reflection of the distillery’s progress and skill,” said co-founder and vice president Jay Erisman. “Every year, we look forward to our achievements at the SFWSC and we could not be prouder of these results at the finest spirits competition in the world.”  

New Riff Distilling’s 6-Year-Old Malted Rye Whiskey received a Double Gold award — the highest ranking.  

Spirits receiving gold medals include New Riff Kentucky Sour Mash Single Malt Whiskey; New Riff Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey; New Riff Single Barrel Rye Whiskey; New Riff Balboa Rye Whiskey; New Riff Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; and New Riff 8-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  

Spirits receiving silver medals include New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon; New Riff Nocino Liqueur; and New Riff Winter Whiskey.  

Founded in 2000, the SFWSC is one of the world’s most respected spirits competitions. During the competition, blind tastings are conducted by a thoughtfully curated list of judges, each with a seasoned, trusted palate.  

Medal winners range from the most renowned international distillers to small-batch producers. Earning an SFWSC award is a testament to hard work and an indicator of the highest caliber of quality. Visit  to review the complete list of 2024 results. 

New Riff (Newport, KY): 

Fiercely independent and unabashedly innovative: New Riff Distilling starts with time-honored sour mash methods and bottled-in-bond standards, creating new riffs on old traditions since 2014. Located in Northern Kentucky — the gateway to bourbon country — the independently-owned distillery produces award-winning bourbon, rye, single malt whiskey and gin. Bourbon and rye are also available in single barrel selections, and the distillery boasts a popular private barrel selection program offering quarter, half and full barrel picks complete with personalized labels. New Riff sources its water from an alluvial aquifer under the distillery, accessed via a 100’ deep private well and providing cold, clean and mineral-rich water perfect for whiskey making. The public-facing spaces in the distillery, renovated in 2023, include the Riff Shop with customizable gifting options and locally sourced artisan goods; and The Aquifer Tasting Room, located on the third floor of the distillery, featuring signature cocktails, flights, and pours of New Riff’s entire portfolio of award-winning spirits including rare, limited-edition, and distillery-exclusive releases. 


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