Heavy Medal: Eastside Distilling Takes 21 Medals Home to Oregon from 2018 Los Angeles Spirits Competition

The Most Awarded Craft Distiller in The Northwest

PORTLAND, Ore.--()--Eastside Distilling, Inc. (NASDAQ: EAST), makers of craft spirits, today announced that its craft spirits won 21 medals at the 2018 Los Angeles World Spirits Competition. Of these 21 medals, 14 were won by Eastside directly and 7 in the Big Bottom Distilling (“BBD”) division.

Since introducing the spirits category in 2007, the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition has set a high standard for judging distilled beverages. Each year an esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method to award medals to the best spirits from around the world, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism set 78 years ago by its partner wine competition.

Mel Heim, Master Distiller of Eastside Distilling, said, “It is a singular achievement to compete with the best spirits producers in the world, both craft and major international brands, and take home 21 medals at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, adding to the 14 medals won at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition, including several ‘best of category.’ We have already seen that the Double Gold we won at San Francisco for our Rye has really boosted sales at its launch. The American Single Malt produced by my fellow distiller at BBD, Travis Shoney, continues to shine. That bodes well for the future as American Single Malt is a brand new category.”

Ms. Heim added, “These medals, added to the trove won over the last ten years by Eastside and BBD, give Eastside claim to the title of most decorated craft spirits distiller in the northwestern United States. We look forward to the rest of 2018 with great enthusiasm and are even now gearing up some new releases that we think will really kill at the New York World Spirits Competition.”

2018 Medals at the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition:

                 
Spirit       Medal       Category       Points
Hue-Hue Coffee Rum       Best Rum      

Rum (Cane Spirits)

      93
Hue-Hue Coffee Rum      

Best of Category
- 93 points

      Rum (Flavored)       93
Portland Potato Vodka      

Best of Category
- 93 points

      Potato Vodka       93

Big Bottom Distilling
American Single Malt Whiskey

     

Best of Category
- 93 points

      American Single Malt Whiskey       93
Burnside Rye Oregon Oaked      

Best of Category
- 93 points

      American Rye Whiskey       93

Big Bottom Distilling
Barlow Trail

     

Best of Category
- 92 points

      American Blended Whiskey       92

Big Bottom Distilling
Barrel Finished Gin

     

Gold Medal - Gin

      Gin (Unflavored i.e., Botanicals added prior to or during distillation)       90

Big Bottom Distilling
Navy Strength Gin

     

Gold Medal - Gin

      Gin (Unflavored i.e., Botanicals added prior to or during distillation)       90
Hue-Hue Coffee Rum      

Gold Medal -
Rum

      Rum (Cane Spirits), Rum (Flavored)       93
Portland Potato Vodka      

Gold Medal -
Vodka

      Vodka, Potato (Unflavored)       93

Big Bottom Distilling
American Single Malt Whiskey

     

Gold Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, American Single Malt       93
Burnside Rye Oregon Oaked      

Gold Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, American Rye       93

Big Bottom Distilling
Barlow Trail

     

Gold Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, American Blended       92
Redneck Riviera Whiskey      

Gold Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, American Blended       91

Big Bottom Distilling
Delta Rye

     

Gold Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, American Rye       90
Burnside Goose Hollow RSV      

Gold Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, Bourbon with Unique Finish       90
Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon      

Gold Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, Bourbon with Unique Finish       90

Big Bottom Distilling
The Ninety One Gin

     

Silver Medal -
Gin

      Gin (Unflavored i.e., Botanicals added prior to or during distillation)        
Barrel Hitch American Whiskey      

Silver Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, American Whiskey        
Cherry Bomb Whiskey      

Silver Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, Flavored Whiskey/Whisky, Bourbon        
Oregon Marionberry Whiskey      

Silver Medal -
Whiskey

      Whiskey/Whisky, Flavored Whiskey/Whisky, Bourbon        
 

About Eastside Distilling

Eastside Distilling, Inc. (NASDAQ: EAST) has been producing high-quality, award-winning craft spirits in Portland, Oregon since 2008. The company is distinguished by its highly decorated product lineup that includes Burnside Bourbon, West End American Whiskey, Goose Hollow Reserve, Below Deck Rums, Portland Potato Vodka, Hue-Hue Coffee Rum and a distinctive line of fruit infused spirits. Eastside Distilling is majority owner of Big Bottom Distilling (makers of The Ninety One Gin, Navy Strength Gin and Delta Rye whiskey) and the Redneck Riviera Whiskey Co. All Eastside, Big Bottom and Redneck Riviera spirits are crafted from natural ingredients for quality and taste. Eastside’s MotherLode Bottling subsidiary is one of the Northwest’s leading independent spirit bottlers and ready-to-drink canners. For more information visit: www.eastsidedistilling.com or follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.

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Certain matters discussed in this press release may be forward-looking statements. Such matters involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the following: changes in economic conditions; general competitive factors; acceptance of the Company's products in the market; the Company's success in obtaining new customers; the Company's success in product development; the Company's ability to execute its business model and strategic plans; the Company's success in integrating acquired entities and assets, and all the risks and related information described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including the financial statements and related information contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and interim Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Examples of forward-looking statements in this release may include statements related to our strategic focus, product verticals, anticipated revenue, and profitability. The Company assumes no obligation to update the cautionary information in this release.

Contacts

Company Contact:
Eastside Distilling
Steve Shum, CFO
971-888-4264
inquiries@eastsidedistilling.com
or
Investors:
Robert Blum, Joe Diaz or Joe Dorame
Lytham Partners, LLC
(602) 889-9700
east@lythampartners.com

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