Md. distillery wins international awards

MOUNT AIRY, Md. — MISCellaneous Distillery received four medals during the 19th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition, including double gold for both its Gregarious Gin and Popi’s Finest Rum.

The family-owned distiller also took home silver for its Risky Rum and bronze for its Gertrude’s 100% Rye Whiskey.

The distillery was founded by the husband-and-wife duo Dan and Meg McNeill. The medals come just two years after Dan McNeill began distilling, continuing a two-year winning streak since the Maryland distiller made their first-time wins at the 2018 SFWSC.

Recognized for being the most influential and largest spirits competition in the world, the SFWSC attracts the attention of distillers and judges from around the globe. Through blind tastings, judges focus solely on the characteristics displayed by each spirit.  This year, SFWSC received its largest number of entries to date with more than 2,400 submissions from 65 countries.

Gregarious Gin is made from a Domino Sugar molasses base, which is vapor-infused with six botanicals.

MISCellaneous Distillery’s first-ever release, Risky Rum, is a white rum made with blackstrap molasses and dark brown sugar, with notes of butterscotch and toffee.

Popi’s Finest, which also earned a double-gold, pays homage to Dan McNeill’s great-grandfather, who grew up in Cuba and serves as the inspiration behind the 600-day barrel-aged spirit.