There is Gold in Kentucky 2015

Pure Class Vodka, a brand of Hendricks Family Distillery LLC, located on the families elk farm outside of Eureka, WI is pleased to announce its winning of two Gold medal awards, Best of Category for Potato Distilled Vodka, and “Best of Class” from the American Distilling 9th annual Craft Spirits competition held this spring.

ADI is the nations oldest and largest organization representing craft distilleries. The 2015 judging was
held February 23 – 25th, in San Francisco with the awards being announced at the ADI Craft Distilling Conference on March 31st, 2015 at the Kentucky International Convention center in Louisville. Pure Class was judged against hundreds of spirits, representing the best craft spirits that the industry has to offer with only 28 Gold Medals awarded this year. The competition is a blind tasting conducted by 20 industry professionals with unparalleled experience.

“We are very honored that the craft spirits industry’s top judges have bestowed this honor for Pure Class
Vodka,” said Zac Hendricks. “We are very proud of our family story and we are very thankful for our supportive consumers.Our goal is to the be #1 premium Vodka in Wisconsin and the gold medals truly indicate that we are making the best of the best!”

Hendricks Family Distillery LLC was designed and built by the Hendricks Family. Jim & Peggy Hendricks along with sons Zac & Karl own and operate the distillery. In 2011, son Karl called a family meeting and suggested designing and building a distillery. “We knew that he had talked about starting a distillery with his buddies,” said Peggy Hendricks. “But he called a family meeting, comes in with graphs and information and we started to think this might be serious!”

The design and building took two years with production starting in spring of 2013. “Our goal is to distill the best quality potato vodka within our means and abilities.” said Karl Hendricks, Master Distiller for Hendricks Family Distillery, LLC. “We are constantly trying to improve and with receiving gold, silver and bronze medals in 2014 – our first year in production – we knew we were on our way. The gold medals from 2015 prove that we must be doing things right!” The family continues to expand Pure Class though out Wisconsin though their distributors General Beverage and Saratoga Liquor. They are also planning on producing other spirits in the near future.

2016 SIP Awards Platinum Medal

Platinum in 2016 at the SIPS Awards

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SIP Awards International Spirits Competition Celebrates Biggest Event in 8 Year History

The People Have Decided & The Results are in!   On behalf of the SIP Awards, we would like to be the first to congratulate Pür Class Vodka on its recent accomplishment.

This year’s competition proved to be an even greater challenge for each of the 462 spirits competing for the coveted SIP Medals awarded to the top consumer’s spirit of choice!  The SIP Awards is the only international spirits competition leveling the playing field for established brands and newcomers alike by enlisting consumers as judges. The judging this year was increasingly critical as over 18% of the brands entered did not qualify for any type of accolade.  Your brand’s recognition at our competition truly shows its overall premium quality.

In its eighth year, the SIP Awards were held at the lush Hyatt Regency, located in Newport Beach, California.

We are pleased to announce the following recognitions:

Hendricks Family Distillery LLC
2017 CCA Qualifier
Award: Platinum
Made in United States
2016 SIP Awards Platinum Medal

NEWPORT BEACH, California, May 22, 2016 – Spirit Enthusiasts flocked to the lush Newport Beach Hyatt garden atrium on a sunny Sunday afternoon to kick off the 2016 SIP Awards. With serious momentum and now, on its 8th annual competition, the SIP Awards presented the 98 member Consumer Judging Panel with a spectrum of 462 international brands, in over 59 categories, for double blind tasting.

The record breaking number of spirits were ushered in using the SIP Awards’ patented delivery system which ensures a consistent, focused, and accurate survey of consumer impressions of each category. Key elements include presentation of unmarked, temperature controlled, undiluted samples, each precision poured in its own eat glass, vessels scientifically designed to amplify the tasting experience.   Internationally respected as the only honest consumer spirit competition, the SIP Awards is unique in its extensive screening and security measures which ensure the Judging Panel is comprised purely of every day spirit consumers, not tainted with any endorsement, involvement or influence from the spirit industry.

As interest in the SIP Awards has skyrocketed, so too has the number of Brands vying for the priceless exposure and valuable insight into sincere consumer reactions. This hand‐in‐hand growth has created an elite arena where only those brave enough to let their product speak for itself compete, and where a victory ensures the foundation of a winning legacy.

Winning a SIP Award is a critical milestone that signifies to the market that the most discerning and unbiased group, those who eventually vote with their wallets, have pre selected their favorites and now, Brands are equipped with the proof to let the World know. Snowballing this momentum into attracting new customers is the only way smaller Brands can effectively level the playing field and showcase their undeniable strengths.

This consistent growth pattern is a testament to the value and impact brands enjoy after a SIP Awards success. Struggling brands benefit from an honest assessment and direction for improvement, while premier brands create, defend, and expand their legacies. The Consumer Choice Award is reserved exclusively for those with the fortitude to compete, and place, 2 or more consecutive years. Conducted separately from the tastings, the Bottle Design competition highlights creative efforts in packaging, branding, and the tactile customer experience, and is the only time any logos, brand names or bottle labels are visible. Presented as individual awards, a single brand may end up taking home multiple prizes, any of which will attract masses of new drinkers.

About SIP Awards

Catering to the opinions and palates of the discerning public, the SIP Awards present a unique, spirit judging competition, unaffected by industry bias. This pragmatic and refreshing model of evaluation provides an honest stage for feedback and recognition where top brands showcase their achievements. To learn more about the SIP Awards beverage competition, venue partnerships, or for a complete list of 2016 winners, visit

The Pure Bonbon

Place Intro to this Cocktail Here


  • 1 ½ oz Pure Class Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Banana Liqueur
  • ¾ oz. Peach Liqueur
  • 2 ½ oz. Orange Juice
  • ⅓ oz. Grenadine
  • Orange Slice


  1. Fill ⅓ shaker with ice
  2. Add all ingredients except orange slice
  3. Shake for 3-5 seconds
  4. Add 3 ice cubes to a highball glass
  5. Strain the mixture over the ice
  6. Add Grenadine
  7. Garnish with the orange slice