PORTLAND, Ore. — June 2, 2022 — Portland’s own 503 Distilling earned four medals from the American Distilling Institute at the 2022 International Spirits Competition, including a gold medal for its latest release, Marionberry Margarita, in the ready-to-drink category.
Just released in May 2022, Marionberry Margarita is made with tequila which came out of collaboration with 503 Distilling’s distillery partner in Jalisco, Mexico, combined with Oregon marionberries, lime juice and a touch of orange for an authentic Pacific Northwest twist on the traditional margarita with true Jalisco roots.
The brand’s fall-only release, Peppermint La Vida Mocha, also earned a gold medal, and 503’s Blood Orange Greyhound brought home a bronze, both in the ready-to-drink category. Additionally, 503’s Gambler 500 Whiskey earned a bronze medal in its class.
“Each award is a validation of the 503 team’s hard work in creating world-class craft spirts and ready-to-drink cocktails.” said David Schleef, President of 503 Distilling. “The real-time feedback we get from our customers at our cocktail lounge is directly reflected in the final cocktail that makes it into the can and on the shelf. The Marionberry Margarita is a great example of how the lounge serves as an R&D lab for our line of cocktails.”
503 Distilling opened its cocktail lounge at its distillery earlier this year, with six taps featuring a rotating selection of cocktails-in-development. Customers serve as tasters of the new recipes, and the fan favorites often become the next ready-to-drink cocktail to hit retail shelves.
503 Distilling’s craft cocktails, including Marionberry Margarita, Blood Orange Greyhound and more, are sold in 12-ounce, ready-to-drink cans. The cocktails, along with the company’s handcrafted bottled spirits, including Gambler 500 Whiskey, are sold in fine retailers throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California, and are available for ordering and shipping to Oregon addresses at www.503distilling.com and engage on social media at @503Distilling.
About 503 Distilling
503 Distilling, LLC, is a small artisanal distillery located in Southeast Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Founded in 2017 by three local, long-time beverage industry professionals, 503 Distilling’s mission is to deliver unique spirit-based cocktails in a can and handcrafted traditional spirits to the world. For more information on the company, visit www.503distilling.com or follow @503Distilling on social media.