We want to thank all of our supporters, fans, friends, and family for an incredible, unforgettable 2019. As 2020 starts, we’re excited to see what the new year brings, and we need to introduce our new name and logo.
Due to a larger company claiming the use of/ownership of the word “farmstead,” we are officially now S&B Farms Distillery. Please bear with us as we go through the process of rebranding, but know that our products will stay the exact same – with a new addition soon to be released!
Wine Country Network, publishers of Wine Country International magazine and producers of six professional beverage competitions have announced the winners of the 5th Annual North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition.
Our Sir Winston – Barrel Proof and Private First Class both received Bronze Medals.
The N.A.B.W.C. was created to promote excellence in Bourbon, Whiskey, and Moonshine. This double-blind competition is based on a 100-point scale.
Wine Country Network, C.E.O., Christopher J. Davies, stated “this year’s competition, which was originally scheduled to take place in New Orleans on July 16 to 17 but was affected by Hurricane Barry. This was the fourth recorded storm to make landfall at hurricane strength on the state of Louisiana in the month of July. So the competition was moved to Colorado and took place on August 3 and 4, 2019 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield.
Hog Wild received a Bronze Medal at the 2019 USA Spirits Rating competition, which took place in San Francisco in July. In order to receive this award, Hog Wild needed to score highly in 3 different categories – quality, value, and packaging – in a blind tasting competition overseen by a panel of judges.
Quality refers to the overall taste, flavor, and aroma of the spirit. Value refers to the relative pricing of the spirit vs. other peers. And packaging refers to the overall brand presentation of the spirit, with an emphasis on how well the spirit appeals to a specific customer segment. In order to receive a medal in the competition, a spirit needed to score at least 70 points as part of a total weighted score.
“This innovative scoring system has been instrumental in identifying world-class spirits that consumers actually want to drink. We’ve broadened the definition of drinkability, in order to reflect how spirit drinkers actually choose which spirits they buy at a retail store or order from a restaurant menu,” said Sid Patel, founder of the event.
The USA Spirits Ratings competition was launched in late 2017 by Beverage Trade Network, which organizes alcohol beverage industry events all over the world. Judges for the competition were drawn from leading retail chains, wholesalers, distributors, specialist retailers, and casual/fine dining establishments.
S&B Farms Distillery’s Sir Winston Bourbon earned a Bronze medal in the 2019 Great American International Spirits Competition.
Entries from around the world were judged at this premiere competition held in Rochester, New York. More than 300 entries were evaluated by a panel of experts including Masters Distillers, Certified Spirits Educators, Brand Ambassadors, retailers, importers and spirits industry writers and consultants.
“Not everyone who enters the competition earns a medal, so knowing our bourbon has only been out of the barrel a few months now and already winning awards, gives us great assurance we’re doing it right,” said owner Sara Winkleman.
Sir Winston 93 Proof Bourbon is made with our own Iowa-grown corn and has a balance of gentle vanilla, fresh oak, and classic caramel notes.
The Great American International Spirits Competition is organized and conducted by the Raise A Glass Foundation, created to support charities around the world. Their international wine, beer and spirit competitions donate thousands of bottles of award-winning wine, beer and spirits to designated charities to use in their fundraising efforts.
S&B Farms Distillery is pleased to announce that our spiced spirit Private First Class has recently won a Silver Medal at the 2019 Denver International Spirits Competition. This annual competition is judged double blind by a prestigious panel of sommeliers and seasoned food & beverage professionals. The Denver International Spirits Competition is one of only a handful of International Spirits Competitions Worldwide.
In 2019, more than 350 distilled spirits were judged over a two-day period. Entrants consisted of newly opened micro-distilleries to globally recognized spirit brands.
Sara Winkleman, Founder and Owner of S & B Farms Distillery, has been named the 2019 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner by America’s SBDC Iowa. This award recognizes an Iowa woman entrepreneur who has significantly changed or improved her life and the lives of others.
Sara was nominated by Michael Wampler, Regional Director of the Northwest Iowa SBDC.
Sara will be recognized February 26th during SBDC Day at the State Capitol.
The Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award is awarded annually to women who have significantly improved or changed their own personal situation, thus having an impact on others around them. The award was established in 1999 by America’s SBDC Iowa to help highlight the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs in Iowa. The purpose of the Deb Dalziel award is not only to honor Dalziel, a long-time advocate of women entrepreneurs, but also to ensure that the groundwork is in place to assure women equal advantages in the business world.
As director of America’s SBDC Iowa at Southeastern Community College from 1987 to 1999, Deb Dalziel served as a mentor for women developing business projects. According to Ron Manning, former state director of the Iowa SBDC, Deb was a resourceful consultant and advisor who served as an excellent example for her clients of how women can achieve success in the business world. Dalziel died of cancer at the age of 44.
After several months of hard work, construction remodeling, researching, and licensing, S & B Farms Distillery will officially open for business on Thursday, November 1. Three products will be for sale including: Hog Wild, Private First Class, and Field Fire Moonshine. Also for sale will be several styles of t-shirts, hats, and whiskey glasses.
“We are excited for customers to try our products and let us know what they think. It has been a long process to get to this day, but we think we have great products to offer and look forward to hearing the reviews,” says owner Sara Winkleman.
The distillery will be open Tuesday – Saturday, from 10am – 5pm. If those times do not work for you, feel free to call or email to schedule a tour.
S & B Farms Distillery announces plans to build a distillery in Bancroft, Iowa. Construction has started on a former dentist office with plans for the distillery to be operational by late summer. When finished, the distillery will feature a tasting room for visitors.
“We are looking forward to bringing this type of business to north Iowa,” says Sara Winkleman, owner of S & B Farms Distillery. “Craft beer and wineries have really been making an impact in our culture lately, and I believe there’s also a market for craft whiskeys and bourbons made with our Iowa corn.”
S&B Farms will use only the highest quality ingredients, and product will be produced in a copper still. Four recipes are currently being perfected for flavored whiskey and bourbon. Corn for the product will be produced on distillery owners Sara & Brian Winkleman’s farmland.
“We intend for the distillery to be a welcoming stop for locals and visitors to the area. We are excited about the support we have received so far and appreciate the help from Iowa Lakes Community College’s Small Business Development Center,” said Winkleman.